Sunday, 20 May 2018

Skin care for a certain age

(The) change is coming, time to invest

I recently hit a big birthday (50) and have noticed some changes in me.  Whilst I am not officially in the menopause yet I am definitely getting nearer to the end of my peri-menopause.

If you are younger than 45 you can probably stop reading this post now (!) - your time will come but for now, don't stress about it.

Not that getting older is a bad thing, definitely not and always better than the alternative!

In a way, we all start to age from the day we are born - but technically I think our early years are known as growing!  

However, it's a fact that our skin starts to loose collagen from our 20's. And then the menopause comes along...

Hormonal changes can have a negative effect on the skin. Be warned, reading about the effects of 'the change' can be a bit all doom and gloom. 

I don't quite know yet what it is going to do to my skin.  I do feel that overall my skin feels a bit thinner, and more delicate, it definitely takes longer to heal and I tend to bruise more easily than I used to.

So my birthday got me thinking about skincare specifically aimed at the menopause.

Which lead me to invest in my first menopause-specific skincare product.

Stratum Complete Hand Cream

I am seldom found without a tube of hand cream somewhere on my person and this is my latest.

The 75ml tube states 4 benefits:
  • Anti-ageing peptides
  • UV blocking SPF
  • Nail strengthening
  • Age spot removal
It also contains Matrixyl which is a trademarked peptide shown to reduce wrinkles - this is face grade hand cream.

I love hard working products and always try and buy a hand cream that talks about hand and nail benefits.  

The UV filter is great (although I would like to see a factor number).  As your hands are nearly always exposed they can be in danger of sun damage.  My advice, apply SPF to (the back of) your hands if your current hand cream is lacking.

So far so good and it is a lovely hand cream, rich but not too greasy and easily absorbed leaving my skin super soft.  But it's not budget - £18.

The thing is, I purchased this hand cream specifically as I know that my hormones etc are changing and it will inevitably be having a negative effect on my skin.  I'm looking to negate the changes in my skin as much as possible - so this is investment skincare

Apart from the high price point the only thing I don't like about are the words 'Menopause Skin Care' on the tube!  Maybe I am being over sensitive, or maybe it's just my age?!

Find out more at  www.strumc.com

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Our skin goes through various changes throughout our lives - and there seems to be a product for every age.  If you have any products you swear by I need to know! so please leave me a comment below: x

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Heliocare 360

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

Sun protection... I thought I was pretty near perfect when it came to protecting my skin.  So imagine my horror when a dermatologist recently said to me that I actually had sun damage.

I've never, ever, had a tan and coming back from holiday as pale as the day I left is my idea of a holiday well spent!

Living in the UK I have in the past tended to only apply a high factor (i.e. 30+ SPF ) during our actual sunny months.

Turns out my pale and never tanned skin was starting to show signs of sun damage.

My last holiday to Spain was evident to the dermatologist, who also pointed out the sun damage on my right side, "Do you spend a lot of time in the car?" - UV rays penetrate glass ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

Time to up my game.

Heliocare 360ยบ  

I've used the original Heliocare (tinted) before and I liked it however, a new regime justified a new product ๐Ÿ˜€

I choose Heliocare 360ยบ as it offers UVA/UVB/HEvis/IR-A protection all at 50+.  Lets break this down:-

UVA
UV, are ultra-violet rays. The 'A' rays are the longer ones that travel deeper into your skin and can cause the skin to age quicker.  Think A for Ageing.

UVB
Think B for burning, these rays are shorter and are the ones that can burn.  Burnt skin is damaged skin and this can lead to skin nasties (maybe skin cancers).

HEvis and IR-A? 
I have never heard of these two before, however I had been reading quite a lot about the effects of 'blue light' from phones etc.๐Ÿ“ฑ

I'm not sure what my thoughts are really about these two, however if I can find something that is going to offer protection against them (whether they are that bad or not), then why not?

Heliocare Say:
HEvis - High energy visible light can penetrate deep into the skin.  HEvis can be emitted from the sun but also indoor light (e.g. computers, LED etc)

IR-A - Infrared radiation, much the same definition as HEvis but also emitted through heat and thermal radiation

That's the science bit for you ๐Ÿค“ but I can't really write about Heliocare without mentioning Fernblock.

All the products in the Heliocare range contain Fernblock, which is a natural antioxidant, an extract of Polypodium leucotomos (which is a fern๐ŸŒฑ)

Antioxidants are great protectors for your skin as they help mop up the free radicals which can lead to premature skin ageing. In short they help prevent cell damage.

Heliocare 360ยบ Fluid Cream SPF50+

This non tinted cream is really easy and pleasant to apply, not thick or greasy etc. and it hasn't made me spotty.

I'm applying it after my moisturiser and it sits wells under my make up - i.e. it doesn't make my base slide off my face!

As with any SPF product it is only going to protect the skin that you apply it too, so I make sure that I am very methodical in my application.

I pay particular attention to my forehead, crows feet and around my lips - I'm thinking of those nasty vertical lip lines that I am starting to see.

Preventative care

As I've got older I'm all about preserving my skin - hence my obsession (in case you don't already know) with collagen.

Whilst I do wish for the skin I had at 25 I realise it can't be, but I also know that in another 25 years I will be wishing back for the skin I have now.

So, without going to extreme lengths, I am going to do all I can to 'age well'.
Sun Protection is at the top of my list, and I've now resolved to wear an SPF of 50+, 365 days a year.

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When do you use an SPF?  Do you tan? Fake or real? Please feel free to leave a comment

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