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Editor’s note: I’m excited to once again be part of the #DermTribe for 2019. I’ll be bringing you news and my reviews of products being released this year.
I know how you love an update on what I’ve been putting on my skin and I thought I’d touch base and let you know how I’m going with a skin routine that’s helping me through menopause.
I’m probably still on the peri side of the menopausal divide but a few of the symptoms of the cross-over are alive and well in this 52-year-old body.
Hello night sweats and the need for only summer pjs despite the temperature dropping to single digits. And hello dry skin.
I chatted to you about the strange arrival of dry skin on my forehead in my last skincare routine update and I’m super pleased to report that I’ve had significant improvement in the past few months. That improvement is due in very big part to the dermalogica intensive moisture cleanser and intensive moisture balance I wrote about in that post. I cannot tell you just how much these two products have been a game-changer for my skin. If for some reason I forget to pack/use the intensive moisture balance, my forehead comes over all flakey and lets me know about it.
The other thing I’ve done is work with a dermalogica skin therapist (Sally Williams), booking in for monthly treatments that support, hydrate and strengthen my skin. I can’t stress how this individual attention not only helps your skin but also stops you from either using products not suited to your skin or over-stimulating your skin with too many products. Over-stimulating your skin can throw your skin’s balance out of whack. You might blame the product but it just might be the products are not the right combination for you right now.
What Sally has done is sort out and simplify my skincare routine and we’ve scaled back on the actives I’m using at home, saving any peels, retinol or super strong serums for in the monthly treatments. In those treatments, I also have micro-dermabrasion and LED light therapy.
dermalogica multivitamin power serum
At home I’m concentrating on hydration, keeping my skin calm and gently delivering active ingredients at night time only using dermalogica multivitamin power serum. This is a product that’s back by popular demand and I, for one, am extremely happy it is.
Let me share the reasons why.
1. At a time when my skin is hyper-sensitive and prone to flakiness, this product gives it just the right strength of vitamins A, C an E to boost the appearance and glow of my skin without tipping it over the edge into the reactive zone.
2. The product itself glides on gently, hugging and smoothing the skin, much like a makeup primer might.
3. When worn overnight, I wake up with fresh, smooth, hydrated skin and that makes me a very happy woman.
So, what powers this serum?
Retinyl Palmitate: encapsulated Vitamin A to help increase cell renewal and turnover.
Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate: encapsulated Vitamin E to help provide antioxidant benefits to the skin and reinforce the barrier lipid layer (this is a big one for me!).
Ascorbyl Glucoside: stabilised form of Vitamin C that stimulates collagen synthesis to help treat hyperpigmentation and provides a photoprotective function against UV rays.
Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate: stabilised and highly active ingredient that stimulates collagen synthesis and helps treat hyperpigmentation.
My menopause skincare routine
This is my current, simplified (peri) menopause skincare routine. It may not be right for you but it might get you thinking about how you could tweak what you currently use to get the best out of your skin right now.
Twice a week:
1. (After precleanse and cleanse) daily microfoliant
2. multivitamin power recovery masque (I often leave this on overnight once a week)
When stocking up on my skincare products, I buy direct from dermalogica australia. There is a $15 discount on your first order and with every order you earn points towards bonus samples. For travel, I can always buy smaller sizes of my fave products. And for the bathroom, I can buy larger sizes in some products.
As a special offer for Styling You readers, save 20% when buying dermalogica multivitamin power serum Shop via this link: www.dermalogica.com.au and enter the code STYLINGYOU at checkout. (offer is valid until July 31, 2019)