Beauty Clinic: Help for menopausal skin
Q. I am 50 and my complexion's starting to look so dull and droopy. What can you suggest? A. This is such a common problem. As Noella Gabriel, Director of Product & Treatment Development at skincare brand Elemis, says ‘at this time your skin finds it hard to adjust to all the changes that the body is going through. As your largest organ, your skin will reflect everything that is going on. Skin cell turnover slows down, oestrogen levels drop and often sleep is disrupted. All in all, the skin tends to look depleted and tired, lacking lustre, moisture and definition.’
At 58, Noella was herself very conscious of the problems and the resulting loss of self-confidence. ‘You want a product that delivers a visible result: so you see in the mirror a well-moisturised, cared-for complexion that gives you a boost.’ Noella came to rely on Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules. Launched ten years ago, they performed very well in Beauty Bible trials.
Noella explains that the capsules, to be used day and night, were designed to be the purest antioxidant. They are based on moringa oil, a light-textured oil that boasts 1700% more antioxidant power than any other cosmetic oil (so that also means they don't need a preservative). The texture is important because of the tendency for menopausal skins to overheat and sweat. These oils are absorbed quickly and do not overload the skin but do keep it supple and well-moisturised. The moringa oil helps to seal in moisture and also prevent moisture loss, a side effect of thinning skin.
The daytime capsules contain rose absolute to soften and hydrate, and the evening ones have healing soothing lavender. They are brilliant for travelling as you can just pop the appropriate number in a little pot.
This month sees the launch of a limited edition of Elemis Cellular Recovery Skin Bliss Capsules, supporting the 50th Anniversary of the charity Wellbeing of Women. Elemis will be donating £15,000 to the charity to help improve the health of every women in the UK to find practical solutions affecting women’s health issues today.
We suggest spending a few minutes really massaging whatever product you choose into your face – it makes a real difference in our experience. Finally, please don't forget to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich vegetables and fruit, sip plenty of still pure water through the day and consider a supplement of omega-3 essential fatty acids.