Getting older brings so many *wonderful* things. After decades of rarely problematic combination skin, I hit perimenopause and overnight had to re-think my skincare routine. After publishing this post about my current makeup routine, I’ve been asked about my perimenopausal skincare routine.
I’ll preface this blog post with five things …
1. One of the biggest myths about skin is that injectables change the texture and feel of it. They don’t. I’ve never hidden the fact that I get Botox. I’ve done so (two-three times a year) since the year I turned 40. And the year I turned 50, I got .5ml of filler in each of my cheeks. I haven’t had filler for 18 months now. I’m now 53 and I like the way these treatments give my face a fresh look. What they don’t do is change the condition of my skin. I know it’s not for everyone and that’s ok.
2. The condition of my skin is thanks to a combination of wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun from a very young age and having a consistent skincare routine since the age of 18. I upped that routine the year I turned 30 and actually committed to night-time cleansing. I KNOW! Future self is very happy.
3. I invest in seeing a trusted skincare therapist every month for a facial treatment to suit exactly what my skins needs at that given moment. Usually it involves microdermabrasion or skin needling (I’ve just experienced this for the first time and my skin loved it), a mask and LED light therapy. Shout out to Sally Williams who really does know her stuff. It’s important to find someone who has the knowledge to treat your skin specifically to your individual needs, not just in a cookie-cutter, “how much product can I sell?” approach.
4. I’m not currently sponsored by any skincare company. I was, however, part of Dermalogica’s DermTribe for a few years. I used Dermalogica before then and have continued with so many of their products because they really do work for my skin.
5. All the products and treatments will mean nothing if you’re not consistent with your daily at-home routine. Make it a habit! It’s never too late to start. The number of products I use may trigger you. HAH. Even if you bring your routine back to simply cleansing and moisturising twice daily and wearing sunscreen every day, your skin will love you back. The key is consistency.
The below video runs through my morning and night super hydrating perimenopausal skincare routine. The dryness and irritation is something that’s come on with perimenopause. I work to keep the skin calm, hydrated and balanced. If the balance gets tipped even slightly, I experience flakiness and redness … and from time to time, perioral dermatitis.
The temptation can be to throw ALL the active ingredients at your skin – retinol, chemical peels, vitamin serums – but my advice is DON’T without professional advice. It can be too much for your skin and you could end up spending a long time getting your skin back in balance.
Hit me up with any questions … and leave a comment with any products you’ve found that work for your perimenopausal/menopausal skin.
My super hydrating perimenopausal skincare routine (products used)
Morning (in order of use/application)
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (two-three times a week)
Lanolips Golden Dry Skin Salve (on lips overnight)
Weekly (or whenever I feel like a lift)