The menopause receives bad press. Many women associate it with a loss of attractiveness, because it marks the end of a life stage and is the source of discomfort and changes. Less well known, perhaps, are how it causes changes in the skin that do not affect all women equally, but largely depend on skin type and lifestyle. But – is there a solution?
Menopause marks the end of the reproductive stage and involves significant changes for women. But there are ways to cope. According to the Spanish Association for Menopause Studies (AEEM), menopause occurs at 51.4 years on average, once the body stops producing oestrogen and progesterone; it ends ovarian functioning and, therefore, the menstrual period. Hormonal changes are to blame for hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings and vaginal atrophy, and also ageing of the skin, in other words, dryness, wrinkles and sagging. Read More
Mexicans say that blue agave – the plant used to make tequila, the national drink of Mexico – has many health benefits. Now it seems that it also helps reduce skin wrinkles. We’ll soon have cosmetics based on agave tequilana.
A French company specializing in the production of natural ingredients for the cosmetics industry has launched an active ingredient in the market that could represent an alternative to the hyaluronic acid used in many cosmetic formulas. As we age, the production of hyaluronic acid in our skin decreases. The new ingredient, based on yeast oligosaccharides from blue agave leaves, works by stimulating the natural internal synthesis of hyaluronic acid. The skin is better hydrated and so becomes softer and smoother. Read More
Admittedly, all vitamins have an important role to play. Many are sold as essential supplements without which it would seem impossible to have a perfect complexion. But few studies support their effectiveness. What vitamins does the skin truly need? How effective are vitamin-based creams and food supplements?
It seems that without them our skin would look horrible. Vitamin A for dry skin problems such as acne or psoriasis. Vitamin B3 to prevent sun allergies. Vitamin B6 to balance oily skin. Vitamin C to repair sun damage, delay skin ageing and help collagen production. Vitamin D, produced by sunlight, to better absorb calcium and phosphorus, strengthen bones and prevent cavities. Vitamin E to fight free radicals and stimulate microcirculation. Finally, vitamin K (lately fashionable in cosmetic products), to prevent varicose veins and spider veins and reduce bags under the eyes. Read More
Spring has arrived. It’s getting warmer by the day and, although we may not notice it, our skin is being incerasingly exposed to the sun. Our skin knows how to naturally adapt to new weather conditions, but certain precautions are necessary to keep our skin in the best possible condition.
1. Avoid the sun. This is one of the key leitmotifs of this blog. Use sunglasses and sunscreen (and not just on the beach) and, as far as possible, avoid exposing the skin to direct sunlight. The neckline, neck and hands are especially vulnerable to premature photoageing. For a tanned look, rather than overdo sunbathing, better use a fake tanning cream, taking the necessary precautions first. Read More