Sunday, 3 July 2011

One For Mom: Menopausal Skin

As some of you will know, there has been rather a lack of action on the blog front and this is due to the fact that I was visiting the folks back home in Asia with limited internet facilities! And I will be honest and admit to the fact that I was feeling makeup and skincare overload when I left London and sub-consciously steered away from looking or browsing any of the fab shops in Singapore and Malaysia.

Anyway I digress, whilst spending time with my beloved Mom who is going through, for want of a better term, the hormonal change! Now this unavoidable process happens to many women on a daily basis and whilst I have no personal experience with it and will never do, I can only gauge from talking to my mother and my aunts and various friends about it. Symptoms seem to vary from dryness of skin, excessive perspiration, hot flushes and skin sensitivity among others. Now while I can't comment on the biological effects of menopause, I can however and am quite happy to do so, address the skin needs. So before I left for Asia, I packed from my arsenal that is my stockroom items that I know would help address Mom's concerns. And before I go on to share what I brought, through the magic of Twitter, I got chatting to Sarah Brown, founder of Pai Skincare, a range that has recently been brought to my attention and after trying a few products, I am delighted to say is incredible for anyone wanting conscious organic skincare. Whilst chatting and addressing the topic of menopause, Sarah was finishing her latest post on the topic of menopausal skin and how to address some of the issues and you can read it here.

Pai Rosehip Bio-Regenerate  Fruit & Seed Oil Blend
If you're interested, you can see my review of this product here. I brought this back for my sister who is pregnant to use on her belly to help prevent stretch marks and suggested to Mom that she tries a few drops into her night moisturiser. She reported back that it worked a treat and she woke up to her skin feeling more calm and hydrated!

Alpha-H Age Delay Facial Oil & Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum
Thanks to me, my mom is already a fan of this range but whilst great for her, she was still complaining that her skin still felt dry on certain days. This after some research is a common effect of women going through menopause. Facial skin becomes drier and more sensitive so it is vital to use products that help protect, nurture and strengthen the skin. And with the above 2 products, the feedback after 3 weeks of use was very very positive. A few drops mixed in with your moisturiser or under it. She's already asked me to send more and some for her boss as well!

Decleor Arromessence Neroli Face Oil
Now this award-winning face oil with it's intoxicating calming scent was a hit with mom. The prescription advice from me was 3 drops under her night moisturiser before bed. The verdict? Another hit! She says her skin feels rested and less sensitive and most importantly more nourished!

Alpha-H Harmony Infusion & Sisley Floral Water
If you don't know, the weather is Malaysia is usually about 29C-35C on a daily basis all year round so for a woman suffering from hot flushes, this can be very very uncomfortable. So I suggested carrying around a bottle of face spritz to use throughout the day to cool and hydrate. Any brand would be good I suppose but the ones I know are good and have used before are the ones from Alpha-H and Sisley. I would even go as far as storing some in the fridge to keep cold!

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid
This was the first time in years that I have heard my mom express concerns on sun factor and wearing a sunscreen everyday. Apparently she has experienced a recent occurance of pigmentation and skin sensitivity. So i whip out my new weapon. An ultra light fluid that melts into nothing on skin and will not interfere with the constant perspiring that menopausal women experience!

Now while I cannot claim expertise on this subject, I am basing all this purely on my personal experience and my mom's. And hopefully it will come in handy if someone's looking for advice on tackling the many skincare issues that come with ageing and menopause. As always, discussion and if you have any other products that you've found useful please comment and share. By the way, so glad to be home!


  1. I really like the posts on the Pai blog, I have found them very useful. I recently ordered a sample kit to try so looking forward to seeing how I get on.

  2. Great post. It took ages for my mam to get her skincare regime right once she started going through the menopause.

  3. @Meeta: Isn't it just? Let me know what you get and we can compare notes. Thanks for commenting! x

    @cornflakegirl: Thanks hon, yeah my mom is lucky I suppose to have me to do the leg work for her. She has responded very well to what I suggested to her and I fear I migh have to provide for her very expensive skincare regime! Lol! Thanks again for the comment! x

  4. I've just started using the Pai camellia & rose cleanser which is really gentle on my skin.

    I love the sound of the La Roche-Posay so much that i've just ordered some, I'm booked in for a glycolic peel on Tuesday and I know I will need to start using sunblock on my face to look after it so this sounds perfect!

  5. @MadameGourmand: Oh great! Good luck for the peel, it's a great way to refresh skin but you're very right, you will need to wear sunblock of a decent factor on a daily basis. Let me know how you get on? Thanks for making time to comment! xx

  6. Your mum is very lucky to have you and your wealth of knowledge and arsenal of skin care goodies! I am not menopausal, today at least! However I do have mature dry skin and I have found that after cleansing if I spray my face with a water spray (I use Avene but imagine the Sisley or Alpha H would be lovely) and then whilst my face is still damp I apply a couple of drops of facial oil which "locks in" the water from the spray, bit like applying baby oil to damp skin after a shower. It also seems to emulsify the oil and make it much easier for my skin to absord, a dollop of rich moisturiser once the oil has sunk in and my skin feels hydrated for the day!

  7. This post has been really helpful to me. I have recently purchased some Alpha H products and found the facial oil very soothing. I think now I will invest in the Liquid Gold serum. Appologies if this post appears more than once but I have had difficulties posting it here.
    Many thanks, Catherine xx

  8. @ihavemostlybeen: Thanks for that! I will let my mom know about this tip and it sounds like a very practical one as well! X

    @Catherine: Hi Catherine thanks for ths comment, glad to see that you're enjoying AH and I would love to know how you get on with the serum so keep me posted ok? Thanks again xx

  9. Aww, how good a son are you?! Welcome home!

  10. @Twelve52: Haha thanks, Mom's not complaining that's all I am saying! x

  11. very interesting products.these are perfectgifts for my mom but i'll robably just purchase one or two :)

  12. @sky@laestetica: Hi, thanks and I hope they work for your mom too! Please let me know which ones you get and how your mom gets on with them ok? Thanks for taking the time to comment and read the post! X