MATURE SKIN AND HOW TO TREAT HOLISTICALLY
For me, the skin exhibits three main signs of aging: loss of elasticity, discolouration and formation of rhytides (lines and wrinkles) on the face and neck. When dealing with aging, it is important to address the root causes and sun damage, stress and anxiety, hormonal changes and genetics all play a role. There is a lot of media focus on ‘reversing the signs of aging’ but I prefer to look at ‘restoring healthy glow.’ During and after the menopause – which can span several years – our natural oestrogen levels become depleted, affecting the skin’s oil and collagen production and although there is no magical anti-aging cream or ingredient, research has shown that diet, sleep, stress, and care of the skin all affect the skin’s visible aging processes. Many of the clients I see feel that they have tried everything possible, and are frustrated that they are out of control of their skin. My holistic approaches to the care of mature skin are always based on clinical research. Here are some of my recommendations if you are struggling:
Connections between our gut and skin health are well documented. Digestive system problems such as irritable bowel or a leaky gut are very common in Western society today, but the symptoms may go unnoticed in our busy lives. Try starting your day with a simple juice each morning. Celery with a teaspoon of ground turmeric with or without some ice or coconut water is a good option, as this has anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties. Always drink your morning juice on an empty stomach, as this allows the nutrients to be absorbed effectively through the gut wall.
If Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), is not your thing, or you are unable to have it due to health reasons, a plant-based oestrogen supplement could help to restore circulating oestrogen levels and balance the skin’s sebum production which could be making your skin more dehydrated and dry or oily and prone to breakouts.
Trials have shown that Sunscreen and Retinol offer the most effective protection and prevention when it comes to ageing. Using a broad spectrum sunscreen every day will protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays which can lead to loss of skin firmness, lines and wrinkles and hyper-pigmentation. Retinol is a Vitamin A derivative and has exfoliating and tightening properties, reducing dark spots and wrinkles over time.
70 years ago, 2 dermatologists discovered that there is a direct link between our mind and skin health, yet today many clinical dermatology approaches continue to ignore this. If you are aware of stresses in your life from work, finance or family pressures for instance, think about ways that you can counteract these issues by nourishing yourself; even small changes can help. I advise being outside in the fresh air for at least 10 minutes daily; having some essential oils where you sleep and work – lavender, geranium, orange and sandalwood oils are good options - help to calm the nervous system, and can be sprinkled onto tissues and pillows, or used in an aromatherapy burner or diffuser. Meditation or some simple breathing exercises at bedtime is another great way to reduce stress.
Here to helpI also offer a range of treatments to help restore the skin’s glow at my clinics in Bromley, Kent and London. If you would like to arrange a full consultation with me, please click here to get in touch.