A Regimen Reboot for Menopausal Skin
Night sweats. Hot flashes. Flushing. Breakouts. Your hormones haven’t been this temperamental since pregnancy or adolescence. The hormonal fluctuations of menopause will bring changes to your skin ranging from acne flare-ups to sagging and wrinkles.
Surges of testosterone fuel acne. The rapid decrease in estrogen levels undermines firmness and smoothness by breaking down collagen and elastin. Slowing cell metabolism causes a buildup of dead skin cells leaving skin looking dull and heavy.
Don’t panic. For each of these issues, there is a remedy. It’s time for a regimen reboot. Let’s walk through the basic steps.
The role of a cleanser is so much more than cleansing. You’re not just removing dirt, oil, and makeup when you cleanse. You’re removing dead skin cells to clear the way for your next steps. It’s also an opportunity nourish cells and bolster a healthy skin barrier, which is crucial for moisture retention and keeping irritation and redness under control.
Don’t just use any old cleanser. Choose one that gives you multiple benefits. And work in some physical exfoliation a few times a week to help get rid of dry flaking skin and to stimulate renewal.
Vivant’s Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser calms inflammation and redness and strengthens the skin barrier. Green tea has a superabundance of bioactive polyphenols that protect cells from free radical damage, provide protection against UV damage, and help maintain healthy collagen formation. Green tea has been shown to help reduce sebum production and has mildly astringent qualities. It’s everything your skin needs right now.
Buffing Grains Exfoliating Cleanser can be used on its own or combined with Green Tea Antioxidant Cleanser for a rejuvenating scrub.
Clarify & Refine
If you left toner behind when thought you were done with acne, it’s time to get this key player back into rotation. A toner lifts away the last traces of dirt, makeup, oil, soap residue, and cellular debris so your corrective serums can get in and do their magic.
Maybe you had the impression that toners are drying. Not so. A good toner aids your skin in retaining moisture by balancing the skin’s pH level and providing ingredients to nourish and calm. Look for one that has antioxidant and exfoliating ingredients to protect against photodamage and encourage cell regeneration.
Vivant’s alcohol-free Daily Repair Pads are formulated with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and rejuvenating ingredients to prevent breakouts, improve skin texture and tone, and prep skin for better absorption of corrective serums. The exfoliating acid trio of mandelic, lactic, and salicylic is balanced by healing zinc peptides and niacinamide.
For sensitive skin, Skin Nourishing Toner gently targets acne, aging, and discoloration with protective and regenerative ingredients including mandelic acid, green tea extract, rosehip oil, niacinamide, and witch hazel.
Repair and Rejuvenate
Without intervention, the effects of slower cell turnover, decreased collagen production, and the accumulation of environmental damage will show up as dullness, fine lines, discoloration, and loose skin.
You can enhance skin firmness and lift with peptides, which signal the body to produce additional collagen and hyaluronic acid. Peptides also calm and reduce redness that can result from flushing. Increase elasticity, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, and protect against future signs of aging with Rejuv Rx Peptide Concentrate, a 2017 Dermascope Magazine Aestheticians’ Choice Award Winner.
The other critical component to restoring radiance is exfoliation to remove dead skin cells, reignite collagen production, and fade excess pigment. The best ingredients for the job are acids, which work on the surface to dissolve the glue binding dead cells, and vitamin A propionate to accelerate cell metabolism and spur the synthesis of new collagen.
If your skin is not already acclimated to vitamin A, start with our gentle regenerator Derm-A Gel Daily Vitamin A and work your way up to the most intensive of Vivant’s patented vitamin A serums Exfol-A™ Forté, a transformative AHA cocktail formulated for superior exfoliating effect with less irritation.
To maximize effects, use Rejuv Rx in the morning and your vitamin A therapy at night.
Your need for sun protection hasn’t changed. In fact, as your skin ages and thins, you may have less natural protection. Start your day with Spin Trap Antioxidant Serum. Vitamin C neutralizes free radicals, naturally brightens, and is an essential element in the synthesis of collagen. Vitamin E repairs UV damage and protects from further harm. Together they have an unmatched synergy that increases the effects of both.
Your final step is sunscreen and hydration. Day Treatment Lotion SPF 15 gets a healing and rejuvenating boost from zinc peptides and whole leaf aloe. Use in place of a morning moisturizer to prevent further damage from UV exposure. At night, replenish and hydrate with Marine Skin Nourishing Cream. Its deeply renewing blend of antioxidants, bioactive marine minerals, amino acids, and sea proteins seal in moisture and restore suppleness and elasticity.
Make it part of your regimen. Good sleep, healthy diet, exercise, and stress reduction are more important than ever. Take time to take care. A weekly date with our clarifying and radiance restoring Algae Soft Mask is a good place to start.