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My skin type changes over time – Myth or Fact?

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If you’ve ever wondered why some products which used to work wonders on you previously just don’t anymore, you’re not alone! 

With 40 years of experience in the beauty industry, we’ve served customers who have been with us for more than 20-30 years and we’ve seen how their skins have changed with time, and age. This may be due to a myriad of reasons, and our skin can also change more than once in our lifetime. 

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Hence, it is important to understand our current skin condition before we make any skincare purchases. A tip to bear in mind is, what works for somebody else may not work the same on your skin, and choosing something tailored to your skin needs is important when it comes to skincare.

How and why does it happen

Our skin can change over time for many different reasons, and sometimes, for more than one reason. Here are 4 main reasons that can cause our skin to change.

  • Ageing

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The onset of menopause usually occurs in our late 40s-50s, and this causes our body to change, starting from the hormones produced, or the lack thereof, and their effects. Studies show that women’s skin loses about 30% of its collagen during the first five years of menopause, which is a key component of our skin to keep the skin firm and supple, and a diminished amount will lead to skin dryness, wrinkles and sagging skin.

  • Stress Hormones 

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Stress causes a hormone known as cortisol to be secreted from our body, and this causes a change in our sebaceous glands leading to an increase in sebum production. This means our skin will become oilier, which will then lead to a series of skin woes such as enlarged and congested pores which can lead to acne. On top of that, cortisol may also impair your skin’s immunity, resulting in increased sensitivity to external environment stressors.

  • Climate Changes

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If you find your skin changing after having shifted to somewhere where the climate is different from what you are accustomed to, this can also cause a shift in your skin condition. If you’ve shifted to somewhere where the weather is drier you may notice that your skin is becoming drier, and possibly even starting to flake. On the flip side, if you have shifted to somewhere where the climate is more humid, you may find your skin turning congested and oily. 

  • Medication

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Medication can affect your skin too! If you have recently started on a new medication and found your skin to be changing, this could be the cause. Certain types of medication can cause your skin to become drier, or more sensitive. It is best to speak to your doctor on the possible side-effects of your medication, and ask for ways to counter or treat any side effects occurring from it.

What should I do?

Isolate the cause and adjust your skincare routine! Often, we find ourselves sticking to the same old skincare routine out of comfort (or sheer laziness), without paying attention to the changes our skin may be going through. 

Instead, we should be vigilant to subtle changes in our skin and make purposeful adjustments to our skincare regime so that our skin is able to get what it needs and deserves.

  • If you are facing dry skin, try this!

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Dry and flaky skin can cause itchiness and irritation to our skin. A good way to prevent that will be to use a moisturiser that helps to lock in the moisture on your skin. Look out for a moisturiser which contains emollients such as shea butter, jojoba oil and squalane (which besides imparting soft, smoothening effects to the skin), can over time help to nourish the skin and strengthen the skin barrier to improve dry, sensitive skin condition, and reduce moisture loss.

The ActivCalm Anti-Stress Hydra Cream contains ceramides to seal in moisture, and soften and nourish the skin.  

  • Is your skin dehydrated and screaming for water?

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Incorporate moisturisers with humectants such as glycerin and hyaluronic acid that attract and bind water, helping to draw water into the stratum corneum. They help to increase the amount of water within the skin, and store it away until it is needed. This means, your skin will be kept hydrated throughout the day!

The VitaLift A+ Cellular Ultra-Repair Cream contains both glycerin and hyaluronic acid in its formula to provide the skin with an optimal amount of water content to keep the skin hydrated all day. 

  • Counteract oily and acne-prone skin with this!

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Acne is truly the bane of our existence, and requires a lot of time and patience to treat. Pick out ingredients that target the root cause of the problem, yet is gentle on the skin, to prevent irritation and sensitivity.

The PurClear Anti-Acne Serum and Detoxifying Mask is a pore-fect duo, with ingredients such as tea-tree oil, a slow-release salicylic acid that is suitable for even sensitive skin users, and a water-shuttle technology to keep your skin hydrated across 12 hours. Say hello to clear skin in no time! 

Pro-tip: Avoid pore-clogging ingredients such as soybean oil, coconut oil and cocoa butter as these are comedogenic ingredients, and may cause acne. 

  • Is age causing your skin to slacken?

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Time and tide wait for no man, and signs of ageing (think wrinkles, crow’s feet and slackened jowls) will start appearing on your visage before you know it. As our skin condition deteriorates with age, we should be switching our skincare to minimise those dreaded effects! Start incorporating products that focus on cellular and collagen renewal to keep your skin supple and youthful, thereby preventing the effects of sagging skin that comes with age. 

Did you know, serums have active ingredients in them that penetrate deeply into your skin, providing a much more effective solution in treating problem areas when compared to a moisturiser. Try the VitaLift A+ Miracle Lift Serum for an intense firming and lifting solution to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!

In Good Hands,
Estetica

References:
https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/skin-care-secrets/anti-aging/skin-care-during-menopause

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