The perfect companion for dealing with menopause - you don't have to let hot flashes, sleep disruption, and roller coaster emotions drag you down! And let's not forget about hair changes like hair loss or thinning - we sat down with the experts at Faace with our Varderer Stylist Samuel Ashcroft to get their tips and tricks on how to rock your hair and skin routine while you go through this period. You'll still be looking and feeling fabulous!
Noticeable changes in your hair and skin since perimenopause or menopause? You’re not alone.
51 is the average age for women to reach the menopause, but around 1 in 100 experience symptoms pre-40. In the UK alone that means 3.4 million of us could be experiencing menopause before we hit the big 4-0. And as if going through the perimenopause and menopause wasn’t tough enough, all of a sudden, your skin and hair starts playing up too. Things get weaker, more vulnerable and void of that youthful glow.
One common change that many women experience during menopause is thinning hair. As levels of the hormone oestrogen decline, the hair growth cycle is affected, resulting in weaker and thinner hair.
Samuel recommends the Josh Wood Colour Root Smudge for those dealing with sparse and thinning hair. The Root Smudge helps to create a fuller, thicker hairline, whilst also covering any pesky greys. As a Stylist, Samuel loves that the powder is simple to apply and offers quick, visible results. Give it a go - your hair will thank us later!
Additionally, treating your hair to gentle Hair Care specifically that is formulated for thinning hair will really help. Opt for the Josh Wood Colour Fine and Fragile Shampoo and Conditioner. They'll provide an extra boost of volume, while also nourishing and protecting your scalp. A win-win!
Another challenge Samuel notices with his menopausal clients is super dry hair. With the decrease in oestrogen levels, hair often becomes more fragile and dry. This change in texture can make your hair feel lifeless and dull. To replenish moisture and shine incorporate the deeply conditioning Miracle Mask into your hair care routine at least once a week. That said, Samuel recommends some clients to use it as their regular conditioner. Our Thirsty Hair Kit is the perfect for regular rehydration.
Also consider using one of our semi-permanent Hair Gloss treatments which will help tone and revitalise your hair. As the Josh Wood Colour Gloss Range is packed with Shea Butter and Perilla Oil not only is it ideal for boosting your colour but it will really help to provide your hair with moisture and mirror like shine. Whether you like to neutralise warmth or add some rich tones to your hair, we have a Gloss for you.
Faace’s Dr Sonia, The GP Derm says, “As there is a relationship between collagen production, skin thickness, and lack of oestrogen, the skin is much thinner in menopause. Skin cell renewal also slows down leading to dull and rough skin. The skin gets even dryer, showing more pronounced lines and wrinkles.
Skin can be very unpredictable and sensitised during the perimenopause phase due to the changing levels of oestrogen. I would advise introducing vitamin A/retinoid to normalise and regulate the healthy functioning of the skin cells, as well as hyaluronic acid/glycerin/shea butter. The skin can get much drier and more sensitive/rosacea prone when you reach menopause so steer clear of abrasive treatments and deep scrubs if this is you.”
Dr Sonia’s key ingredients to look out for include:
- Glycerin and Hyaluronic acid (sodium hyaluronate) – both hold moisture (present in the Faace Menopause Faace Mask), ceramides (help with skin barrier)
- Sunscreen – for sun spots/pigmentation/sun protection to help preserve collagen
- Tyrosinase inhibitors for pigmentation– for example, kojic acid (in the Faace Menopause Faace Mask)
- Vit A/retinol –for improved skin quality, to counteract sebum/acne prone skin and help with dullness/fine lines
- Antioxidants: like Vitamin C (Faace Tired Faace Mask)
If you’re someone who enjoys colouring your hair at home or regularly visits the salon, it is important to be mindful of the products and treatments you use.
Harsh treatments like bleach, relaxers or perms can further damage and weaken already fragile hair without expert help.
For those who like to colour their hair at home try our award winner conditioning colour system like the Josh Wood Colour Miracle System, which is rich in Vitamins B3 and B5 plus Omega 3 & 6 to condition whilst you colour. This will not only provide a salon finish at home but provide your hair with the much needed moisture and care it craves.
For those who prefer to visit the salon, work with your Expert Colourist on how to adapt your colour to your hair condition so you still feel and look amazing! Fancy meeting our experts? Book an appointment at our salon here