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How to Choose a Moisturiser That Suits Dry, Menopausal Celtic Skin

Celtic skin is less oily, so while this seems a virtue, once we hit menopause it starts looking drier, sooner. And what’s worse, it’s even more sensitive. Don’t worry… there are 3 things you can do!

First, what you need to do is look for products that contain nourishing ingredients, that will feed your skin and restore some of that protective oily layer that sebum normally provides. Don’t panic – this is a healthy layer of skin-friendly oils that feed and protect for example, anti inflammatory omega three oils and antioxidant rich botanical extracts.

Look for moisturisers that contain Argan or rosehip oil rich in Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Argan will be described as Argania spinosa on the label, while rosehip will be shown as Rosa canina. The higher these items are listed, the greater proportion was used in the formula. A decent moisturiser will feature a higher amount, so expect a matching price tag.

The second thing for Celtic skin is looking for ingredients that are soothing and calming for sensitive skin such as jojoba, aloe vera, calendula, marula, rosehip or rosewater. Dry skin is stressed skin. These botanicals bring calm to your skin and allow it to begin renewing itself.

The third step for Celtic skin is remembering how extra sensitive it is, and treating it with TLC – so ditch any harsh foaming cleansers, sharp scrubby bits or artificial ingredients that suck moisture away or damage your skin.

Instead, switch to cream based cleansers, biodegradable scrubs, and richer natural based moisturisers that will soothe and protect.

It’s no point wrecking your skin with harsh cleansers and hoping your moisturiser will rescue the damage. Be gentle, through your entire skincare routine and you will see how your skin can heal itself when you give it the right ingredients.

Instead, look for calming botanicals such as lavender hydrosol, sea buckthorn, or rosewater. These are anti inflammatory and help soothe skin that is easily irritated.

Dry skin is also dehydrated so you need to add moisture from within and without. The kind of moisture dry skin will lap up comes from flowers, think rosewater, aloe vera and lavender distillate. These gorgeous natural ingredients bring increased moisture and help make skin dewy soft. Not only that, but they are at the perfect pH for a healthy skin.

Botanical extracts when grown and processed with care, contain the life force and energetics of those plants. These premium extracts cost more to produce and are sought after by artisan skincare formulators.

Other skin-friendly ingredients to look out for during menopause are pomegranate, sea buckthorn, MSM and hyaluronic acid as well as an affordable humectant called glycerine. (You may recall your granny’s rosewater, witch hazel and glycerine toner?)

So there you have three tips to get your dry skin under control. Look for nourishing omegas and fatty acids, add soothing and calming botanicals and include hydrating extracts.

When you switch to a gentle yet powerful natural skincare routine and healthier lifestyle, including what you eat, what you drink, your exercise and sleep patterns, your dry menopausal skin will transform itself. The more hydrating and nourishing your routine, the faster you will see results.

Wendy Gardner is a master skin care specialist and aromatherapist with over 14 years’ experience sharing beauty secrets from around the world with clients who choose to look and feel young, regardless of age

Top 10 Foods for Great Skin

10. Green tea: Are you aware that taking green tea can help you burn calories? Besides burning calories, taking this beverage ensures the skin is properly hydrated. Hydration is an essential factor for great skin. Green tea can be used to treat acne and reduce sunburn. It contains useful antioxidants that can help treat and prevent certain skin diseases.

9. Soy: You can use soy or try soymilk that contains no lactose. It has been proven that the extract contains a plant compound called Isoflavones that can improve the production of collagen; thus, prevent wrinkles and inflammation of the skin.

8. Flaxseed: Including flaxseed in your daily meal can help improve your health. The body cannot break down flaxseed, so it has to be ground before you can ingest them. Flaxseed is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids; these acids are useful in preventing acne, skin rashes or irritation and dermatitis. It can also help trap moisture on the skip when applied topically; therefore, it keeps the skin hydrated.

7. Eggs: This food has been used to treat several skin problems for a very long time. The egg white can be applied on the face as a facial mask to help tighten the skin and remove blemish. It also contains essential amino acid that can improve collagen production.

6. Oatmeal: This is another essential food that can be used as a home remedy facial mask. It contains amino acids that can treat acne and other skin conditions. You don’t have to worry when using this food on your skin; it is hypoallergenic; thus, it can work on any skin.

5. Sunflower seeds: Besides being a nice snack, they are also suitable for your skin. This seed is an excellent source of vitamin E and other essential compounds that can help prevent wrinkles, dermatitis, eczema and promote healthy skin. This food also contains copper which helps in the production of melanin; this ensures your skin maintains a beautiful color and prevent the effects of ultraviolet rays on the skin.

4. Yogurt: Besides improving digestion, yogurt is also good when applied as a mask on the skin. It can help improve your skin by preventing wrinkles and blemishes. It also contains ingredient that can fight or kill harmful organism found on the skin.

3. Chocolate: Many are of the opinion that chocolate is bad for our health; however, it has a lot of benefits especially the dark chocolate. It can help reduce stress, blood pressure, and also skin problems caused by stress. It also contains antioxidants that can help prevent the damage of free radicals.

2. Walnut: Walnuts have numerous health benefits. It is a good source of Vitamin B and can help prevent wrinkles, reduce the aging effect, alleviates stress and avert stress-related skin conditions. The oil can also be used as a moisturizer, thus, preventing dry skin or cracks on the skin.

1. Water: How often do you take water? Water has numerous benefits, especially on the skin. Keeping the skin hydrated at all time is important for a great/healthy skin. Many dermatological problems arise from skin dehydration; therefore, drink a lot of water (8 glasses per day) can help prove skin, remove toxins and ensure proper distributions of nutrients the body requires to maintain a healthy and great skin.