Healthspan September 08, 2017

The symptoms of the menopause can be tough to deal with at any time of the year, but the summer can be the worst. Dr Sarah Brewer, having worked as a GP and hospital doctor and now specialising in nutritional medicine, has some great advice for making it through a stuffy summer season. 

During the day

During the day your skin is in a constant battle against a number of environmental factors. Firstly, skin is susceptible to picking up bacteria that is either floating around in the air, or from anything that touches your skin. For example, have you ever heard that the average person touches their face over 2,000 times per day? This transfers germs onto the face making it susceptible to damage.

Skin also has to fight off UV damage which is present every time you go outdoors, or even when you sit in your car or by a window. What’s more, things such as pollution, smoking and unhealthy diets can also cause chemical damage.

These external influences mean that it’s important to give your skin the care it needs during the day. A product which provides SPF protection is a must. Also look out for antioxidants to help neutralise damaging free radicals.

As well as fighting off environmental factors, your skin is also working hard flexing and scrunching with every emotion that you have throughout the day. All of the blinking, smiling and squinting mean that skin can be prone to wrinkling in certain areas, especially around the eyes. Skin therefore needs adequate care to ensure it retains its elasticity and can spring back from these movements.

During the night

Whilst you sleep, your skin is given time to recover from the day. The repair and rejuvenation process which happens at night means that skin cell regeneration increases two-fold - beauty sleep is a real thing! Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to wake up with a well-rested, plump and bright appearance.

Higher body temperatures during the night mean that whatever you put on your skin is more easily absorbed - but it also means what you don’t take off will sink in too. Cleansing at night is therefore vital to ensure that you remove the debris you have picked up on your skin during the day. This applies to make-up as well, so remember to use a product which removes all traces.

Better absorption is also a great benefit, so make the most of it with a rich and hydrating night moisturiser that is packed with nutrients. Your skin will have been able to make the most of these by the time you wake up in the morning.

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