The principle of a skincare routine is something that has stood the test of time, from Ancient Greeks massaging in olive oil to Victorians toning and refreshing their skin with rosewater.
While we might have vastly more products available to us today, as well as greater scientific knowledge around what we do and why we do it, the basics haven't changed all that much. So why is a regular, cleanse, tone and moisturise skincare routine so powerful, and how can you supercharge it for hormonal balance during the menopause?
The benefits of a regular skincare routine
Broadly speaking, you probably already know the basic benefits of a regular skincare routine. Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, it's a really nice thing to do for yourself, giving you a short (or long) period of self-care at the start and end of the day - time to gather your thoughts and nurture mind and body.
However, there are practical skincare benefits to a skincare routine as well, with each step in a cleanse, tone and moisturise ritual providing different benefits to the skin.
The benefits of cleansing
Cleansing in the first instance is about cleaning away any excess oil, dirt, make-up or pollutants that have gathered on the skin's surface over the course of the day or night.
However, by using the right products, it can also gently remove dead skin cells, help to hydrate skin, keep it healthy and boost blood flow to the surface.
Lots of people tend to lean towards quite astringent cleansers, especially if they're experiencing oily skin or breakouts (one of the skin side effects of menopause and hormonal changes). However, they can often make the situation worse, drying out the skin and actually increasing oil production.
For that reason, we recommend using a cleansing oil to help balance skin, at the same time nourishing and cleansing.
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Benefits of toning
Toning is a rather magical step in your skincare routine, performing a variety of functions. It starts by acting as a second, gentle cleanse to make sure all impurities are removed, but it also freshens and hydrates the skin, helps minimise pores, soothes, helps tighten the skin and helps it to retain moisture.
For anyone experiencing hot flashes as a result of hormonal changes, a cooling and refreshing toner can also be used as a spritz throughout the day, especially when it contains natural sources of oestrogen to superpower its effects.
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Benefits of moisturising
Moisturisers should be a really enjoyable part of your regular skincare routine, nourishing the skin, helping to prevent dryness and supporting the skin in its repair processes. It is also a powerful ally in protecting the skin from the elements and pollution, and sealing in moisture.
The trick is to find a moisturiser that doesn't just sit on the surface, but that's easily absorbed so it can work its magic on a deeper level. During menopause, lots of people find that their skin texture changes, but with natural ingredients you can find solutions that work hard without irritating.
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Should you add a serum?
A serum is a real bonus point when it comes to your regular skincare routine. It can be used daily, or added in as a boosting treatment whenever you feel the need for a bit of extra TLC. The reason for using one will depend a little on the specifics of the serum that you choose, but broadly speaking, they are concentrated, luxurious and designed to deeply nourish and support your skincare goals.
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The benefits of different morning and nighttime skincare routines
At MPlus, we are particular fans of having different products for morning and evening skincare routines. No, it's not just a reason to sell more products - it's because the products you choose can provide different benefits to your skin and wider wellbeing at the start and end of the day.
For example, you might use richer ingredients in the evening that can work their magic overnight, but might be a bit heavy during the day. We also like to infuse our skincare products with ingredients that will support other wellbeing goals during menopause.
For example, our morning skincare products are designed to be motivating, containing essential oils to boost your energy levels and mindset. Meanwhile, our evening skincare products contain essential oils and natural ingredients to calm your mood and help support a better night's sleep.
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