I just want to start by saying I’m definitely no expert on menopause, far from it! I am coming from a place of personal experience, good and bad in the hope that I can bring something helpful to your routine. I’ve been going through early menopause since my late twenties, I know pretty young to start but its something that had been discussed as a side effect of a couple of the medications I was taking to control my Autoimmune Condition. I was definitely shocked when it happened But like most medical things there’s not much you can do.
After living with the side effects for a few years I realised I needed to change a few things. I was forever fighting hot sweats, beetroot face ( because I’m so fair ) my skin feeling dull, just lacking like I’d lost my glow. Then there were the sore breasts, low moods, irritation, fatigue and just generally feeling frustrated.
I knew I had to pick my battles, there were some things I could control and some I just had to ride out.
My makeup was something I’d always taken pride in, I always felt better when I made an effort. I decided to start looking at my routine to see what I could do, if anything, to try and boost my confidence a little.
It was at this point I realised that powder was not a good idea, when you mix it with constant sweats by the end of the day I looked like I’d stuck my face in a plate of rice pudding. Honestly it was not a good look, bits of powder and foundation clumping together and running down my face.
This was the point I decided to experiment with and try wearing more cream based products, I found that they didn’t cause the same issues during and after a hot sweat. The application was much easier and my skin instantly felt less dull with a cream base. Then you’ve got the option to quickly touch up, fix and re-fresh when needed. I’ve found this really helpful especially as I’m mixing hot flushes with the added heat of the Summer months.
I’ve always known that less is definitely more, not just during ” The Pause ” but as we get older too. I think its so easy to just apply our products in the standard format that we’re used to, or we’ve been shown, Brows, Foundation, Concealer, Bronzer, Blush, Powder, Lips… but actually by cutting back in the makeup dept you can shave years off your face.
Most days I just use concealer for a base, touch in the areas I need a little coverage and blend out from there. This is far more flattering on my skin especially as I can avoid any areas that are showing signs of ageing, around the mouth, eyes, forehead.
Then I apply my other layers very thinly, most of the time just using cream bronzer for colour and a little blush for balance. I keep my blush high as this gives a more lifted look to my face and add a little highlight for a healthy glow.
The other product that I think is a must is a really good setting spray, now I don’t mean one that’s going to set your face like concrete for the day because that kind of defeats the purpose of what we are doing.
I want a spray with a really high level of hydration, a beautiful fine mist and lots of great ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Water that I can use throughout the day to refresh my face when I need it.
I’ve been using cream products for over 10years now and I think I’ve got the hang of it, I definitely think my face looks much better for it and I know its helped my confidence. I will pop a few of my favorite products below that I use regularly as well as brands that I think have really though about the women they want to wear their products and are getting it right.
Brands to look at ;
I hope this has been helpful to you in some way, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to chat or ask any questions.