If you (like us) have been joyously venturing back into the high street lately, you may have noticed a rather exciting new launch in M&S.
MenoGlow, co-created with PRAI and M&S, is the first ever skincare range designed exclusively for perimenopausal and menopausal skin. Did you know that menopause represents the most drastic change your skin will ever face? Given that this is a life stage that every single woman will go through, isn’t it about time we had smart, luxurious, targeted skincare to help us change for the better!
So, how does ‘MenoGlow’ work in real life and fit into your regular skincare routine? Here’s what you need to know:
When should I start using MenoGlow?
MenoGlow is designed to be used from your perimenopause which is 7-10 years before the menopause. This is typically around your mid-40s and can be a turbulent time as oestrogen levels start to fall or fluctuate. So how do you know if you’re in perimenopause? The most obvious sign is that your periods become irregular. Other symptoms include hot flushes, insomnia, mood swings and skin changes. “One of the first outward signs is an increase in dehydration as your body is less able to hold water in the skin,” says Katy Eccles, PRAI’s Commercial Director. “Your skin may look and feel much drier or duller than normal, seem to ‘drink up’ moisturiser, and wrinkles suddenly appear more noticeable.” Maybe your normal skincare suddenly feels like it’s not working, or that your skin has lost some of its glow? Now is the perfect time to add MenoGlow to your routine.
Where’s a good place to start?
“A good tip is to try either of the core moisturisers which are tailor-made to transform midlife skin – MenoGlow Collagen Boosting Cremegel Moisturiser for day or MenoGlow Super Hydrating Sleep Creme for night,” says Katy. “They are packed full of collagen-boosting peptides and Hyaluronic Acid to supercharge skin’s moisture levels, plumpness and luminosity. It’s a simple swap but you should notice improvements immediately.”
Do I have to use the entire range to get results?
No. MenoGlow is a curated edit of 5 products that represent the ultimate day to night routine for menopausal skin but each product has standalone benefits. The hero product for your handbag is the MenoGlow Hot Flush Cool Fix Serum, an ingenious rollerball gel that is a life-saver if you’re battling hot flushes. Roll it over your skin, even over makeup, to instantly cool heat and reduce redness. If you’re experiencing sensitivity and breakouts, the MenoGlow Collagen Boosting Cremegel Moisturiser has a wonderful light, cooling texture and contains anti-inflammatory heroes like Centella Asiatica and Sepicalm.
How do I mix MenoGlow with my regular skincare?
The beauty of MenoGlow is that you can swap in products from other ranges to get a complete routine that works for you. For instance, PRAI’s Gold range targets first signs of ageing and features powerful ingredients like Retinol that can dramatically reduce wrinkles or age spots. “I’d recommend adding your favourite eye cream or serum to the MenoGlow regime,” explains Katy. “Or experiment with textures. For instance, my skin prefers the slightly richer texture of 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Creme for daytime.”
If I’m a few years beyond menopause, can I still benefit from MenoGlow?
“Absolutely,” says Katy. “You don’t technically ‘come out’ of menopause, your body simply adjusts to a state of oestrogen deficiency. The collagen-boosting qualities of MenoGlow are fantastic for all but you may want to change your focus or textures as you get older, particularly over 60.” PRAI’s Platinum range is targeted at firming and lifting and contains cutting edge ‘anti-gravity technology’ to restore the skin’s structural support. “If you’re starting to notice looser, crepey skin, especially around the cheeks, I’d advise switching to Platinum for the daytime, such as Platinum Firm & Lift Intensive Serum, for enhanced visible lifting benefits,” says Katy. “You may want to continue with the MenoGlow Sleep range at night which is so fantastic for boosting moisture and collagen. And we ALWAYS want more collagen.”
What else is important at this time?
Don’t forget your neck! The skin on your neck is thinner, drier and can age up to 20x faster than your face. Here at PRAI we believe that taking a little extra time to care for your neck is one of the best ways to stay looking younger for longer. We’d never be without our famous Ageless Throat & Decolletage Creme – twice a day keeps the wrinkles at bay.