The effects of the menopause are felt across the body, but one that is all too often overlooked is its impact on the skin.
In addition to hot flushes and general fatigue, the hormonal changes of the menopause cause collagen production to drop, meaning that your face may lose elasticity, feel significantly drier, and begin to lack natural plumpness and ‘glow’.
The experts at Vichy have spent 20 years researching this correlation – and now, they’ve come up with a solution. The brand’s new Neovadiol Phytosculpt Neck and Face product uses ‘resculpting and firming technology’ to sculpt facial contours and provide a nourishing, tightening effect where you want it most.
After testing the neck and face balm, which uses the active ingredient phytostreol to stimulate the production of new epidermal cells, 94 per cent of reviewers agreed their skin was smoother, 87 per cent said it was firmer, and 72 per cent felt the wrinkles on their neck were less visible.
‘You see the results even after using it twice. Skin is firmed and lifted,’ wrote one. ‘Easy to apply. Its great for reducing puffiness and generally smoothing the contours of the face and neck. It’s a miracle for my skin.’
‘The first thing that began to suffer during the menopause was my neck,’ another explained. ‘Even just after a short time of using Phytosculpt, my neck started to feel smoother and now is feeling firmer too. I’ve also noticed that my cheeks seem to have plumped out a bit.
‘It leaves my skin feeling wonderfully soft and I only have to use a thin film. It absorbs immediately and is non greasy. This will definitely be part of my beauty regime from now on and I would highly recommend it.’
Menopause often makes its presence most known particularly around the neck and jawline, which is why this new product is formulated to target these areas.
However, there is already a wider Neovadiol line that contains a range of serums and moisturisers to address a number of concerns for women during menopause and beyond; and with no bottle or tube costing more than £30, you may well find it a worthy investment.