Has your skin lost a little of its bloom? Plastering on more make-up won’t help if you’re battling with any these…

Even if you’ve always had clear skin, when you through the menopause you can suddenly find you have adult acne, caused by hormonal changes. Often this appears long the jaw line, chin and neck.

Dehydration and stress make your skin’s PH levels more acidic and the toxins need to come out somewhere. The result: eczema.

Moving from heat to cold and back again can trigger rosacea, which is skin that flushes with persistent redness. If you’re a sufferer, you can also get flare-ups triggered by alcohol and stress.

The sun not only ages our skin but also causes discoloration and pigmentation patches, dryness and flare-ups, when the skin becomes infected, inflamed and itchy. Age spots on the face and hands can be caused by sun damage. This is why it’s essential to use the right sun protection.

If you travel a lot and take a lot of flights it can lead to dehydration that leads to flare ups and dull and lifeless skin. Smoking and excessive alcohol can also dull the skin.

As well as hormonal changes, open pores are due to loss of elasticity which makes the skin become more coarse. Excessive sun exposure leads to damage that also makes your pores look bigger.

Sensitive skin expert Claudia Fallah created her own skincare brand using natural ingredients to tackle her own skin issues. Here she offers some advice on keeping your skin at its best.

“Taking care of the skin is not just external – it’s important to hydrate your skin which means drinking enough water. Keep a bottle at your desk so you can monitor how much you drink in the day. Exercise is also important, giving you more of a glow because you absorb more oxygen when you exercise. Also you feel better, and which affects your hormone, impacting on your skin.

Prevention is better than cure. A good skincare routine is really important. Cleanse every day, especially at night, as all the pollution and sweat and dirt is on your skin, and if you don’t cleanse it just sits there and breeds. This can trigger more skin problems.

You don’t need expensive creams, just the basics. Always cleanse and moisturise at night and as the skin regenerates and repairs itself overnight, give it a booster in the form of a serum too. As well as moisturiser you need to wear sun protection on your face in the daytime. Use something light, sheer and velvety that complements your skin while protecting.

We all have different skin issues, so make sure you use products with the right ingredients for your skin. A good facialist can advise you on this, preventing you spending money needlessly. Little changes can make a big difference, so while you’re there ask about the treatments that will improve your skin’s elasticity and give you a younger, fresher complexion.

What we eat affects the PH level of the blood. So if you eat a lot of acidic food, like sugar, grains, fizzy drinks and processed foods, it will affect the skin. Eat healthy greens and fruit to neutralise the PH level in your blood, keeping your skin younger. We’re 80% water and if we become dehydrated our blood becomes more acidic, and that affects the whole body, especially the skin, so drink, drink and drink again”.

Words: Louisa B