Menopause can bring many unwanted symptoms; some of which are irritating and can become an inconvenience to everyday life. One of the most obvious signs is when your skin begins to age, during which time it loses elasticity causing wrinkles and can become very dry.

The hormone changes in your body also lead to your skin becoming thin and less supple as your collagen levels drop typically by 30 per cent over the first five years.

In addition, the growth and maintenance of blood capillaries in the dermis are partially under the control of the estrogens meaning that the skin becomes starved of nutrients, vitamins and oxygen leading to a thinning and weakening of the skin and again the rapid formation of deep wrinkles.

Now, there is a range of products that can help combat these dramatic signs of ageing by reducing wrinkles and encouraging your own body to improve its own collagen production. This give your skin a boost and make you feel rejuvenated, as well as using the carefully chosen combination of ingredients to make menopausal skin look and feel renewed.

Stratum C Menopause Protect Cream and Repair Serum were developed following fundamental research by a member of their scientific advisory group, Professor Ian Hamley at the University of Reading, which was published in the Journal of Molecular Pharmaceutics in March 2013.

The discovery showed that a special combination of peptides caused the body’s own cells to nearly double their own rate of collagen production. Peptides are found in all of us and are combinations of amino acids, which are the building blocks of natural life and have been widely studied for their use in medicine and wound healing.

In addition to the collagen producing peptides Forme Labs, a Surrey based, UK company, formulated Stratum C to contain high quality Hyaluron to hydrate and moisturise the skin even into the lower levels of the dermis.

Finally to combat existing wrinkles they included a muscle-tightening ingredient that has been shown in clinical trials to reduce existing deep wrinkles by 40 per cent within one month. The base moisturiser in Stratum C is based on natural luxurious products well known to the beauty industry including Jojoba Oil, Seaweed Extract and Apricot Oil, which is a good source of Vitamin A and E, that are also lost during menopause.

The products are recommended to be used from the first to last symptoms of menopause but following this period the body re-enters a more balanced hormonal phase in which collagen production returns to more normal levels, reducing the need for a specialist menopause skin product.

With normal use, both products should last three months. Stratum C Menopause Protect Cream is £85 for a 50ml jar and £49 for 15ml pump of the sought-after intense Stratum C Menopause Repair Serum.

When you buy the products together, you receive them at the special value price of £120, making a saving of nearly £15.

Forme Labs would love to hear your feedback and can be contacted by emailing directly or by getting in touch with their Customer Service desk by phone or using their contact page online.

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Ever since Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, mentioned she used a bee venom face mask while preparing for her wedding in 2012, it has become the skincare solution picked up by the media as the No. 1 beauty trend of 2013.

Dubbed ‘nature’s botox’, Manuka Doctor’s apitherapy based skincare products are a runaway success, after being introduced as the first such brand available online and on the British high street. Stocked in Holland and Barratt and Superdrug, as well as on its own website, Manuka Doctor offers two main skincare ranges – ApiNourish and ApiClear.

ApiClear provides balance for skin that’s prone to blemishes and spots, with a focus on combination, normal and oily skin. Specially formulated to work together; the Manuka Doctor ApiClear Foaming Cleanser, Facial Toner and Moisturising Lotion give a blemish free, smoother, young-looking complexion. An extra bonus to the range is the Manuka Doctor ApiClear Skin Ease and Repair Gel, specially formulated to target key areas that are prone to blemishes, and also proven to help fade scars.

The ApiNourish range focuses on protecting and moisturising the skin and is formulated for dry, sensitive and aging skin. Targeting fine lines and wrinkles, the products in the range promise a smoother, younger complexion. The antibacterial and antibiotic ingredients of the products’ Active ingredients work well for problem skin and can calm acne, soothe and heal scars and generally improve the condition of the skin.

The Manuka Doctor hero product that is becoming increasingly popular with A-listers is the Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Rejuvenating Face Mask. We honestly think you won’t be disappointed.

All Manuka Doctor skin care products contain their patented Purified Bee Venom, which activates the production of collagen. Collagen maintains skin elasticity primarily through its main ingredient, a protein called Melittin. Blood circulation is stimulated by the Bee Venom as the skin is fooled into ‘thinking’ it has been stung, which encourages the inner layers of the skin to increase the production of the cells that protect the outer layer of the skin.

No bees are harmed in the production of the Purified Bee Venom, which is harvested in New Zealand. Manuka Doctor also uses Active 18+ Manuka Honey in its skincare ranges, as well as a host of other naturally derived and ethically sourced ingredients.