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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