The Second Puberty: Why My Skin Has Changed in My 20’s.

The Second Puberty: Why My Skin Has Changed in My 20’s.

We’re all aware of how much our appearances changed during those awkward teenage years. Yes, I’m talking about that sudden bit of weight gain, uncalled for hair growth and well…you know the rest. Our teenage years were full of changes and it was all part of us growing into beautiful women, but now we’re very much sailing through ‘womanhood’, did you know that a second puberty hit us and we may not have even been aware of it? 

Alas, amidst our uni years, gaining independence, getting our money up and maintaining relationships, mother nature had to join us for the ride (typical!). But what even is second puberty you may ask? 

Second puberty is a slang term that refers to the changes we go through once we reach our twenties which resemble much of the first time our bodies started to develop when we were younger. 

These changes include: 

  • Normal weight gain due to increase in body fat compared to teen years
  • Experiencing adult acne
  • A influx of estrogen and progesterone during our time of the month 
  • Increased menstrual cramping 
  • Gradual muscle loss 
  • Gaining a curvier physique

As we’re now shifting to a different psychological state of wanting to be more independent, entering new social spheres and altering how we spend our time, this adjustment period can cause a range of emotional reactions and perhaps increased anxiety. 

How can we manage this? 

Firstly, it’s about acknowledging that this time in your life is all about development. Whether that’s physical, psychological, mental or emotional, we are gaining a greater understanding of our surroundings and the world we live in and guess what… that is completely normal!

‘Finding ourselves’ is a major part of this stage and that can be daunting so it’s important we seek the right ways to calm our nerves and slay the day. 

A great way to relieve the intensity of our emotions is to allocate time out of our hectic schedules to simply reconnect with a hobby of ours. Playing a game of sport, exercising, or even meditation helps us regain focus whilst improving our physical strength all at the same time. 

Adult acne is a very common sign of our body adjustment in our twenties and, according to Academy of Dermatology, 45% of females between the ages of 21 and 26 experience this. Adult acne looks like an increase of breakouts and spots in certain regios of the space which is, again, a result of hormonal imbalances, increased estrogen and new lifestyle changes. With females in their twenties also being common users of hormonal birth control compared to any other age range, this can also have a part to play in how our skin is reacting. 

How can we manage this? 

As much as everyone raves about it, the single act of increasing our water intake is so important when it comes to flushing out the toxins in our body and clearing such acne. Something that doesn’t always come to mind is actually the art of time management. Something as minimal as sleeping and eating at the right times does a world of good as our body needs to align and understand our daily routine so our natural cycles do not suffer. 

Our L’Amour Deluxe Hydrafacial further works to deep cleanse and exfoliate the skin, adding hydration and reducing pigmentation left behind with adult acne and scarring. Makre sure to give our clinic a call to find out more!

The physical transition most females in their twenties undergo is achieving a maximum bone mass and maximum muscle mass as your metabolic rate starts to decrease slightly. The best way to manage such changes to your physique is incorporate fitness into your life and most importantly ‘weight-training’ to help develop an overall well-balanced body composition alongside a progressive diet.

The ‘second puberty’ you go through life can definitely be overwhelming as it coexists with us females trying to build our successful empires and be boss ladies, but with the help of these few tricks and tips, we know you’ll achieve the right balance to get through this natural process of development whilst smashing your goals out the park!

Until next time..

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Prevention & Control Policy For L’Amour Clinic

All of us have been affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and we sincerely hope that your family have kept safe and well.  We have missed being able to offer you the treatments that we know you love, and we are looking forward to seeing you again at the clinic.

Our priority is to keep you as safe as possible, and prior to re-opening the salon, we have implemented a number of changes, which we would like to make you aware of. During the time the salon has been shut, we have completed the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Prevention and Control Course, which is accredited by the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists Ltd, the UK trade body for our industry. We have since made a number of changes in the way that we operate that you will notice when you next visit.

Booking Appointments

 If any of our staff feel ill or have symptoms of C0VlD-19, they will self-isolate immediately and not come into the salon. This may mean that we have to cancel your appointment at short notice. We appreciate that this may be inconvenient but it is done entirely for your own safety. If your appointment is cancelled you will be able to re-book again.

If you or any of the people you live with feel ill or display any symptoms of C0VlD-19 – please advise us as soon as possible and do not come to the salon for your appointment. We will not be able to go ahead with your appointment if you show signs you are unwell. We have amended our booking terms and conditions and you will not be charged for any appointments, which you miss due to illness/ other. Deposits/booking fees can be rescheduled until further notice but cannot be refunded

Visiting the Salon

For your safety and to maintain social distancing, we ask that you attend your appointments as close to the appointment time as possible. Please do not turn up early for appointments as this may mean that you come into contact with other clients who are just leaving.

Please attend your appointment alone in order to reduce human contact with our staff. Unfortunately, friends and family members cannot enter the premises. If you have booked appointments with friends /family members back to back then please continue to come to the clinic alone – one at a time.

We have increased the frequency of cleaning in the salon including making sure that common surfaces, toilets door handles etc. are wiped clean using disinfectant products between each client.

All tools and equipment will be disinfected or sterilised in line with the specific manufacturers’ instructions for your safety.

Wherever possible we will utilise environmentally, friendly, single-use items during a treatment that will be disposed of safely after use in order to protect you from cross-infection.

We will have hand sanitiser available for you to use when you come into the salon.

We will understand and not be offended if you wish to wear a facemask or wear disposable gloves when you visit the salon and during your treatment is this is appropriate.

Please don’t be surprised or upset if our staff use personal protective equipment (PPE) during your visit and during your treatment. This may include disposable gloves, facemasks, aprons where appropriate.

We can confirm that the laundering of salon towels and uniforms is a priority and that all salon laundry is washed at 60 degrees C

All disposable items are bagged and safely removed from the treatment area between each client.

Our treatments

We have carried out a risk assessment on all treatments and we are confident that we can continue to provide these safely.

During your treatment

Our staff understands the importance of hand hygiene and we will ensure that we wash our hands in according with NHS recommendations before the start of your treatment.

We will try to make your treatment as safe, comfortable and enjoyable as possible. If you have any concerns about your treatments please let us know and we will do what we can to satisfy you.

After the treatment

In order to avoid handling of cash, we would prefer if you could pay for your treatment by PayPal or bank transfer.

All of these procedures have been implemented for your safety and that of our staff. We will continue to take advice from the Government and the NHS regarding safe practice and will amend them as necessary.

Thank you for your understanding.

L’Amour Clinic