New year, new you? If like us you’ve overdone
it a little this Christmas, you might be jumping firmly onto the Dry January
wagon. Dry Jan is the UK’s monthlong no-alcohol challenge, which helps millions
of people get back in control of their health after the heavy festive period.
Taking a break from alcohol, partying, and
unhealthy eating is a great way to get your physical and mental health back to
its best for the new year ahead. If you’re joining in with Dry Jan this month,
good for you!
What does Dry January involve?
For most people, Dry January means giving up
alcohol for 31 days, from New Years Day until the end of the month. However,
there aren’t any strict rules when it comes to taking on the challenge.
You might choose to quit alcohol, smoking,
unhealthy eating or other bad habits to kick start the year. Anything is better
than nothing, and whether you’ll be saying no to a drink or skipping parties altogether,
Dry January can be a great way to get in control of your habits for the new
How can Dry January help?
The results can vary from person to person,
depending on how much alcohol you usually consume and how healthy you are. Many
people enjoy benefits like better sleep quality, weight loss, and even better
skin when they cut out the alcohol and focus on healthy habits.
- Improved health overall
Excessive or binge drinking can cause serious
health problems like high blood pressure and cholesterol. When you cut out
alcohol, you do plenty of good for your body, including improving your overall
health and reducing the likelihood of complications in the future.
Though alcohol can make falling asleep easier,
having a drink can harm the quality of your sleep. Whether you’ve had a little
or a lot, alcohol can interfere with your sleep regulation and reduce the
amount of REM sleep you get. This means you’re more likely to wake up feeling
groggy and unrested even after a full night’s sleep.
As well as improving the quality of your sleep,
removing alcohol from your routine can mean more cosy nights relaxing on the
sofa. When you skip the nights out and go to bed on time, you’re more likely to
get a good night’s rest and wake up feeling energised in the morning.
- Strengthened immune system
Giving up alcohol for January can give your
immune system a much-needed boost, helping you fight off any new year colds
that might be going around.
If you’re in good shape and usually lead a
healthy lifestyle, you shouldn’t expect to lose any more weight throughout your
Dry Jan, though you’ll be healthier inside.
However, if you’ve been drinking excessively for
some time and you have a little weight to lose, cutting out alcohol for a month
can be a great way to shake off a few pounds.
While spirits are mostly low in calories, sugary
mixers, wine, and beer are packed with them. If these are your drinks of
choice, cutting them out will also mean cutting down calories. Alcohol can
cause bloating, too, which means you might find yourself feeling a little
slimmer after just a couple of weeks sober.
Of course, if you’re looking to lose serious
weight, you’ll need to ensure you’re eating a good diet as well as cutting out
Easy! Whether you’re staying home or opting for
soft drinks, Dry January is a great way to save a little money in the new year.
Non-alcoholic options are always cheaper than their boozy counterparts, while
drinks like lime or blackcurrant and soda are sometimes free.
Save the money you’d usually spend in bars or on
supermarket booze or find somewhere more productive to spend it. Why not count
the amount you’re saving? Putting aside just £50 each weekend throughout Dry
January means you’ll have £200 saved by the end of the month. That’s enough to
cover a gym membership with plenty to spare.
This is the benefit that’s really enticing to
us. Anything for more radiant skin, right? Cutting out alcohol can help improve
your skin’s hydration, tone, and elasticity.
What does alcohol do to the skin?
When you drink alcohol of any kind, the drug
metabolises into a compound which makes blood vessels relax. This is what
causes that tell-tale red flush and puffiness that often comes along after a
few drinks – no thank you.
As well as affecting your skin’s tone, alcohol
is super-dehydrating. When you drink, you’ll find yourself visiting the toilet
more often than usual, which means losing water quickly. When you’re dehydrated
your skin suffers, with fine lines and wrinkles appearing more visible too.
Need more? Alcohol also reduces your vitamin A
levels. Less of the collagen-producing antioxidant can be a nightmare when it
comes to your skin’s appearance. Collagen is one of our skin’s most important
proteins, and when it lacks, skin can appear weak and dull.
Finally, sugar. If your drinks of choice include
fruity cocktails and sweet white wine, you’re sure to be consuming an excess of
sugar every time you indulge. It’s no secret that sugar is bad for our health,
but did you know that the sweet stuff can also lead to breakouts?
Can Dry January make a difference to the skin?
Yes! Your skin takes around 28 days to renew
itself. That’s just less than the 31 days of Dry January, which means taking
the pledge will give your skin enough time to reap the benefits.
Taking a month off from alcohol allows you to
experience your skin at its best, which might encourage you to say no to a
drink a little more often in the future. After a month alcohol-free, your skin
should feel more hydrated, plumper, and more even in tone.
How to have fun in Dry January
Saying no to the alcohol doesn’t mean saying no
to the fun. Many people even find that their mood is improved after a break
from the booze. Whether you’re regularly stressing about money or you suffer
from the dreaded hangover anxiety, there are plenty of ways Dry January can
help improve your mood.
Save the money you might have spent on drinks
and plan a day out with some friends or family. You can still join in on
dinners and drinking events throughout your Dry Jan, just opt for a freshly
squeezed lime and soda or lemon water to replace your G&T perfectly.
Enhancing your skincare routine
If you’re diving into Dry Jan and expecting to
see results on your skin, why not give yourself a boost by switching up your
Introducing a new moisturiser
cream into your daily rotation can perk up your skin after the heavy
Christmas period. Combined with a Dry January, adding a new product to your
skincare routine is a great way to see results.
Our favourite post-festive tradition involves
taking a little of the money saved in Dry Jan and splashing out on a new luxury
skincare product. This year? We’re going for Elizabeth
Arden’s iconic Eight Hour Cream and Dermalogica’s
nourishing Special Cleansing Gel.
Searching for more inspiration? Keep
exploring the Fragrance Direct blog for plenty of tips and tricks that’ll have
you feeling like your best self in 2020.
Choosing the best skincare
products can be tough. With so many tried-and-tested options
available and brilliant brands emerging year after year, knowing which
ingredients and formulas will work for you can be tricky. If you have sensitive
skin or an allergy, the problem becomes even more difficult to avoid.
Well, we’re here for you, no matter what your
skincare needs. In this guide, we’ll run through some of the biggest sensitive
skin and skincare allergy questions, help you search for solutions, and
recommend some of our favourite products to keep allergy-prone skin healthy.
Identifying sensitive or allergy-prone skin
One of the most important elements of skincare
is being able to understand your unique needs. Every face is different, and
whether you have dry, oily, or combination skin, you might suffer from
allergies and sensitivities to some ingredients.
If you break out in an itchy or red rash after
using a cosmetic, it’s a clear sign of an allergic reaction or irritation.
Unfortunately, symptoms aren’t always quite so
easy to spot. Some allergies can lead to dryness, flakiness, bumps, and an
uneven skin tone. Reactions like these are often dismissed because, for some
people, they seem like an unavoidable problem. Before you start searching for more
products to combat your skin issues, consider allergies. If you’re allergic
to some skincare, the key will be removing or replacing steps from your
The types of skin reaction
There are a few different ways to talk about skin
allergies and reactions. For example, dermatitis is the term used to
describe red, itchy, patchy rashes or skin irritations.
Contact dermatitis is the type of dermatitis caused by something that touches the
skin. If you’re allergic to your haircare, deodorant, skincare, or makeup, you
might break out in contact dermatitis of some kind.
Most cases of contact dermatitis are irritant contact dermatitis, which
means that they’re caused by something you’ve touched but don’t involve the
immune system. These reactions are only present on the skin.
Finally, allergic contact dermatitis is a
true allergy to something. If you have allergic contact dermatitis and your
skin comes into contact with a trigger, your reaction will usually be more
severe and last for up to a couple of days.
What does a skincare allergy look like?
If you’re suffering from contact dermatitis,
your symptoms might include:
- Raised bumps
- Itchy skin
- Small blisters
None of these symptoms sound like things you
want to deal with on your face, or anywhere else on your body for that matter.
That’s why recognising the signs of a skincare allergy or intolerance can be so
helpful. The sooner you spot the symptoms, the sooner you can get to the bottom
of what’s causing them.
Why am I allergic to skincare and beauty products?
Contact dermatitis is more likely to affect your
face than on another part of your body because the skin there, particularly
around your eyes, is thinner and more sensitive.
If you’re allergic or intolerant to some
skincare, there isn’t a lot you can do. Thankfully, there are plenty more fish in
the sea (in our case, products on the shelves), which means switching up your
routine shouldn’t be too tricky.
Can I become allergic to products I’ve always used?
Yes. Irritant contact dermatitis, the type that
doesn’t affect the immune system, can develop over time. This is because, if
you’re using a skincare or makeup product every day, your skin can become
overexposed to it. Applying a substance to your skin every day can wear down
its ideal state and cause a reaction over time.
That’s why it can be a good idea to change your
skincare and makeup routine occasionally. If you use harsh products on your
face, like a cleanser or exfoliator that leaves your skin feeling clean and
tight, it can be a good idea to switch these products for gentler alternatives
for a while. You can always go back to them, but giving your skin a break might
just help you avoid a reaction.
Which beauty products might I be allergic to?
Everyone’s skin is different, which means it’s
impossible for us to tell you which ingredients and products you’re allergic
to. However, some ingredients are more likely to cause a reaction than others.
A lot of people are allergic to fragrances,
which can be found in skincare and haircare products. There are plenty of
fragrance-free options available to combat this problem, so give them a go if
you think you have an intolerance. Fragrance-free products are usually best for
sensitive skin, whether an allergy is present or not.
Some preservatives can also cause contact
dermatitis, though unfortunately they’re needed in most skincare and beauty
Finally, colourants. People who are allergic to
colourants in food are also likely to be allergic to them in cosmetics.
Can I be allergic to natural beauty products?
Yes. Natural ingredients can cause contact
dermatitis just like artificial ones. Just like we can be allergic to natural
things like pollen, nuts, and fruits, we can be allergic to natural ingredients
in skincare and cosmetics.
Essential oils are frequent offenders, with many
people experiencing skin reactions to products which contain them, especially
in high concentrations.
So, if you’re having a reaction to a cosmetic
product, don’t dismiss your natural or organic products straight away!
Figuring out which products you’re allergic to
This can be tricky. If you’ve noticed an
immediate reaction to a new product, you’ll be able to remove it from your
routine without any difficulty. However, if you’ve started experiencing mild
symptoms and you aren’t using any new products, you’ll need to put in some work
to figure out what’s causing dermatitis.
Try removing products one at a time to see if
symptoms improve. It can take a couple of weeks to see a difference, so you’ll
need to be patient to get to the bottom of it.
If your symptoms are severe or won’t go away, it
can be a good idea to visit a dermatologist. A dermatologist can perform a
patch test to tell you which ingredients you’re allergic to.
Caring for skin after a reaction
If you do have a reaction, you’ll need to care
for your skin properly to help it heal as quickly as possible. Most contact
dermatitis will go away on its own, as long as you stop using the product
that’s caused it, but there are some things you can do to help the process
- Treat the affected area gently
- Don’t scrub or scratch
- No perfumed soaps or lotions
- Apply a thin layer of Vaseline
or soothing ointment
With the right treatment and time to recover,
your skin should go back to its normal healthy state in no time.
The best hypoallergenic makeup and skincare
If you’re looking for new products to avoid
contact dermatitis, these gentle and hypoallergenic options are a good place to
Gentle soaps and cleansers
for more skincare and beauty tips? Keep exploring our blog for all the latest
in skincare, makeup, beauty, and fragrance.
Every January marks the occasion of a new year and new
goals. What resolutions have you already set for yourself? No matter how big or
small, progress is progress and if you pair determination with passion you’re
bound to achieve them in no time. So, you’ve had a little think about it but have
you given any attention to the beauty department? Today, we’re pledging (with
you) to stand by the following New Year’s Beauty Resolutions to start the decade
living our best glamourous lives.
I will… learn more about ethical brands
A new year calls for a fresh focus on something new. When it comes to ethics in fashion and beauty, many of sustainable brands are often overlooked because not many people know much about the topic. Which, to be honest, is a little bit scary when you think about all the products you could potentially be using that have been tested on animals or may even contain animal products and you don’t even know it. It’s always a challenge to steer away from some of your favourite beauty products, but 2020 is not only a new year, it marks the start of a new decade. Make a change today!
January’s Brand Of The Month who kick-started 2020 is Love Beauty & Planet who are an incredible sustainability-led hair and skincare brand who create products with amazing cruelty-free and vegan formulas. In addition to this, their products are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to the planet. They believe in the power of small acts of love to make both you and the planet more beautiful every day with phenomenal,ethically sourced ingredients. You can shop the range here at Fragrance Direct where you’ll also be able to take advantage of unbelievable discounts.
I will… invest in a skincare routine
We’ve all said it before but how many times last year did you get back in from an evening out and “accidentally” sleep in your makeup? If not to that extreme, there have most likely been a few occasions where you’ve gone to apply your mascara in the morning and noticed the brush doesn’t glide through as effortlessly because you’ve still got traces of yesterday’s on. Completely removing all traces of makeup isn’t difficult when you have an array of cleansing and hydrating skincare products to choose from.
I will… regularly clean my makeup brushes
Speaking of wanting to improve and take better care of our skin, the brushes and sponges we use to apply our makeup every day are just as important to look after. This is not only to keep them in good condition for optimal makeup results, it’s to keep them clean. All you need is a brush cleaner and a surface to lightly scrub them against (we’ve got trays too) and you’ll be good to go. A useful tip for whenever you run out or are waiting to stock up on supplies, a pea-sized amount of washing up liquid will do just the trick.
I will… be kinder to myself because I deserve it
Self-care is a topic we, as a society, are becoming more
and more open to talking about especially regarding mental health and its surrounding
topics. Implementing self-care practices is easy enough to do, it’s just about setting
aside some time to relax and take a break. One of the best ways to inject feel-good
vibes into your weekly routine is to indulge in a pamper session. Bath &
Body goodness is just waiting around the corner!
I will… aim to get more sleep each night
Beauty sleep is a thing. It’s actually defined as a night’s sleep filled with extra resting time aka the hours gained by catching z’s before midnight hits. So many of us are guilty of endlessly scrolling through our phones while in bed and it’s not that good for us. Instead, this year, why not light a candle and start that book you’ve been waiting to read or simply keep technology time downstairs before taking yourself up to bed. You should find that it makes a big difference. To take things up a notch, why not try out a sleeping spray too?
Which of these resolutions will you be making for yourself? Be sure to tag us your progress @fragrancedirect on social!
The big BF can be a little bit overwhelming when you’re being pulled in every direction to snap up the best deals around. However, when it comes to beauty, there really is no better place to be than Fragrance Direct. Not only do we guarantee incredible prices all year round, this year we’re offering Black Friday deals like you’ve never seen before everyday in the lead up to Friday the 29th.
So, sit back, relax and get surfing our site to find all
the beauty bargains you’ve been searching for this festive season!
From top designer brands to new fragrances and your
favourite classics, our stunning collection of fragrance gift sets are some of
the best Black Friday buys around. Featuring iconic brands including Paco
Rabanne, Marc Jacobs, Jean Paul Gaultier and Hugo Boss, we can guarantee you’ll
find all the gifts you’re searching for right here for phenomenal prices.
FD Beauty’s Black Friday Best Buy: BOSS
THE Scent For Her Gift Set 50ml
In our Black Friday makeup category, we have a huge range
of top makeup brands and high-end cosmetics at extra low prices thanks to the
amazing discounts and offers available! Make sure you’re looking your best every
day with a great selection of makeup products, makeup sets, and makeup brushes
guaranteed to turn heads. Shop from top brands such as Rimmel, L’Oréal and Max
Factor without having to leave the comfort of your own home and save money in
FD Beauty’s Black Friday Best Buy: Royal
Cosmetics Enhance 15pcs Cosmetic Brush Collection
Check out all our skincare products that are on offer
this Black Friday week. Give your skin the attention it deserves with our huge
range of products that tick every box, shop from a range of cleansers, toners,
serums, moisturisers, eye creams and plenty more. Whatever your skin type, we
have the product to suit! Bag a discount today and make the most of the amazing
FD Beauty’s Black Friday Best Buy: Dermalogica
Your Most Radiant Skin Gift Set
& Body Deals
In our Black Friday Bath & Body category you can find
everything you need to pamper yourself at a great, discounted price! That way
you can treat yourself or others whatever your budget! Take a look at our huge
range of shower products, bath bombs, body lotions, gift sets and plenty more
all on offer for Black Friday. Including bestselling brands and products that
you can try now for even less!
FD Beauty’s Black Friday Best Buy: Gatineau
Little Luxuries Collection
Shop from our huge range of haircare products that are all on offer for the Black Friday period! Bringing you top products at amazing discounts you can be sure to find the products that will keep your locks looking luscious. Our huge haircare range includes premium salon brands for both men and women so we have something to suit everyone. Looking for the perfect gift for a hair fanatic? Shop our great range of haircare gift sets at great discounts too!
FD Beauty’s Black Friday Best Buy: Sexy Hair Curl Defining Shampoo & Conditioner Duo
& Home Deals
What’s more inviting than a home that smells gorgeous and feels cosy? Get your hands on some of our bestselling candles, diffusers and home fragrance products all with huge discounts off the RRP for Black Friday! Bag your favourite scents from big name brands such as Yankee or Woodwick at a fraction of the usual price, make sure you snap them up before Black Friday is over!
FD Beauty’s Black Friday Best Buy: Yankee
Candle 12 Votive Book 2019 Gift Set
Which sections can’t you wait to get shopping? If you’re
well and truly into the Christmas shopping season, there couldn’t be a better
time to get buying all your gifts!
When your family and friends won’t give you a straight answer, you’ve got to take matters into your own hands one way or another. Buying Christmas presents can be a little bit stressful when you have no idea what to get. Not today. With our guide to Christmas gifting based on the magical wonders of zodiac signs, you’ll never be short of ideas again. So, let’s get stuck in.
20 March – 19 April
Aries enjoy a personal feel to their gifts because they like to be recognised as individuals although they’d appreciate almost any gift because they believe it’s the thought that counts. If you really want to blow an Aries away, treat them to something new that you know matches their style and tastes.
For Him: Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Male Gift Set 125ml
For Her: Gatineau Limited Edition Best-Sellers Collection
20 April – 20 May
Tauruses are ruled by Venus, the planet of beauty. It’s likely that your Taurus friend has exquisite taste and would love to receive a luxurious gift. However, this doesn’t mean that you need to spend lots on them. The ideal gift for a Taurus is something personal with that extra special touch.
For Him: Proraso Vintage Refreshing Grooming Selection Tin
For Her: Clarins Instant Beauty Makers Collection
21 May – 20 June
A Gemini’s interests are forever changing and they’re always getting into new things so it’s pretty hard to predict exactly what they’d want. However, you just can’t go wrong with individualisation. Geminis are the sign of communication and learning, so something hobby-related is always a safe bet or something for them to use to wind down and have a pamper would be perfect.
For Him: Bomb Hammer Time Toolbox Gift Pack
For Her: Dermalogica Smooth Skin Favourites Gift Set
21 June – 22 July
Cancers love making memories and will always appreciate something based around that. Whether it’s a gift that relates to something you both love, have a joke about or memory of, they’ll love it. Perhaps you even have a scent-sational memory together. Here are a couple of iconic fragrances they may have tried and loved in this past but buying for a Cancer is truly down to you.
For Him: Calvin Klein Eternity Men Eau de Toilette Spray 100ml
For Her: BOSS Orange Women Gift Set 30ml
23 July – 22 August
Leo’s are lovers of anything and everything. Whether it’s art, beauty or fashion, their interests are limitless. A typical Leo pays lots of attention to their looks too, so something to indulge in could make the ideal present for a friend of this zodiac sign this Christmas.
For Him: Prada L’Homme Aftershave Balm 125ml
For Her: Elizabeth Arden Mini Lip Gloss Set
23 August – 22 September
Virgos are typically obsessed with practicality and productivity. They’re all about purpose and so they’d find a gift that they can physically use useful and would be incredibly grateful. Perhaps they travel a lot and they’re in need of useful products to take with them on their journeys. That would be a great place to start looking!
For Him: Versace Eros Flame Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)
For Her: Giorgio Armani Si Fiori Eau de Parfum Spray (Travel size 30ml)
23 September – 22 October
Cosmetics and beauty supplies are the way to a Libra’s heart. They don’t keep up with trends – they set them. This sign is typically the most up-to-date with lots of things that are going on in the world – and the shops. Why not show a Libra close to you just how much they mean to you with a little bit of luxury this Christmas!
For Him: BOSS The Scent For Him Gift Set
For Her: SOSU By SJ You’re Making Me Brush Ultimate Collection
23 October – 21 November
Known for their complexity, Scorpio’s are one of the most difficult zodiac signs to buy for. They’ll sense a last-minute gift any day any time, so you’re best off putting a decent amount of thought into this one and really think about what they’re into. Anything sentimental is always a safe bet so get thinking, get shopping.
For Him: Armani Code Absolu Gift Set 60ml
For Her: YSL Libre Eau de Parfum Spray 90ml
22 November – 21 December
The adventurous ones. A typical Sagittarius loves to explore and travel. They’re the friend that’s probably already got their summer plans sorted filled with a holiday and a couple of road trips. Anything travel or sun-related would make a fabulous gift along with anything practical they can take on holidays with them would be perfect.
For Him: Man Stuff Ultimate 6 Pack Gift Set 150ml
For Her: Milkshake Sun & More Body Set
22 December – 19 January
Being an earth sign, a Capricorn enjoys a gift with purpose. People of this sign are often associated with status and achievement so a standout gift if your best bet. They’re not after the biggest, best, most expensive present just something they can connect with whether it’s one of their all-time favourite beauty products or something new to try out that you think they’d love.
For Him: Gucci Guilty Eau de Toilette For Him 150ml
For Her: Marc Jacobs Daisy Love Eau So Sweet Gift Set 50ml
20 January – 17 February
An Aquarius loves a gadget. They love technology and exploring new things. Something new and fun would be right up their street as it’s these kinds of spontaneous gifts that they love receiving the most!
For Him: Edwin Jagger Ebony 4 Piece Shaving Set
For Her: Beurer TL100 2 In 1 Daylight And Moodlight
18 February – 19 March
As water signs, Pisces love a gift with sentimental value and emotional meaning. Pisces are not naturally materialistic people, so a big, expensive gift isn’t likely to impress them as much as something that shows you know them really well. They’re always daydreaming so the more creative the gift, the better.
For Him: Ted Baker Ted’s Grooming Room Travel Trio Set
For Her: NUXE Aquabella Beauty Pouch
We hope you found this guide to Christmas gifting based on your recipient’s zodiac sign helpful!
Menopause affects every woman, and what’s more, it affects every woman differently. The transition can be simple enough, but for some women it’s tough, with uncomfortable symptoms and changes threatening to last for years.
Menopause affects every woman, and what’s more, it affects every woman differently. The transition can be simple enough, but for some women it’s tough, with uncomfortable symptoms and changes threatening to last for years.
What is menopause?
The menopause is the name for the changes that women go through as they stop having periods. Periods can become less frequent over some months or years before they stop altogether, at which point women stop being able to get pregnant naturally.
It’s a natural part of ageing, and not something you should be worried about. Because it happens to every woman, you should be able to ask anyone older for help and advice if you’re approaching that time. Enter experienced friends and relatives!
When does menopause start?
Menopause usually kicks off when women are between 45 and 55 years old, which is the age that oestrogen levels start to decline. The UK average age for menopause is 51, though it’s not unheard of for women to experience their menopause earlier, with around one per cent of women seeing the first symptoms before they reach the age of 40. This is known as premature menopause because it’s earlier than expected.
What happens during menopause?
If you’re wondering what the early signs of menopause are, and what will happen throughout your transition, you might be disappointed. Because every woman’s menopause is different, it’s impossible to predict what exactly it’s going to be like for you.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of menopause:
• Hot flushes
• Night sweats
• Vaginal dryness
• Irritated skin
• Reduction of skin elasticity
• Low mood
• Reduced sex drive
• Lack of concentration
• Memory problems
The menopause is a personal experience for every woman, not just a medical condition. Once your menopause is over, you won’t be able to get pregnant naturally anymore. This can be upsetting for some women, while others have more problems with the symptoms and effects on the body.
How long does menopause last?
Menopause symptoms can start months or years before your period ends, which means you’ll need to endure them for the whole transition time, and for up to four years after your last period. Some women’s menopause lasts for much longer, and it can also happen more quickly.
Making the menopause easier at home
Hopefully, all this talk of hot flushes and vaginal dryness hasn’t got you too worried. As we keep saying, menopause is perfectly normal, and all women over a certain age must go through it.
There are, however, some things you can do at home to help make your menopause as easy and fuss-free as possible and to keep yourself feeling good while the transition takes place.
Eat well throughout the menopause
Maintaining a healthy weight and eating well to stay strong and nourished can help improve some of the symptoms of menopause. For example, avoiding stimulants like coffee and spicy foods can help to reduce hot flushes, while avoiding sugary foods can help to increase your energy levels throughout the day and let you sleep better at night.
Exercise to ease symptoms
Keep your body working at its best by exercising and stretching throughout your menopause. Regular exercise can help you stay on top of mood swings and anxiety. Try to find workouts that you enjoy so you’re more likely to keep it up.
Stop smoking and reduce alcohol consumption
Smoking doesn’t help with any health condition, and menopause is no different. Smoking has been linked to early menopause, with heavy smokers experiencing symptoms one to two years earlier than non-smokers on average.
Alcohol can also influence menopause symptoms, and while we aren’t suggesting you stop drinking altogether, you should try to cut back your intake in favour of your health and wellbeing.
Try to stay positive!
Easier said than done, we know. The menopause leads to a hormone imbalance which can cause stress, anxiety, and even depression. If you feel yourself heading that way, try to introduce relaxation techniques into your routine, and don’t feel bad about making time for yourself. It might also help to seek counselling.
Treatments for the symptoms of menopause
If your menopausal symptoms are causing you trouble, visit your doctor to discuss your options. There are several treatments that you can go for if you have severe symptoms that are getting in the way of your day-to-day.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
HRT can include taking tablets, using skin patches and gels, or receiving implants that replace oestrogen, which is lost during the menopause.
Vaginal oestrogen creams or moisturisers
Vaginal dryness can be one of the most uncomfortable symptoms of menopause. Using a vaginal oestrogen cream, lubricant, or moisturiser can help to relieve symptoms day-to-day and can also make having sex more comfortable and enjoyable.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of therapy that can help with mood and anxiety and involves talking things through with a therapist to change the way you think, react, and behave.
Menopause and skincare
Our skin changes throughout our lives, and just like you’ll require a different type of care when you’re 30 than you did when you were 13, you’ll need to switch up your routine when the menopause hits.
The menopause can have a big impact on your skin, and one of the most common problems that women face is increased dryness. Drier skin is the result of your body’s oestrogen drop, which reduces skin’s ability to hold moisture, leading to a dry complexion.
Menopause and itchy skin
Many women experience itchy skin throughout their menopause, which is caused by pesky hormonal changes. The problem should ease up by itself over time, but to help alleviate the itching you can hold something cool on your skin or take cool showers and wear loose cotton clothing that lets your skin breathe.
The best skin care for menopause
To keep your skin looking plump and youthful throughout the menopause, choose the best anti-ageing moisturising products and apply them as part of a regular routine.
Here are some of the best skincare products for menopause:
• Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream
• Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50
• Dermalogica AGE Smart Super Rich Repair
• Guinot Age Logic Cellulaire Youth Renewing Skin Cream
• REN Clean Skincare Firming & Smoothing Serum
• Retinol Facial Oil
• Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Moisturising Cream
• Thalgo Hyaluronic Filler
• Thalgo Hyaluronic Cream
• Natio Ageless Organic Rosehip Oil
Look out for products with intense moisturising properties and ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture and can help keep menopausal skin plump and hydrated.
Menopause and haircare
It can be worrying to think about menopause changing the condition and thickness of your hair, but unfortunately, hair loss is a common symptom of the transition.
Menopause and hair loss
Menopause can cause the condition and thickness of the hair to worsen as hormone levels change. Is there anything you can do to protect hair from the menopause? You might want to start by switching up the products you use to some which have been formulated for ageing hair.
If you’re noticing your hair is thinning, you might want to try reducing the amount of heat you use on it to help maintain the healthiest condition possible. Comb through your hair while it has conditioner in, and try to avoid brushing wet hair when you get out of the bath or shower, as this can cause increased breakage.
The best shampoo for menopausal hair
The best shampoos for menopausal hair include:
• Foltene Shampoo for Thinning Hair
• Jason Thin to Thick Extra Volume Shampoo
• Biolage Full Density Shampoo
• L’Oreal Elvive Thickening Shampoo
• Biolage Full Density Shampoo
Switch one of these thickening shampoos into your weekly routine and see if you notice any improvement in the feel of your hair!
The best conditioner for menopausal hair
So, you’ve changed your shampoo to treat your menopausal hair better. It makes sense to swap out your conditioner for a thickening option while you’re at it to try and get the most out of your locks.
NOTE: If your shampoo offers a partner conditioner, use that to compliment the ingredients and get more from your product.
Here are our favourite thickening conditioners for menopausal hair:
• Philip Kingsley Moisture Balancing Conditioner
• Philip Kingsley Body Building Conditioner
• La Brasiliana Due Keratin and Collagen Conditioner
• Biolage Volumebloom Conditioner
• Tresemme 24 Hour Body Conditioner
Using a thickening conditioner can work wonders on the appearance of your hair, and help you feel like it’s fuller and more voluminous throughout your menopause.
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