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Around the Clock Skincare with thisworks

If you haven’t heard of circadian rhythm, here’s a quick guide form thisworks as to what it is and how you can tailor your skincare routine around it. 

Circadian rhythm is one of your body’s natural body clocks and it dictates your bodily functions: temperature, hormone release, metabolism, sleep, and cognitive function. thisworks consider themselves experts in circadian rhythm – they know how it affects your sleep patterns and what your skin needs in different phases, so we spoke to them to find out exactly how we become more in tune with our own circadian rhythm and the benefits that it brings. 


thisworks split the circadian rhythm into 4 phases: night, wake-up, daytime and evening. They started with the night phase because they believe that it is the most important of them all and know that the saying “with sleep comes beauty” is true! Here is their walk through of around the clock skin care:


The Night Phase 

We believe that sleep should be the first step in every skincare routine, as this is the time when the skin repairs and regenerates. However, skin also suffers from trans-epidermal water loss (water loss through the skin), which means that it might get dehydrated. 

When you can’t sleep or you suffer with broken sleep, these repairs can’t be made as well as they should. Beautiful skin really does start with a good night’s sleep. 

How can we help?

Can’t sleep? Try our award-winning deep sleep pillow spray, to help reduce sleep anxiety and improve sleep quality. Our unique blend of 100% natural fragrance of lavender, camomile and vetivert has been proven to work by fMRI studies. 

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89% fell asleep faster than normal.*

*In a study of 100 subjects and 100 ex-prescription users compared to no product.

If you can’t stay asleep, try our sleep plus pillow spray to restore healthy sleep patterns and support a longer, less interrupted sleep. It’s slow-release and motion-activated system provides sleep support throughout the night and it is proven to give you up to 2 hours of extra sleep a night**.Sleep plus pillow spray - thisworks

96% had a less disturbed sleep***.

**In a study of 23 subjects, use of sleep plus pillow spray resulted in a mean increase in the total sleep time of two hours and three minutes per subject compared to no product. 

***Independently tested on 200 participants with sleep problem, aged 18+ over a 14-day period, compared to a placebo.


The Wake-Up Phase 

Upon waking, skin can be dull, dehydrated and irritated, and its barrier function might be impaired. The DNA repair is less active and skin is susceptible to UV damage and needs to moisturised and protected. 

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Re-hydrate with our morning expert hyaluronic serum, containing a 2% hyaluronic complex with Vitamin C to brighten and plump tired looking skin. Next up, whatever the weather, make sure to wear a broad spectrum SPF. Try our in transit skin defence SPF 30 for everyday, UV protection. 


The Daytime Phase 

During the day your skin takes its own measures to protect itself from day-to-day stress and  environmental aggressors. Stress levels can fluctuate throughout the day and busy skin needs support to make it through the day looking and feeling healthy. 

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Our Perfect body care range, with a shortlist of skin-loving ingredients helps your skin to remain radiant and energised throughout the day, boosting your confidence. And if the day is getting a bit too much take a deep breath of our stress check breathe in, containing eucalyptus, frankincense and lavender essential oils to help clear the mind and reduce tension. 


The Evening Phase

This phase is all about preparation for your nighttime repair. Hydration and DNA repair is boosted and skin is more receptive to absorption of topical treatments, making it a great time to use skincare with super-active ingredients. However, skin has also accumulated environmental pollutants and needs to be thoroughly cleansed.

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Try the deep cleansing heros from our Evening Detox range, which blends purifying actives to naturally decongest with calming ingredients to help reduce redness. Our anti-pollution purifying mask with malachite and kaolin is a 10- minute skin detox, helping to protect against environmental aggressors.


Not too sure where to start?

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With sleep comes beauty, so we always recommend starting your skincare routine with a good night’s sleep! With thisworks range of natural pillow sprays, there is a solution for each sleep concern.


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The 28 Day Hormonal Cycle

As women, our hormones are constantly in flux throughout the month, and don’t we know it!? Whether it’s an unexpected outpouring of tears at a KFC advert, unbridled rage at crumbs left on the kitchen side, or the unwavering feeling that one must have chocolate (all from personal experience), Hormones can play havoc in what is otherwise a fairly well-balanced individual.

But why do these hormones affect us so, and what is the point?


A Breakdown Of The Main Hormones

Hormones

 

There are fifty hormones in the human body, but three, in particular, are involved in the physical and emotional peaks and troughs women experience throughout their menstrual cycle. 

1. Progesterone

Produced by the ovary, progesterone plays an important role in maintaining the early stages of pregnancy. Most of us will never have a need to think twice about progesterone, as its effects are predominantly internal. However, women who don’t produce enough progesterone are likely to have heavy and irregular periods.

2. Testosterone

A hormone found in much higher quantities in men than in women, testosterone is produced by the reproductive and adrenal glands. High levels of testosterone can lead to irregular or absent periods, acne and increased body hair. Low levels of testosterone will often result in low libido. 

3. Oestrogen

Oestrogen actually consists of a group of hormones: estriol, estradiol, and estrone, and is produced predominantly in the ovaries. It is one of the most important hormones in the female body, responsible for regulating the menstrual cycle and controlling the growth of the uterine lining. High levels of oestrogen can result in weight gain and irregular periods, while low levels can cause absent periods, mood swings, headaches and depression.

Oh the female reproductive system, what a joy!


The Four Menstrual Phases

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The 28 day menstrual cycle can be split into four different phases: menstruation, the follicular phase, ovulation, the luteal phase. Each phase has a different ratio of hormones circulation, and as such, different effects on the mind and body.

Stage 1: Menstruation

The only phase of the menstrual cycle that most of us pay any attention to, menstruation represents the beginning and end of the cycle. Every month, unless an egg has been fertilized, the body sheds its uterine lining. Over an average duration of 3-7 days, a combination of blood, mucus and uterine lining is expelled from the body, and the cycle begins again.

Stage 2: Follicular Phase

The follicular phase lasts 15 days, beginning during menstruation and ending at ovulation. During the follicular phase, the ovary produces 5-20 nodules onto its surface. These nodules, or follicles, are precursors to eggs, only one of which will mature. As these nodules grow, the uterus is stimulated into thickening its lining ready for the potential of pregnancy.

Stage 3: Ovulation

The Ovulation Phase is incredibly important if you wish to increase your chances of falling pregnant, as it’s when you are at your most fertile. The ovulation window lasts approximately 24 hours and is when the mature egg is released from the surface of the ovary, usually around two weeks before the next menstrual cycle is due to start. 

Stage 4: Luteal Phase

There’s a lot of chemistry that happens during the luteal phase (most of which is thoroughly uninteresting unless you have a specific interest in the subject), but essentially, this is the stage in which the follicular lining which once surrounded a mature egg attached to the uterine wall. 

This residual cluster of cells, called a corpus luteum, releases an increasing amount of progesterone, encouraging the uterus to make itself a hospitable accommodation in case of pregnancy. If a fertilised egg implants into the uterine wall, the progesterone will continue to circulate at a high level, if not, the progesterone levels drop and the lining is expelled as menstruation. 


Dealing With Hormonal Flux

Hormone Levels & Your Cycle Chart

As you can see from the above graph, the hormonal changes that a woman’s body goes through over 28 days is dramatic. While some women have barely perceptible symptoms, others are not so lucky. If you have problem periods, allbeauty may be able to offer some relief.

Cramping

Period cramps are caused by the uterus contracting in order to shed it’s lining. While this a rather clever self-cleaning method, most of us would rather do without the accompanying muscle spasms and dagger-like pain. While over-the-counter painkillers such as ibuprofen can go a long way, nothing is quite as relaxing as a hot soak in the tub. We recommend using a bath oil, such as Cowshed’s Calming Bath and Body Oil. Not only will the heat soothe your aches and pains, but the oil is nourishing for your skin and the scent of lavender and eucalyptus calm the mind. If you prefer to avoid baths during your period, this can also be used as a body oil pre or post-shower.

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Hormonal Skin

If your skin erupts at the same time every month without fail, preventative action is the best course of action. Soothe hormonal skin with a product designed to target breakouts on adult skin. Murad Anti-Aging Blemish Control does just this, and thanks to its clever formulation, can be used without the risk of drying out your skin in between flares. 

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PMS and Mood Swings

Scientists aren’t certain what causes PMS (Premenstrual syndrome), but it’s believed to be linked to the changing levels of oestrogen, progesterone and mood-regulating hormone, serotonin. While we can’t provide you with a cure for PMS or monthly mood swings, we can recommend Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Mind Roller Ball for relaxation on the go. Containing bitter orange, rosemary and wild chamomile essential oils, this pocket-sized roller can be applied to your pressure points when you feel stress building for a mini-moment of mindfulness.

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Fatigue

Many women experience fatigue or extreme tiredness while menstruating. This is thought to be caused by the decrease in oestrogen levels at this point in the cycle. The best way to take care of yourself during this phase is by unapologetically allowing yourself to rest and recharge. Forgo evening screentime, head to bed early, and increase the chances of deep sleep by using a relaxing fragrance in your bedroom. Award-winning Deep Sleep Pillow Spray by This Works is a customer favourite, with notes of lavender, patchouli and camphor.

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The 28 day hormonal cycle is something that most of us deal with month in, month out, without stopping to consider what a great job we’re doing. The world doesn’t stop turning, and we push on to fulfil our responsibilities, regardless of the disturbance raging inside. If ever there was a reason to treat yourself to something special, whether it be scented bath oil or a bar of chocolate, this is it.

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P.S. Take a look below at our top picked products to help our hormones…

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Taking Care of Your Skin During Menopause

Going through menopause is difficult for all manner of reasons; your complexion shouldn’t be one of them. A large proportion of women find that entering the menopause plays havoc with their skin. Fluctuating hormones can cause flare-ups of acne and exacerbate combination skin, while there seems to be a sudden increase in the number of fine lines and wrinkles staring back from the mirror. While it’s no secret that this phase of life can be challenging, we’re pleased to say that by adopting a menopause-specific skin routine and using products targeted at aging skin, you can get back to feeling like yourself in no time.


Menopause and the Face

Your face is one of the first places to show the effects of menopause, with many women experiencing acne breakouts for the first time since their teens. Often, menopause can exacerbate existing conditions too, whether it be dryness or discolouration. With this in mind here are our top 5 favourite products for acne:

 

Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 100ml - Skin

1. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments

AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel 100ml

RRP £44.50

Our Price: £29.95

 

Perricone MD Treatments No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner 118ml / 4 fl.oz. - Skin

2. Perricone MD Treatments

No:Rinse Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner 118ml / 4 fl.oz.

RRP £35.00

Our Price: £31.50

 

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3. Murad Blemish Control

Outsmart Blemish Clarifying Treatment 50ml

RRP £35.00

Our Price: £28.00

Payot Paris Pâte Grise Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel 15ml - Skin

4. Payot Paris Pâte Grise

Spéciale 5 Drying and Purifying Gel 15ml

RRP £19.00

Our Price: £11.50

 

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5. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Treatments

Acne-Clear Invisible Dots

RRP £29.00

Our Price: £18.50

 

Hydration

The key to caring for your skin during menopause is to treat it with extra care; using products designed specifically for aging skin.  Using a serum is a fantastic way to deeply hydrate the skin, as it can not only hydrate, but smooth fine lines and rebuild the skin’s structure. Pair this with a menopause-friendly day cream to ensure your skin is getting all the nourishment it needs to meet the day head-on. A good day moisturiser should contain an SPF, protecting your skin from any future damage. 

Utopia Skincare Anti-Wrinkle

Hydrating Day Cream 50ml

RRP £34.00

Our Price: £16.95

 

And daytime moisturisation isn’t where your skincare should stop. Investing in a good night cream allows you to get a headstart on the coming day by giving your skin everything it needs to recover and repair overnight. For example, Utopia Nourishing Night Cream encourages cell renewal and aids the skin’s outermost layer to eliminate dead cells. Two birds – one stone.


The Skin Around Your Eyes

The delicate skin surrounding the eyes is even more prone to developing fine lines and wrinkles, due to its location and fragile nature. As the skin is so thin, you should avoid using your usual face cream around the eyes, instead, choose a product which is suitably gentle. 

An allbeauty favourite, Utopia Instant Firming Eye Serum has been shown not only to reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet, but to reduce dark circles and calm puffiness.


Hands, Neck and Decolletage

While most of us remember to moisturise our face daily, there are a few common areas which are missed. These left-behind areas are, unsurprisingly, the first to show the signs of aging.

The skin on our hands, neck and decolletage are exposed to the sun just as often as our face, which is why they so often succumb to discolouration, dryness and wrinkling. The decolletage and neck can also lose elasticity over time, resulting in a ‘crepe’ or ‘draped’ effect. Thankfully, products such as the Utopia Age Defying Hand, Neck and Decolletage Serum have been designed to target this exact complaint, firming, smoothing and toning these problem areas. 


And The Rest…

While the face, hands, neck and decolletage are all more obvious places for menopause symptoms to strike, that isn’t to say the rest of the body is safe. Whether it’s your knees, elbows, arms, or elsewhere, wrinkles can start to appear in all manner of places.

Utopia Skincare Anti-Wrinkle

Enriching Derma Gel 100ml

RRP £24.00

Our Price: £11.45

 

This skin is thicker than other areas of the body, so requires a moisturiser which is able to penetrate deeper. An age-specific, gel-based moisturiser, like Utopia Enriching Derma Gel can hydrate and repair large areas of skin while plumping and brightening problem zones.


To view all of our menopause products and read similar articles go to allbeauty.com/menopause

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Dealing With Hormonal Acne: How To Recognise And Treat it

Hormonal acne is exactly what it sounds like – it’s acne that occurs due to fluctuations in your hormones. Although men and women can both be affected by acne, hormonal acne is more common in women, because of factors like menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause, which bring surges in hormone levels. While hormonal acne is often associated with fluctuating hormones during teenage years, it’s actually most like to strike in your 20s, when women are most hormonally active. You might be surprised to know that over 90% of the world’s population will suffer from acne at some point in their life, making it one of the most common disorders treated by healthcare providers. 

Aside from the physical symptoms of acne, this skin disorder can also have an emotional and psychological impact too. Studies have shown that acne can affect a person’s mood, self-esteem and quality of life. In fact, 95% per cent of individuals with acne in the UK say that it affects their daily lives. 


What Causes Hormonal Acne? 

Acne is a skin condition that happens when your sebaceous glands (tiny glands near the surface of your skin) make too much sebum (an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands). The excess sebum bands together with dead skin cells, clogs your pores and forms acne lesions, which include blackheads and whiteheads. 

Hormonal Acne

Fluctuations in your oestrogen and progesterone levels are the main causes of hormonal acne. These fluctuations can vary greatly during your menstrual cycle. Changes in the ratio, or balance of these hormones can affect your testosterone levels, which in turn can also contribute to the appearance of acne. Stress plays an important part in hormonal acne too – when cortisol levels go up as part of your body’s stress response, your skin produces more sebum, which can lead to breakouts. 

Acne can also be caused or made worse by: 

  • Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome 
  • Menopause 
  • Increased androgen levels, which are hormones that play a role in the development of male traits. These hormones are present in both men and women. 

Recognising Hormonal Acne 

If the below apply, there’s a good chance you’re suffering from hormonal acne. 

  • You have pimples that appear on your chin and jawline. Increased hormone levels in your body can stimulate your oil glands—and most of them can be found around your chin area. Although the chin and jawline are really common places for hormonal acne, it can also flare-up on the side of your face or down your neck.
  • You have monthly breakouts. Hormonal acne follows a cycle – a lot like women’s menstrual cycles. Postmenopausal women can experience hormonal acne too, as they are still susceptible to monthly fluctuations in their oestrogen and progesterone levels. 
  • You’re under a lot of stress. A build-up of too much stress can lead to flare-ups, as cortisol (the stress hormone) can put your other hormones out of whack – another reason you should try to relax and de-stress on a regular basis. What’s more, if you’re stressed, you might not be looking after yourself quite as much as you should, and your skincare routine and diet can suffer, making breakouts more likely. 

Hormonal Acne Treatment 

Although hormonal acne can leave you feeling like your skin has a mind of its own, there are several options to help treat it. 

Contraception 

Oral contraceptives have compounds that target the hormones which cause acne. So if you aren’t already on the Pill, consider asking your doctor whether they’d recommend it to help treat your acne

Topical retinoids 

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If you have mild to moderate acne, you can use topical retinoids, which work by removing dead skin cells to prevent them building up inside hair follicles. They usually come in a gel or cream and should be applied once a day before bed. You can get retinal-containing products over the counter, but for stronger concentrations you’ll need to get them prescribed by a dermatologist or doctor. 

Diet 

What goes into your body can also affect you and your skin. Although the relationship between diet and acne hasn’t yet been firmly established, what we do know is that some foods can help alleviate skin inflammation, which can cause acne. Foods high in antioxidants, such as lentils and green leafy vegetables, and Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fatty fish (salmon, herring, and mackerel) can help reduce skin inflammation. You could also opt for an Omega-3 supplement if you don’t eat a lot of fatty fish. 

Non-comedogenic makeup 

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Be extra kind to your skin and take care when choosing makeup. Go for non-comedogenic types – makeup that won’t clog your pores – which in turn should minimise the chance of flare-ups. 


6-step skincare routine 

Committing to a good skincare routine can help treat or alleviate hormonal acne. Try this 6-step routine to take care of your skin and minimise the chance of acne flare-ups. 

Double cleanse

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Cleansing your skin helps to keep sebum from building up. Double cleansing is when you first cleanse the skin with an oil cleanser, followed by a second cleanser which is either foam or cream based. Why double cleanse? Using an oil cleanser first helps to break down the makeup, dirt and oil on your skin which builds up during the day. Cleansing your skin properly will make sure you get the benefits of the other products which follow.

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Shiseido Essentials

Perfect Cleansing Oil 180ml

RRP £34.00 (Save 21%)

Our Price: £26.75

 

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Caudalie Cleansers & Toners

Instant Foaming Cleanser 150ml

Our Price: £15.00

 

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Peter Thomas Roth

Water Drench Cloud Cream Cleanser 120ml

RRP £23.00 (Save 22%)

Our Price: £15.00


Steam

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Steaming can help open and unclog your pores. Simply boil some water, pour it into a bowl and add essential oils or herbs like chamomile or lavender. Steam your face with a towel over your head for up to 10 minutes. Don’t steam your skin more than once a week.

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Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Our Price: £20.00


Mask

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Face masks help to remove dead skin cells and other debris that can accumulate in pores and contribute to break outs. Using a clay mask after steaming can work wonders – your pores will be open, so the mask can get in and do its work more easily, drawing out dirt and impurities.

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Elizabeth Arden Face Mask & Exfoliator

Visible Difference Peel and Reveal Revitalizing Mask 50ml

RRP £26.00 (Save 36%)

Our Price: £16.75

 

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Baxter of California Skin Care

Clay Mask AHA 100ml

RRP £18.00 (Save 40%)

Our Price: £10.80


Tone

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This is an important step after cleansing your skin, because toner helps to close your open pores and remove any final traces of dirt or makeup. Follow the instructions on your acne-fighting skincare products carefully and don’t be tempted to apply too much at once, this can lead to further irritation. Remember to check with your GP or dermatologist to make sure you’re using the most effective products for your skin type.

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Sisley Toners

Grapefruit Toning Lotion Combination/Oily Skin 250ml

RRP £72.50 (Save 37%)

Our Price: £45.55


Moisturise

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Whether you’re prone to dry or oily skin, either can aggravate your acne, making moisturising an important step in your skincare routine. Using a moisturiser every day is a great way to seal the moisture in your skin. If you have oily skin, look for oil-free moisturisers, and opt for lotions and serums rather than thick creams. If your skin is prone to dryness, go for a more hydrating cream. Keep in mind that your skin might be dehydrated rather than dry – your skin can be oily and dehydrated at the same time, as dehydration is lack of water, not oil. Dehydration can be caused by factors such as the weather, pollution and diet, as well as the overuse of harsh skincare products. Dehydrated skin looks dull, feels tight or rough, may be sensitive, and can show fine lines. If you have dehydrated skin, switch to more gentle skincare products, don’t over-wash your face (no more than twice a day), and avoid irritating ingredients like essential oils or alcohol. 

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Clinique 

Anti-Blemish Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment 50ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 18%)

Our Price: £17.20

 

 Murad Blemish Control Skin Perfecting Lotion 50ml - Hormonal

Murad Blemish Control

Skin Perfecting Lotion 50ml

RRP £28.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £21.00

 

 Omorovicza Budapest Serums Instant Perfection Serum 30ml - Hormonal

Omorovicza Budapest Serums

Instant Perfection Serum 30ml

RRP £85.00 (Save 30%)

Our Price: £59.50

 

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Dr. LeWinn’s

Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Cream 30g

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Seeking professional help 

Talk to your GP or dermatologist if you’re having trouble controlling or treating your acne, or if your acne is moderate to severe. If your skin has developed nodules or cysts, see your GP as soon as possible and have these treated to prevent scarring. 


Try not to let acne get you down – there are lots of options and treatments out there, and you shouldn’t let acne stop you from living your best life. Start taking control of your skin today! To learn more about how to start living your best life, read our blog on ‘Time for You’ and join the Me Time Movement!

Toolkit to Lower Your Anxiety

By Nicola Elliott, Founder NEOM Organics London

I’m not a calm person, I wish I was. I am a full-on ball of energy (and have burnt the candle at both ends) kind-of-girl. My default state is busy, busy, BUSY AND it’s probably why I suffered (and still do) from anxiety, which happens to be one of the reasons I turned to blending essentials oils to help. The NEOM Lifestyle Audit from March this year revealed that a third of the UK population suffer from stress on a regular basis – so seems it’s not just me!

So, I turned to essential oils and found blending the right ones were a massive help. In particular the blend I started with was what we now call Real Luxury with 24 different oils to work their absolute hardest for you if you’re prone to stress, or like me, anxiety. If you are not a naturally calm person, then I believe you have to learn to create calm with modern remedies for modern life. I am able to manage it every day with these oils and a bit of a wellbeing tool kit.

In a recent NEOM wellbeing article we interviewed Emily Wysock-Wright – a wellness expert and founder of self re-discovery programme, Adira who says her top tips for lowering anxiety are things like having a bath; “this is my place to cleanse my thoughts and gain perspective. Essential oils can be great for anxiety and relieving stress and I love adding lavender or chamomile to my bath.” Says Emily. She recommends trying a supplement and eating chocolate too.

It’s really important to note that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another, so you have to find your own tool kit. It takes time to get it right BUT here are a few things that work for me…

 

  1. Move. Yep exercise. I love the saying that our friends over at FRAME have which is ‘support your local endorphin dealer’ – which is so true. Endorphins are good for everything!
  2. Meditate. I use the Calm app when I can (this is one of the hardest things for me to do!)
  3. Use NEOM Real Luxury oils amongst it all. My fav’s are the Magnesium Body Buttercandle (or the Essential Oil Blend in my Wellbeing Pod if time is limited and I need an instant boost) and I keep the On The Go Mist and Pulse Point handy (and use the 7/11 breathing technique alongside). Wherever I go, they go!
  4. Supplements – Magnolia Rhodiola.
  5. Reading. I find good books can reside my brain! I rate Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat.

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P.S. Here’s some of our favourite Neom products…

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Essential Oil Blend 10ml

Our Price: £20.00

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Nourish, Breathe and Calm Hand Balm 50ml

Our Price: £15.00

Neom Organics London Scent To De-Stress

Real Luxury Reed Diffuser Refill 100ml

Our Price: £25.00

 

Hormones & Pregnancy: Understand The Changes

During pregnancy, your body goes through a whole range of amazing changes, to help the baby develop and to prepare you for giving birth. We want to help you understand the changes to your hormones that come with pregnancy, with tips for your partner on how to help you feel supported, understood and cared for during your pregnancy. 


Hormonal Changes in Pregnancy 

Some of the physical changes you may experience during your pregnancy include fluid retention, hair loss, nail brittleness and stretch marks. You may no longer enjoy the taste of foods you liked or find yourself craving foods you used to hate – and you might experience an increased sensitivity to certain smells. You’ll also experience fluctuating hormone levels – hormones play a vital role in pregnancy, aiding in foetal development and preparing you for childbirth. 

The 5 main hormones at work during pregnancy are: 

1. Oestrogen 

Along with progesterone, oestrogen is one of the chief pregnancy hormones. Oestrogen levels increase significantly in pregnancy and help with the development of the foetus, aiding in the growth of organs and other bodily systems. Oestrogen can also cause nausea and make ligaments softer, putting pressure on your pelvis and lower back. 

2. Progesterone 

Increases in progesterone during pregnancy cause loosening of ligaments and joints throughout the body. This hormone works to transform the size of your uterus so that it can accommodate your growing baby. 

3. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) 

Only made during pregnancy, hCG levels spike during the first trimester. This hormone can be associated with vomiting and nausea during pregnancy, as women with severe morning sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) tend to have higher levels of hCG than other pregnant women. Although some nausea is very common in early pregnancy and affects up to 80% of women, only around 1 to 3 in every 100 pregnant women experience severe morning sickness (HG). 

4. Human Placental Lactogen (hPL) 

This hormone is made in the placenta and nourishes the developing baby. It also stimulates the milk glands in your breasts for breastfeeding. 

5. Oxytocin 

Oxytocin plays a key role in triggering contractions when labour starts. Prior to pregnancy, this hormone appears in low levels and then spikes towards the end of the pregnancy. Often called the ‘love hormone’, oxytocin helps us feel good, and is associated with feelings of bonding and motherhood. 

Pregnancy Hormones and Mood Swings 

It’s entirely normal for your moods to become a bit unpredictable during pregnancy, even if you haven’t been prone to mood swings before. One of the causes of mood swings in pregnancy is the change in your hormone levels. Significant changes in your hormone levels can affect your level of neurotransmitters, the brain chemicals that regulate mood. 

The good news is your mood swings should become more manageable once you’ve passed your first trimester, as your hormonal changes tend to settle down by this point. But if you still feel like your changes in mood are getting the better of you, don’t worry. Your body is going through a whole lot of changes, and even without the hormonal changes at work, being pregnant can still be an emotional rollercoaster, filled with excitement as well as anxiety. 

 

Here are some tips to help you manage mood swings: 

  • It’s important to know that what you’re experiencing is normal and also that it’s not your fault, so don’t blame yourself. Blame the hormones! 
  • Stay calm and be patient with yourself – don’t try to be a superwoman and take on too much. 
  • Talk to your partner. Be honest and tell them how you’re feeling. They’ll be glad you’ve opened up and shared what you’re going through, and will want to find ways they can help. 
  • Try to get plenty of sleep. Lack of sleep has been shown to have a significant impact on mood and reduces our ability to control and process emotions, so get as much rest as you can. 
  • Have a change of scene – a trip to the cinema with your friend or partner can help you relax and reframe. 

How your partner can support you during pregnancy 

Your partner plays a really important role during your pregnancy, and studies show that having a supportive partner should lower your stress levels and help you keep a positive outlook. What’s more, it’s not always going to be smooth sailing during pregnancy – especially with your hormones putting you through your paces – so lean on your partner for support. 

Here’s how your partner can support you throughout your pregnancy: 

  • Go with you to your doctor’s appointments. 
  • Help you in making decisions, e.g. prenatal tests and making a birth plan. 
  • Go to antenatal classes with you – this will also give Dads-to-be information and confidence about what to expect during your baby’s birth, and in the first few months as a new parent. 
  • Practical help, such as cooking and cleaning. Especially in the early stages of pregnancy, the smell of cooking can be unpleasant for mums-to-be, so partners should be on hand to help in the kitchen. They could also take over more of the household chores and carry heavy shopping. 
  • Offer emotional support by encouraging and reassuring you. Just being there and listening, so that you know you’re going through it together, can make all the difference. 
  • Spend quality time with each other. 
  • Join you in making healthy lifestyle changes. If you’re planning to make some changes to your diet during pregnancy such as eating more fruit and veg, why not do it together? Likewise, if you’re giving up smoking, you’re more likely to do it successfully if your partner stops too. 

Some of the changes you’ll experience during pregnancy may feel scary or overwhelming, but your body really is incredible! Even though at times it might feel like your hormones are playing havoc with your mood, remember they have a very important job to do. Try to embrace the whole experience, take time for yourself, and ask for support when you need it. 


To view all of our hormones products and read similar articles go to allbeauty.com/hormones 

 

Time For You

Hands up if you’re getting enough “me time” in your week? Anyone? That’s what we thought. Taking time to prioritise your own physical and mental wellbeing can often feel like an indulgence. There’s washing to be done, dishes to do, box sets to catch up on… we get it! But the old adage that you can’t pour from an empty cup really is true, and something all of us, particularly if we have family members depending on us, should take heed of.  

Where does one even start on this self-care journey? Fret not allbeauty readers, as always, we’re here to point you in the right direction. Here are a few easy tasks you can incorporate into your day to make sure you stay looking and feeling great all week long.


Monday: Start the Week Hydrated

Eugh, Mondays. The weekend is officially over and its straight back to the daily grind. Do yourself a favour and make Monday the day you really focus on hydrating yourself.

Water Splash Wide - Time for You

Too many of us dip in and out of dehydration simply because we forget to sip on a bottle of water throughout the day. Well, no more! Starting with just one day a week, focus on getting enough water into your system, the rest will follow.  

For bonus points, pop this Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Hydrating Mist into your bag and give your face a spritz throughout the day to hydrate from the outside-in. 

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Elizabeth Arden

Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 100ml

RRP £21.00 (Save 25%)

Our Price: £15.70


Tuesday: Hair Care and Chill

Combine two self-care winners into one, by taking care of your tresses while enjoying some downtime on the sofa. We can’t all get to the salon regularly (or even bi-annually, ahem), but with such a great range of hair treatments available, its never been easier to bring the salon experience into the comfort of your own home.

Hair care - Time for You

One of our favourites is multi-award winning Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3, designed to repair and restore the hair’s cuticle. And better still, it works best when left for at least 10 minutes, so grab a cuppa, put your feet up, and let it do its thing.

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Olaplex Hair Perfector

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Our Price: £17.35


Wednesday: Put Your Best Face Forward

You’ve made it to hump day, the weekend is in sight! Prep that skin for whatever the rest of the week throws at you with an at-home facial.

Face Mask - Time for You

Now, in a perfect world we’d all be regularly exfoliating and using a face mask, but let’s face it, sometimes life gets in the way! Once a week, make skincare your priority and take the time to give yourself a quality facial. Cleanse as normal, then use an appropriate exfoliator to remove any dead cells and dirt, before applying a moisturising face mask. Your skin will thank you!

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Clarins Exfoliators & Masks

One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser 125ml

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Omorovicza Budapest Face Masks

Ultramoor Mud Mask 50ml

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Thursday: Early To Bed, Early to Rise

We know it’s not the most glamorous form of self-care, but getting an early night can make a world of difference to your energy levels, mood and general sense of wellbeing. At least once a week, try to climb into bed an hour earlier than usual. In general, we need around 8 hours of sleep a night, but another few hours will only do you good!

Sleep - Time for You

Changing your sleep habits can be difficult, so if you find yourself wide-eyed and staring at the ceiling, try creating an environment more conducive to sleep. Settling down with a good book can tip the scales toward sleep, and relaxing scents can also help lull you off to the land of nod.

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Neom Organics London Scent To Sleep

Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist 30ml

Our Price: £20.00


Friday: Soak Up The Weekend

Ooooh yeah! Do you have that weekend feeling yet? Well, there’s no better way to say farewell to the working week than by washing your stress away with a good long soak in the tub. Nothing is quite as relaxing as submerging yourself into a hot bath. Nothing, that is, except for submerging yourself into a hot bath that has added sumptuousness.

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Get all sudsy with one of our foamy bath soaks, unwind aching muscles with a fragrant bath oil, or feel the fizz with one of the gorgeous range of Bomb Cosmetics bath bombs. Additional fizz in the form of a glass of wine optional, but always recommended. It’s officially the weekend, after all.

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Rituals The Ritual of Dao

Go With the Flow Bath Foam 500ml

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Elemental Herbology 

Five Element Bath & Body Oil – Water Soothe 145ml

Our Price: £28.00

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Bomb Cosmetics

Watercolours Gift Pack

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Saturday: Fingers and Toes

The weekend is an ideal time for those self-care tasks that you can’t make time for during the week. Carve an hour out of your day to put on your favourite music, grab a biscuit or something equally delicious, and get the mani/pedi kit out.

Mani/Pedi - Time for You

Our feet and hands are so hard-working, but they rarely get shown the same attention we give to our face and hair. Pamper yourself with a moisturising foot mask, while you deal with those cuticles and touch up your nails.

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Seoulista Beauty

3 Pack Rosy Toes Instant Pedicure

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L’Occitane

Shea Butter Nail and Cuticle Oil

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Sunday: Don’t You Scrub Up Well!

After a full seven days of embracing “me time”, how will you end your week? Perhaps its time for another face mask, an extra early night, or one last soak in the tub? Well, why not do something different with your Sunday by giving yourself a spa-quality body scrub from the comfort of home?

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At a cost of £60+ a session, a body scrub is a great way to slough off the dry skin or lotion build-up that makes your skin uneven. The best part? If you’re willing to put in the work yourself (or can rope in a willing partner), you can get the same results at home. Try our favourites, urban spa and luxury beauty brand Rituals, or 100% handmade, vegan friendly Bomb Cosmetics.

 

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Rituals The Ritual of Sakura

Body Scrub 250g

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Bomb Cosmetics

Scrubology Body Scrub 400g

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There really is no excuse for not creating a small window in your day to take care of yourself, inside and out. So, get started today and start investing in the “me time” movement.

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Ingredient of the Month: Jojoba

As well as being incredibly fun to say, jojoba (ho-HO-ba) is a fantastic natural ingredient that is often used in the world of hair and skin care. Ever wondered what this funny-sounding ingredient actually does? Well, you’re in the right place.  Here’s everything you need to know about jojoba.


What Is Jojoba?

Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) is a plant that grows in dry regions of northern Mexico, southern California and southern Arizona. While the plant itself is fairly unassuming, it’s the Jojoba seeds that hold the beneficial properties. About 50% of the seed consists of wax and oil, which is extracted from the harvested Jojoba and used in beauty and natural medicine.

Native Americans have used Jojoba oil to treat wounds going back centuries, but the use of Jojoba in beauty began as recently as the 1970s.


How Does It Work?

The use of Jojoba in the beauty industry was fueled by the desire to move towards natural ingredients. Prior to 1970, the oil of choice in many cosmetic products was whale oil. When the importing of whale oil was outlawed, manufacturers began to look at alternative oils that had similar benefits, jojoba made the top of that list. 

Jojoba oil is an emollient which soothes the skin and relieves dryness without blocking pores. Because of it’s fantastic lubricating and moisturising properties, jojoba is now an ingredient of thousands of hair and skin care products, particularly those with a focus on using natural ingredients. You’re most likely to find jojoba oil in moisturiser, body lotion and shampoo and conditioner.

 


Who Can Benefit From Using Jojoba Oil? 

Jojoba oil can be used on all skin types, either as a treatment or for moisturising.

Jojoba oil acts in a very similar way to the natural oil produced by our skin, Sebum. Because of this, it is non-comedogenic (pore-clogging) and the body reacts well to its presence on the skin. Many of our allbeauty customers find that by using a clay mask which contains jojoba a few times a week, they notice a reduction in their blemishes.

People with dry skin may find jojoba oil particularly beneficial as it has been shown to alleviate conditions such as Psoriasis and help to soothe chapped, dry patches of skin. It is also safe to be used on sensitive skin due to its sebum-imitating qualities.

There is some debate as to whether jojoba oil can aid in hair regrowth, but a large number of people believe that it may do just that. Jojoba oil has been shown to unclog hair follicles when used directly on the scalp, either as a pure oil or in a hair product. One of the reasons for hair loss may be due to blocked follicles, it stands to reason that jojoba oil may help those battling premature hair loss.


Which Products Contain Jojoba?  

At allbeauty, we stock a range of natural products which include jojoba oil in our list of ingredients. Ready to see what jojoba oil can do for your skin? Here are just a few of our allbeauty favourites.

 

Bomb Cosmetics Jade Jojoba Body Polish

Combining shea butter, jojoba oil and cedarwood oil, this lightly grained body polish will have your skin looking silky smooth in no time.

 

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Body Oil

A fantastic oil for nourishing your skin after a bath, the three main ingredients are coconut oil, peach kernel oil and jojoba – so you know it’s going to deeply hydrate.

 

Rich Styling Silk Oil Serum for Hair

When rubbed through damp hair this serum smoothes the cuticle, protects for breakage and locks in moisture. For hair with a luscious, natural shine, look no further.


To view all of our Jojoba oil products and read similar articles go to allbeauty.com/ingredients

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Rosalique: changing skin routines… and lives!

Skin sensitivity and red skin are very real problems for many people. Rosalique is an innovative dermo-cosmetic that aims to make sensitive and red facial skin a thing of the past – its bio-scientific formula uses a triple action effect to instantly conceal, gently treat and provide long term protection from common red skin issues such as Rosacea, Couperose and Keratosis Pilaris. Rosalique’s 3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF 25 has recently been shortlisted as Pure Beauty’s Best New Skincare Product 2018. 

As a 2-in-1 face cream that instantly improves and evens out skin discolouration and red sensitive skin, Rosalique can be used in two key ways. Firstly, It can be used as a concealer or foundation – as well as a base or primer under daily makeup. Secondly, It can be used as an active cosmetic offering an alternative to harsher medical products.

Its clinically proven ingredients actively work with skin to effectively reduce the intensity of the skin’s redness whilst it is one of the only creams available to use a triple action effect to not only conceal and treat, but also protect skin. 


The impact of Rosalique can be seen on the following case studies below: 

Samantha Franks, 48, Cleethorpes – Red skin 

‘I was sceptical at first trying this product. I have had red areas around my nose, cheeks and chin for a long time. Concealers I have used in the past have covered these areas but only for a short period of time so when I was asked to try this product I thought, oh well I have nothing to lose. I cannot believe just one application lasted the whole day. I did not have to apply any makeup afterwards. My skin looked radiant! Almost everyone I met that day commented on how fresh and flawless my skin looked which made my confidence go through the roof! I wear this product daily and will never buy another concealer ever’ 

Ann-Marie Wilson, 41, Grimsby – Red Skin

‘I love it! I’ve been using it as a primer under my foundation, which I hardly need much of now. It really evens out my skin tone. I’ve also found putting it on with a makeup sponge minimises the green fingers!’ 

Sarah Johnson, 48, Grimsby – Rosacia

‘I use the cream most days under my normal make up. I wouldn’t be without it, it’s made a massive impact on my life. It’s fab as a primer and redness corrector.’ 


Rosalique Skincare

3 in 1 Anti-Redness Miracle Formula SPF25 30ml

£30.00


Supported by science, Rosalique is both dermatologically and clinically tested – the unique formula has been created to be the fastest, safest and most effective solution for facial redness. The instant effect of Rosalique boosts confidence by concealing the affected areas – simply apply Rosalique daily and massage into skin to see the difference! 


To find out more and shop Rosalique Skincare visit allbeauty.com

The Menopause: How To Recognise The Signs & Symptoms

Have you heard that 50 is the new 30? Many women are now more confident in their 50s than their 30s; a new confidence comes with knowing who you are, what you want, and what looks and feels good on you. And with fiftieth birthday bashes taking over 21st birthday celebrations, there’s plenty to celebrate as you get a little older. But with 51 being the average age a woman in the UK starts the menopause, the symptoms can leave you feeling less like yourself, and not in the mood to party.

So what can you expect with menopause? And how do you recognise the signs and symptoms?

We take a look at some of the common symptoms of menopause, with tips to get you feeling back on track.


What is the menopause and when does it start?

The menopause, often called ‘the change’, is a completely normal condition that all women experience as they age. As part of going through the menopause, a woman will stop having periods and loses the ability to get pregnant naturally. The menopause is caused by changes in the balance of our sex hormones, and starts as your body stops producing as much of the hormone oestrogen as it did during your fertile years.

Less commonly, menopause is sometimes caused by medical procedures such as oophorectomy – removal of the ovaries – chemotherapy, radiotherapy or some breast cancer treatments. Having Down’s syndrome or Addison’s disease can also trigger menopause earlier in life.

With the menopause come many changes that may seem daunting or scary, but they are changes that women all over the world are experiencing too. You don’t necessarily just need to put up with the symptoms of menopause, either – there are plenty of ways to manage them.


How will I know when I’ve started the menopause?

Perimenopause is the transition phase as your body prepares for menopause, and can start around 8 to 10 years before you experience menopause. For many women, perimenopause happens in their 30s or 40s, and you might experience menopausal symptoms such as changes in period cycle, mood swings and hot flashes. In the perimenopause stage, your body starts providing physical clues that the menopause is on its way, although it can still be a few years before your last period. Menopause is defined as your last menstrual period, and confirmed when you haven’t had a period for twelve months in a row.


What are the symptoms of the menopause?

No two women’s bodies are exactly the same, and your experience of menopause might be very different to that of your friends or family. But there are some common symptoms of the menopause to look out for:

Irregular periods

When you’re approaching the menopause, the length of time between your periods can be shorter or longer than usual. The amount of blood flow will also vary, and there may be months when you don’t have your period at all.

We can counter the decline of our body’s oestrogen levels by supplying our body with phyto or plant oestrogens found in tofu, soya milk or soya flour, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds. It is recommended to take at least 4 to 5 portions of seeds and unsalted nuts every week.

 

Hot flashes

Hot flashes (also called hot flushes) are the most common sign of menopause or perimenopause, and affect up to 80% of women – so you’re not alone! A hot flash is a feeling of intense warmth, that seems to creep up then spreads throughout your body. Hot flashes can cause you to sweat and make your face look flushed, and they can cause night sweats too, which can leave your clothes and bedding soaked in perspiration even if the room temperature is cool. They can happen suddenly within the day, but the following can also trigger hot flashes or make them worse:

  • Eating spicy food
  • Drinking caffeinated and alcoholic drinks
  • Smoking
  • High temperatures
  • Feeling stressed or anxious
  • Receiving treatment for certain cancer types
  • Taking certain medicines
  • Health conditions such as an overactive thyroid, tuberculosis and diabetes

Depending on your sensitivity to hormones, your doctor might recommend hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help with hot flashes. You can also try to manage them yourself – here’s how:

  • Reduce your intake of tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Sip cold or iced drinks
  • Stop smoking
  • Keep your room cool and well-ventilated
  • Use a cold gel pack or spray your face with cool water if you feel that you’re about to have a hot flush
  • Wear light cotton clothing and layers that you can easily take off
  • Take lukewarm showers or baths instead of hot ones
  • Speak to your doctor if you think that your medicine is causing hot flashes
Bone weakness

Our bones can weaken during the period leading to menopause as we produce less oestrogen, which stimulates the activity of osteoblasts, the cells that produce bone. This can make our bones fragile, making us more prone to osteoporosis, the deterioration of bone density and quality. To keep your bones healthy, eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and other natural sources of calcium such as milk, yogurt and cheese. Vitamin D from sunlight exposure — about 10 minutes twice a day — and food such as oily fish, eggs and certain mushrooms will also help your body absorb calcium.

Higher cholesterol

Less oestrogen may cause an increase in ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and a decline in ‘good’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in our body. Higher LDL raises the risk of heart disease. Some diet changes can do a lot for your heart’s health:

  • Cut down on fatty meats. Use low saturate oils and spreads and go for lower fat dairy. Grill your food instead of frying it.
  • Switch to food with higher fibre content like oats, wholegrain bread and brown rice. Also include beans, lentils and chickpeas once or twice a week.
  • Include at least two portions of fish every week. Choose fish that is rich in omega-3 fats like canned sardines, salmon, mackerel, herrings and trout.
  • Cut down on sweets, soft drinks, cakes and other products made of refined sugar.
  • Aim for the recommended 5 a day of fruits and vegetables, which contain heart-friendly antioxidants.
  • Limit your intake of processed products such as ready-meals, soups and cooking sauces that are high in salt. Swap in herbs and spices for flavour.
Mood swings

We can be more irritable or emotionally unstable as a result of the various changes that our body goes through as part of menopause, including disrupted sleep resulting from hot flushes. Complex carbohydrates like bran, oatmeal and brown rice can bring up your serotonin levels, helping to control your appetite and make you feel brighter. Eating breakfast in addition to small food portions several times a day can also help you feel less irritable. Include exercise in your daily routine to release endorphins, your ‘happy hormones’ – anything from a group exercise class to a light jog around the park can re-frame your outlook for the day and leave you feeling energised.

Vaginal dryness and bladder problems

Our vaginal tissues can lose lubrication as the amount of oestrogen we produce declines. The condition sometimes causes urinary incontinence and discomfort during sex, and it can also make us more vulnerable to vaginal and urinary tract infections. Aside from the menopause, there are other causes of vaginal dryness too, such as breast feeding or taking the contraceptive pill. Vaginal dryness can be embarrassing to talk about, even with your friends or partner, but there’s no need to suffer in silence, and many other women will be going through exactly the same thing! You can manage vaginal dryness by avoiding douches or perfumed soaps, creams and washes in and around your vagina. You can also use vaginal moisturisers, and try water-based lubricants before sex to relieve any discomfort.

Loss of libido

Along with the drop in oestrogen levels, symptoms of the menopause such as difficulty sleeping, weight gain and vaginal dryness can affect our sex drive. Everyone’s sex drive is different – there’s no such thing as a “normal” libido, but if you are experiencing a reduced interest in or enjoyment of sex, start by talking to your partner so they know what you’re going through.
Along with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which helps with several of the symptoms of the menopause and is often prescribed for menopausal women, treating vaginal dryness, sticking to a healthy diet and doing physical activity can help keep you feeling more like yourself and more in the mood…


To view all of our menopause products and read similar articles go to allbeauty.com/menopause