These are the 10 things that have helped me so far through the Menopause. Some of these I no longer need as my HRT is dealing with them, but a lot of women can’t use HRT, for lots of different reasons, so I thought I would share this with you. Skin care is always a must regardless of HRT.
1. Bamboo Sheets
Bamboo sheets are becoming increasingly popular with menopausal women– They are sustainable, softer than cotton and linen, naturally antimicrobial, and moisture absorbing (definitely welcoming with the hot flushes) I found I was waking up far less saturated that before.
They also keep you cool in summer and warm in winter, win win
2. Black Cohosh
Black cohosh root also seems to have some effects similar to the female hormone, oestrogen. In some parts of the body, black cohosh might increase the effects of oestrogen.
I tried this, but it had little to no effect on me, but who am I to say that it won’t benefit other women,
It is known to have some side effects and this is what I learned Black cohosh can cause some mild side effects such as
A feeling of heaviness
vaginal spotting or bleeding, and weight gain
. There is also some concern that black cohosh may be associated
with liver damage. It is not known for sure if black cohosh actually causes
liver damage. (Because of all these possible side effects, I decided against
it… remember always seek your GP for their safe advice before trying any of
3. Sage tablets
Sage has high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. It has a long history as a folk remedy for many conditions, but it hasn’t been studied extensively for menopause. People use sage for several menopausal symptoms including nigh flushes and mood Although I found they helped a little with the hot flush, the biggest benefit for me was hair growth. Many women find their hair thins as they go through the menopause, unlike mine when I was taking sage tablets (rapunzel eat your heart out) As previously mentioned, they may might not work for everyone and it’s always best to check with your GP prior to taking them.
4. A good quality menopausal Face Cream
I use day and night cream with an SPF of 30 at least., Always look for cream with added benefits to nourash the skin.
5. Hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid penetrates deep into the skin’s layers to deliver long-lasting moisture that smooths and plumps your skin.
It certainly helps your skin look more radiant, helps to retain moisture and helps uneven skin tone
6. Pixie Glow Tonic,
Is a mix of glycolic acid, ginseng, witch hazel and Aloe Vera. It was created to exfoliate and soothe the skin while also revitalising and combatting dullness for a healthy glow.
Does exactly what it says, over time I’ve noticed my pores become smaller and skin less saggy
Since glycolic can make skin more susceptible to sun damage I follow with an SPF cream and only use it at night during the summer months.
7 . Vitamin C serum
The antioxidant protects skin from UV damage, stimulates collagen production, and lifts away dark spots revealing bright and glowing skin.
8. Retinol Serum
Retinol might sound scary but adding a retinol cream or serum to your skincare routine has been proven to not only reduce fine lines and wrinkles, but also to help prevent them forming. As well as their wrinkle-busting promises, retinol can help with uneven skin tone, texture and pore size.
After menopause, your skin gets drier because oil glands aren’t as active. You will notice is become crepey which can sometimes make it incredibly itchy Try to give skin more moisture with a heavier cream. Skip long, hot showers and put on moisturiser while your skin is still damp. That helps boost hydration.
O’Keeffe’s skin repair, relief from very dry itchy skin or garner intense 7-day Shea butter for dry skin are my go to’s
9. Restless legs
Magnesium spray, within 10 minutes I’m sound asleep.
While Restless Leg Syndrome may not be directly caused by menopause, it’s certainly a common complaint among women in menopause and trust me, it’s frustrating and annoying.
10.. Added extra
We are also led to believe that we should try to cut out alcohol, but let’s face it… Why? aren’t we suffering enough…
I find that a good old G&T did me no harm at all and limiting it to one a day will certainly help as alcohol is known to dilate blood vessels which could trigger a hot flush.
Sugary drinks tended to trigger a hot flush so out with the wine and non-slimline mixers and in with a spirit with a slimline mixer.
Cutting out spicy foods definitely helped me too before my HRT
And just as an added benefit, drinking enough water helps me to hydrate at all times, so hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
Feel free to share the products that have helped or are still helping you through the menopause and I can do an update.
A comment from one of my viewers
writes that she has had success with starflower oil, that it eases her hot flushes, she also states that it’s not always going to be suitable for everyone but a few of her friends are finding it works really well for them. I’ve looked into it and this is what I’ve found:
Starflower oil, commonly called Borage oil is a leafy green herb commonly found in Mediterranean and cooler climates. The leaves can be eaten on their own, in a salad, or as a cucumberlike flavour for foods. The seed extract is sold in capsules or liquid form.
The oil from its seeds has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years. Used topically, it’s said to treat acne and similar minor bacterial eruptions, as well as more long-term skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis.
Taking in borage seed oil in food or as a supplement may help treat the following conditions:
• rheumatoid arthritis
• heart conditions
• adrenal gland problems
It says that borage oil has anti-inflammatory properties and may be able to reduce discomfort related to menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as:
• breast tenderness
• mood swings
• hot flashes
As any woman going through the menopause knows, anything and everything is worth a try to help rid them of these horrible related symptoms and what works for one, won’t necessarily work for another. But as advised previously, always speak to your GP before using these products and thanks Sharon for your input.
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