In our first Christmas ‘thrival’ guide for menopause, we looked at some of the ways to care for your emotional wellbeing over the holidays. In this guide, we explore some of the ways you can feel most confident in your own skin, whether you're going glam for Christmas parties or you're cosying up on the sofa watching seasonal movies.
Plant power for skin health
Revitalising Motivating Morning Routine
Supporting skin health in menopause
The loss of collagen, the loss of elastin fibres and hyaluronic acid, the changing ratio of oestrogen to androgens, and the general shift in hormones as we go through menopause, has a number of effects on the way our skin looks and feels. This can, naturally, have an impact on how we feel about our own appearance. However, while we might not be able to reverse time, we can nurture our skin so we can see and feel our best.
Menopause skincare challenges:
- More lines and wrinkles
- Increased pigmentation
- Dry skin
- Facial hair
- Sensitive skin
- Redness from hot flushes
Skincare solution: a nurturing routine
A routine that helps to nourish the skin and give it what it needs, is one of the best ways to give yourself that natural glow. Along with a healthy diet, fresh air and exercise, skincare with oils that penetrate the skin's surface, natural ingredients that don't aggravate, and plant hormones to help balance changes, all help skin to look its best and feel soothed. At The Menopause Plus, we also add in carefully selected essential oils to boost your mood as well, with uplifting sweet orange in the morning and lavender and bergamot to relax the mind at night.
For thinning hair
Menopause Hair Loss Shampoo
Hormonal hair care
Hair can experience changes during menopause thanks to fluctuations in hormone levels. Oestrogen and progesterone both contribute to helping hair grow faster, and remain lush. As a result, a little extra TLC helps you and your hair to feel your best - as well as making it easier to manage.
Menopause haircare challenges:
- Hair loss
- Thinning hair
- Dry hair
Alongside lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet and staying hydrated, reducing stress, as well as avoiding too many hair dryers and hair straighteners, some products can help support hair health and restore its appearance. For example, ingredients including argan oil, which is high in vitamin E, can help give hair back its shine, maintain moisture and prevent further dryness. Meanwhile, harnessing the power of plants with phytohormones can nurture the hair and scalp. A regular hair treatment can condition the hair, and between washes, gentle volumising sprays and dry shampoos can help prevent hair from looking flat or dull.
A complete body care set
Ultimate Indulgence Collection
Body wellbeing during menopause
From bloating to dry skin, our bodies don't always feel entirely our own as we go through menopause. Skin can become less taught, dry or itchy, and hot flushes can make the most well groomed amongst us feel unkempt and out of sync. While to some extent we learn to love the skin we're in, we can make it more comfortable and support our bodies as they grow older, helping them to look and feel their best.
Menopause bodycare challenges
There are lots of ways in which menopause affects how we feel in our own bodies - our shape can change, our skin can change and hot flushes and itchy skin can make us feel uncomfortable. Amongst the body changes many women experience, you may find the following impact how you feel in your own skin:
- Dry skin
- Hot flushes
- Itchy skin
Bodycare solutions for feeling comfortable
Feeling comfortable is the starting point for looking your best - none of us can look relaxed and glowing if we're struggling with chronic itching, we're so hot we think we will expire, or we're feeling extremely bloated. There are holistic ways to help ease these unwanted consequences of menopause however. Ginger is excellent for easing bloating, as is peppermint tea. Meanwhile, our Itchy Skin Oil is specifically formulated to ease irritation using apricot kernel oil and healing calendula. Keeping our Motivating Morning Body Spritz on hand also gives your mood a boost at the same time as cooling the skin and reducing redness with its combination of plant oestrogens and refreshing rosemary.