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Helen Mirren by Gage SkidmoreFor many of our customers, the menopause is a very real issue and even if they’re not already in the grips of it, they know that it could be just around the corner. Some women manage to go through the menopause without too many side effects, but it can also bring a whole load of unpleasant physcal issues. We thought we’d take a look at some of the most common side-effects of the menopause, and what you can do to combat them.

Hot Flushes

Probably the most common side-effect of the menopause is hot flushes, which experts attribute to the decrease in oestrogen production in menopausal women. Hot flushes can feel really uncomfortable and can come on in waves, making sufferers feel rubbish while they’re in progress. Using a cooling spritz like Dermalogica Antioxidant HydraMist will help to cool you down and will have the added bonus of revitalising your skin in the process.

Dry Skin

Dry skin is another widely-reported effect of the menopause, largely because as the body ages it slows down on essential process and cannot retain as much moisture in the upper layers of the epidermis. Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is a rich cream for ageing skin which will replenish moisture and stop skin from feeling dry, papery and tight.

Brittle Nails

As well as losing hydration from the skin, many menopausal women lose moisture from their nails which leads to them becoming dry and brittle with the edges flaking off. Choosing the right cream to replenish moisture to the hands AND nails is vital, and Elemis British Botanical Hand and Nail Butter does exactly this by cocooning them in precious essential oils.

Muscle Pain

Muscle and joint pain might just seem like a symptom of getting older, but it can also be directly related to the menopause. Once again, those pesky low oestrogen levels are the reason, causing inflammation and stiffness. Elemis Musclease Active Body Oil won’t be a miracle cure but will definitely help you to smooth away some of the pain and help you to relax, ridding you of those ashes and pains.

Anxiety

Anxiety during menopause can be caused by a number of things, not least of all the raft of emotions that the ebbing hormones can foist upon you. Rubbing a little Elemis Quiet Mind Temple Balm onto your temples when you need to calm your nerves and refocus your mind can really help and the powerful blend of essential oils will promote harmony, tranquillity and relaxation.

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