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The Ultimate Guide to Fake Tan

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Want to look like you’ve just spent a week in a sun-drenched villa but the British weather’s killing your vibe? You’re not alone. The forecast is about as trust-worthy as that guy at a party who busts out his guitar to play Wonderwall. You know the one. Luckily, we can help you get your golden glow on without relying on any rays of sunshine, or musicians for that matter. 

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Different types of fake tan

Instant tan

Does what it says on the tin, really. Instant tan products are your saviour on those nights that you promised yourself a date with pizza and reality TV, only to find yourself wearing heels and falsies. Oops.

There are two types of instant tan:

1. You apply in circular motions using a tanning mitt (no one likes a streak unless it's Snapchat) and within a few hours you'll be good to glow.

2. Applies the same as the first but the excess is rinsed after a few hours. This gives you more control as you rinse when you're satisfied.

Gradual tan

Want to build a rich glow but don't have the tanning prowess of a pro? Try a gradual tan. There's also less pressure to get it exactly right on first application. Bonus!

There are sooooo many gradual tanners out there. Some can be built up over a few days, some can be hidden in a moisturiser, and others can be used in the shower... we could go on.

Tanning oils

Oils are a lot more glamorous now than those dark days of lathering yourself in olive oil like some kind of salad. Step away from kitchen ingredients to an oil that speeds up the effects of UV rays. Tanning oils have had a pretty bad rep in recent years due to misuse and lack of education. But using an oil is actually completely natural - it increases the body's ability to produce melanin. That's the magic behind how it works. Ta-dah!

As long as you're sensible with your exposure to the sun and don't use tanning oil as a replacement for SPF protection - you're good to sit back, relax, and tan.

Tanning mists

Ever find yourself curled up in the bath and sobbing uncontrollably over the pressure to apply a flawless tan? There, there. Not all of us are blessed with mad artistic skillz. So, if your coordination left you as the last picked in P.E (*sob*),  a tanning mist could be your fake tan saviour.

There are two types of tanning mist:

1. The original bae - just shake and spray. Simply spray all over your body and leave until you've reached your optimum tan. Then wash off.

2. A simple spritz followed by sun worship. Sorted.

Tanning mousse

Classics stay classics for a reason. Mousse is quick to dry, easy to blend,  and showered off when you've reached your tan ambition. Oh, and it's the perfect excuse to throw on a robe and binge-watch TV shows whilst you get your tan on. Win.

 

Tanning water 

We get it. Tanning on your face is an art form. It's a skill that  can potentially result in Caspar the friendly ghost or an Oompa Loompa. Well, tanning water is here to transform your art into a modern-day Da Vinci (sort of). Just spritz over your face before you apply makeup and say hello to effortlessly bronzed skin.

Tanning supplements

For those living their best life and don’t have time to waste precious minutes in the bathroom applying fake tan, try tanning supplements. You don’t need to alter your expertly timed beauty routine. Instead, take the recommended dose of the supplement every day with your meals to start seeing glowing results. 

Tanning wipes

New to the tanning game? There's no need to be afraid. Tanning wipes are one of  the easiest ways to apply fake tan. Just swipe onto your skin using circular motions and prepare to count them as your new tanning BFF. Just repeat the process until your tan is 100% your type on paper. Oh, and because they provide such an effortless glow, they are perfect for topping up natural tans to keep you sun-kissed all year round.

Now you know the difference between a tanning mousse and a mist, learn how to apply fake tan like a pro.

 

 

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Best Summer Feet Treatments

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Sandal season has arrived – this is not a drill! It’s time to kick aside those boots you’ve been living in and look hot to trot in a pair of strappy flats, embellished espadrilles or gorgeous heels.

But, if your feet are not quite ready for the big reveal, fear not. We have sought out the best products that will help you feel fabulous from the ground up, ahead of the annual holiday escape. Get set to reach pedicure-perfect status without having to leave the house with these summer feet treatments catered for a host of concerns.

Summer feet treatments

The Foot Concern: Dry Skin

A process familiar with fake tan enthusiasts, exfoliating helps get rid of dry skin. While your standard body exfoliator can help smooth skin from top to toe, there are a handful of targeted feet treatments that will help produce unparalleled softness.

Cue Footner’s exfoliating socks. This hard-working product boasts results with every use. Simply slip into the disposable socks, put your feet up for an hour and remove. Over the course of the next week all the hardened skin on your feet will begin to peel helping to leave behind super soft feet with the strut factor. However, the process can take up to 14 days for feet to stop peeling so make sure you do this at least two weeks before your holiday!

If you’re looking for products you can use pre-holiday and beyond then opting for a nourishing foot scrub, pumice stone and buffing brush will help soften the skin with every use.

The Foot Concern: Cracked Heel

Unsightly cracked heels are caused by the skin drying out, becoming callus and then ultimately splitting. What a pretty picture. This foot concern can also worsen when your trusty flip-flops and open-back sandals make an appearance as the lack of support puts extra pressure on dry skin.

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Whether you’ve noticed a dry patch and want to help prevent a cracked heel situation or already have heels with more cracks than the Sahara desert, targeted moisturising creams are the beauty buster you need. A weekly process of exfoliating, buffing (with a pumice stone) and moisturising will help minimise the cracked appearance until the dry skin softens completely.

The Foot Concern: Calluses

Calluses are created in places that experience repeated friction – as any avid musician will know. So it’s not uncommon to develop calluses on the feet, especially if you live in stilettos.

Using targeted treatments for calluses, from lotions to removers, will help ease the appearance and remove the rough callus area over time. As calluses are as uncomfortable as they are unattractive, between treatments invest in cushioned pads to ease the discomfort on-the-go.

If you are diabetic always consult with a pharmacist or GP before using products on your feet.

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The Ultimate Guide to SPF Sunscreen

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The world of SPF and sunscreen can be daunting, so here’s everything you need to know about sunscreen: from what it is and what it’s protecting you from, to how it works, how much you should apply and what’s best for the different skin types. We’ve got you and your family covered…

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How does sunscreen work?

Sunscreen, available most commonly in creams, lotions and spray-on formulas, is applied topically to skin to protect it from the harmful UVA and UVB rays that are emitted by the sun. There are two types of active ingredients in sunscreen: physical blockers and chemical absorbers.

UVA and UVB explained

UVA (Ultra Violet A) rays are the main cause of wrinkles and skin ageing because they penetrate more deeply than UVB – even when the sun isn’t shining, which is why you should wear sunscreen on your face all year round.

UVB (Ultra Violet B) rays cause sunburn and have strong links to skin cancer (including malignant melanoma). Using a sunscreen with UVB protection will help prevent skin burning, which, in turn, will help protect it from skin cancer.

UVA star ratings

Sunscreen in the UK carries a UVA star rating on the packaging. The stars are numbered between zero and five, and tell you what percentage of UVA radiation is absorbed by the sunscreen in comparison to the amount of UVB. You should aim to choose a high SPF as well as a high UVA protection – so, ideally, an SPF30 with a rating of 4 or 5 stars.

What does SPF mean?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the numbers (most commonly 15, 30 and 50) relate to the amount of UVB protection the product offers (see below). SPF15 blocks around 93% of UVB rays, SPF30 blocks around 97% and SPF50 blocks around 98%. The British Association of Dermatologists recommends using SPF30 as standard – and in addition to protective shade and clothing.

It’s important to bear in mind that using a high SPF doesn’t last any longer than using a lower SPF – the only difference between them is the percentage of UV rays that they’re blocking. No matter what factor cream you choose to use, it should be reapplied every two hours, and you should avoid being in the sun when it’s at its hottest (between 11am and 3pm).

What are physical blockers and how do they work?

Physical sunscreens block UV rays, working like a mirror that reflects the sun’s rays away from your skin. They get to work straight away, but they tend to leave a white film, which means you can see where the product has been applied. It’s important that you don’t rub it in, as this will lower its protection; you need to let it sink in instead. The protection from this type of sunscreen lasts longer than chemical absorbers, but if you’re doing activities that cause you to sweat, it must be reapplied at least every two hours.

What are chemical absorbers and how do they work?

Chemical sunscreens act as a filter to inhibit UV radiation penetration. They act rather like a sponge, ‘mopping up’ the sun’s harmful UV rays. They need to be absorbed into the skin before they start working, so they should be applied about 20 minutes before exposure to the sun, then reapplied every two hours, or after you’ve been swimming or sweating, to ensure you’re always adequately protected.

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How much sunscreen should you apply?

As a general rule, you should apply at least a teaspoon of lotion to each limb, and just over a teaspoon to the front of and back of your body – but the more you apply, the better. Sunscreen should be applied around 20 minutes before you go out in the sun, and then you can apply it again when you’re outside, just in case you missed any patches.

Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every two hours, and if you’ve been swimming or sweating, it should be reapplied immediately. Most people don’t apply sunscreen correctly. Commonly missed areas are the neck, ears and feet, and hard-to-reach areas – like the back – so make sure you always get someone to help you.

Does sunscreen go off?

Yes, it does! Check the bottle for the expiry date, ideally before you go on holiday, but always before you use it. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 12 to 18 months after opening. Store them away from direct sunlight, too.

What are once-a-day sunscreens?

Many sunscreens claim to provide protection from the sun for up to 10 hours with one single application. However, if you’ve been active (and therefore sweating), or if you’ve been in the sea or swimming pool, reapply every couple of hours to stay protected from the rays.

Can you tan through makeup?

It’s a common misconception that your makeup acts like a shield from the sun – it doesn’t. So, in theory yes you can tan through makeup. If your makeup or skincare comes complete with SPF, you will benefit from added protection but just like when you apply sun tan lotion, this SPF will need to be topped up if you’re outdoors for long periods of time.

The same also goes for fake tan, if you have no SPF protection a fake tan alone will not shield the skin from the rays so technically you can still tan through it.

The best sunscreens for your skin type

If you’ve got sensitive skin…

Sensitive skin types should opt for oil-free, hypoallergenic sunscreens that are free from oils, fragrance and chemicals. Ideally, they should be physical sunscreens – meaning they contain titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and sit on top of the skin, reflecting the harmful rays, instead of being absorbed into it.

If you’ve got oily or acne-prone skin…

These skin types should choose light, oil-free formulations that are non-comedogenic (i.e., they won’t clog up pores). Oily skin types should also never use sunscreen designed for the body on your face. Double cleanse to remove the sunscreen to prevent pores clogging.

If you’ve got dry skin…

Dry skin types should use cream or gel-based products, and those containing hydrating ingredients (like glycerin) to help add moisture to your skin.

The best sunscreen for children…

Children’s skin should be treated in the same way as those with sensitive skin, so opt for a kids sunscreen that’s hypoallergenic and free from fragrance and chemicals. As we mentioned earlier, it’s best to choose a physical blocker sunscreen because they get to work straight away.

Choose an SPF30 for your child, as well as making sure they’re suitably covered and in the shade as much as possible, especially between 11am and 3pm, when the sun is at its highest. Reapply the sunscreen often, and layer the product on thickly, making sure you don’t miss any areas that are more prone to burning, like ears, nose, shoulders and the back of the neck. Make sure your child also wears light, baggy clothing and a hat.

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Watch influencers recreate their prom looks!

Ahhhh, prom! Every school leavers rite of passage before saying goodbye to 3pm finishes and not having to worry about what to wear everyday!

We were feeling a little nostalgic about the one and only occasion we could justify hiring a limo to go ten minutes down the road, so we invited influencers Marc Zapanta (@marc.zapanta) and Wende’s World (@wandesworld) to take a trip down memory lane by recreating their prom makeup looks -  or in Marc’s case, his dates!

Enjoy!

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What is astaxanthin?

Before we get into the nitty gritty of just why you should be adding astaxanthin into your life, let’s nail the pronunciation first. All together now… ‘asta-ZAN-thin’.  Excellent... now let's find out about the super strength antioxidant!

The antioxidant powerhouse 

Astaxanthin is one of the world’s most powerful antioxidants. It is a naturally occurring coloured pigment, that supports good health, which can be found in a number of different algae and fish.  It's a brilliant, bright red in colour and it is what gives salmon, lobster and shrimp their pink flesh (some useful dinner convo info for you there!) It can be found in its highest concentration in the muscles of salmon, and research suggests it contributes to the endurance levels required by the fish to swim upstream.

For humans, it’s an incredibly powerful antioxidant with broad health and beauty benefits. Here are 4 ways you can benefit from taking astaxanthin:

1. Get gorgeous, glowing skin

If you’re counting down the days until you board a plane to sunnier shores (or you’re just patiently waiting for the sun to reinstate summer again in the UK), then add ‘top up astaxanthin levels’ to your summer to-do list.  The powerful antioxidant can help our skin recover from over exposure to the sun, while also helping to fight against premature ageing, wrinkles, fine lines and loss of moisture.

While being safe in the sun is a top priority, there’s no denying most of us love to achieve a golden glow in the summertime.  For a luminous glow that’ll give the Love Islanders a run for their money UTAN Tan Gummies, which contain astaxanthin, work to protect the skin and accelerate your tan too!

2. Help relieve pain and inflammation

As a potent anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, astaxanthin is your best friend when it comes to needing something to help block pain. Plus, the wonder ingredient can also help reduce inflammatory compounds that drive many chronic diseases.

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3. Recover quicker after you’ve hit the gym

If you are a keen gyn-bunny and find it hard to recover after a sweaty sesh, then astaxanthin may help speed up your recovery. Just like when salmon make their strenuous swim upstream, astaxanthin can help athletes do their best by aiding muscle recovery, enhancing their endurance and strength levels, as well boosting energy levels.

4. Support your eyes health

You can safely support your eyes health from problems such as eye fatigue, soreness, dry-eye and irritation with a dose of astaxanthin. It works by reducing the number of free radicals which can easily get into your eyes, as well as reducing any inflammation if you have it.

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Where can I find astaxanthin?

If you’re a fan of seafood, then you’ll be pleased to know salmon is your best way to top of up on the naturally soured antioxidant! In the animal kingdom, it is found in its highest concentration in sockeye salmon – with wild-caught salmon providing lots more health benefits than their farm-raised counterparts. Other sources, but with a lower concentration, include red trout, shrimp, crab and lobster.

If you are a non-fish eater, then astaxanthin is as a supplement too.

 

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The signs of dehydration you didn’t know about

In the season of festivals, foreign flings and fruity cocktails, it’s all too easy to forget to stay hydrated. We’ve all heard the statement ‘we are made up of 70% water’, yet this fact means little when sizzling by the poolside, third glass of strawberry daiquiri in hand!

Research varies on exactly how much we should be aiming to drink each day. While the traditional ‘8 glasses a day’ figure has lost credibility in recent times (it is believed to be traced back to a 1945 US Research Council recommendation), it’s not always easy to know the best way to avoid dehydration. This is a particular problem in the summer when the hot weather means that dehydration can easily sneak up on us.

The good news is that modern research tells us we can simply let our hydration needs be guided by our bodily responses. Our bodies are smarter than we realise at regulating water consumption; we just have to get smarter at listening to them.

With that in mind, here are some of the lesser known signs your body might use to tell you you’re not drinking enough this summer…

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You’re cramping up

Despite the hot weather often leading to an air-conditioned taxi ride over a long walk, you might notice your muscles keep cramping. This is because dehydration can cause changes in sodium and potassium levels, contributing to muscle cramps. Dehydration induced cramping can happen any time of the day or night, not just after exercise. If you notice some unusual cramping, it’s time to drink some H2O.

Your skin is dry

Another subtle sign to look out for is dry skin, especially when dry weather and harsh sun creams are collaborating culprits. In addition to feeling dry, dehydrated skin can be flaky and taught. This is because our skin contains many layers of water-based cells which can quickly become depleted. So, if you want to ward off wrinkles and look fresh faced all summer long, pick up that bottle of water.

You’re hangry

For all of this going on about how clever our bodies are, they do occasionally get confused. If you find yourself reaching for another burger from the BBQ long after all your friends have finished, you might be experiencing dehydration-induced hunger pangs. Try drinking a glass of water or unsweetened iced tea before mealtimes to reduce these mixed signals. It might just lift your mood too.

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You’re groggy

Your mid-afternoon slump could actually be caused by dehydration. This is because dehydration causes a drop in blood pressure which leads to decreased blood flow to the brain, making you sleepy. Waking up thirsty at night will also leave you feeling groggy, so when you’re reaching for that afternoon brew, make sure you also remember to have a drink of water. Finally, keep your bedroom cool this summer with a fan or open window. You will sweat less, ensuring you retain that precious water while also getting a more comfortable night's sleep. Win win!

You’re freeeezing

This drop in blood pressure leading to decreased blood flow around the body also has another significant side effect: it makes you cold. An inhibited flow of blood to the skin impacts how effectively our bodies can regulate our body temperature. So if your friends are flaunting their fake tans while you’re huddled under a hoodie, maybe consider sipping some water.

 

If you can’t quite remember all these top tips this summer, try to remember this one instead; keep topping your water bottle up as much as you try to top up your tan. Trust us, your body will thank you for it.

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What is Skip-care? The latest Korean Beauty Trend

Is your skincare collection a little OTT? Is it taking over your bathroom? We’re talking moisturisers, cleansers, exfoliators, masks in all kinds of formulas, sprays, spritzes, toners, elixirs, night and day creams… Oh boy, the list goes on!

Does that sound familiar? If so, the latest skincare trend loved by Korean millennial's, and lovers of K-Beauty in general, may be just what you need. Say hello to skip-care!

What is skip-care?

In a nutshell, skip-care is all about paring down your skincare routine and keeping the products you use to a minimum. Sounds like common sense, hey? But before you go sweeping all your products off your shelf in one dramatic motion, the key to this trend is to identify the key ingredients, which your skin can’t get enough of, and to incorporate this into your daily routine in multi-use products.

Think super-hydrating, antioxidant filled serums, exfoliating cleansers and all-rounder moisturisers that hydrate, protect and prime your skin ready for makeup.

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The Benefits

Skip care is beauty minimalism at its best with an abundance of benefits:

  • The obvious one – save on time!

We all have those days where even wiping our makeup off feels like a massive chore, so combining your products into a few hardworking multi-use products is a great time saving option.

  • Be confident that the products you are using are actually working

Although a multi-step routine may feel like your doing you're skin the world of good, but in reality, do you know if they are all working as hard as each other or at all? Using multiple products runs the risk of causing your skin irritation, so by streamlining what you put on your skin you can be sure those few products are actually working in harmony with each other and your skin!

  • Save your pennies

Who doesn’t like to save money here and there?! Multi-functional products cut down on your beauty spend – it’s as simple as that!

So, what should I be using?

Go back to basics - cleanse, moisturise and protect. Or tweak the combination to suit your skins needs - you may want to throw an exfoliator in there or an essence - a highly concentrated, lightweight treatment favoured by K-Beauty lovers.

If you're looking to Marie Kondo your skincare stash (yes, that’s now a thing) then here are a few hard-working products to simplify your beauty routine:

Cleanse

B. Skincare B. Sparkling Water Cleanser 125ml £6.99 Buy Now
Garnier Pure Active Pure Active 3in1 Clay Mask Scrub Wash Oily Skin 150ml £3.69 Buy Now

Moisturise

Naturally Radiant Superdrug Naturally Radiant Cream Normal/Dry Skin 75ml £5.99 Buy Now
Revolution Skincare Revolution Skincare Lightweight Hydrating Gel-Cream £7.99 Buy Now

Serum

Revolution Skincare Revolution Skincare Skin Conditioning Serum - EGF Serum £9.99 Buy Now
e.l.f. e.l.f. Hydrating Serum 30ml £13.99 Buy Now
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Our fave biodegradable body glitter festival looks

If there’s one place on earth you can be your total extra self, it’s a festival! If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a golden ticket to one of the hottest festivals of the year (or you and your BFF’s just wanna glam up for a back garden party… ‘cos, why not?!) then it’s time to get your glitter on!

If you’re looking for some easy-to-create festival inspo, you’re in the right place. Superdrug is home to a rainbow of glitters – including our biodegradable Fantasy glitter pots and fixing gels!

So, get ready to shine bright with these glitter inspired looks.

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Dreamin’ of glitter

So, you want to be drippin’ in glitter from head to toe? YAS!

Glam up to start with, completing your chosen festival makeup look. Once your eyes, lashes and brows are looking spot on - it’s time to finish the look with glitter.

Using the Superdrug glitter fixing gel, carefully apply it in the places you want to SHINE! Under the eyes (apply with care!), across the collar bone, over the clavicle are all good places to start - then it’s time to decorate!

Using a mix of fine and chunky glitter, build up your desired look.

Finish your look and get ready to stand out from the crowd with single jewels and body pieces.

Guys and gals, you’re ready to SPARKLE!

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Jazz me up!

Not a fan of glitter or gems on your face? No worries, hun, we got you.  Jazz up your hair style by applying some temporary colour to the ends and glitter through your parting.

Want more? Of course, you do! Using our Fantasy biodegradable body glitter and pre-created body jewels (‘cos who has time to create their own between acts?) apply to areas such as your chest and arms for a gorgeous bedazzled look!

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Managing the menopause

As women get older there is one thing that usually starts playing on their minds, but it’s a topic that may not be spoken about as often, or as openly, as it should be.  We are of course talking about the menopause.

In 2017, Superdrug conducted its first ever #LifePlus 50+Beauty Report, where we asked our customers their view on ageing and on life. In the latest report we wanted to consider the views of those over 40, not only women who are already experiencing ageing and the menopause, but those who are approaching it too.

Of the 1,000+ ladies we spoke to, 50% off them who were yet to experience it were worried about approaching menopause. If you are unsure or worried about what happens at this point of your life as well, here is what you need to know about what the menopause is and its symptoms.

What is the menopause?

The menopause is when a woman stops having her periods and can no longer naturally conceive a baby; it’s a natural part of ageing. It will usually occur between the ages of 45 and 55, as a women’s oestrogen levels start to decline. The average age in the UK for women to reach the menopause is 51, however around 1 in 100 women will experience it before they’re 40.  It’s impossible to put an exact date on it occurring as every woman and her body is different to the next.

What are the symptoms?

Most women will experience menopausal symptoms, which can vary in degree of severity. Of the ladies we spoke to, hot flushes topped the list of symptoms which worried them the most with 68% of our post-menopausal participants saying they suffered with them at some point.

The top 10 symptoms that worried our pre-menopausal women where:

  1. Hot flushes
  2. Weight gain
  3. Mood swings
  4. Depression
  5. Anxiety
  6. Hair loss/ thinning
  7. Sleep disorders
  8. Fatigue
  9. Incontinence
  10. Memory lapses

Other symptoms may include a loss of sex drive, vaginal dryness, tight muscles, aching joints, palpitations, UTI’s and reduced muscle mass.

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How to manage symptoms

Hormone replacement therapy

A common preventative measure for the symptoms of the menopause is hormone replacement therapy or HRT.  This involves taking oestrogen to replace the declining amount in the body and can relieve many of the symptoms.  HRT comes in a number of forms including tablets, skin patches, gels to rub into the skin or as an implant. HRT must be prescribed by your doctor and will only be considered after a consultation to discuss the risks and benefits.

If HRT is not for you, there are a number of ways to manage common symptoms:

If you suffer from hot flushes

As the most frequent offender amongst the women we spoke with, it may be surprising to hear that by taking some simple measures you can help calm the effects of hot flushes and also night sweats. This includes wearing lighter clothes, keeping your bedroom cool at night and avoiding triggers such as smoking, drinking alcohol and eating spicy foods.

If you are having mood swings

Some women may experience mood swings, feeling low or anxious while going through the menopause.  These feelings can be managed with some self-help measures including getting plenty of rest, exercising regularly and trying activities such as yoga.

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If your hair is falling out or becoming thin

In the months, or even years, leading up to the menopause women may notice a change in their hair pattern including a reduction in its volume, condition or the amount which falls out when its washed or brushed.  If you notice a change in your hair try reducing the amount of heated tools you use (straighteners, hair dryer etc) or try a topical hair treatment to strengthen your hair.

Finally, remember to look after your health in general

Give your body the nutritional support it needs and help alleviate some of the symptoms by eating a well-balanced diet, exercising regularly and by adding multivitamins and minerals to your day to day routine.

If you are finding your symptoms particularly troublesome, or you simply need advice on the menopause, then be sure to make an appointment with your GP.

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