Once a Month…

menstruationPeriods. They aren’t the nicest topic in the world but given the fact that pretty much half of the world’s population has to deal with them, it’s a conversation that simply has to happen. Aside from the obvious part, there are a number of horrible side effects that go along with your menstrual cycle and we thought we’d take a look at some potential remedies to help you feel better.

Skin Breakouts

Many of us suffer with skin breakouts during our time of the month, which means that you need to focus on products which target the specific problem. Decleor Imperfections Roll-on is great for treating individual blemishes as and when they occur and Dermalogica Clearing Mattifier is great for controlling shine and the overproduction of sebum which can occur during this time.

Bloating

Many of us have a tendency to feel bloated during our periods, due in no small part to water retention. It might seem bonkers to suggest adding MORE water to your body, but drinking plenty actually encourages the body to release stored fluids, so upping your water intake can really help. It’s also wise to avoid salty, carb-heavy food, no matter how much you want to stay indoors and eat crisps while you feel sorry for yourself!

Pain

Pain levels vary from person to person and whilst some of us find cramps relatively easy to deal with, others of us struggle to function. Heat is your friend – invest in a microwavable beanbag to hold against your tummy and if you feel like having a bath, add a few drops of Dermalogica Stress Relief Treatment Oil to help you unwind.

Greasy Hair

One of the most annoying physical effects that happens at this time is greasy hair – over-production of sebum isn’t limited to the face and often our hair can seem lank and greasy almost as soon as you wash it. Dermalogica Shine Therapy Shampoo will keep your hair clean and oil-free and is gentle enough to use daily without stripping your hair.

Mood Swings

We all know what it’s like – one minute you’re laughing away at “World’s Funniest Animals” and the next you’re sobbing at the Dolmio advert because the two old puppets seem like they really must still love each other, even after all those years of marriage. The best advice we can give you is this; be KIND to yourself. If you’re feeling delicate, take some time for yourself, have a nap, watch a film, eat some chocolate. All terrible clichés but they still seem to help!

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