A survey by The British Menopause Society found that almost half of women surveyed said
they had hot flushes (46%), night sweats (37%) and low levels of energy (37%). Despite this,
a third of the women surveyed who were experiencing or who have experienced the
menopause, hadn’t tried anything to reduce or prevent their symptoms
At Air Aesthetics, we are proud to offer our unique Menopause Clinic – a ground-breaking
holistic menopause program with expert advice, guidance and personal care from
women’s health specialist Ruth Anne Adams. In this blog, Ruth shares her expert
knowledge on how to tackle the top 10 symptoms of menopause and help you on your
menopause journey.


HOT FLUSHES

Perhaps the first thing anyone thinks about when the word menopause is mentioned is: Hot
Flushes! Caused by changes in your hormone levels affecting your body’s temperature
control, they can happen without warning throughout the day and night with a sudden
feeling of heat spreading through your body, a red flush spreading across your chest, neck,
face and head, sweating, heart palpitations, feelings of anxiety and a lack of concentration.
Ruth Anne Adams, Air Aesthetics Women’s specialist advises:

  1. Avoid triggers – you might find they’re worse after drinking alcohol or caffeine, after
    eating spicy food or when you’re stressed
  2. Dress lightly. Wearing lighter clothing made of natural, breathable fabrics, such as
    cotton, silk or soft wool, might help you to keep cool.
  3. Use a fan. Keep a fan in your bedroom and on your desk for times when you need to
    cool down.
  4. Carry a cooling spray
  5. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, drink sensibly and don’t smoke.

WEIGHT GAIN


Changing hormones around the menopause can affect the way we store fat – around the
middle rather than on the hips, giving your body an apple rather than pear shape. This fat
can be really stubborn to lose, with diets and exercise offering limited solutions. Ruth Anne
Adams, Air Aesthetics Women’s specialist advises:

  1. Reduce the intake of sugar and processed foods– these are the enemies of weight-
    loss and more likely to increase abdominal fat
  2. Keep active – studies show that exercise (especially in the cold!) increases our fat-
    burning capacity
  3. Serve yourself smaller portions of good nutritious food that will protect your health
    as well as help your weight. Choose fresh fruit and veg, oily fish, nuts, wholegrains
    and white meat over red
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SLEEP


If you’re having difficulty sleeping –trouble getting to sleep, waking in the night and not
being able to get back to sleep – this may be a symptom of the menopause. According to
the National Sleep Foundation 75-85% of women around menopause age are suffering from
hot flushes during the night, decreasing their sleep quality.
Ruth Anne Adams, Air Aesthetics Women’s specialist advises:
1.Review your sleep hygiene, making sure that you have a good sleep routine and are aware
of how your food, drinks and habits impact your ability to sleep through.

  1. Discover the best menopause nightwear and bed linen. Dress in lightweight clothes to
    improve sleep efficiency. Avoid heavy, insulating blankets and consider using a fan or air
    conditioning to cool the air and increase circulation.
  2. Avoid nicotine, caffeine and alcohol, especially before bedtime.

BRAIN FOG


Many women say they have difficulty focusing and remembering things during menopause.
Some call this “brain fog” caused by hormonal changes and the menopausal transition can
make it harder for women to take in and remember new information and to focus their
attention on challenging tasks. Ways of managing brain fog and thinking problems
recommended by Women’s health specialist Ruth Anne Adams include:
• Getting regular exercise
• Getting organised – keeping a diary with all upcoming events on it
• Supporting your brain with valuable nutrition that can enhance cognitive functioning such
as fatty acids, antioxidants and plant-based nutrients
• Seeking help if you are concerned about memory loss, anxiety, or depression

MOOD SWINGS


Low levels of oestrogen and progesterone can cause mood changes. You may be able to
reduce or diminish mood swings by making proactive lifestyle changes as recommended by
Women’s health specialist Ruth Anne Adams including:
 Getting regular exercise to help release endorphins and other feel-good chemicals in
the brain.
 Eating healthily -valuable nutrition can enhance your mood such as fatty acids,
antioxidants and plant-based nutrients
 Getting enough sleep
 Seeking help if you are concerned about memory loss, anxiety, or depression

ANXIETY


Anxiety is a commonplace symptom amongst many menopausal women. Anxiety can also
disturb sleep, leading to a host of other menopausal problems such as memory lapses and
headaches. Part of the explanation lies with the fact that oestrogen plays an important role

in managing the chemical activities in your brain. When the level of oestrogen is high you
feel well. As levels drop, a number of symptoms such as low mood and anxiety can set in.
Air Aesthetics Menopause expert Ruth Anne Adams recommends a variety of ways to help
overcome this including:
 Relaxation techniques – yoga, meditation and breathing exercises
 A healthy diet and lifestyle can have a significant impact on how you feel
 Seek professional help if you are unable to control your feelings of anxiety

SKIN CHANGES


Many women experience unexpected changes to their skin condition during menopause.
Redness, sensitivity and dryness are common. You might also have breakouts, and skin that
was previously balanced might start to get dry or oily patches. Sometimes women
experience rosacea or even acne at this point, too.
Dr Sarah Wright, dermatology specialist at Air Aesthetics recommends a program of
skincare specially designed to manage menopausal skin including
 Enhanced daily skincare regimes using the ZO system which brings together
advanced skincare ingredients into a range of contemporary products to optimize