We are predisposed from an early age that women all suffer with periods and that they are for the greater good and we should suffer in silence, but why?
Yes, we learn to adapt over time to control the cramps, and we need tampons or sanitary towels each month to get through the monthly cycle, but is this really the case in 2021?
There are many options for helping with pain management, and there are alternative solutions to tampons and sanitary towels. Equally, plenty of skincare products can solve monthly acne breakouts, certain supplements may help with hormonal imbalances, and CBD can relax the body. So, don’t suffer in silence, take a look at this list of exciting developments in the world of women’s menstrual and menopausal products.
Saalt Menstrual Cup, £25 from Saalt
Saalt, is a new feminine care company inspired by real women, and has revolutionised period care with a line of reusable soft silicone cups. The new products give women freedom from the tampon aisle by saving tons of money, help to cut waste, and are high quality products.
The cup is worn inside the vagina like a tampon, but it collects the period rather than absorbing it. The Saalt Cup launched into the UK with two sizes and can be worn for up to 12 hours, providing a healthy and sustainable alternative to tampons and pads.
A Saalt menstrual cup can last up to 10 years, buying just one cup saves around £1,000, and it is Hypoallergenic and chemical free. Each Saalt cup moulds to the wearers shape and is both naturally non-toxic and odour free.
The Un Cup by The Un Company, £30 from The Un Company
Almost half of the population will experience periods, yet people still feel the need to slip a tampon up their sleeve as they slide into the toilets. The Un Company believe that this stigma and secrecy has hampered product development in the period care space and that people deserve to have the option of premium, considered products to use whilst on their cycle.
The Un Company was born to provide people with period care products that are uncompromising on their health, the environment, and social values. The Un Cup is premium, yet approachable, and one of the only cups to be made of soft, biocompatible, antimicrobial silicone.
Your four-week cycle starts on day one of your period, but to get a better idea of what you’ll be dealing with in week one, you should know what goes down in week four. This is the week you experience major spikes in testosterone, encouraging your sebaceous glands to produce more oil, that can ultimately lead to blocked pores and breakouts. So, it’s likely that by the time your period rolls around you’ll still be sporting a few spots and dealing with post inflammatory hyperpigmentation to boot. That’s the red or dark brown discolouration of the skin that acne leaves behind.
Faace founder, Jasmine Wicks-Stephens says, “It’s best to start using Period Faace Mask the week before your flow begins. Green tea soothes inflammation, while antiseptic lavender and clary sage help balance hormonal skin. Zinc stops the overproduction of sebum and helps prevent spots from forming, while white willow provides a potent dose of salicin that dissolves dead skin cells, and excess keratin, to reduce pigmentation, unblock pores and promote skin healing.”
Faace is made in the UK, vegan, cruelty free, and 100% plant powered using ethically sourced ingredients. Formulated without toxic synthetic chemicals, alcohol, SLS, petrochemicals, palm oil, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, DEA/TEA/phthalates, parabens, colourants. All products are housed in recyclable packaging.
BeYou CBD Muscle Balm, £29.99 from BeYou Online
BeYou are championing women’s hormone health, creating natural products that work, while educating society to appreciate all that is natural about women. With their science backed, all-natural, cruelty free range, BeYou are determined to create effective products for women using only the highest quality ingredients, nourishing the body while being kind to the planet.
This all-natural skin nurturing balm combines high quality 300mg CBD with calming essential oils (Geranium, Eucalyptus and Lavender) to relieve aches, sore muscles and soothe premenstrual cramping. Whether you don’t want to use CBD orally or want a more targeted treatment, this non-greasy formula can simply be applied directly onto the desired area for a more intense treatment.
Peri-Menopause and Menopause
Natures Plus, BioAdvanced Menopause Support, £23.95 from Amazon
Natures Plus BioAdvanced Menopause Support a wholefood–based blend of nutrients and botanicals tailored to support women during all stages of menopause.
The unique blend of Resveratrol, Magnesium, Vitamin D3 and calcium in its most bio available form contributes to the maintenance of healthy bones. Folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and niacin and pantothenic acid all contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, while Riboflavin supports the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
Sage and Flax Seed Lig are added to support the regulation of any hormonal imbalances and maintain healthy breast tissue. Red Clover and Dong Quai are also added as it is believed to help lower menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes and night sweats. Maca Tuber and Damiana Leaf are added to stimulate and maintain a natural sex drive. It is a soy, gluten, and yeast-free supplement.
Menopause Faace by Faace, £29 from Cult Beauty and We Are Faace
The skin almost always starts to play up when a woman goes through peri-menopause and menopause. This new collagen-boosting, super-hydrating, anti-inflammatory packed soothing mask is ideal for menopausal skin.
Rose water soothes and refreshes the skin giving hydration, and carrot seed and pomegranate oil provide anti-oxidant properties to promote healthy plump skin. Rosehip oil and rose flower oil create a youthful glow, and sea buckthorn acts as a multivitamin as it’s packed with vitamins C, E and B. Safflower seed oil deals with dryness and both zinc and geranium fight against breakouts.