Beauty special: the 12 days of Christmas

Don’t put yourself at the bottom of the gift list this year. Our new beauty editor Olivia Falcon guides you through the latest products, gadgets and supplements to help you dazzle your way through the Advent countdown  

 

On the first day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

A BODY REBOOT   

Age spots, crêpey skin and flakiness can crop up in the most inconvenient places. If you want to show some skin this party season (even if it’s only on Zoom), The Solution Retinol Smoothing Body Lotion (£9.99, thesolutionbeauty.co.uk) has a hefty dose of retinol, the miracle molecule that tackles the signs of ageing, from fine lines to large pores. It helps to smooth and fade imperfections, too. Build it into your beauty routine this month, focusing on knees, décolleté, hands and neck: by New Year’s Eve you should see significantly smoother, firmer skin.   

On the second day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

A MEGA-WATT GLOW   

Vitamin C is a must in any anti-ageing routine as it protects skin against pollution, computer light and UV rays, as well as perking up a grey or sallow complexion, and brown blotches. With so many types of vitamin C on the beauty counter, it’s hard to know which is best. Medik8 C-Tetra Serum (£35, editorslist.co.uk) is one of the most effective I have tried to date. It helps boost cell turnover for younger-looking skin and is non-comedogenic, too (so it won’t clog pores). You can layer it under moisturiser or foundation for added radiance.   

On the third day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

DEWY SKIN   

A Godsend for thirsty skin, MegsMenopause S.W.A.L.K. Premium Hyaluronic Acid Serum (£19.99, megsmenopause.com) contains a low-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid that is quickly absorbed into skin and works to plump out fine lines and wrinkles – from crow’s feet to those barcode lines round the lips. To supercharge your routine, mix a few drops in with your regular moisturiser, or use neat for the juiciest results.    

On the fourth day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

PAIN-FREE PERIODS   

Many perimenopausal women complain of heavier, more painful periods, which is where Livia (£125.99, mylivia.com) can help: it’s a game-changing electronic device that transmits pulses to keep nerves “busy” and block the signals that cause painful cramps. The device is non-invasive and works through electrode gel pads that can be attached to the stomach or lower back. In clinical tests, 90% of participants reported pain reduction, with 32% saying Livia provided significantly faster pain relief than traditional painkillers.   

On the fifth day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

TIME OUT TO UNWIND   

While far-flung spas may be off the menu this Christmas, Westlab’s Pink Gin Bathing Salts (£7.99, westlabsalts.co.uk) can still elevate one’s mood, soothe sore muscles and help take the edge off anxiety. This blend of cleansing Epsom and Himalayan salts is laced with zesty juniper berry, pomegranate and lime.   

On the sixth day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

A DAZZLING SMILE   

You may be feeling long in the tooth but here’s a trick to keep your smile youthful all year round. L.A. Pacific (£9.99, amazon.co.uk) is the world’s first enzyme whitening toothpaste that replicates and boosts a protein that occurs naturally in our mouth. When it meets sugar, this produces small amounts of hydrogen peroxide and acts as a natural bleach. According to studies, the average stain-removing toothpaste gets rid of 40%-50% of marks on teeth; L.A. Pacific removes 82% of stains after just two minutes of brushing.     

On the seventh day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

FABULOUS FEET   

The office party may be cancelled this year, but that won’t stop us kicking up our heels at home. Forget fumbling around with a foot file and break out a pair of Footner Exfoliating Socks (£9.99, boots.com), which contain a blend of lactic, glycolic and mandelic acids to rid wizened feet of calluses and hard skin in just an hour. Footnote (sorry): be prepared for skin to slough off for a few days following treatment.   

On the eighth day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

A HEALTHIER-LOOKING HEAD OF HAIR   

Fact: the deficiency of oestrogen in menopause means women often experience more hair shedding, slower growth, generalised thinning and volume loss. *Sigh. Also fact: Hair Gain Hair Gummies (£29.99, hairgainnow.com) contain AnaGain, an ingredient derived from organic pea shoots that is clinically proven to reduce hair loss and stimulate fuller and thicker growth at the root. I’ve road-tested these for six weeks now and had less seasonal shed than usual.    

On the ninth day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

BRIGHT EYES   

Say bye-bye to puffy panda eyes with Vichy Neovadiol Rose Platinum Eye Cream (£27, escentual.com). Especially designed for drier menopausal complexions, this soothing pink balm contains calcium, to help renew crêpey skin, and caffeine, which constricts blood vessels to reduce inflammation and tighten the area around tired peepers.   

On the 10th day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

FEWER HOT FLUSHES   

If just thinking about all that cooking in your itchy Christmas jumper is making you sweat, MegsMenopause Rosey Rain Cooling Spray (£11.99, megsmenopause.com) will get you through the season without schvitzing. Gently putting out the fire of a hot flush with soothing rose oil and marshmallow extract, this delicate mist calms flare-ups and can be spritzed over make-up to refresh and reset a dewy party look.     

On the 11th day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

A PRETTY POUT   

Unlike other lip balms that are loaded with mineral oils and petrochemicals, Medik8 Mutiny Lip Balm (£19.99, editorslist.co.uk) is a forward-thinking formula that contains squalene, a super-soothing ingredient often used in high-end face creams, and sea buckthorn, which infuses the top layers of the lips with omega oil to visibly repair flaking and chaps. It’s a must-have before you meet under the mistletoe.   

On the 12th day of Christmas, MegsMenopause gave to me…   

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP   

Hormones can wreak havoc with your sleep cycle, but add in the chaos of Christmas and you can end up seriously sleep-deprived. To soup up your slumber, try a Mela Weighted Blanket (£99.99, melacomfort.co.uk). It’s designed to provide warmth and gentle pressure on the body, and snuggling up in one feels like being hugged. The pressure causes a release of oxytocin – a hormone that slows the heart and reduces blood pressure – as well as a surge in serotonin and dopamine, to help combat stress, anxiety and depression. 

 

Olivia Falcon is the founder of editorslist.co.uka concierge-style service that makes bespoke beauty plans fast-tracking and matchmaking people to the world’s best cosmetic doctors, surgeons and dermatologists. Her services start at £100   

  

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