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The truth about sex and the menopause + other news

… including the rise of DIY haircuts, wallet-friendly beauty buys, body confidence woes and the impact of home-schooling on our sleep
Beat the meno sex slump
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Beat the meno sex slump

From hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness to mood changes and sleep troubles, menopause symptoms vary for us all. And for 14.5% of women, this period of change has a negative impact on their sex lives, reveals Lelo’s 2020 Sex Census report. Nodding along right now? Check out these tips from expert Kate Moyle:

1. A good lubricant can help any sex life (we rate MegsMenopause Motion Lotion Water Based Intimate Lubricant). Vaginal atrophy can mean a reduction in elasticity and increased dryness, so using lubricant can ease friction and discomfort.

2. If your libido has disappeared along with your periods, then apps like Ferly have guided audio exercises, such as Body Scan, which can help you to connect with your body and understand your sexual self. They also have sensual stories to ignite your imagination and desire.

3. Self-confidence taken a tumble? Reframe how you think about your body’s erogenous zones: use this as an opportunity for you and your partner to explore, play with touch and massage, and tell each other what you like. Communication is the best tool for navigating any change in your sex life.

DIY hair cuts
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DIY hair cuts

With salons and spas closed for most of the past year, many of us have taken our at-home beauty routines to a whole new level. If you’re among the daredevils who’ve turned to DIY haircuts, you’re not alone, apparently. Interest in ‘how to cut your own hair at home’ has surged throughout the pandemic, with 33,000 monthly online UK searches. Helping the man in your life? Put the trimmer down until you’ve watched our expert guide on grooming at home first. No mistakes in sight!

A beauty win for your purse
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A beauty win for your purse

Your bank balance might breathe a sigh of relief at this news: the UK makes the top 10 when it comes to countries with the most affordable beauty buys. That’s according to new Cosmetify research, which investigated the different prices of five iconic products (including Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF10, MAC Retro Matte Lipstick and NARS Sheer Glow Foundation around the world. Canada took the No.1 spot, with USA, Turkey, Mexico, Malaysia, UK, Spain, Austria, Germany and France rounding off the rest. Now, if that’s not reason enough for a celebratory beauty buy, we don’t know what is.

A lift for your body confidence
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A lift for your body confidence

Unfortunately, it turns out that only 11% of UK women outright love their bodies, while 41% love them sometimes and 48% don’t at all, according to a survey. However, the poll also uncovered the strategies we use to lift our body confidence, with exercise, eating well and not comparing ourselves to others all topping the list. If you’re struggling with body image issues, there is support out there, including from your GP and organisations such as Mind. Also, read up on the liberating world of ‘body neutrality’ right here.

Home-schooling vs Sleep
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Home-schooling vs Sleep

If you’re a parent, chances are you already know the toll that home-schooling can take. In fact, 56% of stressed mums and dads have lost at least two hours of sleep a night since schools closed earlier this year, according to a Hotels.com survey. That adds up to around three days! While you wait for the doors to re-open (hopefully, not too much longer now!), add these calming remedies to your repertoire…

The slumber tempter: Use Tisserand Aromatherapy Sleep Better Roller Ball on your pulse points for a soothing blend of lavender, sandalwood, cedarwood and jasmine essential oils to bring on the Zzzzs.

The mindful gift: Treat a partner, loved one or yourself to a Headspace Sleep Giftcard for six months of meditation and bedtime exercises.

The chill-out balm: Champneys Professional Collection Calming Temple Balm stars geranium, lavender extract, camomile, almond oil and shea butter. Sweet dreams.