75% of women experience hot flushes during perimenopause and menopause. Knowing this fact won’t make the experience any more enjoyable, but knowing the causes and how you can best manage them will.
What causes hot flushes?
Production and levels of oestrogen start to fall as we enter our 40’s and 50’s, and for some, even during the late 30’s. Experts believe the reduction to affect the brain’s thermostat, the hypothalamus which regulates body temperature. Basically, The decreasing levels of oestrogen confuses the hypothalamus, making it think that the body is overheating, causing your heart to pump faster, blood vessels in your skin to swell, and your sweat glands to go on overdrive. Every woman will experience different perimenopause and menopause symptoms. Recognising how hot flushes affect you personally and how they can be best managed is a great start.
Hot flushes are not only triggered during perimenopause and menopause. Hot flushes commonly strike both men and woman following certain cancer treatments, and men can also experience the ‘male menopause’.
Hot flush symptoms
Some hot flushes are spontaneous rushes of intense heat, so hot that your face actually resembles a ripe tomato. Others can be an all-day sweat session leaving you feeling uncomfortable and out of control. Most women report that hot flushes start in the chest and face, while others experience personal heat waves throughout the entire body. Some women experience hot flushes daily, while others go weeks on end without. Hot flushes can strike at night, commonly called night sweats. Night sweats can appear as and when, or plague our much-needed nightly sleep on a nightly basis.
Managing the flush
It may seem obvious but there are certain triggers to avoid or at least try reducing: Smoking, stress, caffeine, alcohol, spicy food and tight clothing should all be given a wide birth. And there are also many helpful tips to reduce the heat and intensity; keep your bedroom cool at night, wear light layers of clothes with natural fibres such as cotton, drink plenty of water, keep fit, breath slowly and deeply when you feel the onset.
Hot flushes can strike at any time with a sudden and overwhelming burst of intense heat and sweat. They can be uncomfortable, downright embarrassing, and disruptive to our much needed sleep. The good news – there is light at the end of the tunnel. For most, hot flushes will last between six months and two years, but occasionally can stick around for 10+ years. Temperatures and sweaty episodes tend to peak during the first two years of perimenopause, and decrease over time as you go through the perimenopause stage and into postmenopause. Hot flushes are known to strike women even into their 70s. Thankfully, there are some easy steps you can take to alleviate, reduce and treat your tropical storms.
Our knight in shining armour – Physicool’s Cooling Mist
Our Cooling Mist has proven to offer instant long-lasting relief from hot flushes and night sweats. The Mist is alcohol based, as the alcohol evaporates off the skin heat and redness are drawn out, gently calming and reducing body temperature. the Mist can be applied over make-up and will leave your skin feeling moisturised.
Results from an independent survey showed that 93% of users found that the Mist helped treat hot flushes, In addition, 87% found that the cooling benefits lasted for over an hour. And when asked ‘Would you recommend the Cooling Mist to a friend’; 95% answered yes.
“Very few products can tackle hot flushes effectively, but I have to say that the Cooling Mist really works and I recommend it to all my clients. As soon as the mist hits their skin it begins to evaporate, drawing out the heat immediately and evaporating it away. This results in an instant cooling effect and also helps to alleviate redness.”
What the experts say…
“Many women are keen to try ‘natural alternatives to HRT’ for many reasons and I would certainly recommend this product for them. Also of note is that the product doesn’t leave any sticky residue after application, and can be used over make-up which will undoubtedly appeal to women! As an added benefit, it leaves the skin feeling quite soft and moisturised.”
Deborah Bruce, Consultant Gynaecologist at London Bridge Hospital, and Council of the British Menopause Society.