Hot flushes and night sweats are generally the most common symptoms for women during perimenopause and menopause. Some women only experience occasional hot flushes or night sweats while, for others, the symptoms can get in the way of daily life affecting their sleep and everyday routine.
Both of which are perfectly normal, but we are here to help ease your symptoms.
What are hot flushes?
Hot flushes occur before and during menopause due to changing hormone levels, including estrogen and progesterone, affecting the body’s temperature control. During a hot flush, a sudden feeling of heat will take over the body and sometimes cause a red, flushed face and excessive sweating. Some women experience a rapid heart rate or cold chills. Some hot flushes are mild and tolerable, while others can be debilitating and last much longer.
What are night sweats?
Night sweats are hot flushes at night, occurring more suddenly and waking up the body. Coming on unexpectedly and not giving the body a chance to prepare, night sweats can be more intense than hot flushes. Night sweats make it difficult to get enough rest, disrupting your sleep schedule and negatively affecting everyday life.
How to relieve symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats?
There are many lifestyle changes that can help to relieve symptoms:
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, spicy foods, and caffeine.
- Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Dress in layers that are easy to remove at the start of a hot flush
- Sleep in lighter bed sheets and clothing.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Carry a portable fan or keep a fan by your bed.
However, there are many skincare and body care products available to cool and hydrate your body before, during or after a hot flush, relieving mild to extreme symptoms.
Skincare and hot flushes
SBC Skincare have created products to cool and hydrate the face and body, ideal for those who suffer from hot flushes and night sweats.
We have handpicked a small selection of two effective gels and refreshing mists from our menopause category that aim to cool, calm and ease tension and anxieties in the body during menopausal hot flushes. Keep them in your handbag or by your bedside for instant cooling relief!
Our ice pack in a tube! The fast-acting and comforting I.C.E Gel was formulated to target areas of muscle tension or fatigue, this is the perfect product to provide instant cooling relief and relax a tired, uncomfortable or overheated body. Creating a similar sensation to holding an ice pack against your skin when applied to localised areas, this lightweight gel cools and refreshes your skin, stimulating cold receptors to help alleviate discomfort.
Compact in a handbag-sized 100ml tube, keep SBC’s I.C.E Gel with you at all times or by your bedside for some instant ice-cold relief! (Always test on sensitive skin).
Hydrating and reviving, our Leg Soothing Gel was created to comfort and re-energise tired limbs. Infused with Camphor, this water-based formula creates a cooling sensation when applied, relieving hot flushes all whilst hydrating your skin. You can use our Leg Soothing Gel all over the body and over tights and stockings for immediate cooling effects.
#TOP TIP: The Leg Soothing Gel isn’t the only gel that can treat hot flushes and night sweats. All of SBC’s moisturising gels are water-based, meaning that they all work to cool and hydrate your skin. Choose your favourites from our wide range, keep them in the fridge for some extra coolness and take them out when you start to experience symptoms. Instant relief!
Spritz and refresh. Infused with cooling Aloe Vera and Cucumber, the Hyaluronic Hydra-Mist is the perfect spray to apply throughout the day, promoting a healthy-looking glow. Spritz over your face and body regularly to cool, plump and soothe.
Ideal for hot flushes throughout the day, this mist is an effective way of cooling your face and body. This mist can also be used as a toner, a makeup setting spray, or to plump out the appearance of fines lines. Keep with you at all times for some quick and easy cooling relief!
Not just another pillow spray. This mist helps to hydrate and refresh after a sudden rush of heat. Lavender & Vetiver Calming Mist aims to relax and soothe your body and mind as well as cool your skin. Lavender, Vetiver, and Moroccan Chamomile essential oils calm anxieties during hot flushes, instilling mental clarity.
This dreamy fragrance aids a deep sleep, perfect for those who suffer from night sweats. Spray over your face and body to cool down or spritz the comforting fragrance over your bedsheets. Also available in a generous 300ml bottle, keep this heavenly mist by your bedside to help you fall into a deep and uninterrupted sleep.
Visit SBC’s Menopause section for even more products that are specifically formulated to treat the symptoms of menopause!