7 great tips for that post gynae appointment blues

7 great tips for that post gynae appointment blues

Tips to cope after a gynae appointmet. No woman looks forward to a consultation with her gynaecologist. Especially if you are living with endometriosis and pcos. This would mean countless more gynae appointments than the average female. i am living with these two conditions for more than 16 years now. you can read my story here.

Unless you yourself, or if you know someone close to you who is living with these debilitating lifelong illnesses you may think- what is the fuss about? A gynae appointment can’t be that bad? I suggest that you do read along, you never know when you might be able to help a friend, colleague, girlfriend  or sister after her difficult  gynae appointment.

For many women with endo or pcos these appointments may result in a theatre bookings, or treatment that could be expensive or have many side effects.  Apart from the awkward examination, talking about your symptoms and explaining your history can be draining and traumatic – it is difficult to relive past surgeries and treatments. For many women this can be traumatic in more ways than one.

Tension may start building from the week before your gynae appointment If you live with a chronic gynaecological condition. You become nervous. What is the doctor going to say? Will there be a suitable treatment available? How much will it cost? I can’t get my hopes up too much – in finding relief- because in case all treatment options have been exhausted.  You are not being melodramatic! These are all valid concerns. I am here to say that I hear you. I have been through this many times and have therefore decided to compile this list of tips.

gynae consultation

GYNAE CONSULTATION TIPS

  1. Before your gynae appointment write a list of how far you have come. Having a doctor refresh your memory of every surgery and explain your history is not pleasant. it can bring back all those feelings and make you relive them – leaving you feeling drained and depressed. When you get home after your appointment read this list and know that you shall overcome this(what was discussed during the appointment) too.
  2. Know that you know your body better than any doctor with a specialist degree – no matter how many years experience he/she may have.
  3. Go out for a cup of coffee or a small walk before heading home. Having time to process what was said during the appointment.
  4. Ask your husband, boyfriend or friend to have a shot of whisky ready for you when you get home after your gynae appointment. If you saw a male gynae you deserve another shot! Male gynaes are way more intense. And hello why are we paying them to look at our lady bits? They should be paying us!
  5. Say affirmations. My favorite one for when life is troubled is by Louise L. Hay ‘’’I am safe. All is well.’’ This really helps me get out of a downward spiral of negative thoughts.
  6. Look for alternate therapies to help your condition. If something has worked for you previously maybe try it again. Adjunctive therapies like yoga, pelvic physiotherapy and acupuncture may be worth considering. Remember to discuss natural remedies with your doctor. Not all natural remedies may be safe for you.
  7. Remember you are worthy. You are enough.

We will leave the receptionists for another post

No matter what the outcome of your appointment know that you will be okay. You shall overcome. Have faith that this too shall pass.

Women have been dismissed by doctors for far too long!  They say that the pain is in our head. It’s normal to have a bad period. I am here to say that enough is enough. Let’s take ownership of our health.  Don’t give any doctor power over your health. You know what is best for you. You have a right to make an informed decision and not be strong armed into surgery on a treatment that doesn’t suit you.

I wish I knew these tips earlier.  I hope that you find the following tips helpful and that you are able to bounce back quickly after your gynae appointment.

Do you experience something similar when you visit the gynae? Do you have pcos or endo? Are you left feeling hopeless and disillusioned like me? Please comment. I would love to hear your story.

DISCLAIMER:  This is not meant to speak ill of doctors or gynaecologists. There are many doctors who are doing good work.

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A COMPLETE GUIDE TO HAIR LOSS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does HairGo wax strips from Dischem really work?

Does HairGo wax strips from Dischem really work?

DOES HAIRGO WAX STRIPS REALLY WORK?

I have a complicated relationship with the hair on my body. Being Indian and having Poly cystic Ovary Syndrome, I have become accustomed to being hairier than the average woman. I am not at the stage where I accept it as yet. I choose to remove my body hair by waxing because it helps me with self confidence.

D.I.Y. beauty has never been more relevant. I usually have my waxing done at a beauty salon. Due to covid 19 regulations and concerns I decided to try this at home kit.

I have no previous experience in waxing on my own. This was the first time ever that I did it by myself. It was fairly easy to do. I followed the detailed instructions on the back of the box.

MY EXPERIENCE

  • I found that if I warmed the HairGo wax strips in the microwave for much longer than stipulated I got better results.
  • You definitely need to go over the area a few times before the hair is removed.
  • The result was smooth hair free skin.
  • After waxing I would shower or wipe the area with a damp cloth and then apply a lotion.
  • I did not experience any irritation- redness, dryness or itching.

TIPS

  • Choose to do this when you have time on your side. Do not attempt this for the first time when you are rushing. It takes a while to build a rhythm and to figure out what works for you, how long you need to warm the hairgo wax strips for, how to pull back the strips and so on.
  • Clean the area first with a wet washcloth. Sweat and natural oils may interfere with the effectiveness of the HairGo wax strips.

HairGo wax strips - dischem

MY THOUGHTS

  • I am satisfied with the results that I achieved with the Hairgo wax strips.
  • It saves time.
  • Cheaper than in salon waxing.
  • It is convenient. You able to do this in the safety and comfort of your home. I myself find it difficult to keep with appointments. I actually prefer the thought of doing it by myself. With the coronavirus around this is a great idea.
  • If you are a person who likes to be pampered and have the time to attend beauty appointments – rather leave it to the experts. They do after all need our support.

 

I bought this hair from Dischem. There are 24 strips in a box.

Have you tried waxing at home by yourself?  What products worked for you?

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A complete guide to Glutathione

Who doesn’t want even skin tone, glowing and youthful looking skin? Glutathione promises all of these and more? But does it come at a cost? The monetary cost is quite considerable. One infusion can cost over R1000. What about any side effects? But the main question is does it really work?

BENEFITS OF GLUTATHIONE

Glutathione is one of the most powerful antioxidants. It deactivates the enzyme tyrosinase which helps produce melatonin. It not only decreases melanin but also decreases wrinkles and increases skin elasticity. It also boosts the immune system.

SOURCES OF GLUTATHIONE

  • Taking Vitamin C supplements (500mg-100mg per day),
  • Eating – spinach, avocados, whey protein
  • Supplementing with milk thistle, turmeric (curcumin),
  • Exercising regularly
  • Getting enough sleep (by decreasing oxidative stress).

While there are many topical treatments available (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Alpha Arbutin, licorice, kojic acid,niacinamide and a high spf –their effect are limited to the areas that they are applied to.

Systemic skin lightening agents work to lighten the entire body- e.g. VitaminC, Glutahione, Tranexamic acid.

GLUTATHIONE AND SKIN LIGHTENING

Many people are obsessed with the desire for a fairer complexion. Colorism and colonialism is to blame for this. Glutathione is therefore very popular in Asian countries and population. Skincare and pharmaceutical companies recognise the growing need for this and are constantly developing new treatments.

Skin lightening is an off label use of glutathione.  It lightens the whole body and not just pigmented areas of the face.

 

GLUTATHIONE DOSE

  • The dose is actually given once a week via an intravenous drip (iv).
  • The dose is calculated according to your weight.
  • Skin brightening drips or patches which are available at aesthetic clinics.
  • Oral Glutathione may not be as effective as IV or the patch because it is broken down by enzymes in the stomach.
  • Results may vary in individuals due to their metabolism.
  • Standard dose is 20-40mg/kg for 3-6 months.
  • Alcohol consumption may interfere with desired results. (Decreased absorption).

Glutathione

SIDE EFFECTS

  • Lightening of hair color
  • Worsening of peptic ulcers
  • Increased susceptibility to melanoma (a type of skin cancer)
  • Renal dysfunction
  • Thyroid dysfunction
  • A severe reaction called Steven Johnson Syndrome

DANGERS OF GLUTATHIONE

The doctor or aesthetician will most probably ask you to sign a waiver or an informed consent form. They will probably say that side effects are rare. If any of these side effects occur, they will be covered because they warned you about it. They will say that you chose to proceed. It is important to discuss this matter with the professional, so that you know how to proceed should you experience any unwanted symptoms.

  • There is a danger in injecting or consuming any unregulated substance.
  • In the Philippines, glutathione IV side effects g. skin rashes, thyroid dysfunction and kidney failure were reported. This led to glutathione being banned by their government.
  • In 2019, the U.S. FDA Food and Drug administration issued a warning that injectable skin lighteners were unsafe.
  • Glutathione is classified as a supplement and not a drug. It is classified as a natural supplement which falls under a big umbrella term. In South Africa it is not registered with the MCC – Medicine Controls Council. This means that it is unregulated.

IS THE GLUTATHIONE EFFECT PERMANENT

Once the desired effect of skin color and health is achieved – usually after a few months of injections- a maintenance dose of tablets or patches is prescribed. It is uncertain as to how long the desired effect will last once treatment is stopped.

Glutathione is water soluble. This means that if there is excess in your body – it will be excreted via the urine. This also means that your body does not store it. So, if the dose is stopped the effect will technically wear out.

 

CONCLUSION

Who doesn’t want radiant, luminous skin? We all want it. But how far are you willing to go? Ask yourself why are you unhappy with your skin color/condition?  Some people want to lighten their skin to look more beautiful and some people want to tan their skin to look more olive. There isn’t one definition of beautiful. It is up to you to become comfortable and confident in your own skin – that is where true beauty lies.

 

There isn’t any long term safety data on IV glutathione. That does not mean that it is bad. That does not mean that it is good either.Try obtaining glutathione via your diet or via a supplement with a proven efficacy – see above.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not meant to provide a diagnosis, treatment, or medical advice. It serves as information. The reader is free to make his/her own decision.

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Product Review: Mineraline Aloe Vera Eye Cream

Product Review: Mineraline Aloe Vera Eye Cream

mineraline aloe vera eye creamMineraline is a premium skincare and beauty brand. Their products are formulated with the therapeutic power of the Dead Sea. Their products are naturally rich in minerals and are formulated with high quality ingredients.

They are a vegan and cruelty free brand.

The best part is that they are affordable and are available at Dischem and Clicks.

MY THOUGHTS

The fact that this product comes in a 3oml bottle is impressive. Usually you can expect an eye cream to be housed in a 15ml bottle. It is a highly affordable eye cream because for R199, you are getting a lot of product = value for money.

I liked the consistency a lot. It sits very well under makeup.

If you are looking for help with dryness and fine lines under the eyes this is an amazing product to try.

This was the first product that that I tried from Mineraline. I highly recommend this if you are looking for a started eye cream. (Especially if you want and eye cream and don’t know where to start). For older women, I would recommend layering this under a serum.

For this price, it is definitely a winner!

mineraline aloe vera eye cream

SUMMARY

  • Easily available: Dischem and Clicks
  • Affordable and good value for money R199 for 30ml
  • Helps with fine lines and wrinkles
  • Great under makeup

I love what the brand stands for. I would love to try more products from this brand.

While you are here, did you read my post: how to choose a suitable eye cream?

 

 

How to choose a suitable eye cream

How to choose a suitable eye cream

Do you really need an eye cream? Or is it a marketing ploy? Do beauty companies want you to part with more money for another unnecessary step in your skincare routine?

When it comes to an eye cream there are two schools of thought. Some say that a good eye cream is an investment in looking young. While others say that it is a waste of money and you can get a away using your regular cream in that area.

The skin around the eye area is much thinner and more fragile. It is more sensitive and delicate. It needs specific ingredients to target specific concerns (dark circles, puffiness, fine lines). It needs a product made with a different consistency to be properly absorbed.

The area around the eye is the first to show signs of ageing and fatigue. Dark circles, fine lines, and  puffy bags can add years to your face.

Personally I use my serums under my eyes but I also like to add a layer of a good eye cream over that. I do see a visible difference when I use an eye cream.

It is difficult to find an eye cream that does what it says and doesn’t cost an arm or a leg.

eye cream

Eye ceams – where to start?

  • Eye creams are not miracle workers.
  • Diets, lack of sleep, excess exposure to the sun, dehydration all play a role.
  • You need to drink lots of water and limit salt intake.
  • Stay away from fragranced creams, or creams containing alcohol. Both may irritate and dry out the skin.
  • Consistency is the key to seeing results.

One can start with a simple moisturising  or soothing eye cream in their teenage years and change to an antioxidant eye cream in their late 20’s.

CHOOSE WHICH TARGET AREAS CONCERN YOU THE MOST AND START THERE.

FINE LINES

It is caused by sun damage, dryness and decreased collagen production as you get older. Products that contain Vitamin C, peptides and retinol boost collagen production. Ceramides and Hylaronic acid help by preventing water loss and thereby improving elasticity. Limit your intake of sugar.

DARK CIRCLES

It is caused by lack of sleep, age and poor circulation (which leads to a build of of blood), genes and sun damage. Medications like the oral contraceptive pill and health disorders like anaemia and low thyriod can also cause dark circles. Products containing Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Caffeine and Green tea may help. Sun spots may benefit from using a product with retionol. Check if you suffer from congested sinuses- this may affect the appearance of your dark circles. Take an anit-histamine for allergies. Eg. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

PUFFINESS

It is caused by a build up of fluid and blood under the eyes. Products containing Caffeine and green tea are particularly helpful because they aid circulation. Cold  compresses also help – eg. Using a cold spoon, cold slices of cucumber and even storing your eye cream in the fridge. Sleep on your back to decrease gravity induced puffiness / circles. Get tested for allergies. Eg. The ordinary caffeine solution 5% + EGCG

ANTI-AGING

Eye creams that protect, soothe and hydrate the eye area contain aloe, jojoba, algae and Hylaronic Acid. Eg. Mineraline Aloe Vera Eye Cream and Neutrogena Hydro boost Gel-Cream Eye.

HOW TO USE AN EYE CREAM

Pat a pea sized amount around the eye area, not too close to the lash line. Do NOT rub. Use in the morning and in the evening. Use your ring finger to ensure that you are using light pressure.

For instant cooling and depuffing- store your eye creams and tools in the fridge.

** If you are using stronger actives like Vitamin C and Retinol in serums – and you have built tolerance to it over time- you may bring them up around the eyes. Don’t use acne products and acids around the eyes. These products may irritate the area and also cause dryness, which will aggravate the problem.

MILIA

Some people are prone to getting small painless white bumps on their faces.  It is a small cyst filled with keratin. Thick and heavy creams may cause or aggravate milia if you are prone to them.  Substitute the thick eye cream for a water or aloe based cream.

EXAMPLES OF GOOD OVERALL EYE CREAMS

Best starter: good for everyone especially if you are under 25: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel Cream. It is great under makeup.

Best Drugstore:  Loreal Revitalift Laser Renew Precision Eye cream

Best High end: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

CONCLUSION

Eye creams are not quick fixes or miracles in a jar. They are there to soothe and protect the area. Botox and fillers can work quickly.

It is MORE IMPORTANT to get the rest of your skincare correct and effective FIRST and then worry about if you need an eye cream. Basics first. Read this post on 10 extremely clever cleansing hacks.

Please feel free to comment here or DM me on instragam for a personalised suggestion according to your budget.

 

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