Winter Skin Care Tips from Stratum C

It is that time of year again. There are Christmas things in the shops, the temperature is noticeably changing, and our skin and bodies are becoming increasingly confused by the weather. Winter is here. Continue reading


3 Biggest Autumn Skincare Problems & How To Solve Them

It is that time of year again where Mother Nature is having hot flushes of her own and does not know whether she is coming or going. Continue reading

Best foods for your skin during menopause – from the Stratum C Menopause Skin Care Blog

We have put together a handy guide to the foods that will help to give your skin a nutritious boost and keep you glowing and healthy throughout Autumn and Winter. Continue reading


Stratum C Menopause Skin Care Key Ingredients

As seen in Daily Mail, Daily Mirror, YOU Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Woman’s Own Mag, My Weekly Magazine, The Lady, Beauty Shortlist, Daily Express, Natural Health Magazine… Continue reading


Your Guide to Antioxidants

The term ‘antioxidant’ is used a lot in the health and beauty industry, and whilst we all know that they are good for us, we thought we would take this opportunity to bring you a more detailed guide to what they do and how they work. Continue reading


The Benefits of Aloe Vera

The Benefits of Aloe Vera

We have all heard of Aloe Vera, the plant used for its therapeutic properties and popularly used as a natural emollient, due to it being gentle, calming and soothing making it the perfect choice for skincare. Aloe, or ‘Aloe Barbadensis’, is full of nutritional benefits for your body and very popular amongst skin care manufacturers as it is packed with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and amino acids. It is also a perfect astringent, making Aloe the essential ingredient for a toner due to its deep cleaning, hydrating, moisturising and rejuvenating effects.

ID-10076222With so many choices out there, it can be difficult choosing which skin care product is best for you. Having the right levels of Aloe Vera and other active and natural ingredients in your skincare regime will make all the difference.


Aloe has mild healing qualities and is also known to kill bacteria, and when used as part of a skin toner, it delivers all the benefits into freshly cleansed skin.

Toners gently close the pores,  so using Aloe will confidently leave the skin perfectly clean, nourished and healed. Aloe Vera has properties which allow it to reach deeper body tissues, taking all the nutrients of the Aloe into the skin. It also helps to retain moisture in damaged tissue; the penetrating power of Aloe allows water and other moisturisers to sink deeply into the skin, therefore also making it ideal to use before applying your face cream. Collagen is a big factor in preventing skin ageing during menopause and Aloe Vera has been found to increase the production of fibroblast cells, these are the cells responsible for for producing collagen and it has been known to increase by up to eight times as much as normal cell production.

mailoutimagetonerStratum C Calming Toner uses a high level of active ingredients to give you the highest quality products. As well as Aloe Vera, which gives it a natural green hue, it also contains Hyaluron, Papaya, Cucumber, Sage and Orange Flower which all help to enhance the delivery of Coenzyme Q10 into the dermis. CoQ10 is an important anti-oxidant ingredient used in our Calming Toner, this active ingredient will prevent dry skin, ageing and a dull complexion by powerfully combating free radicals. Stratum C Calming Toner compliments our existing Gentle Cleanser with Rose Hip Seed Oil, giving you a complete regime for beautifully clean skin. Use the toner morning and night, after cleansing to deeply clean the pores, remove make up and bacteria, leaving it soft and replenished.

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Alternative Menopause Remedies can include coconut water and colour therapy… how far would you go to stop hot flushes?

Here at Stratum C, we are always researching menopause related subjects to find out the latest news and views on how to treat menopausal symptoms, so that we can share our wisdom with you other menopausal ladies. From bird poo facials to vegetable supplements, we have read about the many, sometimes slightly strange, ways we may be able to relieve the seemingly persistent side effects of menopause.

UnknownNew in today’s findings, some suggestions about how your in take of coconut water, or aloe vera juice (which I can imagine tastes interesting) may help to relieve hot flushes. This was just one suggestion in a list of several unusual ways to find relief from the menopause.

According to a recent article on an American news website (link below), these unusual practices could help to make you feel better. Tips include:

– painting your bedroom blue, as blue is a cool colour and is psychologically calming, therefore encouraging your brain to assume you are in a cooler, calmer environment.

– Japanese fruit – ‘Umeboshi’ – similar to the apricot, is supposed to be good for hot flushes, mood swings and headaches when eaten.

– adding antioxidants and herbal supplements into your diet, which you may say is not that unusual, but it is also not proven to actually make any difference specifically to menopausal symptoms as far as we know (though antioxidants are supposedly a good part of any normal diet).

– A triple daily dose of 4oz Aloe Vera juice mixed with water or fruit juice, or alternatively coconut water, is supposed to help with cooling the body and is apparently good for your liver, though it is also stated that the ‘dosage’ required depends on the person and it is not an exact science.

All these weird and wonderful remedies are worth a try if you are suffering with hot flushes and nothing else is doing the trick. Hot flushes seem to be the worst and least treatable symptom for many women going through ‘the change’. Aside from a recently FDA approved drug, there doesn’t seem to be much else we can do other than experiement with natural remedies and see if mother nature deals us an ace. If you prefer the natural way, then these alternative therapies may be for you, whilst others may wish to stick to the regimes they already have in place.

If you have any tips to share with other like minded ladies, please comment below or visit our forum. You can also find us on facebook by searching Stratumc. Just remember that before you make any big changes to the way you treat your symptoms, always talk it over with a health professional first.

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