Menopause, Health & Wellbeing Product Review 2015

By Aimee Blakemore – Stratum C Brand Manager Stratum C Menopause Skin Care has recently been partnering with other organisations to find the best solutions for menopause management and we have had the opportunity to test some fabulous products that … 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

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


Summer Lovin’ for your Hands

As the heat turns up in the UK this summer, we are all reminded of the dangers of spending too much time in the sun. Two very topical issues this time of year, sun care and skin care are two … Continue reading


Making the ‘bittersweet’ sugar sacrifice for your skin

We all know that sugar is bad for us, but did you know that it also damages our collagen leading to accelerated ageing of the skin? Firstly, let’s not get Glucose and Fructose confused. Glucose is a sugar that is … Continue reading


Should we be worried about chemical endocrine disruptors being used in our cosmetics?

There has recently been a flurry of news articles stating that we should be wary of some beauty products which may contain chemicals such as phthalates. There are some chemicals that we come across everyday in the environment, plastics and other household items which have traces of harmful ingredients – but we want to reassure you that it is not likely that you will come across these in your beauty regime. Here’s why…

Ingredients such as DEHP (diethylhexyl phthalate), are banned from use in Cosmetics in the UK and the rest of the EU.

A recent study from Washington University School of Medicine found a link between a group of chemical ingredients and early menopause – which are sometimes known as endocrine disruptors. These chemicals can be found in some household products, but these are more likely to be strong cleaning products, than the type you lather onto your skin.

In the US, it is not illegal to use substances like DEHP in cosmetics, however these products would not be allowed to be sold in the EU due to the regulations currently in place. When talking to Cosmetics Design, Dr Chris Fowler – Director General of CTPA said, “DEHP is not expressly forbidden in the US and so it is possible some companies continue to use it, though companies making the same product for the US and EU could not do so because DEHP is expressly forbidden in the EU.”

Flower continues, “At no time do the authors of the study draw a link between their findings and ingredients in make-up and personal care products, as suggested in some of the alarming headlines.”

A senior author from the study, Amber Cooper, MD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, said, “This study doesn’t prove causation, but the associations raise a red flag and support the need for further research.” 15 of the 111 chemicals tested, showed the need for further investigation.

The findings do however, bring to light the concerns over cosmetic production and show that consumers should be made more aware of the implications of their purchase. We have put together some tips to help make sure you can reduce the contact you have with harmful chemicals and make smart choices about your cosmetic products.

1. Read the ingredients lists on every cosmetic product you buy. If you are unsure about a particular ingredient and want to find out more about the impact it will have on your skin and body, visit the EWG Cosmetics database which is the largest cosmetics and ingredients database.

2. Be careful where and who you buy your products from. Make sure that the company you buy from have recommendations and good reviews in the media, or from secondary retailers or consumers. Buy your cosmetics from reliable sources and if you are unsure about a product or company, look them up online. If you choose to buy products outside of the EU, check the ingredients list before you buy.

3. When you are using household products – make sure you wear gloves to minimise the direct contact with chemicals on the skin as these can be absorbed and cause possible health issues. Always follow the safety and storage advice on the container.

4. Recycle, but do not re-use. Some types of plastic container can contain chemicals which filter into your food and drink when left under heated conditions. Avoid re-heating food in plastic containers, and do not re-use drink’s bottles that have been exposed to heat.

5. Do not put plastic in your mouth. Some types of plastic until recently, were still used in the making of children’s toys, for example, and some of us may take to chewing on accessories like bits of stationery, where we can absorb the nasty chemicals.

6. Know your chemicals. By educating yourself on what’s good or bad for your body, you can avoid any nasty trips to the doctor. For example, not all phthalates are harmful and whilst some phthalates may be found in lipstick, they will not be the harmful type that may also be found in toilet cleaner. Not all man-made chemicals are bad for you, but there may still be some that you would rather avoid.

All ingredients in Stratum C Menopause Skin Care products are available on the website. Visit or feel free to contact Forme Laboratories for any more information regarding the products and ingredients. All Stratum C products are phthalate, paraben, DHA, BHA, BHT, formaldehyde and MI free and use only the gentlest of preservatives.




Hyaluronic Acid: What is it? How can it help during menopause?

Hyaluronic Acid is known by many names – Hyaluron, Hyaluronan, ‘HA’ and Sodium Hyaluronate. It’s reputation for being ‘the anti-ageing miracle ingredient’ in recent years has made it a must have for beauty buff’s and skin care companies alike. It … Continue reading


Winter VS Menopause: Skin Care and Avoiding That Dreaded Cold

As we all know, menopause can bring with it many unwanted symptoms. Most notably, what we like to call ‘power surges’ that can make it feel like you have just run through a burning fire pit. Though during the winter … Continue reading


Your Guide to Hand Care at Home

Our hands are often one of the first signs of ageing and get put through all sorts of tasks on a daily basis which can cause them to become dry and damaged. We have put together a 10 step guide … Continue reading


Mandy Appleyard writes new column on Menopause

Last week following the end of World Menopause Month in October, something magical happened in the world of menopausal news. Journalist Mandy Appleyard, who currently writes for Femail, ‘came-out’ about her own menopause and has agreed to write an occasional column about the progress of her symptoms, allowing us to follow her experiences and compare what it is like to be a modern day menopausal woman.

Here at Stratum C, we are all for women talking openly about menopause, as let’s face it, all women have this in common and we shouldn’t have to feel like we can’t discuss it openly! I have often wondered why menopause has been a bit of a taboo? Could it be due to the intimate nature of certain symptoms?

Menopause is something that all women will experience and is often more troublesome for certain ladies than others, which can be determined by all sorts of extenuating circumstances such as hysterectomy or simply by age, whether it be early or late. For most, the first signs of menopause are unpleasant, such as constantly feeling like your internal thermostat is broken and stuck on max. Suddenly, you may start feeling as though you don’t understand the fundamental demands of your body anymore as the process of menopause means that in some cases, you may have to start taking care of your body quite differently to how you did before.

Though, Mandy Appleyard is not the only one to speak out as of late, as you know, Linda Barker has also admitted to being menopausal and is a great lover of our very own menopause skin products from the Stratum C range. We have also seen Patsy Kensit talk about her own experiences on TV and we have noticed an amazing trend of menopause related interest in the media over the last few months, which we think is fantastic. We thank Mandy Appleyard for helping to break down the stigma surrounding menopause and will eagerly await her next column article to find out her viewpoints, but also for a mood lift, due to her very entertaining way of putting it.

To see this week’s story, click on the link below, where you can find a few positives about the menopause to put you in a good mind set for the start of the week. Enjoy!