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Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. It's a common problem thought to affect millions of people. There are several types of urinary incontinence, including: stress incontinence – when urine leaks out at times when your bladder is under pressure; for example, when you cough or laugh.


Endometrosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation.

Bladder weakness

Stress incontinence is usually the result of the weakening of or damage to the muscles used to prevent urination, such as the pelvic floor muscles and the urethral sphincter. Urge incontinence is usually the result of overactivity of the detrusor muscles, which control the bladder.

Menopause: Why does our skin change in menopause?

You'll likely already know that as we age, our skin goes through many changes. But what you might not know is that by adapting our beauty and makeup routines and even incorporating new routines like face yoga, we can give our skin and confidence a huge boost - with no unnecessary 'tweakments' needed! 

Why does our skin change during menopause?

Much like our pelvic floor muscles, the rest of our body undergoes changes during the menopause and we'll see changes to our skin, especially. Collagen production slows as we age, and you might find that your skin loses some of it's 'bounce', feels drier and thinner than it used to. Sagging is common too - especially around the jawline, neck and cheeks. You might notice that you start to find more hair on your face (haven't we all found a rogue chin or lip hair that seem to sprout out of nowhere?!) 

It's not only the skin on our face that changes - our decolletage, legs, hands (let's face it, all over!) and even the skin on our intimate areas, like the vulva, goes through changes caused by the menopause.

So why does this happen?

As our hormonal levels start to drop, we notice that our skin loses it's plumpness that we associate with youthfulness. That's because estrogen helps our skin produce oils and retain water - and the leading cause of that drier feeling our skin has during and after menopause.  

This is coupled with less collagen production too - and rapid loss of collagen can create lines and wrinkles to form. 

Should I have 'tweakments'?

The cosmetic industry has grown exponentially within the last ten years and you might be forgiven for feeling like it was almost the 'norm' for women to have the odd tweak here and there, mostly through Botox and fillers. If that is something you want to do, that's great! 

However, at Jude we are firmly in the camp of ageing with attitude, and not feeling the pressure to succumb to the tweak. There are so many innovative products, creams, serums and techniques out there that can make a real difference to the condition of your skin, without the need for a needle or knife.  

Have you heard of face yoga? It can produce the most incredible results if done regularly, smoothing fine lines, relaxing tight muscles and give you a smoother complexion. And best of all, it takes just a few minutes so you can easily add it to your morning or evening routine! We've teamed up with Luminous Face Yoga, who have shared some easy moves to try for additional firming and brightening benefits.

 Try this for toning your jaw:

 Create V shapes with your index and middle fingers. Place your chin in the Vs and sweep along the jaw line to the ears with medium pressure. Lift off and repeat 5-10 times.

When applying eye cream, to depuff and brighten the eyes:

Using your middle or ring fingers, tap all around the eye. Starting at the top of the eye brow and working down under the eye. Keep the tapping light as skin around the eye is fragile.

To brighten the cheeks by stimulating blood flow and collagen production:

Using thumb and two forefingers, pinch down and deep into the muscle all over the cheek area, giving a little twist up as you go. Continue for 20-30 seconds.

Smooth and firm the forehead:

Place your hands either side of your forehead and pull them apart to create tension. Widen the eyes and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat.