To commemorate the day 20,000 women marched on the Union Buildings to protest a law that required women to carry passes, we get today off. But what should you do with it? Rest, reflect, and recharge, so you can go back out there tomorrow and keep giving your valuable contributions to the world. We’ve got suggestions for bonding with friends, spoiling yourself, and boosting your health.
Gather your tribe for a women’s night in.
In a world that doesn’t slow down for friendship, cherish the relationships that build you up when the world wears you down. Bring your nearest and dearest together – especially the group you’re often too busy to see – and celebrate your bond with a low-key night in with only love, laughter, and wine on the agenda.
Visit any of the top 50 Elizabeth Arden counters around the country for a Red Door Speed Service
Offering customers express pampering and rejuvenating on-the-go, Elizabeth Arden’s team of select-trained beauty experts are at your service:
Get a 15-minute spa refresh with their Booster Bar Customized Oxygen Blasts in one of four exclusive formulas: Lifting, Detoxifying, Brightening and Hydrating. The nutrient-enriched blasts are filled with stabilized oxygen, 8 trace minerals, and potent antioxidants.
Try a luxurious Ceramide Eye Massage with the Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Eye Capsules in one of 3 massage techniques for firmer, smoother skin around the eyes.
The Pampered Hands Treatment is a relaxing, 15-minute massage using either their Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Moisturizing Hand Treatment or Eight Hour® Cream All-Over Miracle Oil to soothe and release tension in hard working hands.
For a little fun, get a Red Door Minute make up lesson. Explore the latest looks in beauty from praise-worthy brows and exciting lipstick looks to strobing and contouring.
Nutritionist Patrick Holford on the nutrients that help balance hormones and smooth out your cycle:
Vitamin B6, Folic Acid and B12 are all important for the production of energy and stabilising moods. Include wholegrains and bananas for Vitamin B6, meat, fish, dairy and eggs for B12 and green leafy vegetables for Folic Acid.
Magnesium is an underrated nutrient that works hard behind the scenes to assist in the conversion of Vitamin B6 into an active form that the body can use. Without it, we experience symptoms of hormonal disruption. Stock up on dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, wholegrains, avocados and bananas.
Vitamin C counters the oestrogen deficiency that often results from menopause. It can strengthen the immune system, assist in the production of collagen and bone formation, help generate energy and also acts as an antioxidant. Keep broccoli on hand for a high dose – a serving of broccoli gives twice as much Vitamin C as an orange – and add peppers, kiwi fruit, lemons, strawberries, watercress, cabbage and cauliflower to the mix too.