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This is an easy one.

Yes.

Where once I used to spend most of my cosmetics budget on lipsticks and mascara, I am now spending far more time and money on ‘slap’ ­ those mythical wonder creams that are supposed to fill in wrinkles, plump up  cheeks, add an ‘iridescent’ glow to my skin and generally, wipe away the evidence of the last ten years of my life on my face.

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The short answer to this question is yes, most definitely.  (Although most of us are in denial about it.)

Who can blame us?

After many years of the hustle and bustle of everyday life combined with the highs and lows that are frequently thrown at us, we’re all quite accustomed to feeling periodically content ­ often failing to acknowledge fleeting ‘happiness’ as it happens ­ followed by bouts of disconsolate grumpiness, irritability and even the blues.  It’s normal life, isn’t it?

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As a younger woman, I think I was prepared for greying hair and wrinkles in later life.  But nobody told me that the consistency of my hair would change so much.  I remember looking at ‘old ladies’ on the bus and in the arrogance of my youth, wondering why they had such horrible ‘bowl’ cuts.  Why didn’t they go to the hairdresser and get it done nicely?

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I ask  this question because the word ‘relief’ implies some sort of escape from something.

And is a term usually applied in the context of a medical complaint ­ IBS relief, stress relief, backache relief and so on.

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This is a tricky one because it differs from person to person.

The stated ‘average age’ for a woman in the UK to go through menopause is 51 or 52.