PMS SOS kit 

They won’t make it go away, but they will make it better; here are seven great PMS beauty buys

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By Frankie Graddon on

No one talk to me. Absolutely no one talk to me. In fact, don’t even look at me. I am fuming, tired and am on the brink of tears with no clue why. Oh, and I feel five stone heavier than when I went to bed and everything *everything* hurts.  

PMS. Urgh. The worst. Backache, can’t sleep, feel fat, bad skin, crap hair. Every month. Every *single* month. Why God, why? And if we really must, then can’t we ride out the horror under a duvet? Huh? No, because we’ve got a shedload of things to do and, unfortunately, time waits for no woman with a period. I bet men wouldn’t have this problem. 

OK fine. We’re dealing with it. The world is still turning and we are powering through, so, to make it a fraction more bearable, here are some things that help.

Feel exhausted but are too hot, bothered and generally wound-up to sleep = This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, £16

An incredible-smelling spray that’s got lavender, vetiver and wild camomile essential oils to help calm, soothe and relax. This really does help you sleep. 

Haven't slept (see above) so now feel like absolute death and a bit clammy = Original source Tea Tree and Mint Shower Gel, £2.30

Zingy and refreshing, this has a wake-up-right-now menthol kick and makes you feel squeaky clean. 

Ok, feel awake but look like I haven’t slept since 1989 and could fit the entire population of Sweden in each under-eye bag = By Terry Touche Veloutee, £37.50


Pricey, but worth it. Blends beautifully, gives a natural-looking finish and really hides dark circles without giving you white panda eyes. You can also use it on blemishes, which leads us to the next point…

….spots everywhere. Nose, chin, between the eyebrows, everywhere = Sudocrem, £2.99


Glamorous this is not, but by heck does it work. Whack a little bit on overnight and the zinc oxide, combined with antiseptic properties, helps calm down hormonal skin and heal inflammation and spots. 

Face sorted but hair looks like a limp piece of string and WILL NOT DO ANYTHING = Bumble and bumble Prêt a Powder, 7.50

A super-powder that gives your hair ultimate volume and sorts our greasy roots. Good on all hair types, simply sprinkle on and rub in. 

Feel needy, want a hug but hate everyone = 

Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Bath & Body Oil, £20

Comforting, uplifting and a bit indulgent. A couple of drops in your bath is the ultimate feeling-sorry-for-yourself treat.

Generally feel grumpy, fat and can’t be arsed with anything but need to leave the house = Barry M Nail Paint in Bright Red, £2.99

Cheap, chearful and a total mood boost. 

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