As many of us know, our hormones can affect our skin massively, so it is good to understand what actually happens in our bodies during the menstrual cycle and how to keep our skin in their best condition despite the hormonal fluctuations. Please note, the following is based on a 28 day cycle and varies between person to person.
Day 1-6 Menstruation: Your hormones Oestrogen and Progesterone are at their lowest meaning skin may appear more fragile, more sensitive and your skin’s barrier function may be hindered. Oil production during the actual period is low so skin may be drier and lack radiance. What to do? As your skin is very fragile during this time, use more soothing, non-irritating and moisturising products to restore the barrier function and keep the irritation at bay.
Day 7-12 Follicular Phase: Oestrogen levels are rising. The skin becomes less sensitive and the barrier function is restored. Progesterone levels are still low so oil production is kept at bay. What to do? Amp up that radiance by using gentle exfoliators to slough away dead skin cells
Day 13-16 Ovulation: This is the Oestrogen peak in your cycle - skin is at it’s top condition - clear, radiant, strong and plump! What to do? Keep your skin in top condition for longer by using Vitamin C to extend the glowy phase.⠀
Day 17-22 Luteal Phase: Progesterone levels are rising and with that sebum production in the skin will slowly rise as well. Your Oestrogen levels also start to lower. What to do? To keep the skin free of shine use clay masks, retinol will help boost cellular turnover and prevent blemishes andhormonal acne.
Day 23-28 Premenstrual Phase: Progesterone levels are initially high but will start to wind down. Oestrogen levels are low, leaving the skin vulnerable and oily which may lead to breakouts. What to do? Use anti-blemish products with Salicylic Acid on spots only, aim for alcohol-free products to not dry the skin out further and cause irritation.