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Skincare and your period: what do they have in common?

Skincare and your period: what do they have in common?

We often hear that we need to try a product for at least a month, in order to see if it benefits us or not. And that's true - your cells regenerate every 28-40 days (depending on your age, skin type and so on), which is why products that target scars, for example, work on the 'new skin' which is revealed every 28-40 days.

What we don't often hear, though, is that just because you don't like a product in one part of the month, doesn't mean you won't like it in another. 

This is all thanks to our menstrual cycle and hormones. We all know about the pimples before we get our period, the moon swings and the tender breasts. But do we know what it means for our skin? 

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I am starting by saying that the days I have used below are just an example. This is the so-called 'average' cycle and every single body works differently. It is important to follow you menstrual cycle in order to know what happens inside your body. If you have any concerns - always visit a doctor. 

How the different phases of the menstrual cycle affect our skin?

Day 1-7: Menstruation

This is your period, when the uterine lining sheds. The levels of estrogen and progesterone are low. 

What does it mean for our skin?

The sebum production is low. Low levels of progesterone meaning that our skin's natural barrier doesn't work as well as usual. Our skin is a little more dry, dull and sensitive. 

What should i do? 

use gentle and calimg ingredients such as alendula and aloe vera. this is a great moment to use Vitamin C as it will brighten your skin.

You need to use products with hyaluronic acid for maximum hydration, as well as a moisturizer to lock moisture in the skin. In this post I explain the difference between dry and dehydrated skin.

ДЕН 8-13: The proliferative phase

Estrogen levels are rising. This phase continues up until ovulation.

What does it mean for our skin?

Your skin rebalances itself and boosts the natural collagen production. Our skin is calm.

What should i do? 

Now is the time to use your gentle exfoliators to help your body's natural reactions. 

day 14: Ovulation

Peak of estrogen levels in your body, or skin cells are regenerating faster than usual. Our skin is in its best, it looks bright and 'lit from within'. 

What should i do? 

balance out the use of exfoliators with gentle and calming ingredients.

Day 15-28: The secretory phase

The uterine lining produces chemicals that will either help support an early pregnancy or will prepare the lining to break down and shed if pregnancy doesn’t occur. It coincides with the luteal phase in the ovary cycle, when estrogen levels are high and estradiol levels are low.

What does it mean for our skin?

Our pores clog easier than usual, and the production of sebum has hightened. The result is that our skin gets oilier and we see more pimples.

What should i do? 

You need to make sure you cleanse your skin very, very well. Use products which fight inflamations and pimples, if you are prone to them. Balance out the harsh anti-acne ingredients with calming and regenerative ones. Antioxidants are your best friend during this period.

Have you noticed these changes in your skin?

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