It’s no secret that hormones greatly affect the behaviour of our skin, and contribute to characteristics such as excess oil, congestion, breakouts, and extreme dryness. So, it’s not surprising that we’re likely to see many of these throughout our menstrual cycle.
Being in tune with how your body is changing during this time can really help to get ahead of the game. Just a few tweaks to your regular routine can give your skin everything it needs at each different stage for your most radiant complexion.
The Hormonal Skin Cycle
Phase 1: Menstruation (day 1-5)
During menstruation, your levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone are reasonably low which can leave the skin feeling dry/dehydrated and looking dull, making fine lines and wrinkles appear more defined. Now is the time to give your skin a little extra TLC with nourishing additions to your routine.
Melting Moment Cleansing Balm not only effortlessly removes stubborn makeup and SPF, but also doubles as a leave on mask. Apply a thin layer and leave for 10minutes to replenish moisture and deeply nourish a dehydrated skin.
Hyaluronic 8 Super Serum is an excellent addition to boost hydration levels by binding moisture to the skin, or if you’re skin is feeling stressed or irritated, Vitamin E Serum helps to soothe and calm while replenishing hydration. And don’t forget to lock that moisture in with an occlusive moisturiser such as Essential Hydration Cream.
Phase 2: The Follicular Phase (day 6-14)
The Follicular Phase sees all hormone levels begin to slowly rise, and higher hormone levels mean more natural moisture and collagen production making skin feel stronger and more elastic. During this phase your skin will likely be at its best balance with less dryness or excess oil, and less irritation. Expect to see a healthy glow, and even an uplift in your mood as levels of serotonin also rise.
New to acids or looking to level up your exfoliation? Now is a great time to try something new, especially when it comes to actives and accelerating acids.
Vitamin C Serum is a lightweight, hydrating daily serum formulated with 10% Vitamin C (Ethyl Ascorbic Acid) working to improve the appearance of pigmentation, texture and tone giving your whole complexion a healthy glow.
Industry first Liquid Gold Midnight Reboot Serum combines Granactive Retinoid and Glycolic Acid, working together to exfoliate dull and dead skin cells and accelerate skin turnover to reveal a healthy, radiant complexion.
Or explore the perfect overnight facial with Beauty Sleep Power Peel. Triple action exfoliation comes from Retinol, Glycolic Acid and Papaya Enzymes, formulated alongside a host of skin loving ingredients such as Shea Butter, Panthenol, Grapeseed Oil and Mango Seed Butter to deeply nourish and hydrate while you sleep.