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Skincare Wellness

Skin changes and hormones: How to match your skincare routine to your cycle

Have you ever noticed how your usually dry skin becomes more oily at certain times? This happens because the hormone changes your body goes through in each monthly cycle also impact your skin. Understanding this process can help you adapt your skincare routine to give your skin exactly what it needs, when it needs it.

Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone are the three hormones that fluctuate throughout your cycle and affect how your skin looks. So let’s break down what happens and when:

During menstruation

The first day of your period is tough on your skin. Hormones levels are low, so estrogen isn’t helping to retain moisture, and that can translate into dry, dull skin. You might also notice any wrinkles or lines more than usual.

Skincare tip: Rehydrate with serums and nourishing oils, like our Amazon Glow face oil, which has an illuminating effect. Also, remember your skin is more sensitive than usual, so avoid waxing and other painful procedures.

During the follicular phase & ovulation

These are your great skin days, so enjoy them! Estrogen levels will slowly rise, giving you a healthy glow. This is because estrogen stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Careful, though, as right after ovulation a rise in progesterone will likely lead to oily skin.

Skincare tip: Use a light moisturizer to boost your skin’s good behaviour; our Secret Calyx uchuva moisturizer absorbs quickly and has an illuminating effect. And don’t forget to cleanse your skin routinely to avoid the extra oil in your pores mixing with bacteria and causing breakouts.

During the luteal phase (or PMS)

Together with the general bloating and discomfort of PMS, you’ll probably notice your skin is puffy and oily, or that your pores look larger. This happens because progesterone and estrogen levels dip, leaving testosterone to take the lead —which usually means excess sebum, clogged pores and breakouts.

Skincare tip: You can combat the extra sebum production with our Spiritual Journey clay face mask, which removes excess oil and helps avoid clogged pores. 

Let’s recap

Your menstrual cycle and the appearance of your skin go hand in hand, so it’s great to understand each phase and adapt your skincare routine accordingly. Keep in mind not all cycles are the same, since factors like exercise, nutrition and stress also have an impact on your general wellbeing and on the behaviour of your skin. So pay attention to your body and you’ll be able to enjoy great looking skin all month long. 

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