How To Predict Skin Changes During Your Monthly Cycle

How To Predict Skin Changes During Your Monthly Cycle

You’re bloated, cranky and to top it off - your skin’s an unholy mess. What’s happening? Well, ladies, welcome to the mysteries of your monthly cycle and the effect of hormones on your skin. On certain days of the month, your complexion glows with health. Other days, you find yourself fighting the worst case of hormonal acne.

Want to predict which days your skin will be gorgeous or grotesque? Here’s how to track hormonal skin changes and treat your skin according to your monthly cycle.

DAYS 1-7
During the first week of your period, the body produces more of the hormone prostaglandin which increases pain sensitivity. Estrogen levels are low so skin feels drier and wrinkles are more obvious (Daily Mail).

Beauty tip:
Your skin is feeling sensitive - stay away from painful procedures like waxing. Also, your skin is dry during this stage - try our Strawberry Rhubarb Hyaluronic Serum for rehydration. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes deeply and plumps the look of skin.

DAYS 7-10
The body is restarting estrogen production, a process which plumps the new skin cells that are forming at this time. Estrogen also encourages the production of the protein collagen so skin is stronger and more elastic.

Beauty tip:
Focus on exfoliating during these days because new skin cells are forming. Our Strawberry Rhubarb Dermafoliant is an award-winning favorite suitable for all skin types.

DAYS 12 -16
You’re ovulating and production for the hormones estrogen and luteinising is peaking. Moisture levels are high and the increase in collagen is working wonders. You are looking your best and feeling great! (Refinery29)

Beauty tip:
Boost the natural hike in collagen production with solutions that reduce the look of aging. Try our Citrus & Kale C+E Serum which minimizes the visible signs of aging. (Need an extra dose of these magic ingredients? Try our Citrus, Kale and Strawberry Smoothie recipe.)

DAYS 17 - 24
Levels of the hormone estradiol drop in preparation for menstruation, decreasing collagen. Relatively high levels of the male hormone testosterone increase sebum production which makes skin oily.

Beauty tip:
Soak up excess oil on the skin surface with our Pink Grapefruit Clarifying Masque. Skin will appear purified and detoxified.

DAYS 25 - 28
You’re entering full-blown PMS territory and possibly suffering from hormonal acne symptoms. Levels drop for the hormones progesterone and estrogen, leading to bloating and puffiness. Testosterone is relatively high, causing excess oil production and hormonal skin breakouts.

Beauty tip:
The Eight Greens Collection is powered by plant estrogens and formulated to balance the skin during all phases of your monthly cycle. However, our Eight Greens products are particularly effective for problem skin at this time of the month. Try our Eight Greens Starter Set for a full routine in tackling problem skin and follow these 4 dos and don’ts for breakouts.

Do you have a hard time tracking the ups and downs of your skin conditions? Try these phone apps for alerts on your monthly cycle.

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