There is a very close relationship between our menstrual cycle and our skin.
We devoted this article to talking about how hormonal fluctuations affect our skin. We discussed how we should create our skin routine to ensure that the skin is effectively nourished, based on the menstrual cycle phases.
Details are below.
Most people's skin becomes extra dry or oily during menstruation. Differences begin to make themselves felt a few days before menstruation. Acne suddenly appears and rashes may occur. All this is caused by sebum accumulated under the skin surface.
Changes in hormones such as progesterone, estrogen and testosterone affect the body's natural oiliness and skin dryness.
Estrogen reaches its highest and lowest levels throughout the menstrual cycle. This oscillation between the two extremes affects the skin's texture, thickness, structural integrity and fluid balance, causing changes in the skin. Subsequently, acne begins to form and progesterone effects come into play.
Skin Care During Menstruation
Humidity, humidity, humidity! Because estrogen and progesterone levels are low in the early days of your period, skin may be drier than usual and lines and wrinkles may appear more prominent. A clean moisturizer consisting of effective ingredients strengthens the skin wonderfully.
If you don't know where to start yet, keep reading.
Cleanse your face twice a day.
If you are not good with facial cleansing products, you can try to make peace with them during this period.
Hormonal changes during menstruation drive the sebaceous glands crazy. Sebaceous glands produce a secretion called sebum. Sebum can cause acne.
Reducing sugar and carbohydrates in the diet can help prevent acne.
In cases where dermatological intervention is required, you can get expert advice and use medications and supplements.
Skin Care in the Follicular Phase
The follicular phase, which begins after menstruation ends and continues until the ovulation phase, occurs approximately between the 6th and 12th months of the cycle. coincides with the days.
The follicles in your ovaries prepare to release a new egg. During the follicular phase, estrogen levels gradually rise. The skin is probably in its best shape and irritation is less visible. You can think of the follicular phase as your skin's time to shine.
As estrogen levels rise (on average from the 9th day of the cycle), skin flares may appear. At the end of the follicular phase, estrogen is at its peak and testosterone is on the rise. The skin begins to produce moisture and collagen, therefore it becomes stronger and more flexible.
Applying a light moisturizer after a good skin cleansing is more than enough to meet all the needs of the skin. You can still boost your body's glow by adding physical exfoliation to your routine every other day to help get rid of dead skin cells.
Skin Care During Ovulation Phase
Ovulation begins around day 14 of the menstrual cycle. The skin appears clear and radiant within the next 5 days, until testosterone and estrogen levels begin to decrease.
Afterwards, as progesterone levels rise, the skin begins to become oily and forms the basis for the formation of bacteria. Avoid sleeping with make-up during the ovulation phase and pay extra attention to hygiene.
Use oil-free skin care products.
Turn to water-based products such as facial sprays, light toners, and micellar waters.
Avoid products that clog pores.
Discover products that are non-comedogenic (do not clog skin pores).
Skin Care in the Luteal Phase
In the luteal phase before menstruation, when PMS symptoms begin to appear, skin changes as well as nutritional and mood changes are observed. Because hormonal changes continue in this phase.
Keep your skin fresh.
In addition to an increased oily appearance during the ovulation phase, you may feel bloating in your body.
Avoid processed and salty foods.
Pay attention to water consumption.
You can add vitamin supplements to your diet and enrich your meals with vegetables-based and fiber-rich foods.
Take a break from heavy make-up and applying layers of make-up products , and if possible, avoid touching them.
Take extra care to keep the skin clean.
Choose skin care products for acne treatment.
Minimize sugar and caffeine.
Love your body, care about your skin.
Although we cannot prevent the change of our hormones, our routines are under our control. If you want to take an innovative, comfortable and sustainable step for yourself today, Kiklou is with you.