From mood swings and cramps to energy bursts and cravings, we women have to face so much during our monthly cycles and our skin is no exception. Depending on the time of the month, almost all women experience oily skin, dry skin, breakouts or a natural glow. This is because the hormone level surge before the periods and they also stimulate the oil glands to go into overdrive. I have to deal with major hormonal acne during the period and always get painful acne on my chin that also leaves behind marks.
The hormone levels in our body during the monthly cycle move from the female-oriented (estrogen and progesterone) to the more male-oriented (testosterone) ones and the oil glands go into overdrive, pores blow up, and cystic zits emerge. However, in the same way, we’ve learned to prepare for our periods by traveling with sanitary napkins/tampons and extra Meftal Spas, we can also do a thing or two to control our out-of-whack complexions.
Giving your skin a little tender care and love is the key to getting your skin through your period. I have been using this skincare regime for many years now to keep my skin looking its best through the periods. Read on to discover how you can optimize your skincare regime to work with your body’s natural changes.
BID FAREWELL TO DRYNESS
If you have dry skin, it tends to get even dryer during that time of the month, all thanks to those annoying hormonal fluctuations. Use a hydrating cream to stop your skin from looking dull, dry and flaky. Incorporate lightweight facial and body oils into your skincare routine to reap the benefits of oils. You can use Argan oil, it is non-sticky and has vitamin E to give a natural boost to your skin. And of course, don’t forget to drink your 8 glasses of water.
Hormones are also responsible for oily skin getting even worse during your periods. Prep your skin by washing your face twice a day with gentle non-soap cleanser and then use a mild exfoliate containing salicylic acid to ensure that your pores remain unclogged and dead skin cells are scrubbed off and then use a toner. Use products formulated for oily skin, this would ensure that your skin gets the hydration it needs without being too heavy on the skin.
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GET A MASSAGE
Gentle massages during the periods help you relax and stimulates blood flow, making your skin soft and radiant. You can either do DIY or book a massage at a salon near you. Choose a rich moisturizing cream or oil (I love almond oil) and massage it all over your body including your face in an upward circular motion to reap maximum benefits. Finish off with a steamy shower to get a plump and radiant skin.
WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
We all know skin is the mirror of your health, which is why what you eat is more important than what you put on your skin. The hormonal ups and downs during our periods result in us binge on delicious fast foods that do little to help our skin. A little treat never hurts anyone, provided you take in more of the healthy foods. Eating small frequent meals is the way to help beat those unhealthy food cravings. Supplement your diet with foods rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, and antioxidants. Your skin will thank you for it.
These are a few tips to help you keep period skin issues away and remember not to experiment with skin products during your period as the hormonal imbalances can cause the skin to react differently.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that these are personal experiences and not professional advice.