Glowing skin for the win
Does your fave lotion suddenly feel funky? Do your legs feel like sandpaper? Are you oily and dry? (Why is being a woman so hard?!)
You shouldn’t be surprised to find out that it’s your hormones at work again! And just like your mood
and energy levels, your skin changes throughout your cycle
Think about how your mood flip flops over the month Turns out the exact same thing happens to your skin due to changes in your hormones which cause things like oily skin, breakouts and inflammation
But here’s the guud news: if you understand your cycle, you can prep your skin for that time of the month and help combat out of whack hormones
Here’s how to pamper your skin at each stage of your cycle:
❣️ Menstrual Phase
In the lead up to your period, two hormones (progesterone and estrogen) take a nose dive If your estrogen is low, it will make your skin feel extra dry To combat your face skin feeling like the Sahara Desert, grab some of your fave lotion and slather that on twice a day Also, make sure you drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside
✨ Follicular Phase
Estrogen starts to pick back up in this phase and that’s good news because it means better moisture balance But don’t be so fast to ditch your moisturizing habits You need to continue drinking plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated If you’re sick of plain old H2O, try adding some lemon or grapefruit to mix it up The extra vitamin C can also help give you a healthy glow It’s a win-win!
🌟 Ovulation Phase
If people say you’re glowing, trust them They mean it! During this phase, your skin is at its best. Your skin will be looking more moisturized with a healthy sheen Feeling extra fabulous? You might even consider using less or no makeup in this phase!
💁♀️ Luteal Phase
Progesterone ramps up in this phase and it makes your skin produce sebum What's the big deal, you ask? Well, too much sebum can clog your pores and give you spots Ugh We know
Washing your face morning and night will definitely help and make sure you get some zinc in your diet
This will help keep the sebum at bay If you can’t get zinc naturally through food, try a supplement
3 important questions you can ask yourself
🥦 Am I eating well?
Food is always first when you want healthy hormones 🌈 Eat the rainbow and variation is key Add healthy fats such as nuts and seeds to almost every mealCoffee, alcohol, refined sugars, the pill, and stress strip your body of important nutrients that keep your hormones healthy and ensure clear skin
🏃🏻♀️ Am I moving enough?
Exercise reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as cortisol Lowering your stress hormone is important for a healthy skin Did you know you can adapt your workouts according to the different phases of your cycle for better results
⚖️ Are my hormones out of balance ?
Having a better understanding of your menstrual cycle can help you make better decisions about how to take care for your skin