Changes in skin and skincare during the menstrual period

This is the time of the month that most of the women are irritated and experiencing not-so-good feelings like menstrual cramps.  Most women understand that menstruation refers to the removal of filth from our bodies. But did you know that it is somehow a not so nice time for your skin too?

Yes! You read it right, it also affects your skin!

Do you know that your hormones change during your menstrual cycle?

Yup! If that is what you are thinking. You're correct. The onset of your period coincides with the onset of the menstrual phase. This is referred to as the luteal phase. We looked exhausted throughout this period. Why? It's also one of the reasons for our dry and sensitive skin.

Three Phases During Menstrual Cycle

The Menstrual Phase (days 1–6) –low progesterone = sebum production reduction (oil)

Follicular Phase (day 13) – high estrogen (ovulation peaks) = robust, plump skin with increased cell turnover.

If you want to find a lover, you should do so during the follicular period. Because of the elevated estrogen levels in your body, these are the days when you bloom. It's also one of the reasons you have such beautiful skin.

Luteal Phase (days 14–28) Elevated progesterone and testosterone levels lead to increased sebum production (oil)

This is known as the "curse phase." The luteal phase occurs when your menstruation is approaching and your progesterone and testosterone levels are high. This is the reason for the high level of oil output (the time we mostly get breakouts).

Here are some skincare ingredients you should consider during this time

Because your skin is a little dry and dehydrated throughout the menstrual cycle, hyaluronic acid is your greatest buddy.

During the follicular phase, you'll be flowering. It is vital to continue utilizing vitamin C to preserve your shine.

It is beneficial to take retinol and niacinamide throughout your luteal phase because they contain anti-acne components.

A friendly tip: Maintain the golden trio + hyaluronic acid regardless of the phase for maintenance.