I first discovered how our menstrual cycle impacts many elements of our lives back in 2009 when I met and started working with a medicine woman in the Peruvian Andes. I had never thought about how my menstrual cycle impacts how I look and feel through my cycle and this knowledge fundamentally changed how I live my life every month, yes, every month!
In today’s post I wanted to start sharing some of this wisdom around the menstrual cycle and how it interacts with our skin so you can tune in to your own cycle and care for your skin during the different phases.
No one knows your body better than you, so you’ve probably already noticed some changes in your skin during your cycle including things like hormonal breakouts and dryness at the time of your period among others. I hope the information and tips blow help you understand the different phases and how you can create your own custom skincare plan for your cycle.
Your cycle starts at the beginning of your period. During this phase your skin tends to be dry and dull as levels of both of the sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogne are low.
This is a good time to slow down, rest and really look after yourself. Try to do the Nunaïa Ritual each night during this phase to ease both emotions and nourish and hydrate your skin. Use products that will hydrate and nourish your skin like our Nourishing Radiance Serum that also targets dullness and helps to restore radiance.
As your period stops your body will being to produce oestrogen again. Your skin will start to feel plumper as oestrogen helps boost collagen production and helps skin retain water so your skin looks glowy and dewy during this phase.
We are less sensitive to pain during this phase so it’s a great time to do any waxing or hair removal as it will feel less painful. Make sure to gently exfoliate the skin during this phase and choose skincare products that enhance radiance and tone and texture like Nourishing Radiance Serum.
This is the ovulation phase where we typically feel full of energy and vigour for life, Your skin is likely to appear strong and healthy. Some women have glowing skin during this phase but others can experience some oiliness.
Continue to cleanse your skin - a double cleanse each evening is ideal and nourish your skin with antioxidant serums to boost radiance and hydration.
The luteal phase begins after ovulation when the body starts to produce progesterone. This causes the production of sebum, a thick oily substance that naturally lubricates the skin. In some women this can cause pores to clog and cause acne breakouts. Skin can feel more sensitive during this phase. Some women also retain water and feel a little bloated coming up to their period.
Make sure to double cleanse using a brightening cleanser like our award-wining Superfood Cleansing Balm and use anti-inflammatory serum like Nourishing Radiance Serum to help reduce any inflammation in the skin. If breakouts are an issue try a purifying clay face mask or salicylic acid to treat any blemishes or spots that may appear. With PMS symptoms we tend to have cravings for sugar which can impact our skin health so try to stick to a healthy diet with lots of leafy greens to help eliminate any excess oestrogen to help keep bloating at bay. Finally, make sure to drink 1.5 to 2 litres of water a day.
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