Your Skin & The
Menstrual Cycle

A Guide to the Effects Your Period Can Have on Your Skin

Just as your mood and wellbeing may fluctuate throughout your menstrual cycle, so can the look and feel your skin. No two cycles are the same, so it’s important to listen to your body and learn your own version of normal. While this guide helps you understand what your hormones are up to, the possible outcomes and patterns they present will differ from one person to the next. Try keeping track and see if you notice subtle changes in your complexion with each phase, then find your flow with skincare and self-care tips to work with, not against, your body.

How Does your Menstrual cycle affect your skin

We’re all too familiar with the legend that says a breakout can indicate the imminent onset of a period, but your skin undergoes an entire journey during the course of your cycle. Throughout the month, you might notice fluctuations in oil production or patches of dryness as oestrogen and progesterone levels rise and fall. If you’re on the pill, your hormones are regulated so you don’t ovulate. With less testosterone in the body to prompt breakouts, changes in the skin might be less pronounced, but they can still follow a similar pattern.

Your menstrual cycle entails four phases – menstrual, follicular, ovulation and luteal – and each influences your skin differently. This can make skincare unpredictable and tricky to manage. We’ve broken it down for you to explain what to expect from each stage.

The menstrual Phase: Days 1-5

TREAT YOURSELF

Your period. This is the first day in your cycle, when you’re menstruating, and hormones are at their lowest. Many people notice their energy levels take a dip, so it’s common to feel withdrawn, tired or sluggish.

With low levels of oestrogen and progesterone, your skin might be producing less sebum, which means you might experience dry or sensitive skin that’s prone to blemishes.

We recommend you identify what your skin is craving and give it the TLC it needs, whether that’s a cleansing mask or a good dose of moisture.

Skincare for the Menstrual Phase

Syncing your skincare to your cycle can help you keep your complexion steady through the highs and lows of hormonal changes – and we’ve suggested some products with benefits to balance each stage.

With energy levels in low supply, the menstrual phase presents a natural time to take pause. Prioritise time for yourself and recharge with ingredients that help draw out impurities, relieve dryness and promote a feeling of calm. Gently does it.

SETTLE DOWN

Our skin-tingling Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask helps refine the appearance of pores, absorb excess oils and boost glow.

SOFT TOUCH

To ward off the dry spell, our Vitamin E Moisture Cream helps skin feel soft for up to 48hrs, enriched with wheatgerm oil, Community Fair Trade shea butter and aloe vera.

Skincare

SMOOTH IT OVER

Our The oil of approximately 15,000 tea tree leaves is packed into one mighty 20ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil. Dab this potent solution onto the areas you want to target to help keep blemishes at bay.

STAY CALM

Formulated without added fragrance, colour or alcohol, our Aloe Calming Foaming Wash helps skin feel settled and refreshed.

The follicular Phase: Days 6-12

New Beginnings

This is the stage when the follicles in the ovary mature, leading to ovulation. It’s possible you’ll notice you have more energy as oestrogen levels begin to rise.

About now, many people start to see improvements in their skin as collagen production restarts, making it look bouncier and feel firmer. Oil production spikes a little and dead skin cells can build up, so shift your attention to renewal.

Skincare for the Follicular Phase

Embrace the fresh start with a focus on formulas that help to purify and absorb excess oils, with some light exfoliation to shift the build-up of dead cells.

Skincare

MAKE IT MATTE

To rinse away impurities and unwanted shine, lather up with our Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, infused with Community Fair Trade tea tree oil for visibly clearer skin.

TONE DOWN SHINE

Promote a clear complexion that’s shy on shine with the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner. Shake to activate the product to help banish the last traces of make-up.

PURIFY PORES

Liberate skin from the weekly build-up of impurities with our creamy and gently exfoliating Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask.

FEEL RENEWED

The revolutionary gel-to-peel formula of the Drops of Youth™ Liquid Peel gently lifts dead skin cells from the surface, infused with a blend of three plant stem cells.

Ovulation: Days 13-18

Keep it Clear

Ovulation occurs about two weeks before your period arrives. Oestrogen levels peak as the ovum leaves the ovary and makes its way to the uterus via the fallopian tube.

With low levels of oestrogen and progesterone, your skin might be producing less sebum, which means you might experience dry or sensitive skin that’s prone to blemishes.

With oestrogen levels at their highest, collagen production also gets a boost. Skin is likely to look bouncy, clear and more radiant.

Skincare for Ovulation

These hormones are really working for you! Besides basking in your natural luminosity, this is a good time to top up on complexion-clarifiers and maximise that glow.

HIT THE SPOT

After cleansing, massage a couple of drops of the Tea Tree Anti-Imperfection Daily Solution over the face to help combat blemishes and improve the overall look of the skin.

GET GLOWING

Enhance your natural radiance and clarify skin with our Vitamin C Glow Boosting Moisturiser, infused with camu camu berries from the Amazon rainforest.

BOOST THAT BOUNCE

The Drops of Youth™ Concentrate is a clever gel-like serum that helps promote the skin’s healthy-looking glow with a good dose of moisture.

FLASH FIX

For a 15-minute moisture fix, kick back with the Vitamin C Glow Sheet Mask, enriched with vitamin C-rich camu camu to awaken your healthy-looking glow.

The Luteal Phase: Days 19-28

I Feel it Coming

After ovulation’s oestrogen spike, levels drop and your body starts producing more progesterone instead. Enjoy its natural calming effect as energy levels begin to wind down.

In this week before your period, your complexion can take a hit. Oil and sebum production surges, leading to clogged pores and breakouts around the chin and jawbone.

Skincare for the Luteal Phase

Bring skin back into balance by tending to the excess oils and sebum that prime the way for blemishes. Focus on pores to tackle impurities and congestion.

THE SILENT TREATMENT

The oil of approximately 15,000 tea tree leaves is packed into one mighty 20ml bottle of Tea Tree Oil. Dab this potent solution onto the areas you want to target to help keep blemishes at bay.

NO FILTER

Our foaming Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash cleanses away dirt and impurities, helping to gently unclog pores for a more mattified complexion.

WAVE AWAY SHINE

To counter excess oil and sebum with moisture that’s low on shine, our Seaweed Oil-Control Gel Cream is infused with mineral-rich seaweed from Ireland for lightweight hydration.

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