MENSTRUAL CYCLE VS SKIN
Being a woman has its advantages. A large set of high-heeled shoes is a good example of this. On the other hand, we bleed every month, our boobs hurt and we would like to kill anyone who crosses our way. It's really nice to be a woman. The menstrual cycle, however, not only affects our well-being but also our skin's condition. There's is scientific research behind this. The cells in the skin grow and renew 28 days. Fresh, new cells replace old ones, which are then removed by exfoliation. The funny thing is that our menstrual cycle has a similar period (no pun intended) and is giving us a hard time by changing hormonal levels. Thanks cycle, thanks hormones. Taking oral contraception reduces these hormonal fluctuations by preventing ovulation. Therefore, doctors often recommend taking contraception, which is not the most optimal solution. It is a major intervention in the body and that can take years for our body to recuperate. There are many testimonies about the problems with becoming pregnant even years after taking the pill. Hormones are an important part of the human body, and such a drastic change in their levels is certainly not good. Use other means of protection and learn how to manage your skin by knowing your cycle.
This phase is called the follicular phase and lasts from the first day of menstruation to ovulation. Bleeding occurs due to the peeling of the uterine wall, which secretes its contents (blood and other things) through the cervix and out of our coochie. On bleeding days, the estrogen level in the female body is the lowest throughout the month. As a result, you feel bad, tired, ready to bury yourself in bed. This is how your skin feels as well, which is in the meantime is actually thinner than usual, extremely sensitive and more dry than usual. That's why puffiness shows quicker during this period. You may also notice spots and more pronounced redness. And of course those glorious pimple residues from the PMS phase. Topical and oral administration of antioxidants is essential at this stage. Drink some green tea more, add a little vitamin C, both to your stomach and face. Given that your skin is drier, give it more moisture and soothing-anti-inflammatory ingredients during the menstrual days. Avoid aggressive cleaners, acids, and anything that may irritate.
AFTER MENSTRUATION (Until Ovulation)
The follicular phase is still ongoing, the walls of the uterus begin to thicken again and the egg in the follicle grows. At this stage, estrogen is also in a better mood and starts to rise. Due to the high levels of this female hormone, the skin is most beautiful in the period before ovulation. It is normally hydrated, looks fuller and consequently the pores appear smaller. The culprit for this gorgeous skin is also collagen, whose production is increasing at this stage. This is a great time to visit an esthetician who can help you eliminate all the unpleasant effects of menstruation and, by exfoliation, prepare your skin for what is coming. Otherwise, enjoy a week of beautiful skin and let your foundation take some time off. Let your skin breathe!
In other words, everything beautiful is over. This is a period that happens about 14 days before your next period. During this time, the egg (ovum) leaves the ovary and goes through the fallopian tube to the uterus. High levels of estrogen trigger the growth of luteinizing hormone, which accelerates oil/sebum production. Increased oil production creates an ideal environment for bacteria and consequently pimples, blackheads, acne. During this period, start preparing for war. Slowly reintroduce products that control the production of sebum and reduce the possibility of pimples. It's still time to grab those chemical exfoliators! Look for products containing salicylic acid, peroxide (for topical zit killing) and tea tree oil.
We are slowly approaching the stage, affectionately called PMS or the luteal phase. During this period, the egg is placed comfortably in the uterus and waiting for the sperm to join the party. In the absence of fertilization, estrogen levels drop, prompting PMS as the uterus begins to prepare for excretion. Yay! Due to the decrease in estrogen and the increase in progesterone, the amount of sebum increases, which clogs pores, which in turn look larger. During this period, our skin usually looks the most horrendous. This is also due to testosterone, which is currently higher than estrogen. This male hormone, throughout the cycle, is approximately on the same level, but in the second half of the menstrual cycle, due to the fall of estrogen, it lands on a higher podium. The production of sebum increases significantly, pores begin to clog and pimples come out to play. Most of them can be seen in the jaw area. If you haven't started using exfoliants yet, this is the time. They will help to clear the pores and speed up skin regeneration. Also, retinoids are not a bad idea during this period! They reduce the possibility of acne and pigmentation. Try to resist excessive carbohydrate intake even though your body tells you that a bowl of pasta will solve all your problems. Ignore these dirty, ominous words. Controlling blood sugar at the same time can help control testosterone levels also known as the pimple master.
But every skin is different. For those with dry skin, the PMS period will be great because the production of sebum is higher. Therefore, the skin will look fuller and more joyful. On the other hand, for those of you with oily skin, this will be the suckiest period of the month. The trick is to listen to yourself and observe your skin and adjust your care to it. You may get a bit lost at first, but you'll learn over time.