Sorry guys…..a females only post today, although all are welcome to stay and learn about cyclical, hormonal influences on the skin.
Have you ever noticed that during your 28 day menstrual cycle, your skin goes from dull and grey, to glowing and luminous, to dry and stressed? Then, all of a sudden, you’re breaking out?
Our skin is very much influenced by hormones.
Menstruation (Days 1-7).
The body is producing more of a hormone called prostaglandin. Prostaglandin increases pain sensitivity. Your skin will be tenderer and spots will feel more painful. Prostaglandin also makes blood vessels constrict so you may appear flushed. With less soothing oestrogen in your blood, skin will feel drier and lines or wrinkles appear more obvious. Progesterone and oestrogen levels drop and can make you feel more emotional.
Sebum secretions decrease and the moisture-retention functions of the skin deteriorate. These changes dry the skin, promote chapping, and make it more difficult to apply makeup. Overall, the skin becomes very sensitive. It is important during this time to keep the skin well hydrated.
Your ovaries have restarted production of oestrogen, increasing serotonin levels (the 'feel good' hormone) and improving your general feeling of wellbeing.
Skin may have a better, more even tone and feel firmer. Oestrogen is plumping up skin cells and encouraging the production of collagen. You won’t get spots at this time. This is the best your skin looks all month. This is the part of your cycle that's controlled by estrogen. Estrogen works in tandem with progesterone to maintain a delicate equilibrium. Your skin feels hydrated and smooth.
This is just before ovulation and the perfect time to pamper yourself and to prepare and condition your skin. We recommend our Azelaic Peel to gently exfoliate and deeply cleanse the skin, followed by our Vitamin A+E Serum and Targeted Serum best suited to you.
Hormone levels start to drop in preparation for menstruation. While this can leave some women's skin calmer, it makes others' oilier and more prone to breakouts. That is because progesterone stimulates the production of sebum. As levels rise, the skin swells and squeezes pores shut, leading to a break-out. Testosterone produced at this time also creates sebum so can aggravate the problem.
We recommend that every other day during this time, to keep up the use of our Azelaic Peel. This will ensure that any excess sebum is kept under control. We further recommend that during this time our Vitamin A+E serum is used in the morning and at night to keep the skin well hydrated and nourished.
Skin care for all ages and skin conditions.
The Skinlabs Team