Spots, dry skin and wrinkles – this is how your period mucks up your skin
If it’s not enough that your period gives you cramps and an overwhelming desire to stuff your face with rubbish, it can also play havoc with your skin.
Period-related pimples are often due to hormonal fluctuations during your cycle. You may get a spot attack a week before your period – usually they will get better once it starts. Some women area also prone to spots during ovulation – if you’ve ever had spots on your jawline, chances are you’ve got your ovaries to thank for those!
Tip: Up the spot cream, but also make sure you cleanse every day using an alcohol-free cleanser.
If you’re a psoriasis sufferer, the cocktail of hormones coursing through your body during your menstrual cycle can cause flare-ups . These hormones can cause inflammation and also reduce the body’s ability to heal itself.
Tip: Stress can make psoriasis worse, so take some time out to chill or take a yoga class to help reduce your stress and anxiety.
Around ovulation, approximately 14 days before your period starts, you may notice that your skin becomes drier and – shock, horror – your wrinkles are much more noticeable! This is due to a dip in oestrogen, which causes your skin to lose water, making it look less plump and feel very dry.
Tip: Add a nourishing night-time cream to your skincare routine during ovulation. Your skin rests and restores itself at night so adding extra moisture during this period will help counteract the effect of oestrogen on your skin.
Flushed, sensitive skin
During your period, your body produces prostaglandin, a hormone that causes contractions in your uterine walls and those lovely stomach cramps. It can also make your skin feel more sensitive and, as it constricts blood vessels, you may find your skin becomes flushed more easily.
Tip: Keep to a simple skin-care routine during your period – now is not the time for aggressive peels and scrubs. The Amie moisturiser and facial wash from October’s Pink Parcel is perfect – it contains natural ingredients and is kind to sensitive skin.
If red cheeks are an issue, try using a special redness-zapping primer such as Clinique’s Superprimer Face Primer, £20