Our hormones are critical to our overall wellness and skin health so being aware of how hormone levels change within a month can make us more inclined to use skincare products that are functional during these times. This is apparent for example when one gets pregnant, the skin will often glow, basically because oestrogen is a hormone that protects our skin. Your hormones constantly affect your skin. It is linked to your age, but below are some tips to consider for those with a regular period and not on the Pill.
Immediately after your period has ended and for approximately ten days or so, oestrogen levels begin to rise and this does impart a gradual glow to skin. Skin is less liable to inflammation and redness and so during these times you can further heighten the glow with the use of hydration based products such as Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and/or Anti-aging MultiPeptide Serum. These will help to further enhance skin radiance and encourage healthy hydration within the outer layers.
This is also the time to capitalise and incorporate serums that help extend this “glowing” period such as PHA Plus Serum, which works to gently exfoliate the dead cell layers and strengthens skin barrier function. The two serums are available separately or maybe purchased as part of the For Hydration kit by Garden of Wisdom.
For the majority, the above products are completely fine, but for some women, an increase in oestrogen may be too high due to genetics or due to poor liver function. When oestrogen levels are too high the liver cannot cope with this and an enzyme called tyrosinase is released, which causes the deposition of abnormal amounts of pigment that may result in hyperpigmentation.
For those affected, consideration should be given to incorporating Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid. Vitamin C helps to brighten and lighten hyperpigmented areas as well as helping to encourage skin hydration and collagen synthesis. Because the skin is generally healthier and not inflamed during this time, the high concentration of pure L-ascorbic acid in this formulation should not be an issue. If the hyperpigmentation is extensive then perhaps consider incorporating Alpha Arbutin + Kojic Acid serum to further support the brightening and lightening effects of vitamin C serum.
By the third week, oestrogen levels begin to drop and testosterone and progesterone become dominant leading to greater inflammation, which in turn can lead to greater oil production. This may result in the first signs of spots and acne. It is during this time that you may wish to change your routine to GoW’s For Acne products, which provide Niacinamide Serum to help calm inflammation and regulate oil secretion, Salicylic Acid to deep clean pores of excess sebum and debris and Hyaluronic Acid Serum to maintain hydration since dehydration is a known causal factor for inflammation, which would ultimately lead to either greater oil production.
Whether you suffer from acne, hyperpigmentation or simply wish to have a radiant and glowing complexion for the entire month, there is one supplement that I would highly recommend called Clear Skin Complex by Viridian Nutrition. This supplement contains Burdock Root which works to cleanse and purify the bloodstream of toxins that can cause dullness. Burdock, by its virtue of cleansing the bloodstream, will help the liver to detoxify efficiently so it may also be invaluable for hyperpigmented skin types. It is safe to take Clear Skin Complex on an ongoing basis.