Hormones and Skincare


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.

GOW – The Brand

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#TheBrand | Garden of Wisdom

Sophisticated serums at affordable prices, it’s no wonder this modest skincare brand boasts a cult following. Here’s what you need to know about GoW: By Bridget March


  • GOW Glycolic

    In our new regular feature #TheBrand, Bazaar’s digital beauty director looks into an exciting and efficacious brand taking the beauty industry by storm. First up is Garden of Wisdom, or GoW as it’s known by digital devotees.

    The Arizonian-based skincare brand is far from new, but its exclusive UK launch at Victoria Health means we can access it like never before. Shabir Daya, pharmacist and co-founder of Victoria Health, worked with the skincare experts that manufacture the brand to repackage and refine the formulations for our market. The results of which only launched last month but have already become firm favourites with industry insiders.

    Unlike most beauty brands causing a buzz, in GoW’s case it has nothing to do with clever marketing (digital or otherwise), or it’s Insta-presence – which, actually, it pretty much rejects. Their own website is pretty prehistoric. So how come the cult following?

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GOW – Causing A Frenzy

Lisa Armstrong: The word-of-mouth affordable beauty brand causing a frenzy in the industry


  • GOW Niacinamide

    Remember how excited we all got over science-savvy, budget-friendly The Ordinary? Well, Garden of Wisdom – or GOW as its blossoming herbaceous borders of fans have taken to calling it – is generating the same buzz.

    Like The Ordinary, GOW presents as honest value for money. We’re talking basic packaging and zero marketing. Each product has been formulated with just a few ingredients so that customers can build up an arsenal of potions to target their specific needs, rather than overloading with creams that keep replicating each other’s functions.

    It’s selling purely via word of mouth, which is working a treat because the products do their job without any fuss or silicones and without being tested on animals. Try the 100% Organic Cold-pressed Argan Oil, excellent for softening and protecting all skin types, the Vitamin C 23% Serum + Ferulic Acid, and the bestselling Niacinamide Serum, which regulates oil production, soothes and calms breakouts and encourages the body’s own collagen production. Many products have the ingredients’ strength on the front, the idea being that customers can make informed choices without being given silly promises. And they’re lovely to use, with pleasing textures. I particularly like the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is non-sticky and effective.
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GOW – Affordable Beauty

Sarah Jossel: Affordable beauty products you need to know about


  • GOW Vitamin C 23% Serum & Ferulic Acid

    I’m done with the summer sales. Last night I put five frocks in my basket, just because. The worst was a burgundy appliqué strapless mididress that I almost bought. It had been reduced from £900 to £295. Bargain, right? The site said it was my last chance, so of course I swiftly started to type in my credit-card details, but then I realised I have absolutely nowhere to wear it. I’m sorted for my ten (hundred) summer weddings, so I’m panic buying, not practical buying.

    Sales can make you do silly things. That’s why today’s column is dedicated to affordable and brilliant products: ones that work hard without robbing you of your income, that will last for ages, and will give you results.

    Let’s start with Garden of Wisdom. Ignore the flouncy, fluffy name and the dated green website. This Arizona-based brand, dubbed the natural alternative to the Ordinary, is making a name for itself as the go-to skincare range for powerful ingredients without gimmicks and high prices. (You can see why it’s being compared to the Ordinary.) It’s brilliant for sensitive skins as the ingredient list is tiny. Read More…