Understanding the Link Between Your Menstrual Cycle and Skin Health

The dance of hormones throughout our menstrual cycle orchestrates a symphony of changes in our skin. From the radiant glow of ovulation to the premenstrual breakout, our skin reflects the ebb and flow of our hormonal rhythms. In this blog, we delve into the science and wisdom of holistic skincare to explore how we can nurture our skin through each phase of the menstrual cycle.

The Phases of the Menstrual Cycle and Their Impact on Skin:

  1. Menstrual Phase (Days 1-5):

  • Characterised by the shedding of the uterine lining, this phase can leave the skin appearing dull and less plump due to low estrogen levels (1). 

  • Skincare Rituals and Ingredients:

    • Opt for hyaluronic acid and glycerin-rich moisturisers to help retain moisture, such as Synthesis Organics HA+ Flower Dew Serum.

    • Use soothing cleansers like Soothe Cleansing Oil to maintain the skin's natural oils.

    • Clary Sage Essential Oil: Helps alleviate menstrual discomfort and balance hormones. And Lavender Essential Oil: Eases cramps and emotional fluctuations; promotes relaxation.

  1. Follicular Phase (Days 1-13):

  • As estrogen levels rise, the skin becomes brighter and clearer, benefiting from estrogen's skin-enhancing properties, including collagen production (2)

  • Skincare Rituals and Ingredients:

    • Incorporate Vitamin C serums like C=mc2 Vitamin C Serum for antioxidant protection and enhanced glow.

    • Choose lighter, water-based moisturisers such as Biactive Balancing Moisturiser.

    • Geranium Essential Oil: Supports hormone balance and uplifts mood. And Lemon Essential Oil: Invigorates and clears the mind, preparing the body for ovulation.

  1. Ovulatory Phase (Day 14):

  • Estrogen peaks, leading to radiant skin, but increased testosterone can make pores more prone to clogging (3). 

  • Skincare Rituals and Ingredients:

    • Use gentle exfoliants like enzymes and lactic acid to prevent clogged pores, such as Renew Enzyme Cleanser.

    • Ingredients like niacin (Vitamin B3) found in All-4-One Facial Exfoliant & Mask help regulate sebum production.

    • Ylang Ylang Essential Oil: Enhances mood and can stimulate libido, aligning with nature’s peak fertile period. And Rose Essential Oil: Supports emotional balance and heart opening during this phase of heightened energy.

  1. Luteal Phase (Days 15-28):

  • Rising progesterone levels may lead to oilier skin and breakouts, while skin sensitivity can increase due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

  • Skincare Rituals and Ingredients:

    • Manage breakouts with clay masks and salicylic acid, such as All-4-One Facial Exfoliant & Mask, Renew Enzyme Cleanser or Renew Exfoliating Toner.

    • Calm skin sensitivity with soothing ingredients like chamomile and aloe vera found in Calm Elixir & Herbal Rescue Gel.

    • Peppermint Essential Oil: Eases headaches and fatigue often associated with this phase. And Frankincense Essential Oil: Soothes anxiety and mood swings, promoting grounding and calm.

Integrating Cycle Awareness Into Skincare: 

Understanding the intricate dance of hormones empowers us to align our skincare rituals with our body's needs, supporting our skin's health at each stage of the menstrual cycle.

The Power of Personalisation and Patience: 

Everyone's skin is unique, and the impact of the menstrual cycle on skin varies. Personalisation and patience are essential in observing how your skin responds and adjusting your skincare rituals accordingly.

Consultation with Experts: 

For specific concerns, consulting with a dermatologist or skincare expert who appreciates the holistic link between hormones and skin health can provide tailored advice and support. 


By embracing the natural rhythm of our menstrual cycle, we enhance our skin's natural beauty, celebrating its ever-changing landscape with grace and care. Let the wisdom of your body guide you to skincare choices that resonate with each phase of your cycle.






1. Dealing with Period Pimples: Causes, Prevention, and Solutions)

2. 7 Tips for Happy Hormones and Acne-Free Skin

3. The One Thing That Gives You Better Sleep, Skin, Mood, and Periods

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