How to adapt your skincare routine to your cycle?

Many things can impact the look and texture of your skin: from diet to stress and skincare habits. But hormonal fluctuations are often overlooked when trying to achieve the perfect skincare routine.

Now many of you may already know that although we believe consistency is key when it comes to a great skincare routine, we also strongly believe that the skin is constantly in communication with our body and the environment around us.  And therefore it’s crucial to listen to it and adapt our daily habits to give it exactly what it needs to stay naturally healthy and glowing. Never has that been more true than when talking about hormonal changes throughout each menstrual cycle.

So if you need a little guidance about how to adapt your skincare on the time of the month, we’ve got you covered!

Day 1 to 4 aka the spotty stage

 The first 4 to 5 days of your cycle are marked as the beginning of your period. On the first day, all your hormones are at their lowest levels and the prostaglandins (which make your uterine muscles contract) are their highest. This also means that there is a higher amount of inflammation in your body. This inflammation along with the fact that your skin produces more oil and that your pores get clogged more easily during this time of the month means that you are more likely to get a breakout during this period. You can easily recognise a hormonal breakout because it tends to appear on the jawline, lower cheeks or around the mouth.

How to adapt your skincare routine during this time?

You’re going to want to be very diligent with your skincare during this period. We recommend double cleansing every night to ensure that no makeup or dirt is left behind and that your skin really has a chance to breathe and renew itself during the night.

You should also use a purifying face mask like our Rose Clay Mask to help bring balance to your skin and remove dead skin cells.

Lastly, just because your skin is producing more oil during this time, does not mean you should stop moisturising it. Our Repair Serum has a blend of botanical oils that helps skin renew itself and helps tone down any inflammation.

Day 5 to 10 aka the dry stage 

During this time, your skin can feel particularly dry and dull. This is because although your hormones are on the rise again after the end of your period, your skin has now stopped producing as much oil as it usually does. You may notice your skin peeling more than usual and feeling tight.

How to adapt your skincare routine during this time?

You’re going to want to use products with exceptional nourishing and moisturising properties during this time to give your skin a chance to recover. And because your skin is going to tend to peel more than usual, you also want to make sure you give it a very gentle exfoliation. Our 10% Fruit Enzyme Serum is perfect for this because it contains both nourishing Plum Oil along with Fruit Enzymes that are packed with AHA’s to gently exfoliate and give your skin that glow back.

Day 11 to 21 aka the glow stage

These are the days leading up to and including ovulation and you may notice your skin looking particularly amazing during this time! The rise in oestrogen will make your skin clear and plump and the increase blood flow will give you that rosy glow we all love.

How to adapt your skincare routine during this time?

Just because your skin is looking amazing, does not mean you should throw all good habits aside. Keep up with double cleansing every day (cleansing balms like our Honey Cleansing Balm are ideal for this) and maximise your skin’s rejuvenation powers during this time by using targeted anti-ageing treatments such as our Botanical Collagen Serum.

Day 22 to 28 aka the spotty stage

Ovulation is now behind you and assuming that you are not pregnant, your hormones will start declining again in the week leading up to your period. You may notice other PMS symptoms during this time including cravings, fatigue, low mood, sore breasts, brain fog and yes.. acne again.

We recommend following the same diligent routine for days 22 to 28 than during your period:

You’re going to want to be very diligent with your skincare during this period. We recommend double cleansing every night to ensure that no makeup or dirt is left behind and that your skin really has a chance to breathe and renew itself during the night.

You should also use a purifying face mask like our Rose Clay Mask to help bring balance to your skin and remove dead skin cells. 

Lastly, just because your skin is producing more oil during this time, does not mean you should stop moisturising it. Our Repair Serum has a blend of botanical oils that helps skin Repair itself and helps tone down any inflammation.

Have any questions or want some extra advice? Then please reach out to us, we’d love to hear from you: contact@thespoiledbee.com