Here’s how your menstrual cycle affects your skin + Skincare tips

July 2, 2021

By Mia Krejci

We’ve all been there: days when our skin looks fantastic and days when it doesn’t – but why is that? Sure, stress, food, and skincare all contribute to how our skin feels. But our hormones also play a major role. We’ve broken down the menstrual cycle into phases so you can track hormonal skin changes, see how the hormones of each phase affect your skin and to get some skincare tips according to your monthly cycle.

Menstrual Phase (days 1-6)

This is the beginning of your menstrual cycle. On the first day of your period, hormones like oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are low. And without the help of oestrogen, your skin can feel dry and look dull. During your period, your body also produces more prostaglandins, which, when out of balance, can make your skin more sensitive and tender.

Skincare tips: Postpone your waxing and other procedures that can cause pain until next week, and use rich moisturizers to keep your skin hydrated!

Follicular Phase (days 7-13)

Now oestrogen levels are rising, which stimulates collagen and hyaluronic acid production – your skin feels fresh, plump and radiant! New skin cells are forming and pores appear smaller. Between days 10 and 13, oestrogen levels are at their peak, which means your skin will also appear stronger and more elastic. Your skin looks fab during this time!

Skincare tips: Use gentle cleansers and moisturizers (preferably oil-free) and rely on exfoliation masks to remove dead cells to reveal the healthy skin underneath.

Ovulation Phase (~day 14)

Your skin is likely to look its best, clear and bright, with a healthy glow.

Skincare tips: Keep your skin routine consistent and use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer.

Luteal phase (Days 15-28)

After ovulation, oestrogen decreases while progesterone increases, a hormone that protects assumed pregnancy (yep, even if you’re not pregnant). Dopamine, endorphins, and serotonin drop too. You may have more oily skin which can clog pores and cause breakouts. Just before your period, you may get inflamed red pimples (oh there we go again..).

Skincare tips: Use light, water-based skin care such as face mists, sprays, light tonics and avoid oil-based products that can clog pores. Treat yourself with a purifying face mask!

So what do you think, did this article help you better understand your skin changes during your menstrual cycle? Then share it with friends! Overall, when it comes to your skin routine, it’s important to keep it consistent and, if possible, as natural and organic as possible ;)