收藏: Skin Deep: Navigating Skincare Through Your Menstrual Phases

Menstrual Phase (Days 1-5)

Estrogen and progesterone levels are at their lowest, which can make your skin appear dull and sometimes dehydrated.

Skincare Focus: Hydration and Soothing

Cleanser: Use a gentle, hydrating cleanser to avoid stripping the skin of its natural oils.

Serum: Incorporate a vitamin C serum to brighten the skin.

Moisturiser: Hyaluronic acid to help retain moisture.

Mask: Use a hydrating mask to combat dullness and dryness.

Follicular Phase (Days 6-14)

After your period, estrogen starts to rise, leading to brighter, clearer skin. This is often the "good skin" phase for many.

Skincare Focus: Maintenance and Protection

Cleanser: Continue with your gentle cleanser.

Moisturiser: Use a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturiser.

Sunscreen: SPF is crucial. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day.

Exfoliation: Incorporate gentle exfoliation 1-2 times a week to encourage cell turnover. 

Ovulation Phase (Day 14)

Estrogen peaks and then drops while testosterone rises slightly, potentially leading to increased sebum production and breakouts.

Skincare Focus: Balancing and Monitoring

Cleanser: A gentle foaming cleanser can help manage increased oiliness.

Serum: Use niacinamide to regulate sebum production. 

Spot Treatment: Salicylic acid spot treatment on hand for any breakouts.

Hydration: Continue with your regular moisturiser, adjusting if your skin feels oilier.

Luteal Phase (Days 15-28)

Progesterone peaks, skin may become oilier, and you might experience premenstrual acne. Estrogen and serotonin levels drop, which can make your skin look dull and mood feel a bit down.

Skincare Focus: Combat Breakouts and Oiliness

Cleanser: Use a salicylic acid cleanser to deep clean pores and combat acne.

Moisturiser: Look for oil-free formulas to prevent clogging pores.

Mask: Clay masks can help absorb excess oil and purify the skin.

Treatment: Tea tree oil, benzoyl peroxide, and salicylic acid can help target acne-causing bacteria.

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