Why Your Skin-Care Routine Should Change During Your Period

There's only one week out of the month that we all dread - and that's the week of our period.  

Whether you're on birth control, which regulates your period symptoms, or not, things are going haywire inside your body. The sudden hormonal changes can take a serious toll on your face — one that your normal skin-care routine might not be able to solve. If you've ever found yourself struggling to control the pimples that seem to pop up overnight, consider doing an overhaul on your medicine cabinet and building a skin-care army specifically for the week of hell. 

We tasked the experts with coming up with a plan of attack to keep our skin clear during this time of the month, because it's important to know what you really need before loading different ingredients all over your face. Click through to find out.

“Skin tends to look its worst during the days leading up to your period,” says Dr Low Chai Ling, the medical director of The Sloane Clinic. Why, exactly? Well, far more hormonal chemicals than usual are being released and flooding your body. “There is a decrease in estrogen and surge of progesterone and testosterone about a week before your period. This surge can cause oil production and pores to become clogged with sebum, making them appear larger (YUCKS),” Dr. Low tells us.

#1. Use a clay mask to draw out impurities 
Start out by incorporating a heavy-duty mask into your routine at the first hint of a possible breakout. The superheroine ingredient of this salve hails from the sea: A carefully curated complex of marine-sourced clays and trace minerals promise to soothe and soften for incredibly incandescent skin. The clay will draw out any gunk in your pores that could eventually breed acne bacteria; while ocean-derived moisturizing ingredients hydrates the skin. 

Orbis Deep Clay Spa, SGD $28, available at Orbis.com.sg

#2. Use a salicyclic acid cleanser
There are many reasons why pimples pop up on certain parts of the face — and when — but one spot that is especially important to pay attention to is the lower half of the face.  When acne tends to appear on the chin and along the jawline, it's typically hormonal. Combat this by swapping your gentle cream cleanser for a more powerful wash that contains salicylic acid.

Sloane Inc's Active Cleansing Gel is a deep cleansing oil-free formula that thoroughly removes excess oil, surface impurities and make-up. Its alpha and beta-hydroxy acids and natural enzymes help to exfoliate the skin’s dead cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin.

USD $45, available at Sloane Shop.com

#3. Start using a retinoid
While we tend to associate retinoids with anti-aging, not acne, it can actually be a savior when it comes to irritation and inflamed blemishes. True, it’s important to determine when, why, and how to use a retinol-based product, but for most of us, it's a good addition to our routine, so long as the concentration is low. Experts recommend using a retinoid because it will not only even out pigmentation, but will also reduce your risk of breakouts and give a smoother texture to the skin. 

For high octane action, grab the award-winning Sloane Inc Age Defy. Its prescription-strength stabilized Vitamin A bolstered with powerful natural moisturizing agents reactivates healthy cell regeneration, ramps up collagen replenishment and reveals brilliant luminosity – wrinkles, saggy skin, pores and dullness finally met their match

USD $169, available at Sloaneshop.com

#4. Use Oil-Free Makeup
Switch out your makeup the same way you might switch your skin products. Make sure you’re not only applying it with clean brushes, fingers, or sponges, but you're also easing up on how much you're using. Opt for an oil-free tinted moisturizer to give coverage and healthy hydration.

This lightweight formula provides ideal protection from the sun’s harmful, damaging rays with broad spectrum SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen. It also controls oil-breakthrough with hydration to prevent dryness and soften and ease fine, dry lines. An antioxidant complex of vitamins C and E acts as a free radical scavenger to protect the skin from even the most aggressive effects of the environment, all while extremely long-wearing color stays true and wears evenly in a natural, semi-matte finish.

USD $44, available at Sephora.com

#5. Moisturize like your life depends on it
During our periods, levels of estogren are low, which dehydrates skin.  Up the ante on your moisturizing routine to retain all the moisture you can. Incorporate a deeply hydrating — but lightweight — cream (gel formulas are great) for day and night. 

This gel-type moisturizer is lightweight in feel while being extremely hydrating. Leaves no residue behind, leaving skin feeling matte yet perfectly moisturized. Features Cremorlab's proprietary mineral-rich T.E.N. thermal water known to contain hydrating and nourishing minerals. Bulgarian rose oil has calming properties on irritated skin. The lightweight texture makes this a great summer moisturizer. Paraben-free, artificial color-free, artificial fragrance-free, mineral oil-free formula.

USD $48, available at Peachandlily.com

#6. Don't Forget Your SPF
The hormones that make your pores become clogged can also increase redness and sun sensitivity. You should never skip SPF, but make sure to be extra vigilant about sun protection right before and during your period. Incredibly comfortable, even for sensitive skins, this product features invisible shield technology to form a protective veil that's virtually invisible on all skintones. The quick-absorbing formula is gentle enough to use around the eye area and wears well alone or under makeup.

USD $26, available at Sephora.com


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