Hormones & Skincare
Understand how hormones impact your cycle – and your skin.
Ever notice your skin is more susceptible to breakouts at different times of the month no matter how on top of your skincare and diet regimens you are? Those pimples just seem to pop up out of nowhere. Other days, you may experience dry patches. What gives? Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are the three hormones that fluctuate throughout the duration of your menstrual cycle, sending your skin into a tailspin all month long. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to help you handle all the hormonal havoc and adjust your skincare routine accordingly, so you can help combat complexion chaos:
Days 1-6: the duration of menstruation, is when all three hormones are at an all-time low, which means sebum production may decrease, leaving skin looking lackluster and dull. So, amp up the moisture levels with your MD Glam DMAE Antioxidant Day Moisturizer as well as your MD Glam Hyaluronic Acid Night C-Complex come nighttime.
Days 7-11: your body begins to pump out the skin-smoothing estrogen, which helps stimulate collagen and elastin production. Since these new cells are forming, help boost cell turnover by focusing on both physical and chemical exfoliation. What better time to buff away the old and bring in the new with your MD Glam Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub that offers both physical (pineapple stem powder) and chemical (glycolic acid) exfoliation.
Days 12-16: (ovulation) estrogen production peaks sending you into goddess skin status. Complexion is plump, dewy, glowy, and sensational looking! Take advantage of your skin’s receptivity by keeping up with your MD Glam Retinol-C Intense Eye Serum for the added collagen boost. Now is NOT the time to slack on your skincare no matter how tempting.
Days 17-24: is the end of ovulation when progesterone starts to take over, causing sebum production to go into overdrive. Keep breakouts at bay by using your MD Glam Exfoliating Enzyme Scrub as a mask to help detox pores of impurities.
Days 25-28: is the start of the PMS season. Progesterone and estrogen dip, while testosterone takes over your mood and your mug. This is the time you may experience a hit of hormonal acne across chin and along the jawline. Stay vigilant with your MD Glam go-to’s, keep complexion clean, cut refined carbs and dairy (sorry chocolate!), and increase your Omega-3 fatty acid content (fish, walnuts, seeds) and leafy green content.