beauty products treat period skin

Celebrity and model Chrissy Teigen just took to Twitter to snapshot her angry period skin. Red patches, dry flaking, and blemishes are all too common and no woman, celebrity or mortal, is immune to it when she’s menstruating. And it’s bad enough that’s you’ve got cramps, nausea, mood swings, cravings, and are feeling super emotional.

Well, love, Aunt Flo is in town and she’s in a nasty mood so I’m here to ease the pain, one step at a time—starting with your skin.

I know you no longer recognise the pimpled gremlin looking back at you in the mirror and would rather stay in bed all day than brave the world, but a few simple additions to your skincare routine can help throw cold water on that hopping mad period skin.

Exfoliate Dry Period Skin

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PHB Ethical Beauty Balancing Exfoliator, £14.50

Notice how your skin flakes a lot more and looks parched during your period. Because estrogen falls during menstruation, your body’s ability to absorb or retain natural moisture drops which is why it’s extremely important you use a mild exfoliant to unclog pores and get rid of dead skin cells if you want to get rid of blotchiness.

Calm Period Skin

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Cowshed Chamomile Refreshing Toner, £17.89

Because of the fluctuation of oil production (sebum) in your skin and since your prostaglandins are high, your pores are easily inflamed, and red, itchy patches are all too common. Try and calm your skin with anti-inflammatory antioxidants like Vitamin C, E, lycopene, grape seed… think serums or toners that are cucumber-, chamomile-, yogurt-, or green tea-based.

Hydrate Dry Period Skin

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Balance Me Restore and Replenish Face Cream, £40

The elasticity in this phase of your menstrual cycle is low so your skin won’t bounce back as it normally does. Once you’ve exfoliated and used an anti-inflammatory, turn to a lightweight moisturiser that will hydrate your skin without making it too oily and clogging your pores. You want the cream to deliver moistness and stimulate collagen production because period skin has a tendency to look very sallow and dull with creases, lines, and wrinkles.

Massage Period Skin

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Elemis Spa Home De-Stress Massage Oil, £37

Your blood circulation is sub par when you’re on your period—that’s why the cramps. It’s very beneficial to indulge in a weekend oil massage or perhaps even give yourself a facial with a beauty oil to warm up the skin and stimulate blood flow.

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