How hormones mess with your skin and how to combat it every month

There are those days when your body feels heavy and you suffer from sleeplessness or feel tired even after sleeping; those days when it’s hard for you to deal with the constant emotional ups and downs. There are those days when your mood is low and you have headaches, and you also have to deal with unexplained breakouts on your face. It’s the time of the month when PMS comes to torture you right before your period. And it’s also the time of month when self-care becomes even more important.

As your period gets closer, estrogen and progesterone dramatically increase. The hypothalamus, the part of the brain that controls hormone levels, cannot adjust to this sudden change quick enough. This is what causes premenstrual syndrome (PMS). PMS gets worse after ovulation and eases once your period begins. That’s why there are a lot people who usually experience PMS symptoms two weeks before menstruation. But don't worry! Improving your basic daily habits can help alleviate some of these symptoms.

It’s easy for our bodies to swell or bloat, so it’s important to avoid salty foods and drink plenty of water. It will also help to eat at regular times each day and consume foods rich in vitamins and minerals. To alleviate fatigue and get enough sleep, refrain from consuming caffeinated drinks. Try drinking hot herbal tea and bathing in warm water before bedtime to help you fall asleep. It also doesn’t hurt to turn on your favorite music to calm your mind and feel refreshed. Light stretching or exercise will help loosen up your body and relieve any feelings of depression. However, joints tend to be weaker during menstruation, so be sure to not overdo it. Instead, try moderate stretching and massages. These both will help with blood circulation to eliminate any swelling.

You also need a suitable skincare routine for when your skin reacts negatively to hormones. Gently massage your face in a circular motion to relieve any stagnant blood that’s causing bloating. Arencia’s series of Egg solid cleansers are made with natural ingredients and are created through a process that minimizes the breakdown of those ingredients to ensure a gentle, moisturizing feel that reduces irritation. Use it as a daily cleanser or as a foamy wash-off face mask. If using it as a mask, lather enough foam, apply it to your face, and wait 1-3 minutes for the foam to absorb any impurities within your pores. Next, gently massage your face while you wash off the mask to give your pores a deep clean and calm your skin all in one go. You’re life and skin are precious, so focus on your self-care and continued happiness!

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