FEWE CREW: How to manage your changing skin with Dr Ewoma
12th November 2021
How to manage your changing skin: Knowing when your skin will be at its worst during your cycle and the FEWE products which can help
Understanding when our skin is likely to be at its worst will ultimately save us a lot of bother and heartache. Living according to your phases is hugely beneficial; listening to your body, nourishing and nurturing it according to what it needs is one of the best things we can do for our overall well being, skin health and body.
Unfortunately conversations around our cycle rarely extend beyond the cursory cramping, mood swings and breakouts rather than why they occur and what is really happening to your body. In order to understand why your skin reacts in different ways at different phases and what you can be doing to help, we’ll need to take a deep dive into our cycle and the stage in which our skin is at its worst.
The three hormones which affect our skin during our cycle are oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone; fluctuating throughout our cycle, their peaks and troughs change texture, appearance and feeling of our skin. Oestrogen is the main hormone in the first half of our cycle and is responsible for the production of elastin, collagen and hyaluronic acid so in turn affects the moisture retention and structure of our skin. When oestrogen is at its highest levels, during the follicular phase from the start of your period to ovulation, your skin is at its best- it’s hydrated, plumped and glowing.
In the second half of our cycle- the luteal phase- progesterone takes centre stage. This hormone stimulates the production of sebum and compresses our pores, leading to breakouts and an oil build up as progesterone rises.
The hormone testosterone stays constant throughout our cycle but we usually have a burst of it during the premenstrual week. Testosterone prompts our oil glands to produce more sebum resulting in clogged pores and a greater chance of breakouts.
Whilst our skin definitely isn’t at it’s worst during the first 1-6 days of our cycle - the menstruation phase- our hormones are at their lowest so our skin is likely to feel drier and dehydrated without oestrogens helping hand. During this phase, reach for extremely nourishing and hydrating formulas to replenish your skin’s moisture levels. FEWE’s Thirst Trap Moisture and Radiance CBD Face Serum will be your best friend during this phase. It’s hydrating formula is designed to lock in moisture and give your skin the boost it needs. It’s powered by anti-inflammatory CBD - which is particularly good here as our skin is often more sensitive on our period- Hyaluronic Acid to boost moisture and soothing Aloe Vera to revitalise skin. Use in the morning and evening before your moisturiser.
Hormonal breakouts are most likely to occur between days 17 right through to 28. After ovulation, our oestrogen levels drop and progesterone rises prompting excess sebum production and causing our pores to shrink in size, leading to trapped oil and breakouts. During this phase (Day 17-24) you want a product that clears out those pores and keeps oiliness at bay- enter Seeking Clarity Purifying and Plumping CBD Face Serum. Using CBD to minimise sebum production and Pro Vitamin B5 to ensure your complexion is adequately softened and nourished, apply two pumps in the morning and evening.
When we enter our premenstrual phase is when our skin is likely to be at it’s worst. Between days 25 to 28, progesterone and oestrogen drop below the level of testosterone, causing excess production of oil, your skin will look extra shiny and your pores might begin to look larger. This will lead to breakouts across the chin and lower face area. Salicylic acid will be your best friend during this phase, implementing FEWE’s Anti-Blemish Serum into your morning and evening skincare routine. It’s boosted with beta-hydroxy acid salicylic to kill bacteria, clear blockages and prevent future breakouts.