My Skin Care Routine

how I take care of my skin through each phase of my cycle

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The warmer weather and longer days would normally mean you’re getting out of the house more, but as of late that might just mean your zooming with your friends on your balcony or patio which is great…that is, if you feel like being social.

Acne can make you feel anxious about skin revealing clothing.

I would know. I had acne around my mouth for years until I resolved it using lifestyle, nutrition, and a specific skin care routine.

You don’t have to hide out. You can clear your skin in as little as three months with simple lifestyle, nutrition, and supplement strategies.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting glowing, radiant, ACNE-FREE skin in 2020

Your skin shouldn’t sabotage your self-esteem. By learning why acne strikes adult women—and what you can do about it—you can regain control of your beautiful face and body. You can love your skin again.

Adult acne is hormonal. That’s why you’re likely to notice breakouts at certain times of the month, in particular when you’re moving from the ovulation phase (mid-way through your cycle) to the start of your period. That said, the four phases of your menstrual cycle are normal, natural, and inevitable… but breakouts aren’t. If you’re breaking out at certain times of the month, it signals a hormone imbalance. You may have too much estrogen relative to progesterone (called estrogen dominance) or high levels of androgens (male hormones).

Why do sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone affect skin in the first place? Research suggests that the oil-producing glands in the skin can act as their own independent endocrine (hormone) organs, responding to messages from hormones like estrogen and testosterone. When those hormones are in balance, they send an “all clear” message to your oil glands. When they get out of balance, that clear skin message goes sideways…and you’re left with unwanted breakouts.

Here’s are the remedies I recommend for clear skin. These are the exact steps I took and continue to take:

Natural Remedy #1: Food. Clear, glowing skin starts with what you eat and when you eat it. That’s because hormonal healing starts on the inside. When you start to align what you eat with your cycle, you can see changes in your skin in three months from just this step alone. Flax and cilantro are particularly good to help the liver and large intestine flush out excess hormones.

Natural Remedy #2: Exercise. The same phase-based self-care strategies that work for food also work for exercise. When you line up how and when you move with the four phases of your menstrual cycle, your skin will glow even more.

Natural Remedy #3: Customize your skin care routine. Your skin goes through natural shifts in elasticity and oiliness/dryness every month, and how you take care of your skin during each phase of your cycle should reflect and support where your skin is at. Here is a week-by-week guide to skin care. This routine is a crucial step in putting an end to hormonal acne.

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Day 1 – Day 6 (Bleeding). During menstruation, focus on restorative, soothing skin care. Think hydrating and calming masks, and collagen masks.

Day 7-12 (follicular phase). If you get facials with extractions, schedule one during your follicular phase. This is also the time to do any hair removal.

Day 13-24 (ovulation/first half of luteal).Facials are still okay during this time, but it’s best to go for masks, not extractions. Dry brushing will help the lymph offload the estrogen. You don’t need much in the way of products during this phase.

Day 25-Day 28 (the second half of luteal). This a perfect time for home care with your favorite products and using oil-based serum to reduce sebum production. Clay masks are also great during this time, and you can use products with lactic acid to shrink pores.

NOTE: Don’t have any extractions or hair removal during the second half of the month when skin is thinner and increased blood flow to your capillaries means more post-extraction swelling. Save facial appointments until right after your bleed is over.

Natural Remedy #4: Maximize your micronutrients. Make sure you are getting the essential micronutrients your skin needs. I supplement everyday to optimize my hormonal health. Remember, clear skin starts on the inside. You can have the healthiest skin care routine in the world, but you won’t banish acne without making all the necessary nutrition and exercise changes.

…. and if you don’t have any idea where you are in your cycle, start tracking it now. You can only practice period self-care when you know which phase you’re in!

 

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I want to stick to some basic skincare routines to choose from on a daily basis (based on your skin’s needs). I don’t believe your skincare routine and steps have to or should stay the same every AM and every PM. Your skin doesn’t always need the same things – one week it may feel extra dry because you haven’t been drinking enough water or your in a different phase of your cycle. Another week, your skin might look and feel extra dull from not getting enough sleep. It’s totally normal for your skin to NOT stay the same consistently. As such, your skincare routine should be flexible.

Skincare should be personalized to everyone’s specific needs.

  1. CLEANSING
  2. TONING
  3. TREATING (OPTIONAL)
  4. BOOSTING
  5. MOISTURIZING

CLEANSING

facial cleansing oil 

There are two methods I use for this cleansing oil:

  1. Pump onto a cotton pad, swipe all over face. You can even add 2-3 sprays of the rosewater toner to help improve spreadability. (I use this method to remove makeup if I’m wearing it…no other cleanser is necessary after removing your makeup with this oil)
  2. Massage oil directly into skin for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then rinse off with warm water or a soft, damp cloth (I use this method mostly in the morning)

sea moss exfoliator

I use this around 3x a week to keep my skin feeling smooth and to keep dead skin cells from clogging my pores. It’s super gentle, so it won’t cause micro-tears or irritation

TONING

Toning acts as a second cleansing step, and helps remove residual dirt and makeup. It also prepares my skin for the next steps in my routine.

But the most important thing that toning does is balance the pH levels of skin, which means that it helps “normalize” dry skin, oily skin, and anything in between. Having a balanced pH is absolutely crucial to having healthy skin, which is why I NEVER skip this step

raspberry vinegar toner

This raspberry vinegar toner was designed specifically for oily or acne-prone skin, since it’s great for removing excess oil! It has a slightly more acidic pH of ~3.5, which helps to lower high pH levels in the skin and reduce excess sebum.

Simply spray this toner on a cotton pad and gently dab all over oily areas (or your entire face!) 1-2x per day.

TREATING

Since I am usually in a rush in the morning, I almost always save my masks and treatments for my PM routine. However, it’s totally ok to do this in the morning if you have time!

chlorophyll mask 

I use the chlorophyll mask at least twice a week. It’s a good week when I’ve done it 3-4x! Their formula is clean and gentle enough to use as often as you’d like.

Your face should be completely clean and makeup-free when you use this mask, so that your skin can soak up all of its goodness without interference. And it’s great because you can customize it to your specific skincare needs.

Here are some things to keep in mind when using it:

  1. Thinness/thickness – the amount of water you add to your chlorophyll mask will determine how thin and diluted or thick and concentrated it is. If you add more water, it’ll be thinner and if you add less water, it’ll be thicker. If my skin is feeling dry, I always choose to add more water so the mask is thinner, and won’t feel as tight on my skin.You can also just apply a thicker mixture to certain areas of your face (like wherever you just had a breakout) and a thinner mixture to the rest of your face.
  2. Water, rosewater, or something else entirely – the chlorophyll mask is meant to be a “just-add-water” mask. However, I love creating other mixtures by adding in non-water options. Sometimes, I’ll add in coconut milk if I’ve been traveling and my skin feels dry (coconut milk has incredible moisturizing and softening properties). Other options? Avocado, yogurt, rosewater toner (duh), their cleansing oil,  facial repair serum – the list goes on. You can totally get creative with their chlorophyll mask. Sometimes, I’ll add in a pump of the cleansing oil AND a few spritzes of the rosewater toner.

turmeric stick

Their spot treatment uses ginger, tea tree, and turmeric to help decongest pores and reduce the appearance of uneven tone. Leave it on anywhere between 20 minutes to overnight. If you do choose to use it overnight, just make sure to prep accordingly! It won’t stain your skin, but it will stain fabric, which is why I usually lay a towel over my pillow before falling asleep.

MOISTURIZING

I truly believe that moisturizing is the most important part of any skincare routine! Theyhave five options for our moisturizers: facial repair oil, chia facial oil, watermelon hemp oil, matcha face moisturizer, and golden elixir. Here’s why and when I use my favs.

AM:

All of tbeir AM moisturizer options absorb into your skin super quickly, which is why I love using them in the morning. But that’s just me. Definitely find what works best for you.

golden elixir

Their golden elixir is their second most lightweight oil. It has an extremely unique and balanced omega-3 and omega-6 composition; it’s also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E, which help nourish and rejuvenate your skin.

chia facial oil

The chia oil is my favorite moisturizer for when my skin is feeling dull or thin. Literally obsessed with this stuff. Chia is one of the richest sources of omega-3s of all plants, providing deep but not overwhelming moisture. It helps soothe and de-puff, increase suppleness, and protect your skin against environmental aggressors.

macabeet tinted moisture stick

This stick is perfect for a burst of hydration and a touch of natural-looking color. You can use it on your cheeks, lips, or both! If I’m wearing makeup, I’ll put this on right over it

mymatcha all-over moisture stick – saving the best for last. This is where it all started for me.

Morning and night, after I put on moisturizer, I apply it to the delicate skin under my eyes and on my lips to hydrate and nourish. In the middle of the day, I’ll reapply it under my eyes, sometimes even over my makeup. Sometimes makeup comes off onto the stick, so I just wipe that right off – no biggie. I’ll just blend the matcha and the makeup under my eyes together by patting it in

It’s important to note that these are only options! You don’t have to follow all of these steps – you can add in other products, or choose not to use all the products I do. These are just my recommendations and they are FLEXIBLE.

Always remember, that once you have the right information about how your body really works, you can start making health choices that finally start to work for you!