Standing in front of the mirror just before your period and nothing looks right. You’re having a bad hair day. You have a brand new spot, shining like a beacon. Did you know that your hair and skin changes during your cycle?
You are not alone and there is actual science and hormones behind why you feel this way – you are not going mad. Though, I know before my period I’ve certainly considered that I might be.
In this blog, I am going to share how your hair and skin changes during your cycle.
Let’s know and understand our bodies ladies. We might be complex, but that complexity just makes us more incredible.
How your hair and skin changes during your cycle
People report more bad hair days around their period. While this could possibly be linked to an increase in sebum in the skin around this time of the month.
Those with oily skin may notice that it ramps up just before and during your period. This increase can also lead to hair getting greasy quickly.
A study (‘Bad hair days’, scalp sebum excretion and the menstrual cycle) did note that while more people reported bad hair days around their period, it didn’t correlate to the sebum levels. What does this mean? Well, it could mean that your mood is making you feel like your hair looks bad, when actually it is looking as good as ever!
Another period hair change you might notice is a loss of hair. Oestrogen and iron levels drop off during your period which can cause you to lose more hair than you would at other points of your cycle. You might not notice this, unless you are obsessively counting the hairs on your hairbrush. If you are noticing large clumps or anything to be concerned about, chat with your GP. (Remember, we aren’t professional – just a bunch of girls with a lot of life experience.)
During your period your skin goes through some changes too.
You might have noticed that just before your period and during, your skin could be prone to being more oily. This is thanks to the possible increase in sebum during this time. Some have also reported that their skin is more sensitive during periods. This could be down to low levels of estrogen during menstruation.
While it is not too clear just how much estrogen affects the sebaceous glands, we know it plays a part in skin health. We know that estrogen is connected with skin thickness, hydration, healing and increased collagen production.
Others have reported dry skin during the premenstrual phase. Those who have skin conditions might find that it is worse during this time.
How to look after your skin during your period
Whether or not your skin is getting oily before and during your period, it is always good to have a skincare routine. As a minimum, each evening and morning you should wash your face and make sure you remove any makeup. An SPF moisturiser wouldn’t go amiss in the day either! Maybe add some hemp oil to your rroutine
How to look after your hair during your period
Whether you have, thick curls, pin straight hair, pink, purple, ginger or black hair, you need to take care of it .
We always recommend you minimise the use of heat on your hair and use a heat protectant when you do use it. Wear your hair in protective hairstyles when you sleep to stop tangling and breakages. Also try not to brush your hair when it is wet as it is at its weakest and could get damaged.
BUT!!! Most importantly, put that home box dye down!!!