Hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle can cause many changes to the skin; acne, breakouts, and dry skin depending on the time of the month. Renown for their inventive design in skincare technology, we’ve got award winning Swedish self care brand FOREO’s best products for maintaining glowing skin throughout all stages of your cycle.
Your skin can change depending on what stage you’re at in the 28-day menstrual cycle, from greasy/acne-prone, to dry and normal, so it’s very important to treat your skin accordingly. Developing your very own ‘skin cycle’ could be the first step in identifying what you can do to keep it refreshed and glowing no matter what time.
TIPS FOR DEVELOPING YOUR VERY OWN SKIN CYCLE
STAGE 1: The Menstrual Phase (Day 1 to Day 5)
On the first day of your period, you are already in more vulnerable to breakouts. The excess oestrogen starts to dominate triggering skin inflammation, while extra testosterone tends to lead to the production of more oil.
With this in mind it’s important to cleanse effectively. Try the LUNA mini 2 device which can remove 99.5% of dirt and sebum at night and in the morning with a gentle exfoliation also.
STAGE 2: The Follicular Phase (Day 5 to Day 15)
Midway through your cycle, skin tends to become dry due to dropping estrogen levels. The focus in this stage is keeping your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water and regular cleansing. Hydrating masks and products that not only pamper the skin but to protect and repair the skin’s barrier are helpful here. Try FOREO’s UFO treatment (the world’s first smart masking device and masks) paired with the H2Overdose UFO Advanced Collection Mask for ultimate skincare hydration.
STAGE 3: The Luteal Phase (Day 15 to Day 28)*
In the last stage of your cycle, the skin will start to get its glow back and the blood circulation will increase thanks to estrogen levels climbing again, allowing your skincare product ingredients to absorb much easier during this stage of the ‘skin cycle’. With this in mind, try the NEW FOREO Micro-foam cleanser, containing amino acids and vitamin E which support the immune system (perfect when feeling run down) and boost cell function, a perfect choice when looking for a deep cleanse but full of ingredients that will absorb well into the skin in this stage.
Every woman's cycle is different and the most important thing is to know what your body and skin need. During your period, skin experiences conditions of excess oil, dryness, depending on individuals’ hormones. Being aware of your skin type and tailoring your skincare cleansing regime accordingly are key factors to glowing skin.
FOREO’S Skincare Cycle Heroes:
FOREO LUNA 2 - £169, Selfridges
Facial Spa Massager For Cleansing & Anti-Wrinkle Results.
The LUNA 2 utilises a totally optimised design for an even deeper more efficient cleansing experience. Its T-SonicTM cleanse will remove 99.5% of dirt and oil (plus makeup residue). The waterproof device helps to clear away dead skin cells, enhancing the absorption of skincare products and diminishing the appearance of pores. The LUNA 2 smooths the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles and leaves skin looking firmer. What’s more, the ultra-hygienic silicone design is quick drying and nonporous to prevent bacteria build-up. The result is a cleanse that is 35X more hygienic than that with nylon-bristled brushes.
FOREO UFO - £249, Selfridges
LED light technology and cryo/thermo therapy are said to hold the secret to better skin and thanks to FOREO you no longer need to go to a salon for the benefits. Introducing the UFOTM Smart Mask Device. A combination of cryo-thermo therapy, LED light technology as well as FOREO’s signature T-SonicTM pulsations (10,000 per minute), there’s not much this hand-held skin healer can’t do.
FOREO H2Overdose Mask - £18.99 (Pack of 6 masks)
Ultra Hydrating Face Mask for Dry Skin
Infused with hyaluronic acid, this microfiber face mask instantly drenches dry, thirsty skin in soothing moisture. Pair with UFO or UFO mini for the ultimate 2-minute facial treatment for dry skin – because hydrated skin is healthy skin!
FOREO Micro-Foam cleanser: £8.90 (20ml) ,Cult Beauty
The lightweight, creamy formulation that transforms into delicate micro-bubbles to lift away impurities, offering a deep but gentle cleanse. Formulated with skin-replenishing amino acids and vitamin E to help retain moisture, the result is soft, healthy looking skin.
For more information about FOREO please visit wwwforeo.com
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