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Women’s hygiene: Cyclical skincare – Beauty Timing

Blemishes today, a glowing complexion tomorrow? The female cycle has a considerable influence on our skin, but with the right care we can have a glowing complexion every day.
The changing hormone levels during the female cycle of around 28 days also affects the skin. Because the cycle, which consists of four phases, causes a glowing complexion, blemishes or signs of tiredness to varying degrees. This is due to hormones, which also determine the circulation, sebum production and moisture content of the skin as their level rises and falls. In other words, everything that is decisive for a lovely, glowing complexion. Basically, the more oestrogen, the female sex hormone, is secreted, the lovelier and more glowing the complexion. As the oestrogen level, for example, is at its lowest point during the first phase, the menstruation phase, this is the perfect time to plan a beauty day with nourishing masks, vitalising substances and a lot of relaxation. Because the good news is that with the correct care, you can get the very best for your skin out of each phase in the cycle. This type of care routine is known as Cyclical Skincare. All you need to know is when and how to use which products, substances and care processes.


Protection during your period is of course crucial to well-being. Whether you prefer pads, tampons, cups or period underwear is entirely up to you. Most people have a favourite option that they use again and again. But whichever hygiene routine you adopt during your period, look into new options from time to time. There may be an alternative that offers more reliable protection during this time.

Follicular phase

After menstruation, first of all hormone levels rise again. In the so-called follicular phase, which occurs between the sixth and twelfth day of the female cycle, oestrogen production increases again. For the skin, this means that it receives an energy boost, sebum production declines somewhat and everything returns to normal again so that harmony is restored. This is precisely the time to support the skin with smart care. In the first stage, the best option is exfoliation. This removes old, shed flakes of skin, revealing a rosy complexion. But moisturising masks, serums or creams that bring out the natural radiance of the skin are ideal, too. Nourishing cloth face masks containing vitamins, fruit enzymes or cleansing oils, for example, will care for and regenerate your skin.

Ovulation phase

Here’s to hormones! During the ovulation phase all levels are up, your mood is good, you’re happy and it shows in your skin. It is glowing, rosy, and radiates health. On top of that, the interaction of oestrogen and progesterone makes it look even more toned and plump, because the supportive collagen structure deep within the skin is really stable and firm. So there is no real need to be concerned about skin care. A light moisturiser in the form of a fluid or mask is often sufficient. Gentle exfoliation boosts the skin’s natural radiance. If your complexion becomes a little greasier towards the end of the phase, cleanse more thoroughly and restore your skin’s balance with substances that ensure a matt effect.

Luteal phase

Shortly before your next period, the oestrogen level falls again while the progesterone level rises. This may have a negative impact on your mood, in which case it is known as the premenstrual syndrome. The skin, too, is affected. Pimples or redness appear seemingly overnight and your complexion becomes greasy. Increased sebum production blocks the pores. However, your skin needs more than just substances to regulate sebum, intensive cleansing, oil-free formulas and products to control sebum. Additional care is also important, such as purifying toner, lotions to create a matt effect and serums to renew skin.

Did you know ...

  • that it is best to test new care products during the follicular phase or the ovulation phase? This is when the skin is least sensitive.
  • that the hormone cortisol, the stress hormone, also affects the skin? If the level is too high, impurities may result. This is why regular rest and relaxation are so important - and good for the skin.