Periods & my skin
That time of the month, we women know all too well - period, menstrual cycle, auntie flow. I'm sure you've found a name to make her part of the family.
When I reached my mid-twenties, I started to tune into my monthly flow and noticed how much my body changed, moods fluctuated, and how my skin reacted.
It's such a significant part of a woman's life, I wanted to understand my own body and allow my flow to work for me rather than against me.
Over the last few years, I've enjoyed taking more time to develop a relationship with my body, knowing what foods it needs, how my moods change and how to be more present with my emotions.
So many pressures in society and the media around appearance, learning to be grateful rather than annoyed with my period, has improved my mental health. Also, by being grateful, I acknowledge my body's changes and welcome them as a gift.
My skin is a part of those changes, and regardless of my skincare routine, eating habits, etc., sometimes it will not be its best. It could be the weather, stress, or the hormones to do with my cycles that can often cause a breakout. Which is why I'm learning to rest when I need to whilst releasing the demands I use to put on myself. As my skin changes in response to the fluctuation in my hormones, I like to remind myself that there is no' normal state' or 'perfect skin'.
Everything is constantly changing. By changing my mindset around this it leaves me with a sense of empowerment over my body.
There is no end destination so if there is no end destination then, learning to enjoy the ride is what matters most.
Things that help me to adapt to the changes in my body and skin when auntie flow comes knocking.
+ Sleep - my number one, regardless of my usual routines, I know my body needs extra rest and care, so getting to bed early or sleeping in a little longer is one I've learnt to let myself enjoy.
+ Food - Feeding myself good food. I generally feel the need for higher carbohydrates like sweet potatoes, wholegrain bread, fruits and dark chocolate. Dark leafy greens are a must when low in Iron for me. I also look at supplementation over this time whilst losing a lot of blood.
+ Skin - My routine doesn't change too much. Most importantly, I stick to my daily cleansing and hydration, not putting pressure on myself and my skin—no over-exfoliating or overusing products. Instead, I drink plenty of high quality water. I also give my skin a rest from makeup and focus on supporting it with quality nutrients from Clean Collagen.
+ Body - Seeing a natural health practitioner made a big difference for me. For years, I suffered from a lot of pain, and it wasn't until I worked in the health industry that I realised that as common as pain is during our cycles, dealing with A LOT of pain is unnecessary. I went down the route of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. I like to use modalities that look deeper to find the causes behind pain rather than taking pills to disguise symptoms. It's been so revelatory to address that part of my period and learn to support my body instead of masking the pain and discomfort. I highly recommend seeking a good Chinese medical practitioner if you're having trouble with your period. There are many natural health modalities that can support you, but research and speak with other woman in your community for recommendations.
Being able to talk about this time has been very freeing over the years, so I hope this helps in some small way.