Menstrual Cycle: Follicular Phase Skincare

The ovarian cycle has several stages, the first being the follicular phase. Let’s find out how you can master your follicular phase skincare. 

believe in brighter skin: follicular phase skincare

The menstrual cycle lasts for an average of 28 days, and includes a series of activities involving the brain, uterus and the ovaries. The main menstrual cycle can be divided further, into two smaller cycles. One of the smaller cycles is the ovarian cycle. As the name suggests, the ovarian cycle focuses on the changes occurring in the follicles of the ovary. The ovarian cycle has several stages, the first being the follicular phase. Let’s find out how you can master your follicular phase skincare. 

Cycle Syncing 

Cycle syncing is the process of switching up your skincare throughout the month to tackle skin concerns that arise with each phase of the menstrual cycle. Fluctuating hormones significantly effect the health of the skin. The menstrual cycle is orchestrated by several key hormones within the body. Cycle syncing your skincare is a great way to give your skin exactly what it needs in each phase to maintain a glowing complexion. It is important to note that if your skin concerns remain consistent, and don’t fluctuate with your hormones, it is best to maintain a consistent routine to achieve the best results. Menstrual cycle skincare is best suited to those who can identify recurring monthly patterns in their skin concerns, as this indicates hormonal effects.

Follicular Phase 

The follicular phase begins with your period on day one, and ends at ovulation. During this time, ovarian follicles grow rapidly due to the production of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH triggers the maturation of eggs, ready for one egg to be released during ovulation. This process boosts oestrogen production, and levels peak just before ovulation. The follicular phase varies in length from cycle to cycle, depending on how long it takes an individual to ovulate. For those with a 28 day cycle, the follicular phase is likely to last between days 1 and 13, with ovulation on day 14. For others, it can last between 10 and 22 days.

Follicular Phase & Your Skin 

After your period, while you remain in the follicular phase until ovulation, you should notice your skin improving. If you would like to master your period skincare, you can find out more here. The improvements in your skin are a result of rising oestrogen levels, so you should benefit from increased moisture retention, hydration and elasticity. With skin appearing more supple and healthy. However, the body also releases a small spike of testosterone to trigger the release of the egg, which can throw off the balance of hormones at this point in the cycle, causing increased sebum production and breakouts. You can adapt your follicular phase skincare to counteract this.

Follicular Phase Skincare

To ensure your follicular phase skincare keeps the skin healthy as possible, maintenance is key here. It can be helpful to continue with hydration, as recommended during your period, and add in active ingredients in the form of serums. A serum that is water based, such as hyaluronic acid, can help to maintain the post-period glow. However, if you find you struggle the most with your skin at this stage, the SkinBase Collagen Lift Ultimate treatment could be your answer.

SkinBase Collagen Lift Ultimate

A course of the SkinBase Collagen Lift Ultimate treatment is a great choice for those who are struggling with follicular phase skincare. It is also ideal for those who want to prepare their skin for ovulation, or simply want to maintain the post-period glow achieved through high levels of oestrogen. With the combined technologies of SkinBase Microdermabrasion and SkinBase Collagen Lift, the treatment will ensure that pores are clear of sebum, collagen and hyaluronic acid levels stay high, and the skin remains better for longer. Find out more here