8 Ways Your Daily Skin Care Regimen Should Change Along with Your Menstrual Cycle
You probably know about the link between hormones and acne, but were you aware that your menstrual cycle has a lot to do with "good skin days" too? Here's how to deal with the way your period affects your skin every day of the month
All month: Watch your diet, supplements, and exercise You probably don't realize just how much diet and exercise affect your skin. "Healthy eating, supplements, and exercise can help enhance your Venus week," says Booth. "For example, omega-3s will help stabilize your glow." They may even help prolong it past just one week of the month. She also recommends eating foods that contain phytoestrogens. "Dark chocolate is actually really good for your skin -- the polyphenols are phytoestrogens. Peanuts, flaxseeds, and chickpeas are all great sources, as well."
Exercise is also extremely important. "It helps regulate your hormones and increases circulation to the skin," explains Shamban. By neutralizing hormonal highs and lows, working out can also minimize extreme good and bad skin days.
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