Menstrual Cycle Skincare - Why You Need it
If you're like me, I used to have a drawer full of half used face creams, often marketed as "miracle creams" and cure alls, promising beautiful clear skin.
It's true, sometimes I'd try a moisturiser and at first would see great results, my spots would improve, the oiliness decrease and the dry patches improve. "Yes!" I'd think, the search is over, my skin's getting better. I didn't have many problems with my skin at school, but my twenties were another issues entirely. I ended up on the contraceptive pill to control it, which didn't really work for many reasons (but that's a whole other story for another day...)
My skin was really oily, yet had dry patches with regular breakouts on my chin, as well as lovely hard, painful spots under the skin, ugh!
I was struggling on with my skin, but then in 2017 my periods stopped and I was told that I had polycystic ovaries. This led me to research my cycle, the luna phases and how my skin was affected during my cycle. I hadn't realised before, just how linked we are the the moon and how much our skin is affected by our hormones each month. I'd had a vague idea that my skin was worse the week before my period, but I hadn't stopped to factor this into my skincare routine.
It began to make sense, no wonder the miracle creams stopped working after a couple of weeks! The cream wasn't suddenly useless, it just didn't suit my skin at that particular time of the month. This was a revelation for me!
I had already started to make my own lotions and potions following the polycystic ovaries diagnosis. I was initially focusing on my energy and emotions, using essential oils that I felt drawn to at each stage of my cycle. The more I researched, I realised that the oils I was being drawn to, actually had properties that my skin needed at that particular phase of my cycle. Amazing!
Interestingly, only two months after focusing on re-connecting with my cycle and the luna phases, my cycle returned and has remained healthy ever since. I'll talk about the relevance of the moon in a blog on another day, it really is fascinating!
It all began slotting into place, I researched biology, anatomy of the skin and natural skin care. I practised with different oils and formulations. Low and behold, my skin really stared to improve. I even received some complements on my "lovely skin" something which I'd never had in my life! I no longer needed to dab my skin with tissue at lunch time, the oiliness had resolved and the outbreaks improved. It's now rare for me to have a spot.
When I reached the stage of making full batches of creams, I realised that I was getting to the bottom of the jar, no more wasted creams rattling round in the drawers!
Finally after about 18 months of research, Luna Rose Botanicals was born. The idea is that you use each range for around 7 days each month, in tune with your cycle.
The phases and skin needs for each phase are as follows:
Menstrual phase - Restore Range, during your bleed. Skin Needs - Oestrogen and progesterone levels are falling, sebum production reduces and skin may look duller and lack moisture. Skin may be drier, less oily or inflamed. Include anti-inflammatory, antioxidant ingredients and moisturise.
The Restore range is intended for the menstrual phase, this range includes Frankincense, Patchouli, Lavender and Rose Essential Oils to calm, moisturise and soothe the skin, whilst providing a grounding, deeply calming fragrance.
Luxurious macadamia oil provides skin nourishment and leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth, while avocado oil, roseship oil, almond oil and Shea butter provide skin conditioning properties. These ingredients are naturally rich in essential fatty acids Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9, Pro-vitamin A, Vitamin E.
Pure botanical and natural Artic Cranberry Extract is included for skin nourishing, moisturising and protective properties.
Pre-ovulation - Awaken Range. This is the week after your bleed. Oestrogen is higher than progesterone, skin may require moisture and hydration. The Awaken range contains organic Geranium, Bergamot and Cypress essential oils to balance, moisturise and soothe the skin, whilst providing a light, fresh and uplifting floral fragrance. Chamomile and Calendula extract provide skin nourishment with calming and soothing properties.
Eco friendly Lupine Peptides in this blend contain a blend of penta- and hexa- peptides, which help to prevent damage of collagen and elastin and help the skin to renew, whilst restoring skin's elasticity and improving the complexion.
Ovulation around two weeks after your bleed, Radiance Range. Oestrogen and testosterone levels are highest, skin is likely to look its best at this time, you are radiant! Opt for sensual, ingredients that hydrate and moisturise.
The Radiance range contains Organic Orange, Pettigrain, Neroli and Ylang Ylang essential oils to balance, hydrate, soothe and energise the skin, whilst providing a light, fresh and uplifting citrusy floral fragrance.
Organic Calendula extract provides skin soothing and nourishing properties, whilst chamomile soothes and calms.
Organic orange essential oil helps to brighten the complexion, ensuring that your skin is in the best possible condition, before the pre-menstrual phase.
Pre-menstrual, Harmony Range, the week before your period, skin needs - Oestrogen starts to fall, meaning that testosterone is higher causing skin to become more inflamed, oilier and more susceptible to blemishes, calming and balancing ingredients are recommended.
The Harmony range, not only helps to soothe any tension you may be feeling, it also helps to soothe and calm your skin. This range includes organic cedarwood, lavender and geranium essentials oil to calm, balance, moisturise and soothe the skin, whilst providing a grounding, deeply calming fragrance. Certified Organic Yarrow extract provides astringent and soothing properties.
Horse Chestnut extract is anti-inflammatory and protecting for the skin. Hawthorn extract is a powerful antioxidant due to the presence of natural phenolic compounds. In combination with Horse Chestnut and Vitamin E a powerful synergistic antioxidant system is produced.
The nourishing and soothing base of the moisturisers remains the same, meaning that your skin doesn't experience imbalance due to drastic changes of ingredients, but does receive the benefits of the additional botanical extracts required for each phase of the cycle.
The products are highly moisturising, skin nourishing and suitable for all skin types. they does not contain parabens, silicones, sulphates, artificial colourants or artificial fragrances.
What is interesting about natural ingredients is their ability to work in harmony with your individual skin. For example, geranium oil can help to balance the skin's sebum, so for oily skin, can help to regulate oil, whilst for dry skin, can help to increase oil to balance.
Shea Butter is included, which is an incredibly rich butter. People with oily skin may wonder how their skin could manage a product with such nourishing oils and butters, however it is a myth that oily skin needs drying products. Oily skin actually needs nourishing butters and oils in order to balance the oil production. Harsh products which remove the skins natural oils, only encourage the skin to produce additional sebum, increasing the oil in the skin.
Lavender oil is antibacterial and great for acne prone skin, it is also amazing at conditioning, moisturising and soothing the skin, making it excellent for all skin types.
The ingredients work intuitively with your skin, which is why the products work so great, they will work in harmony, reducing oil during your oilier days and balancing oil to improve moisture during your drier days.
If you aren't sure but would like to try there's the option of purchasing a sample pack with multiple applications of each moisturiser, meaning that you can begin to try the products in harmony with your cycle and see how you get on.
Don't just take my work for it, here are some recent testimonials from happy customers. If you have any additional questions, please get in touch.
"Gorgeous products. Hayley has a real commitment to creating ethical products that really work. I love the facial moisturisers which work beautifully on my complicated skin; sensitive, combination, prone to break outs, but now after 4 weeks of using the moisturisers in tune with my cycle it’s smooth & soft with no spots! Thank you Luna Rose Botanicals" JC 2019
"My first time ever using natural skincare, I was skeptical since I suffer from oily skin, very spot prone and dry. So basically combination skin of the worst kind, but this is my dream in a bottle. It’s saved me. Very literally! It’s a gift from the heavens, I almost feel I can’t live without it. Going from store brought products with tones of chemicals, silicons, you name it, I’ve seen the biggest difference in my skin, in the best way possible. Please try this! You won’t regret it. Gorgeous fragrance, lathers up beautifully and is so well cleansing. I feel human every single time I use it.
I’ve never used a moisturiser in my life, purely because I have oily and spot prone skin but it still gets flaky and dry (seborrheic dermatitis diagnosed) but I have confidence restored in natural products, buying this has and is the best thing I’ve ever done for myself, my skin is soft, supple and clearer just from using only two products, how is that even possible? Absolute magic, that’s what! Massive plus that it smells like authentic Turkish delights ( I made sure to leave this review at least 2-3 weeks after consistent use)" SK 2019
"Found this product by chance and I am so pleased I bought some. It does exactly what it says on the tin and more. Smells divine - which lifts your spirit and has a lovely silky feeling when you apply it. But best of all it keeps my skin moisturised and looking fresh. I can't recommend this enough." AG 2019