Got so emotional that you cried while watching an advertisement on TV, only to realize the next day that you were PMSing? We’ve all been there and done that. The hormone fluctuations we experience during the days leading up to your periods not only affect us emotionally but they also have a role to play in how our skin looks.

Increase in sebum production
 

Increase in sebum production

When the estrogen level in the body lowers and androgen rises, oil or sebum production is at its peak. This gives rise to blocked pores resulting in pimples. Keep your hands off your face during this time, as the touching or squeezing these pimples can damage the skin and cause permanent marks. Instead use oil fighting facial cleanser such the Ponds Pimple Clear Face Wash. It will remove excess oil from your face and also fight pimple causing bacteria.

Pores appear larger
 

Pores appear larger

Blocked pores can also make your pores appear larger. The surge of progesterone is responsible for this rise. A quick way to close your pores is by applying ice and then wearing makeup. This way makeup does not seep deep into the pores and cause skin problems.

Dry skin
 

Dry skin

Drop in estrogen levels also dehydrate the skin, to avoid this ensure you’re well hydrated on the inside. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and apply a moisturiser which light but intensely hydrating such as the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Day Creme SPF 20. It offers sun protection and also soothes clear skin with the goodness of aloe.

Sun feels harsher
 

Sun feels harsher

Your skin becomes more sensitive a week prior to your menses. The sun feels harsher and the skin is more susceptible to damage. Never skin a sunscreen, step out only after you’ve applied a layer of the Lakme Sun Expert Ultra Matte SPF 50 PA+++ Lotion for maximum protection from the sun.