Cancelling all plans, curling up under your blanket and dealing with menstrual cramps seems like a monthly ritual for every woman. If that wasn’t enough, Aunt Flo brings company in the form of skin problems. So believe it or not, period skin is a real thing.

Hormones play a vital role in how our skin behaves and looks. During PMS, your hormones can wreak havoc on your skin, causing breakouts and dullness during your period. This means your regular lifestyle and skincare routine will require a little tweaking around this time of the month. The key to getting clear and glowing skin is to actually start preparing while you are PMSing.

Schedule a facial
 

Schedule a facial

Getting a facial is one of the most relaxing and pampering things you can do for your skin. It nourishes your skin at the deepest level and brings out that healthy glow. To get the glow right, schedule a facial 10 days before your period begins. Around this time, the pores are larger. This makes the clean-up easier, causing less damage to the skin.

Avoid tea, soda and candy
 

Avoid tea, soda and candy

If period skin is real, then so are period cravings. That’s why we have to ask you to do the impossible. If you want to avoid period-induced skin problems, you will have to give up foods and drinks with high sugar levels.

Skip makeup
 

Skip makeup

Around this time, minimise the use of makeup and allow your skin to breathe. If you have to wear makeup, make sure you get rid of it before going to bed and do not forget to wear sunscreen, because your skin is more sensitive to environmental stressors right before your periods. Treat your skin to a homemade fruit mask to rejuvenate your skin naturally.

Be a regular at the gym
 

Be a regular at the gym

PMS can make you very lazy, but your body and skin will thank you for dragging yourself out of bed and to the gym. Sweat will push the grime out of skin and regular exercise will also make your period cramps lighter. Since a workout also makes your body tired, you will get a good night’s sleep too.

Eat fresh fruits and veggies
 

Eat fresh fruits and veggies

While it’s a general rule of thumb to eat fresh fruits and veggies throughout the month, it is particularly important during those days. Eating vitamin and mineral-rich foods such as nuts, sweet potatoes, dark berries, tomatoes and salmon will keep your skin supple and glowing.