12 Lifesaving Beauty Products For Anyone With Hormonal Period Skin
Because spots and greasy chip face.
OH GOOD, your period’s arrived - along with some truly mental mood swings, killer chocolate cravings, a bloat that just won’t quit and of course, some seriously effed up skin. Your hormones might be all over the place during that time of the month, but by investing in the right skincare products you can totally tackle the problem (and the spots) head on.
We’ve done our research and tracked down 12 tried-and-tested hero products, that you should whip out at the very first signs of hormonal period skin to help calm, nourish, soothe and perfect your complexion ’til you’ve finished riding the red wave. YAY BEING A GIRL.
1. Origins Super Spot Remover
Yes, oui, si and yaaas in fifty different languages can’t come close to describing how great this tiny bottle is for tackling those giant under-the-skin spots which only seem to visit on your period. Dab on a small amount of the salicylic-packed stuff, and by the morning you’ll struggle to find what you were stressing about.
2. La Roche Posay Serozinc
Zinc is a pretty magical ingredient for breakout-prone complexions, with its soothing qualities, mattifying properties and anti-irritants. La Roche Posay’s iconic zinc sulphate mist is soothing, refreshing and makes you feel fancy af while you’re spritzing on your skincare.
3. Clarins Lotus Oil
It’s a complete myth that you need harsh products designed to ‘dry out' spots - they’re only gonna leave you with super flakey, hard to cover blemishes. They actually need nourishment to soothe the redness and rehydrate the angry, PMT skin. This blend of super fancy plant extracts is extra pampering, and helps to rebalance things if you swing from dry to oily during your period.
4. Aesop Control Gel
Because periods can turn even the most flawless regular complexion into zit central for a few days, it’s essential to have something topical to apply to the big, bad blemishes that are out to ruin your day. This one’s packed with vitamin C and salicylic acid, but also has an aloe base to help calm things down almost instantly.
5. Clinique Take The Day Off Balm
It’s obvious that a good evening cleanse is key if you’re struggling with spots. Opt for something rich but gentle like this Clinique wonder, to keep things clean and hydrated af without upsetting the natural pH balance of the skin. Just make sure you rinse it all off properly with a flannel, ‘cause oily residue ain’t gonna help anyone.
6. GlamGlow SuperMud Clearing Treatment Mask
An essential part of getting your period is putting on some ugly pyjamas and applying a ridiculous clay face mask. The classic GlamGlow Mud Mask is jam-packed with a cocktail of acids to clear, exfoliate and brighten. It’s pore-tackling abilities are unrivalled, and it’s also great for a sassy pamper selfie (just sayin’).
7. Yes To Miracle Oil Calm and Sooth Primrose Oil
For those gals who like a more sensitive, simplistic style, this brand new hero product might just come to the rescue. The traditional Primrose Oil helps to soothe irritation and redness, and the weightless formula floods your skin with hydration to any angry redness. Also brill for treating any body acne, which is a handy bonus.
8. Origins Out of Trouble Mask
THIS. STUFF. *preach hand emojis* For those days when your chin seems to have turned into a volcanic island, simply apply a layer for ten minutes to let the Zinc Oxide and Sulphur do their calming, cleansing and refining thang. Totally transforming and super effective.
9. ThisWorks Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
It might sound old fashioned and very unscientific, but the two most simple tools in your beauty arsenal are the most reliable - drink loads of water and get some decent sleep. Treat yourself to the ThisWorks enhancing sleep range for some extra deep snoozin’ to repair skin damage and banish pesky toxins overnight.
10. Urban Decay b6 Vitamin Complexion Prep Spray
A triple threat for problem skin, a quick spritz of this awesome formula can provide your face with vitamins and antioxidants to control sebum, absorb oil, minimise pores and get your redness to chill a little. It also works as a great primer for makeup, and can refresh your base throughout the day.
11. Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Liquid Makeup
Covering pores and blemishes with layers of thick concealer is a temporary fix and will only make ‘em worse, but there’s tons of great, full coverage makeup out there that works actively to fight break outs while you’re hiding them. This oil-free foundation can conceal, colour correct AND work on improving your skin’s appearance all at once.
12. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
When all else fails and the spots just ain’t budging, there’s only one thing left to do - whack on some red lipstick and slay anyway. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick formula is one of the best out there, and the flawless Outlaw shade will help distract from anything else that might be goin’ on elsewhere. Mwah.