28 Feb

Mother Nature in a still from a Tampax commercial

I’d like to interrupt regular programming for a moment to discuss periods. Hear me out.

Jo mentioned that she can’t predict her skin’s reactions to products the week before her period. Girrrrl, I know how you feel. I never got acne too, too bad during adolescence– but I had it, all right– and it has calmed way down since then. BUT, when I’m menstruating, I end up looking like I’m in 7th grade again.

I’m sure my skin reacts to products differently during menstruation or ovulation, but what’s the deal?! I mean, I know it’s hormonal, but even having taught sex ed for a few years, I’m still fascinated and befuddled by the inner workings of our bodies.

But aside from acne, hypersensitivity and the bad stuff, our hormones can be responsible for good skin days, too. A few years ago, I read about a study done on a college campus (I can’t seem to find the report, but if you can, let me know!). A bunch of female students got their pictures taken every day or every week while the researchers were tracking their menstrual cycles. Then a bunch male students would look at the pictures, and rate how attracted they were to the women in the pictures. The research found that the men found the women most attractive during ovulation. So whether you’re a hetero female trying to bag a boyfriend or not, there’s something to be said about that fertile glow.

Speaking of…although they don’t ovulate, pregnant women have that glow, too!

Love it or hate it, our cycle plays a huge role in our skin’s appearance. Now the challenge is to figure out exactly how, and determine what products/practices to employ to work with it instead of against it. Period.


2 Responses to “Period.”

  1. Jo March 2, 2011 at 12:55 am #

    Hormones are a complete mystery to me and everyone else, I’m convinced. We’re supposed to take certain herbs to balance hormones? How do they know which way they’re out of balance?

    I’m psyched to see what gets reviewed! (Love the study results!)

  2. Katie Tritt March 5, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    I would love to read that study! That is so interesting. . . and potentially helpful because apparently when I’m feeling the fattest, I’m secretly looking the most attractive. Which, we all know, is really the most important thing in life.

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