28 June 2017

Feature: Looking After You!

Hormonal skin, argh!

Hormonal outbreaks, every woman’s dreaded two words! Most of us have them and most of us have had a massive flare up at some point. Time of the month can be a total nightmare, tiredness, stress and feeling like utter crap really doesn't help the situation. Maybe you are pregnant and the “pregnancy glow” is yet to reach you! Or you have had a baby and you have been left with skin that has totally been through the wars. We have all been there! But what can we do to help? I have put together my little hormonal skin survival pack once pregnancy, birth and breast feeding is out of the way to give you a little helping hand.

So, you know that it is that time of the month when you get a big ugly and angry friend appear on your chin area. It usually happens when you really don't want it to and you have a big event a few days later. Day 22-day 4 of your monthly cycle leaves your skin more greasy and spot prone. There are a few things that can help at this time of the month and to keep your self-esteem intact.

Avoid greasy food

I know, I know that this is what you instantly want to reach for when you feel like you’ve been hit by a bus but it really isn’t going to help. A diet with plenty of essential fatty acids and omega 3 will instead help to lower inflammation and improve breakouts. Eat more oily fish, walnuts and flaxseeds for example. 


Sugar and spice and all things nice. Obviously, everything in moderation! However, we all know refunded sugar is not great for us. Too much causes insulin levels to spike which can lead to extra inflammation in the body, hormones and inflammation are not a great skin combination! Hormones make skin glands go into overdrive making excessive oil production and skin growth. A combination that leads to blocked pores and spots.

Drink lots of water

I really don’t want to sound like your mum here but hydration and water is key when it comes to skin health.  It flushes out toxins, it allows the bodies systems to function efficiently and it plumps up the skin. Also, as a bonus it will make you feel more alert. Reaching for caffeine unfortunately won’t help. It instead places pressure on your endocrine system and is a toxin. One to power you through in the morning is fine. Green tea on the other hand is fabulous for hormonal skin as it is filled with antioxidants that protect from environmental stressors. It may also be a good idea to reduce alcohol, argh! I hear you cry! Or at least stick to clear longer drinks and spirits with fewer toxins in and with added fruit to make you feel more virtuous.

I love drinking vitamin water or detox waters. These taste yummy and are great for getting added vitamins and skin friendly nutrients into you. I always have a jug to hand and fill a glass up through the day. You could make a simple lemon and mint water or watermelon and strawberry. I love adding grapefruit and rosemary to mine. Whatever you have to hand. I am always posting ideas to my Instagram page.   


A diet rich in fruit and veg is amazing for hormonal skin. Lots of vitamin c and green leafy veg will help to detox the systems and help to clear up any outbreaks. Beta carotene, usually fruits and veg with an orange or red skin, naturally helps to reduce skin oils and are anti-inflammatory.  Dark leafy greens and dark coloured berries contain phytonutrients good for the skin.

I love this skin friendly smoothie to get my glow back:

½ cup mango

1 kiwi minus skin

1 mug frozen berries

¾ mug cold coconut water or almond milk

½ juice of lime

Place in blender and blitz.

I play around with the recipe and other skin friendly ingredients such as ginger, mint or spinach.

Also, Watermelon is an amazing food to eat to help your skin and at 92% water and packed with lycopene, antioxidants, amino acids and vitamins A,B6 and C what's not to love?! We all love big juicy melons.


Sleep is mother natures way of repairing the body. Being sleep deprived due to a new born, breast feeding, or a baby kicking and keeping you awake in your belly, a toddler climbing out of its cot, a sick child or simply wanting to stay up and to have an adult conversation with your husband. Unfortunately, it’s not called beauty sleep for nothing. Sleep is when toxins are removed, damage to tissue is repaired and new hormones are created. If I had an answer to how as a mum we could get more sleep or better quality sleep I would totally give it out like sweets to all the mums in the world! I unfortunately don’t have a secret, I just tend to hibernate and take extra care of me for a few nights!  

Skincare wardrobe

As you have a wardrobe full of outfits for all occasions it’s a good idea to have the same for your skin. Different products for different times of the month as your skin changes with different levels of hormones. My hormonal skin needs a good cleanser during this time sometimes needing to double cleans to make sure all excess oil, make up and impurities are removed. I also exfoliate to stimulate cell turnover, remove dead skin cells and impurities. I have many homemade skincare masks I love to make but my favourite at the moment is a probiotic, turmeric and yogurt face mask. This mask is totally amazing for many reasons! Turmeric is an amazing ingredient for glowing skin, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. Yogurt contains lactic acid which helps to dissolve the dead skin cells and is very gentle and nourishing. Probiotics are amazing and I love them in skincare. They help to stabilise the skin's defence system and help the skin to regain its natural balance like they do in your gut. For this reason they are great for acne or hormonal skin. I also make sure I use noncomedogenic products to reduce the risk of clogged pores.

To make you need:

1 tbsp plain organic yogurt

1 capsule probiotics

1/2 tsp of turmeric  

I hope you find the points helpful. They certainly get me through! Oh, my final point, smile. A bright, genuine and happy smile will give you a glow everyone will be jealous off!

Until next time x

Written by Katie from @katiescreativekitchen 


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