If you occupy the same wellness/lifestyle corners of the internet as I do, you’re probably always seeing content on understanding your menstrual cycle to optimize your workout, diet or control over your emotions
. It’s pretty interesting stuff, especially since we were never taught these things in school.
Here are the basics: our menstrual cycle has two phases: the follicular phase (which includes your period and the days leading up to ovulation) and the luteal phase, which spans from ovulation to the day before your next period. During these phases, the two main hormones involved with menstruation–progesterone and estrogen–are climbing and depleting at all times, causing major shifts in your body and mind like bloating, depression and more.
Pro-tip: if you can pick a day out of the month for a photo shoot/special event, etc., pick closer to ovulation–your hormones at this time will make your face more symmetrical; your skin smoother.
So what does tracking and understanding your cycle have to do with style? Read on!