With these little tricks, dealing with your period can be as easy as A B C!
A (for Acne)
For most of us, especially those still in the midst of puberty, period week is synonymous with breakout week. However, it doesn’t have to suck that bad! Here are some tips to help curb the pesky pimples!
Green tea is known for being great for a detox, as well as decreasing inflammation in the body. For a more holistic approach, consider drinking a few cups per day besides practicing your topical skin care regimen.
Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil works by decreasing inflammation that can contribute to acne. One study found that 5 percent topical tea tree oil relieved symptoms in participants with mild to moderate acne.
With a cocktail of detoxifying nutrients, cocoa flavanols and effects of reduced stress, dark chocolate consumed when on your period have been found to be correlated with improved skin and even protecting it from UV light.
Minimise (Face) Contact With Dirt
No, I’m not referring to rolling around in dirt – I’m talking about your trivial everyday tasks that you may have overlooked!
One of the most common source of bacteria around you is in fact your hand itself. Just think of how many things you touch a day, and when you unknowingly touch your face, all of those bacteria are transferred to your face! Another common source of bacteria is your phone, which comes into contact with your face when you answer a call.
Keep your hands away from your face, clean your phone, change your pillow sheets – try to keep whatever your face comes into contact with clean!
Generally, the rule of thumb is to wash your face twice a day – Once in the morning and another time at night
B (for Bloating)
Don’t you just hate it when you’re already feeling uncomfortable enough, yet the bloats just add on to the discomfort? To top it all off, you just suddenly can’t seem to fit into all of your favourite clothes anymore! Butttttt, there are some ways to curb this!
Peppermint tea is known to have anti-spasmodic properties, which helps to relieve spasms in smooth muscle tissue. In general, peppermint tea achieves its bloating-related benefits by relaxing your muscles and allowing you to release any pent up gas or flatulence. In addition to this, it also can help relief menstrual cramps too! Win-win!
Dark chocolate again? Yes! This little delectable snack is actually so beneficial. Dark chocolate contains high levels of potassium, an amazing mineral and electrolyte responsible for regulating sodium levels and promoting water balance in the body. As a result, this helps control the level of bloating!
C (for Cramps)
Ah, the ever so dreaded symptom of the monthly woes – menstrual cramps. But it doesn’t have to suck all the time!
Generally, heat therapy helps to relax the contracting muscles in your uterus, which is the cause for your pain.
Heat has been clinically proven to help reduce pain and aches. Medical studies have stated that low and continuous localised heat therapy is ideal to bring in pain relief to stiff muscles, arthritis, back pains, neck or shoulder pains and menstrual cramps. Heat therapy is know to work as well as anti-inflammatory drugs (over the counter pills such as aspirin, ibuprofen, advil & panadol) to help relieve pain and aches.
Opt for medication-free heat patches like MenstruHeat to prevent the nasty side effects from prolonged use of medicated patches!
Not just any tea, but some types of caffeine-free teas! The most common menstrual cramp relieving tea is chamomile tea, which has been shown to be anti-inflammatory that helps decrease prostaglandin production, thus relieving menstrual cramps.
If you don’t like the taste of chamomile, there are many other alternatives like peppermint or cinnamon teas that you can opt for as well! Find out the full list of teas that help and how they work here and here!
As a general rule of thumb, a better diet will improve your overall health. However, it has been scientifically proven that reduction in fat and increase in vegetables in one’s diet may help alleviate the monthly menstrual cramps.
With that, you are now all ready to battle the ABCs of periods! You got this!