How I hacked my cycle
My cycle care journey has been real. Two years ago I was experiencing crippling cramps - once a month they'd knock me sideways and I'd turn into a scrunched-up ball, wailing in my bed, cancelling all my plans. Not to mention my hormonal breakouts. In the week running up to my period, my skin would turn against me. Then by the time my skin had cleared up properly, I'd be back in my luteal phase and the cycle would start again. Oh and the cherry on the cake - I couldn't get a good night's sleep.
It was a real bloody rollercoaster, which is probably why I decided to start a company working to support and improve hormonal symptoms!
The funny thing is, at the time, I didn't realise that I'd be able to eliminate my symptoms almost entirely. No, this is not black magic. But for me, a combination of lifestyle changes and using relevant, functional products, has literally changed my life.
This hasn't been an overnight fix but a process of learning to live more in-tune with my cycle and give my body what it needs – better sleep, less stress, and a combination of both physical activity and resting throughout the month. That, in combination with having discovered incredible products tailored to my needs, has helped me balance out those symptoms that I would dread all month.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to my cycle-care saviours:
I am never without a bottle of this by my bed. Using this every night has radically improved my sleep quality and made it so much easier to calm my mind and drift off.
2. Gallinée toner and Faace period mask.
Using these products has helped me have clear skin throughout the month, and eliminated the pesky hormonal breakouts that used to scar my month (and face). I apply the faace mask (particularly during my luteal phase) and use the toner every day, and my skin has never been happier.
Since taking these daily, my cramps have totally changed form. Sure, I still feel a light twinge or two right before my period starts, but it is absolutely nothing in comparison to the all-consuming cramps that used to knock me sideways. I can still go about my life, and I don't even really need to take painkillers any more.
In saying this, I know that for many of our community who suffer from endometriosis, PCOS, or other menstrual conditions, while symptom support may be able to ease symptoms it will never eliminate them. At Unfabled we continue to push for scientific research into menstrual health so that we all have access to the medical, lifestyle and consumer solutions that empower us and help close the gender health gap.