Adequate sun protection is important for protecting the skin from the consequences of strong sunlight. Not only during the summer months, proper sun protection is a must all year round. For women, especially in the days before menstruation.
In the course of the menstrual cycle, the concentration of the hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone fluctuates, which has effects on the texture of the skin. During the menstrual period, the skin is mostly drier and easily irritated. Around the time of ovulation, the pores get smaller and the skin becomes clearer.
In the days before the period, the skin is more sensitive to light than usual thanks to fluctuating hormones. The low estrogen concentration before menstruation affects the pigmentation of the skin. The skin’s sensitivity to sunlight is also higher during the period. This is why you should try to stay clear of being overly exposed to sunlight. Put on sunscreen, avoid the sun, and drink plenty of water.
Good to know: Vitamin D is (actually) a hormone produced in the skin by sunlight. Only a few foods contain relevant amounts of vitamin D, so most of the vitamin requirement must be produced by the body itself. In 2017, studies were presented that show that vitamin D is very important for fertility – both in men and women. It was already known that vitamin D can increase testosterone levels in men if they had a vitamin D deficiency. However, the new research revealed further links between the ‘sun vitamin’ and human fertility. In the case of fertility problems, vitamin D levels should therefore always be taken into account.
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