Hormone levels start off low, but start to rise slowly (specifically oestrogen) as your body begins to mature follicles in the ovaries.
At this point, your skin will feel less sensitive, red or reactive. “Now is the time to use more intense treatments and active products,” explains Vitti. Try a DIY facial with Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Detoxify + Brighten Purifying Pink Clay Mask (its natural acids resurface skin). Follow it up with Algenist’s Genius Liquid Collagen super-plumping serum (active collagen water softens lines and firms). It’s also the best time for a wax: research shows that as oestrogen levels rise, so does pain tolerance.
Algenist Genius Liquid Collagen, £90 Sand & Sky Brilliant Skin Detoxify + Brighten Purifying Pink Clay Mask, £39.90