MY CYCLE: Content Creator Ali Whittle
Meet Ali Whittle, a Sydney-based content creator with a highly coveted beauty shelf. Ali shares with us the first time she got her period, how the pandemic has taught her to take better care of herself and the beauty products she swears by throughout her cycle.
Name: Ali Whittle
Occupation: Content Creator
Location: Bondi Beach, Sydney
Of course. I was 14 and it happened at the end of the school day. My mum picked me up and I said, ”I think we need to go to a pharmacy,” with a look on my face that said it all. The timing was a bit overwhelming as the next day I had year 9 camp, where we were away for 3 nights. From memory there was limited access to an actual toilet and not the best shower amenities! A lot to deal with but I had my friends with me so managed to get through it all ok!
About a week out, my boobs get a bit bigger and quite tender. My appetite tends to change, meaning I may need to snack more. I use a period tracking app so I’m pretty aware when things are going to happen. I’m really regular and get my period pretty much bang on every 28 days. When I first get my period, I usually get cramps and some pain, nothing crazy but it does bother me. Sometimes I take a painkiller to get me through the first day but sometimes the cramping isn’t so bad and I can skip the painkiller. A hot shower also fixes everything too.
Up until this year I was using organic cotton tampons – something I switched to years ago after learning about all the crazy things that can go into lots of other brands. But this year I started using a cup and also period underwear.
I’ve kind of tried it all – and sometimes you can’t change your plans and maybe you get your period while you’re exercising or just before a scheduled class and you just power through it, or sneak out early. I just do whatever feels right. Sometimes pain can interfere and if that’s the case, I stop. If I need to be horizontal, I do that. But almost always, that post exercise feeling/endorphin rush is what’s needed, even if it’s just a walk and a stretch.
With that hormonal change in the lead up to getting my period, a breakout or two is normal. I usually don’t stress too much about it and definitely have some products up my sleeve to help tackle or prevent. Maybe it’s hydration I need – so I’ll use the Syrene Aqua Hydrating Mask, maybe I need exfoliation – so I’ll either use the Mecca Cosmetica Glow Giver, or maybe it’s a more targeted treatment to stop a blemish in its tracks – I’ll use the Dr Dennis Gross Breakout Clearing Gel. I’m incredibly lucky because of what I do – and I have a skincare product for any kind of skin mood. I also take the Glow Powder from The Beauty Chef, Vitamin C Immune + from Melrose Health.
Gosh, where to begin!! If you saw the amount of product I have at home…..but some absolute must haves include Bioderma Micellar water, anything from Biossance - their Gel Moisturiser is one I always have a back up of. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, Clarins Relax Treatment Oil, Ultra Violette Supreme Screen SPF 50, Lanolips 101 ointment. Makeup wise, anything Kosas or Westman Atelier. The list definitely goes on and on and on. I am constantly sharing my newest finds and loves on my Instagram so best to check that out for more.
Understanding your cycle and your body comes with time. Tuning into it, listening to your body and taking adequate action can really help. Be kind to your body, give it what it needs – whether that be rest, exercise, vegetables, a burger, a wine or lots of water.