What do hormones have to do with beauty?

Nothing in life is certain except death, taxes, and hormonal changes. Their fluctuation plays a role in every aspect of our mental and physical well-being, including the condition and appearance of our skin. “the key players are estrogen, testosterone, and, to a lesser degree, progesterone,” explains Mona Gohara, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine. “Estrogen does great things for your skin, testosterone, not so much.” Want to get off the hormone roller coaster. ” Unfortunately, we can’t help you there. But we can assist in making sure your skin survives the ride!

Here’s a quick look at what our skin has done over the years and what we can do now at middle-age, especially if you live in a very high and dry climate like me.

We started out at puberty with our ovaries going crazy starting to produce estrogen and progesterone, as well as testosterone. Testosterone is the major player in acne and other skin problems at that age.

Next, we move on to early adulthood, our early 20’s when our months were filled with the ups and downs of menstruation. Estrogen surges, then mid-month on comes testosterone and progesterone, which produces more oil in our bodies plumping up our skin. How awesome!

Perimenopause is next. Estrogen is starting to decrease, skin elasticity is on it’s way out slowly. Our skin really starts to dry out, especially in dry, higher climates. On the positive side, the reduction in estrogen can help reduce inflammation, skin conditions such as rosacea and eczema. Use antiaging growth factors and peotidesto help support strong and healthy collagen and elasin, while retinoides pack a doible whammy, keeping pores clear while fighting wrindles. Who wouldn’t like that!

Now we are in menopause. As our estrogen is running lower and lower, the differences in our skin can show up day to day, some days drier than others. The good thing is blemishes are gone for the most part, if not totally. The best thing to use on the skin at this stage is anything super hydrating like hyaluronic acid, it helps the skin attract and retain water, yet doesn’t feel greasy or heavy, it actually feels a bit watery. Also, find creams with ceramides, which strengthen the skin barrier to minimize irritation and inflammation. Try Mario Badescu’s A.H.A. and Ceramide Moisturizer, La Roche-Posay’s Toleriane Double Face Repair, or Cetaphil Pro Restoraderm Gentle Body Moisturizer to plump and add moisture to your skin.

My favorite thing to keep my skin moisterized at this stage is Creme de la Mer and their oil serum, along with the ones i listed above. I use them all depending on the day!

And don’t forget one of the worst things for our skin at all ages…STRESS! So try something like yoga, meditation, or anything else you love to release the stress! You’ll feel better and your skin will have a chance to glow!!

Now go glow ladies!!!!

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