Are your hormones affecting your skin?
Hormones are blamed for everything, but one thing is for sure they can play havoc with your skin. Long before menopause, hormonal production shifts start showing their signs on your face – To maintain a healthy balanced skin, now is the time to start treating your hormonal skin issues safely, from the outside in.
We will take a look at the two hormones that are responsible for the healthy structure of our skin.
When it comes to popular hormones, Estrogen takes the prize for being the most widely known and discussed. It is primarily the sex hormone but is also helps our skin and hair remain youthful and is responsible for skin thickness, skin moisture and wrinkle formation. Estrogens can increase the Hyaluronic Acid content in the skin by maintaining fluid balance and structural integrity. They can also increase collagen production in the skin, allowing the skin to remain plump, hydrated and wrinkle-free.
As we age, the estrogen ratio becomes unbalanced with Estrogen levels declining faster than testosterone in your late 20s (yes ladies we do have it in our system), testosterone an androgenic hormone; increases masculine qualities like facial hair & oiliness
During the transition into menopause, the loss of Estrogens can also lead to increased inflammation often characterized by hot flashes, red, itchy and blotchy skin which can exacerbate certain conditions like rosacea.
As discussed, estrogens play a major role in the collagen and elastic network of the skin. Losing estrogens means losing dermal collagen production. So skin thins out, loses elasticity and sets the stage for wrinkle formation. Losing these hormones results in dehydrated, dry & itchy skin. Estrogenic loss can also reduce the number of blood vessels in the skin, resulting in pale skin with a lack of nutrients traveling to the skin’s surface.
If you struggle with dry skins make sure you are getting enough high quality omega-3. My favorite is Omega3+6+9 its overall health benefits surpass that of regular fish oil, largely because it is far more bioavailable, better protected with antioxidants and therefore not rancid, and far more sustainable than fish oil.
Top 18 Foods that provide Adequate Estrogen for all your skin needs:
Vegetables: Carrot, Beetroots, Potatoes, Pumkin, Peas, Alpha-Sprouts
Seeds: Flaxseed, Sunflower, Sesame Seeds
Pulses: Chickpeas, Beans, Soy
Poultry: Among poultry products, eggs are the riches sources of estorgens, they have high satiation value and provide adequate estrogen to improve hormonal deficits.
The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland situated just in front of the voice box. The thyroid gland makes two thyroid hormones which affect metabolism, brain development, breathing, body temperature, muscle strength, bone health, skin dryness, menstrual cycles, and weight and cholesterol levels. Again, balance is key when it comes to these hormones. Too much, and skin can become warm, sweaty and flushed. Too little, and skin becomes dry, coarse, thick and even sweating is decreased.
Is there anything we can do to rejuvenate the skin to maintain Skin Balance?
Yes, you can help improve your skin with small lifestyle changes and by applying topical ingredients. At Nura Skincare we have a number of options available already to turn dry, itchy and thinning skin into smoother nourished and protected skin.
Since collagen production is drastically affected during hormonal imbalance and/or loss, it is imperative to use clinically proven ingredients that boost collagen production in the skin:
Vitamin A, a great track record in increasing collagen and controlling pigmentation (Renewal Night Oil Complex)
Vitamin B3, improves skin tone, reduce redness and increase hydration to the skin – Vitamin B3 Moisturising Cream / Vitamin B3 Balancing Cream.
Peptides that increase production of elastin, collagen will benefit dry, loose skin by plumping and firming skin effectively. (Vitamin C & Peptide Serum)
Also, look for anti-inflammatory ingredients like:
.Using Antioxidants can be an amazing powerhouse of rejuvenation – ingredients such as White and Green Tea extracts, Gamma Oryzanol (Skin Radiance Cleanser & Renewal Night Oil Complex) to further protect the skin from oxidative damage.
By making a few lifestyle changes you can help to make your skin glow:
Avoiding trigger factors such as heat, sun and alcohol.
Daily use of Sun protection is a must in everyone’s skin care regimen (even in winter). This is particularly important in aged skin as it is thinner which allows even more penetration by damaging UV rays
Caffeine intake can actually increase estrogen – good news for all you coffee lovers!
Maintain a balanced diet enriched in healthy fats, like Omega-3s found in salmon and nuts. Lowering your intake of carbohydrates and increase fiber consumption, will help nourish skin from the inside.
Moderate exercise can also help increase estrogen.
Regular exfoliation of the skin can help cellular renewal turn-over and keep the skin looking young and fresh.
At Nura Skincare, we love making this super quick home-made exfoliating mask:
Yoghurt & Raw Honey Face Mask – Chock full of protein, calcium, vitamin D, and probiotics Yogurt contains lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that dissolves dead skin cells. This gentle exfoliation with the anti-inflammatory properties of raw honey will help calm inflamed skin, prevent breakouts, diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Yoghurt and Honey Mask
1tbl of Greek or any full fat thick yoghurt & 1 tbl of Raw Honey
Mix the two together, apply to face, neck and chest and leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing off, your skin will feel lovely, smooth and refreshed.
Relax and Enjoy!
Note: Watch out if your skin starts to break out or itch. Some people are allergic to yogurt. If your skin gets redness or breaks out, stop using the yogurt treatmentse
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