Hormonal Aging and Your Skin
What Keeps Your Skin Looking Young?
Is your skin looky crepe-y and thin?
If you’re heading toward middle age, chances are good that you’re noticing changes in your skin, and not for the better.
Throughout this article, we’re going to discuss hormonal aging, how it affects your skin, and what you can do to keep your skin looking young, firm, and beautiful.
What Causes Your Skin to Age?
Premenopausal women in their 30s to mid-40s continue to produce estrogen, but in diminishing quantities. Over that time the skin becomes progressively more fragile and starts to thin, sag and wrinkle. In fact, studies have shown that skin will lose up to 30% of its collagen over the first five years following menopause.
Estrogen hormones support the prevention of skin aging by promoting collagen production. They are a key element to keeping your skin soft, supple, and firm.
Signs of Hormonal Aging
There are several different signs that your skin is starting to produce less collagen and elastin. These symptoms are typically associated with “normal” aging and most people just assume that there’s nothing that you can really do about it. Some of these symptoms include:
- Medium to deep wrinkles and creases
- Sagginess or lack of skin firmness
- Dull tone, blotchiness or rough texture
- Adult acne breakouts
- Thinner looking skin
- Reduced resiliency
The good news is that topical and oral estrogen treatments can increase skin collagen and therefore assist in restoring its structural support system and youthful resiliency.
Proper use of anti-aging hormones will not only help maintain skin’s moisture, but the effects of the hormone on the elastic fibers can reduce and delay wrinkling as well. Some products require a doctor’s prescription to take, while others can be bought at health and beauty stores.
Hormonal Aging Treatments
- Oral supplements such as Spring Valley’s Hair, Skin and Nails.
- Creams, serums and moisturizers (topical) that contain retinol and vitamin C such as Retinol Anti-Aging Hand Cream with SPF 12 by LdeL Cosmetics for your hands and Olay’s Pro X line for your face.
- Human Growth Hormone, HGH (prescription required)
- Proper exfoliation can also stimulate collagen and elastin production by removing the layers of dead, dull skin so that fresh new skin can grow. You shouldn’t exfoliate more than twice per week and you need to make sure that you don’t use a product that contains large chunks of jagged ingredients such sand that can cause further damage. A good product is If you’d like to make your own, see our article, Make Your Own Lemon-Sugar Face Scrub.
- Many specialists also suggest that you use a mild chemical peel every four weeks. This can be done at your local spa. Plan to take the day off though because your complexion may be a bit red for the rest of the day, and possibly the next day.
- Eating right, drinking plenty of water, exercising, and using sunscreen are also necessary components to keeping your skin healthy.
Your skin requires much more care as you start to get older but by investing a little bit of time and money, you can keep it looking young, bright, and fresh for many more years than you may think. You can’t avoid the birthdays, but you can certainly look as if you haven’t celebrated quite as many as you actually have!
If you’ve used any of these products or have a great trick that you use to keep your skin looking young, please feel free to share it with us in the comments section below!