How these hormones affect your skin during menopause.

Menopause is a time of change, not necessarily for the better for most of us.  The main issues causing this transformation is our hormones, which effect many transformations, one of those being our skin.

Here are a few

Estrogen and progesterone for hydration

Estrogen and progesterone are two female hormones that complement each other. “These two female hormones are produced mainly by the ovaries and the adrenal glands. Estrogens affect breast development, pubic hair, menstruation and ovulation. Progesterone regulates the menstrual cycle. They are also involved in the quality of the skin and hair thanks to their moisturizing power,” Dr. Nys adds the doctor.

With age, the production of estrogen and progesterone gradually decreases, until it stops completely at menopause. A global drought can then set in, bringing severe dehydration on the skin. There is vaginal dryness which is uncomfortable, but also the skin which tightens, which shows more and more the wrinkles, and the hair, which does not have any more the same texture

Cortisol inflames the skin

Psoriasis, eczema, acne, or a dull complexion can be triggered or made worse by high levels of cortisol.  A state of repeated stress will have an impact on the premature aging of the skin. Conversely, “having positive emotions, or knowing how to manage stress, lowers cortisol levels, which helps lower the level of inflammation in the skin. We also have less redness and the complexion appears brighter.

Many brands are encouraged to choose fragrances which are scientifically known to alter our emotional state, which helps lower our stress. Rose, and Jasmine is used for their anxiolytic effects.

Insulin, responsible for regulating blood sugar

The consumption of sugar causes the secretion of insulin by the pancreas. Big quantities of sugar provoque not only weight gain but an overproduction of sebum and thickening of the dermis

The skin becomes oily, dull and can develop acne and pimples.

Sugar also provoques glycation which is a form of caramelization of the cells.  Once the protein cells are hardened there is no reverse process. Glycation provoques a degradation of collagen and elastin in the body.

It is very important to start seeing your doctor and getting regular visit in order to have you hormone changes checked and to get them rebalanced.  Starting at age 40-45 make sure your hormones are properly balanced.

Stress is a powerful factor on hormonal changes.

Once it has created an imbalance Different studies have shown that it disrupts hydration as well as the quantity and quality of sebum. The skin can become drier or more oily, depending on the person. “On the other hand, stress accelerates aging. It has been proven to shorten telomeres [pieces of DNA that protect the ends of chromosomes

The solution: to put the skin (and ourselves) back in Zen mode, it is useful to supplement the active ingredients of special creams for sensitive skin with massage techniques. This can be done by applying some self-massage techniques with a night cream, for example, works very well. Practiced once a day, on clean skin for three minutes, it relaxes point by point the areas of tension linked to the modern rhythm of life ( neck, forehead, temples), and quickly relaxes the face and upper body.

The technique: make light pinches between the thumb and forefinger going up the face, alternating with a smoothing of the palm around the cheekbones. Smooth the most tense areas (nape to neck, then along the ears) with the tips of four fingers.