Every year, the summer takes a toll on the skin. The sun, pollution, humidity, etc, just wipes off your natural glow, and sometimes, puts you at risk for infections. However, there is more to understand when it comes to your healthy skin besides the environment!
Yes, you guessed it! –our hormones also play a role!
You probably know that your hormones fluctuate both during your period and over your lifetime. But, you might not realize the many ways that these hormones can affect your skin in conjunction with the summer heat.
Let’s Take a Look…
Estrogen is generally considered the female hormone, but it is present in both sexes — females just have higher levels. It is responsible for what we consider the “feminine aesthetic.” It’s what makes us look so youthful! Thus, the production helps maintain structural integrity and balance because of its capacity to increase glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) like Hyaluronic Acid. Moreover, in its simplest form, estrogen effects skin moisture, thickness and wrinkle formation. It also helps build collagen and elastin, proteins that give the skin its springiness and elasticity, respectively. And, it helps the skin heal and maintain moisture.
WE LOVE ESTROGEN!
Progesterone is one of the most important hormones for women, often referred to as the pregnancy hormone. It enhances skin elasticity and circulation in large quantities during the second half of our menstrual cycle. Additionally, it influences the production of sebum, also known as oil, which makes the skin look supple.
So, the drier you feel–the less progesterone your body is producing!
You might be running low on progesterone if you notice your nails or the skin of your heels and hands are dry or cracking, or heaven forebode, if you notice bouts of acne.
BUT don’t worry, we will tell you later how you can take care of your skin and prevent any mishaps this summer!
Androgens, which is synonymously used with testosterone, generally thought of as the male hormone, is also present in females. During puberty, a boost in androgens stimulates hair growth, particularly pubic and underarm hair. In the skin, the hormones enlarge pores and boost the production of sebum, an oily substance produced in the
As expected, this hormone works with estrogen and progesterone levels in the body. If not balanced in the right quantities, excess can lead to health conditions like irregular periods, hirtuism aka unwanted facial hair, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), acne and congestion.
So Get Those Hormones Under Control Ladies!
Altering your diet can help prevent insulin resistance, and therefore can stave off PCOS. We recommend avoiding sugary foods, like white breads, crackers, pasta, and rice, and replacing them with whole grain substitutes. Low-fat proteins such as fish, poultry or plant-based options such as tofu or legumes, are a better protein choice over red meat or cured meats like sausage and cold cuts. And, fruits and vegetables, especially those high in fiber and low in sugar, are awomen who don’t suffer from PCOS can benefit from watching their diet and exercising.
Being overweight and avoiding exercise can affect hormone levels, which can in turn impacts the skin and your overall health. But, don’t go overboard because underweight women, and those who over-exercise are also at risk. Thus, it all boils down to your Body Mass Index Ratio, denoted below as BMI.
Aim for a body mass index (BMI) between 20-25 for ideality.
oh yea, take a look at these 4 QUICK SUMMER SKIN CARE TIPS:
The ground rule of basic skincare is to exfoliate your skin. Your body sheds skin cells at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just set in on your skin making you look dull and dry.
Continue to do this 2-3 times a week for summer-time beautiful skin.
If you do not own an exfoliator, one can be made from the combination of coconut oil with your choice of sea salt (for a rougher scrub) or granulated sugar (for a softer scrub).
Throw away last year’s unused sunscreen for a new bottle! Sunscreens aren’t meant to last forever. Buy a new sunscreen that has UVA and UVB products and comes in SPF 30 or SPF 50. You should be using a shot glass full for your body and a full teaspoon just on your face. And do not forget to reapply it every 1-2 hours that you are in the sun to ensure a summer full of safe fun in the sun.
3. Minimal make-up
During the summer less make-up is best! Under the intolerant sun, natural looks are best. But, if you intend to use foundation or face powder, use SPF products. That goes for lipstick, lip gloss and lip balm too–use SPF 15 to make your lips fresher.
4. Make water your best friend
Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. If possible, carry a water bottle with you and remember to drink at least once every 30 min. Water not only helps you feel fresh, but it also prevents dehydration and will help wash out a lot of toxins.
Women must first understand the effects of their hormones on skin and overall health to empower them to seek lifestyle changes to navigate these natural fluctuations. With the power of knowledge, they can seek solutions to achieve the maximum summer glow!