From a cellular point of view, aging takes place via three classifications:
Intrinsic Aging (internal cellular aging through metabolism) Photo Aging (sun exposure) Environmental Aging (toxins in our environment and lifestyle ie: cigarettes, alcohol, pollution, etc.)
Let’s focus on Intrinsic Aging; chiefly how hormone deficiencies during menopause age the skin.
The more advanced one’s age, the more deficient in hormones.
The more deficient in hormones, the more dry and thin one’s skin becomes.
During menopause, the ovaries cease making estrogen.
We often make the mistake of thinking only of estrogen–downplaying the roles progesterone and testosterone play in female health and beauty.
Estrogen slows- and in some cases- stops signs of aging by assisting in the production of collagen- the primary ingredient for young looking skin.
Collagen maintains skin tone and proper skin hydration.
Testosterone has been proven to be important for aiding in the production of sebum- the waxy/oily protective/nutrient substance of the skin.
Recent studies have shown women who take estrogen and testosterone HRT have a 48% thicker skin than women who don’t.
It’s estimated the skin loses up to 30% of its collagen during the first 5-6 years of menopause.
Hormone supplementation is being shown to impact- and in some cases reverse- this process.
In one school of belief, a process of aging called Sub-Hormone Level Theory points to a strong correlation between hormone decline and the onset of visible skin aging.
It’s felt mainstream HRT (replacing only the deficient levels of Estrogen/Progesterone and possibly Testosterone is not enough to bring about a full reversing of aging on the skin.
It’s felt DHEA and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) should also be supplemented, as these hormones are also important to the female body and are usually overlooked -and undervalued.
There are two effective methods of application of hormones for maximum skin health:
Topical Application: applying hormone creams to skin topically in regular, measured doses.
Systematic Delivery: delivery via the bloodstream.
Both perform the job of protecting the skin, keeping it thick, plump and hydrated- and protecting from collagen loss.
The growing trend in skin care is hormone containing creams and salves to nourish otherwise waning skin cells.
Menopausal women are cornering the Health and Beauty market- and it will be interesting to see how the market responds over the course of the next few years.
Carrie has worked exclusively in the skin care, health and beauty industry for over 25 years.
She’s a licensed Aesthetician, is certified in Color Analysis and has built a solid, international reputation in the field of holistic, menopausal skin care; specializing in harmful cosmetic ingredients and industry practices.
She’s a recognized speaker and published writer- having written numerous articles in women’s health and beauty publications and she is Founder and President of Menopauserus.com- The ultimate natural help and support site for women in need of peri menopause and menopause relief.
It’s her mission to help make menopause ‘The Change for the Better’- for women everywhere!