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Keeping Your Skin Care in Check

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While you may have a trusted skin care routine that you follow each and every day, your skin will experience so many changes on a regular basis, due to everything from illness to stress to changing seasons. In order to prevent your skin health from declining, you need to know how to keep your skin care in check during these times.

Seasonal Changes
Each season brings with it many changes in the environment around you, and your skin will naturally react to these. While winter is full of harsh, drying air and biting winds that exacerbate sensitivity, summer leads to an increase in oil production, and, therefore, more chances of clogged pores and breakouts. This means that your skin care routine needs to reflect the seasons in order to maintain your skin’s health. The summer months should be all about light lotions and oil-controlling cleansers, while the winter requires rich, thick moisturizers and increased exfoliation, so make sure that you are taking all of this into account.

High Stress
Completely avoiding all stress is impossible, but periods of prolonged stress can really be detrimental to your skin, as well as your overall health. Stress causes the body to release a hormone called cortisol, which can then lead to acne, psoriasis, hives, and a whole host of other skin issues. While each of these symptoms can be treated individually, your best bet is to work on the root cause, which is the stress itself. When you find that it is getting too overwhelming, learn how to take some time out and relax your mind, whether this may be by spending time on a hobby that you love, working out for 20 minutes, or trying out a few breathing exercises, as this can almost instantly lower stress levels.

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Illnesses
Falling ill can really take its toll on your body, including your skin. When this happens, you should try to take more of an overall holistic approach to skin care, meaning that you care for your body and health as a whole, and allow your skin to reflect this. This means consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as these will contain the antioxidants that your body, and your skin, need to recover. Fatty fish is also great, thanks to their omega-3 fatty acids, while nuts contain vital vitamins that are important for skin health.

Hormonal Changes
Whether due to age, pregnancy or a medication that you are taking, the body’s hormone levels can often fluctuate, and your skin will tend to be one of the first areas to reflect this. Each hormonal change will bring about different results in your skin, meaning that the treatment you opt for needs to be tailored to this. While you may need to do some research with each hormonal change, it is important that you take the time to do so, so that you can understand what is going on with your skin and adjust your skin care routine to cater for this.

Your skin is going to experience so many different changes throughout the months, meaning that even if you have a fail-proof skin care routine, you will still need to adjust this regularly. From adding in extra antioxidants if you have been ill, to switching up your products as the seasons change, keeping your skin care in check is the best way to stay on top of all of your skin’s needs.

How Estrogen Levels Impact Skin Health

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Your skin’s health is influenced by a variety of factors. The ones we tend to most common think about are environmental factors that we can control for through good habits. For instance, we put on sunscreen to avoid sun damage and remember to moisturize daily to prevent dry skin. These are common habits that indicate good skincare. Many of us also work to control various aspects of our health that can end up impacting our skin as well. We eat right while making sure to enjoy a healthy exercise routine. These work to maintain the health of our body and skin by ensuring enough nutrients are available and circulating in the body to keep it well stocked on what it needs. One thing that we can’t really control for are fluctuations in our hormone levels. Estrogen in particular is directly tied to our skin’s health in a number of ways and without a sufficient amount it tends to suffer.

A Different Balance
Before we get into exacting detail, let’s take a larger scale look at the effect of varying hormone levels between men and women and what it does to the skin superficially. Every human has a mixture of both testosterone and estrogen in their body that allows the body to function properly. You genuinely need both if you expect to live a healthy life. Their purposes are what help define some of the easily noticed differences. Skin differences can be particularly pronounced. Men are prone to ruddier, rougher skin that is oilier and has far more noticeable pores than women. That’s because their balance of hormones favors testosterone over estrogen. Women, by contrast, are credited with smaller pores, smoother skin, and an overall more even complexion thanks to being estrogen dominant. Shifting these balances at all will affect the skin and flipping the balances, as is done in hormone replacement therapy for transgender people, likewise flips how skin looks, feels, and behaves. Let’s take a closer look at why.

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Oil and Company
Ruddier skin is generally a hallmark for most men. This is because estrogen levels are lower. Testosterone tends to promote a fairly consistent release of your skin’s natural oils. The constant drip helps to protect the skin, yes, but it also creates some of the clear signs of ruddy skin: larger pores and oily skin. Higher estrogen levels actually constrict pores and as a result not as much oil can get out of them. In turn, pores are visually smaller as they don’t allow as much oil out and as a result don’t end up picking up as many dead skin cells or as much debris from exposure. Estrogen is also tied deeply into the production of collagen and fat distribution in the skin. This helps it to support a youthful look for a longer amount of time than does testosterone. One of the most important takeaways from this for those of us fond of anti-aging products is that estrogen is a natural collagen booster that helps minimize wrinkles. That’s part of why menopause can be so hard on the skin.

Tweaking The Levels
Unfortunately for all of us, hormone levels are hardly consistent across our lifetimes. Illness, pregnancy, menopause, and other life changes can all cause the expected levels of hormones in our bodies to shift around. Menopause is one of the more lasting changes though and tends to have the most dramatic impact due to falling estrogen levels. This causes a lot of problems for many women who aren’t used to figuring out how to do skincare with less estrogen supporting their skin’s health. This is one of the other instances where hormone replacement therapy is often used. It helps to take the edge off of menopause, but hormone levels will never really return to the ones that were had in youth. As a result, we all need to make an effort to moisturize and nourish our skin to support collagen and elastin production. Anti-aging products are your friend as they can make up for the shortfall of natural help to a degree and help ease the overall impact falling estrogen levels have on the skin.

Estrogen is important for skin health. It helps to maintain an overall more youthful appearance even if it makes skin a bit thinner overall. Without expected levels, skin begins to shift towards a new normal that reflects how the balance as changed. Many women will experience their skin getting a bit ruddier after menopause for this very reason. Good skincare will help decrease how much of an impact this has, but ultimately cannot stop the effects of shifting hormone levels.