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Skin Care Changes to Make in Your 40s

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Your skin is going to act its age, no matter what. Try as you might to reason or trick it, your skin knows when it turns 40, and it’s going to act like it. Your hormones are going to produce a lot less of the stuff that they’re supposed to be producing to keep your skin form, and you need to find ways to compensate if you’re going to stay young looking.  Here are some of them.

Commit to A Healthy Routine

By the age of 40, you probably already have your skin routine pretty much down, but you might want to add a few things to it. The 40s may be a good time to start using a skin serum, eye cream, at-home peel or mask, if you don’t already.

Manage Facial Hair

Unfortunately, hormonal changes can often lead to an increased growth of facial hair.  Safe removal methods include waxing, threading and dermaplaning, all of which you may want to consider if peach fuzz is getting to be a problem.

Use High Quality Ingredients

As you age, your tastes mature, and skin care is no different. The poor-quality stuff just won’t cut it anymore. You need to look for potent, proven formulas that plump skin, boost metabolism and increase collagen production. Retinol, peptides, and red rice extract are all expert-recommended anti-aging ingredients, and exfoliation with acids is important for boosting cell turnover.

Vasodilators

You might think of vasodilators as spices for your skin. Ingredients like ginseng and peppermint work to boost circulation by dilating the blood vessels with nutrient-rich blood, giving skin that extra tang to help it stay glowing and invigorated.

Use Skin Lightener On Brown Spots

Brown spots are one of the less glamorous side effects of the aging process. Melanocyte cells decrease approximately 10% after the age of 30, causing irregular pigmentation and dark spots.  Natural skin lightener with vitamins C and E applied under sunscreen can fade brown spots and provide four times the protection of sunscreen alone.

Eat An Antioxidant-Rich Diet

The best antioxidants for the skin are found in grapes, broccoli, tomatoes, berries, and sweet potatoes, so be sure to get plenty of those!

Schedule Regular Skin Treatment

Although a good percentage of effective skincare can be done at home, an occasional professional consultation can be life changing. Not only can professionals provide top quality treatment, they can also offer advice tailored to your skin and recommend products that will make a huge difference.

How do you help to trick your skin into believing it is still in its 20’s? Let us know!

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Hormonal Changes Can Lead to Skin Changes

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You may be familiar with the expression, “kill the messenger.” However, when you take into account that the main function of hormones is to deliver messages, the expression takes on a whole new meaning. Hormones are chemical messengers in the body created in the endocrine glands. They control most bodily function, including reproduction, emotion, and mood. When they’re in proper balance, hormones can be very beneficial, but when they go out of whack, we do too, and sometimes that shows on our skin. Having a full understanding of how these hormones affect skin is key to finding solutions to hormone related changes. Read on to find out how these messengers operate and what you can do about it.

Estrogen

Estrogen affects the thickness of skin, moisture and wrinkle formation. The hormone can increase glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), such as hyaluronic acid to maintain structure of skin and balance of fluids. Estrogen boost s collagen production, allowing skin to remain plump, wrinkle-free and hydrated.

When hormone activity is elevated, as it is by the use of oral contraceptives and pregnancy, skin pigmentation in sun exposed area (like the forehead and cheeks) increases, resulting in a phenomenon known as melasma.

Female Menopause

When women transition into menopause, anti-inflammatory estrogens are lost, leading to increase inflammation. Female skin may become red and blotchy, and certain skin conditions, like rosacea, may result. The decrease of estrogen also means a lowering of collagen production, causing skin thinning, and loss of elasticity, leading to the formation of wrinkles. Estrogen loss also means the number of blood vessels in our skin is reduced, giving skin a pale wan appearance, and the GAGs in our skin, without regulation from estrogen, cause itchiness.

Thyroid Hormones

The thyroid hormones affect brain development, breathing, muscle strength, bone health, skin dryness, menstrual cycles, weight, and cholesterol levels. An overload of the hormone can cause skin to become warm and flushed. Too little can make skin dry, thick, and coarse, with a low level of perspiration.

What Can Be Done?

Hormonal replacement therapy is the latest possible solution to menopausal skin. Topical and oral steroid hormones have been shown to show improvements in  elasticity, skin thickness, and moisture. However, more work is needed to determine whether or not the treatment is fully beneficial.

Since collagen production is dramatically affected during hormonal loss, it is important to use collagen producing ingredients. Retinoids, Vitamin C, and peptides can all benefit hormone affected skin by controlling pigmentation, boosting collagen production, brightening skin, and increasing the production of GAGs. Oils such as Jasmine and Rosewood can provide hydration, while Carrot Seed, Rosehip, and Argan improve elasticity and support the lipid barrier of the skin.

Are you dealing with skin changes caused by hormones? Let us know how you’re handling it!

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How Menopause Affects Your Skin

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What Happens to the Hormones During Menopause?

Most of the changes that you would usually associate with menopause occur due to hormonal changes and include a decline as well as a slowdown in the overall ovarian activity of the body. Your hormonal changes can lead to intense feelings of warmth, profuse sweating, hot flashes and increased secretion of androgens. In some cases, hormonal changes can also lead to facial hair and voice deepening. Some symptoms which make meopause easy to identify are:

  • You see hair on your face, particularly on the chin and the upper lip.
  • The aging process of your skin suddenly becomes more appearent; you may see drier skin and emerging lines.
  • The sun will affect you more; you may feel a sunburn within minutes of sun exposure.
  • Acne emerges
  • Your skin bruises easily
  • Thinning hair

Menopause and Your Skin

Menopause can be very troublesome for your skin which is why Vine Vera knows, it is so important to care for your skin through menopause. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause can change the physiology of your skin in various ways. It is common knowledge that the decline of B-Estradiol leads to accelerated aging. It is also known that menopause usually arises because of age-related changes in your body. But, you might not know that menopause doesn’t affect your skin directly. When your body goes through menopause, you experience lower production of progesterone and estrogen. This causes all sorts of changes in the skin. Some of the main changes that occur in a woman’s body as she gets closer and closer to menopause include –

  • Facial Hair. The amount of hair on your face, particularly on the chin and the upper lip, increases. This usually occurs due to an increase in testosterone production.
  • Thinning Skin Surface. The epidermis begins to become thinner upon the arrival of menopause as well. Your blood capillaries in the dermis are partially maintained by estrogen. Thus, when the estrogen level is reduced, the blood flow through the dermal capillaries reduces when you have menopause. This results in lesser amounts of oxygen and nutrients for the Basal Cell layers of your epidermis. The lack of proper nutrients and oxygen ultimately results in thinning of the outermost layer of your skin as well as a slower cell turnover.
  • Wrinkles and sagging skin. As the estrogen levels in your body begin to drop, your fat deposits tend to beomce contcentrated on different areas of the body. As a result, the skin on your hands, face and neck begins to appear more lined and saggy.
  • Oily Skin. When you go through menopause, your estrogen levels begin to decrease. Thus, the testosterone levels are no longer masked by the estrogen and they end up stimulating the sebaceous glands in your skin. As a result, you secrete thicker sebum and this can lead to oily skin and adult acne.
  • Hot flashes. Hot flashes are quite common among women going through or about to go through menopause. These flashes are defined by excessive sweating and a feeling of warmth in the skin. These hot flashes occur because the sympathetic nervous system becomes more active due from the lower amounts of estrogen. This leads to dilation of the skin arterioles, increase in heart rate, rise in body temperature and sweating.
  • Elastosis. Lowered estrogen levels can result in lower production of elastin and collagen in the skin. As a result, the skin is unable to repair the damage caused by UV radiation and it begins to lose its young look and resiliency. This ultimately leads to elastosis.
  • Age Spots. Menopause also tampers with your melanin production by lowering the production of estrogen in your body. As a result, the melanin synthesis in your skin begins to increase because of the lack of regulation by estrogen. This leads to hyperpigmentation or age spots.
  • Sun Damage. The skin becomes more prone to sun damage because of the fact that the melanocytes in the skin (melanin manufacturing cells that are controlled by estrogen) are reduced. The reduced number of melanocytes lead to lesser production of melanin and this makes the skin more prone to sun damage.

Dealing with Menopause

The biggest challenge when it comes to menopause is to understand how to meet the ever changing needs of the body. The fluctuating hormones have a major effect on the structure and physiology of your skin. This makes it imperative for you to seek knowledge about this life change and revise your skin care routine as required.