Hormonal Aging can lead to a loss of collagen, loose skin and wrinkles. How do you identify Hormonal Aging?
Murad Resurgence® is the first comprehensive anti aging system specifically designed to target the effects of Hormonal Aging. But what is Hormonal Aging and how does it differ from other aging skin concerns?
There are three types of aging: Genetic Aging, Environmental Aging and Hormonal Aging, each of which can cause fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness. In this section, we’ll outline what Hormonal Aging is and how does it differs from the other types of aging. You’ll learn about the best skin care products for Hormonally Aging skin and get tips to help keep your skin firm and youthful-looking for years to come.
Collagen: Creating Skin’s Firm Texture
To understand Hormonal Aging, you must first understand collagen and how it helps keep skin youthful-looking. Collagen is the protein substance in the dermis of the skin (the layer beneath the surface) that gives skin its structure, fullness and firmness. With age, collagen production decreases and collagen strength diminishes. When that happens, wrinkles begin to form. While collagen depletion is a natural part of Genetic Aging, Hormonal Aging accelerates collagen loss, increasing the appearance of wrinkles on the face and neck.
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Hormonal Aging Explained
The presence of estrogen in the body naturally boosts collagen production. But in the years leading up to menopause, the body produces increasingly limited quantities of estrogen. This trend continues throughout menopause, triggering an abrupt loss of collagen. In fact, the skin loses up to 30 percent of its collagen in the first five years after menopause. This can cause increased and deeper facial wrinkles, deep creases, a crepe-like texture and sagging skin. Women may also experience an increase in facial hair and acne breakouts as a result of this hormonal shift. And given the high concentration of estrogen receptors on the face, the signs of Hormonal Aging may be particularly visible there.
In short, menopause may speed up the aging process beyond what you’ve experienced or may experience with Genetic Aging and in a concentrated period of time. Even if you’ve traditionally had healthy and youthful looking skin, the onset of menopause can create a sudden and visible shift in your skin’s firmness.
Preventing Hormonal Aging
While Hormonal Aging is a natural process that all women go through, there are several ways to help prevent and minimize fine lines and wrinkles and other signs of Hormonal Aging. And it’s never too early to start.
Use Sun Protection: UV rays speed up the breakdown and weakening of both collagen and elastin. Protecting your skin with sun block, sun screen and hats will limit your exposure to UV rays and skin-damaging free radicals that can cause sun spots and age spots. Taking these precautions will also help to keep collagen levels high in the years leading up to menopause. It’s important to remember that sun protection doesn’t just mean using sunblock when you go to the beach. Even a daily walk from your home to your car can build up damage from UV ray exposure over time. Be sure that you use skin care products with SPF to minimize daily damage. Never go outside without being properly protected from the sun!
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Adopt an Inclusive Health® Approach:Adopting Dr. Murad’s philosophy of Inclusive Health can give you a healthy body and healthy skin, which will enable you to combat the signs of Hormonal Aging more effectively. In addition to eating healthy and staying hydrated, reduce your exposure to environmental toxins, limit Cultural Stress™ in your life and be sure to get enough sleep.Hormonal Aging is a normal biological process. Leading a healthy lifestyle in the years leading up to and during menopause can help prevent estrogen and collagen loss, which will minimize the signs of Hormonal Aging.
Treating Hormonal Aging
Even once the signs of Hormonal Aging become visible, there are several ways to combat collagen loss and maintain firm, youthful-looking skin.
“Eat Your Water.”The secret to healthy, younger-looking skin is hydration. The best way to build and maintain strong, watertight cells is by eating water-rich fruits and vegetables. The cellular structure of water in fruits and vegetables provides a sustained source of hydration that’s more easily absorbed by your body.Practice Inclusive Health: It’s never too late to begin taking care of your skin and your overall health from the cells up by adopting an Inclusive Health approach. Your skin is your body’s largest organ and is a reflection of your overall health. By approaching the health of your body with your skin in mind, you’ll look and feel younger.
While Hormonal Aging is a normal part of getting older for women, taking steps to prevent and treat the signs of Hormonal Aging can help you maintain firm, youthful-looking skin even after menopause.
Ready to learn more? Next we’ll talk about the best products for Hormonal Aging.
Product Resources for Hormonal Aging
If you’re looking for a treatment to restore skin’s firmness and fight the signs of Hormonal Aging, try the following Murad skin care and anti aging products.
Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream
Combat Hormonal Aging while you cleanse with this moisture-rich cleanser that restores skin hydration as it exfoliates for a smoother appearance.
What Did You Just Learn About Hormonal Aging?
In this section of the Murad Anti Aging Skin Care and Resource Center, you should have learned the
- Hormonal Aging occurs in the years immediately preceding and following menopause, when the body produces less estrogen.
- Hormonal Aging is often most evident on the face due to its high number of estrogen receptors.
- While Hormonal Aging is a normal part of aging for women, living a healthy lifestyle, preventing sun damage and adopting the principles of Inclusive Health can help maintain healthier, younger-looking skin at any age.
- Once the signs of Hormonal Aging become visible, using the right anti wrinkle skin care products and keeping the skin hydrated can help improve skin’s appearance and texture.