The minute women hit the age of 40, they are faced with a new era of bodily change.. As they start witnessing a few changes in these peri-menopausal years, getting accustomed should be preceded by a complete understanding of what to expect.. Today, we will tackle the influence of hormonal fluctuations on the behavior of the skin between the ages of 40 to 50..
To begin with, and if you are a candidate, it’s crucial to know that during that phase, estrogen levels slowly start to decline, that’s when you will start noticing your skin will experience change in texture, loss of tone and increased facial hair. These episodes are caused by hormonal shifts taking place..
What Hormones Are We Talking About?
- Progesterone (regulates sleep, immunity and brain function)..
- Estrogen (supports collagen production which is responsible for keeping the skin plump and free of wrinkles).
- Testosterone (regulates oil glands and hair growth).
- DHEA (protects against oxidative stress which is an important function in preventative skin aging).
- Human growth hormone (supports skin’s elasticity and muscle).
So, any decrease in the above 5 hormones is a major factor in intrinsic aging which results in visible changes in skin condition..
What Are The Major Changes That You Will Be Witnessing?
- Changes in the skin’s key cells, like fibroblasts (produces collagen and elastin), keratinocytes (closely involved in skin protection) and melanocytes (involved in evenness of skin color..).
- Aging caused by past sun exposure in younger years becomes increasingly visible.. There will be more lines around the eyes, between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and around the mouth. Brown spots will start appearing at the age of 45. Loss of volume and saggy jowls comes next, an increase in facial hair a.k.a. peach fuzz on the cheek and upper lip areas..
- Skin growths on the face and body are triggered. These begin as small, rough bumps and over time, they thicken and get larger. Usually known as seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, skin tags, sebaceous hyperplasia. They are bumps, excess skin, enlarged oil glands and growths that protrude from the skin and become impossible to hide with makeup.
How To Deal With The Above Hormonal Mishaps?
In order to get your skin to look more radiant, firm and smoother in your 40s, try to adopt the following..
1 || Upgrade your skincare routine..
By that we mean adding in a few more steps in your daily skin routine.. As by that time, you will have already committed to your best case scenario of skin care, all you need to do is go beyond the basic steps of cleansing, toning and moisturizing and include the addition of a few extra steps. This might include using an eye cream and a skin serum every morning and night. Peels and masks once a week will give your skin added results by keeping it smooth, supple and even-toned.
2 || Manage facial hair and peach fuzz..
As mentioned above, smooth skin is the name of the game..However, with peach fuzz episodes erupting the surface of the skin many mishaps may occur.. Liquid foundation makeup will become harder to blend in when the skin is fuzzy. Waxing, shaving, dermaplaning or threading are all options to consider to keep visible hair less noticeable. These are all considered safe methods of hair removal and will NOT encourage increased hair growth.
3 || Beauty sleep is a must in your 40s!
A proper and consistent snooze time should become a priority by now.. For your skin to maintain good shape, quality sleep is essential. Little do we know how crucial sleeping is not only to manage stress and fatigue, but to instigate proper collagen production. Sleep deprivation will switch that collagen production and replace it with inflammation, that which actually causes collagen breakdown.. During the deepest stage of rest, growth hormones peak and stimulate cell and tissue repair.
4 || Use targeted high-performance ingredients..
Retinol and acids should become your BFF’s to improve your skin’s texture.. Younger for longer has to become your new motto.. During your 40’s, slowing down the aging process holds within the method of prevention.. Potent and targeted ingredients are a must..Peptides, acids, and retinol will help boost cell metabolism, plump skin and stimulate fibroblast to lay down new collagen. It’s never too late to introduce these types of products but the sooner you do it, the better.
5 || Get accustomed to energy-boosting ingredients…
Vitamin B3 (niacinamide), rosemary and ginseng are some of the ingredients when applied all work to give the skin the chance to accommodate more nutrient-rich blood and oxygen. Radiance and glow are surefire results..
6 || Rosacea might appear…
Rosacea is a condition that causes redness and visible capillary activity on the face, more than likely it will peak in their 40s. Seeking treatment will save you much hassle..
7 || The need for brighteners for fading brown spots and discoloration…
Using a natural skin lightener is really important to fade brown spots. Serums containing both vitamin C and E underneath sunscreen helps to provide four times the protection of sunscreen alone. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a type of vitamin C that works best for fading discoloration.
8 || Load up on sources of antioxidants…
The key to aging in a healthier way is to protect your cells from free radicals by incorporating antioxidants. Free radicals are very potent toxins that ultimately damage the skin. First, they attach to proteins and other essential molecules, making the molecules unable to function normally, as healthy, younger cells do. This ultimately results in the premature death of the attacked cells and slows down the production of collagen and elastin, which is essential in keeping the skin firm and preventing wrinkling. This entire process happens beneath our skin every minute of every day, making wrinkles, brown spots and sagging more visible over time.
9 || Drink alcohol in moderation…
Regular, habitual, excessive drinking will visibly age your skin faster. Overconsumption of alcohol causes chronic inflammation and harmful free radical activity, as mentioned above. This gradually wears on connective tissues, resulting in flaccid, loose, sagging skin. Moderation is key.
10 || Always choose products for YOUR skin type
What works for your friends might not be the best for your case.. Identify your skin type and take it from there.. Putting your skin in the hands of a professional is so important to give a boost of results. Skin care products at home will play their part but professional treatments like facials, micro-current, lasers and chemical peels all work to give a lot of improvement. Wear sunscreen every single day—even when indoors or on cloudy days
11 || Avoid yo-yo dieting and frequent up and down weight loss…
Maintaining consistent weight should be your priority.. Hormones can be thrown out of balance as a result of yo-yo dieting, increasing production of the stress hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol causes inflammation, which ages you. As for the skin, it has elasticity similar to that of a rubber band. When it’s stretched out too many times, it can stop bouncing back and leave the skin saggy.
12 || Control adult acne..
By now, oil production slows down, meaning you should be getting fewer breakouts. However, 40’s and above acne is all hormonally induced—especially if they are hard, cystic bumps that develop deep within the skin and linger for weeks.
13 || Don’t neglect your neck…
This area is often overlooked and will start to show the effects of aging and sun damage in your 40s. Applying sunscreen generously to the front and sides of the neck is one of the best ways to prevent premature aging, so be sure to get into this habit daily when performing your morning routine.