Just when you think lines and wrinkles are your number one complexion concern, a cluster of other undesirable skin conditions can suddenly appear. NYC-based, Harvard trained, board certified dermatologist Dr. Michelle Henry says “our skin is uniquely sensitive to fluctuations in hormones. Whether the fluctuations are monthly, annually or over the course of one’s life time, they can have a profound impact on the skin.”
Any time your hormones shift you can be hit with a host of skin conditions that can include acne, rosacea, melasma, increased sensitivity, flushing, loss of elasticity, loss of volume or even a sallow, ruddy, oily or dry complexion. Though most of these afflictions can be treated with effective over-the-counter products, Dr. Henry recommends a visit to your dermatologist if you don’t notice improvement after two weeks of consistent use.
4 THINGS THAT HELP:
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of H2O and herbal teas, plus indulging in your fair share of fruit and vegetables will keep you hydrated from the inside out. You should also apply a topical moisturizer to dry areas of your face and body to stay hydrated from the outside in. Note: don’t overmoisturize the areas where you have active oil glands to avoid breakouts.
- Watch what you eat. Besides plentiful fruit and veggies, a diet rich in Essential Fatty Acids will help boost skin firmness. Next time you’re at the grocery store, toss salmon, eggs, almonds, walnuts and olive oil into your shopping cart.
- Get moving. Exercise increases oxygen and nutrients to your skin. It can also boost collagen production, which is key when you want your skin to remain youthful looking. Although running is great for your soul and your heart, it’s not always great for your skin in terms of premature sagging.
- Chillax. When you’re under stress, your body releases the hormone cortisol which can cause acne, weight gain, hair loss and a myriad of other more serious health problems. Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, a positive attitude and time spent with friends are all healthy ways to help manage your stress. Find what works for you.
Here, a sampling of 6 products at the ready to treat hormonal skin:
B.Kamins Nutrient Replacement Cream Kx ($135) calms, cools and offsets hormonal skin changes through a tech-advanced formula that supports your complexion with essential nutrients, hydration, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. They all work together to repair elasticity, minimize hyperpigmentation and reverse lines and wrinkles.
elure Advanced Brightening Cream ($125) utilizes the enzyme Melanozyme™ to diminish skin discoloration fast. This NEW formula is hydroquinone-free and works quickly, easily and safely to break down melanin so your skin appears brighter and more luminous in as little as 8 days of continued use. Add a broad spectrum SPF30 for daytime to keep dark spots at bay.
DERMAdoctor Calm, Cool & Corrected Anti-Redness Tranquility Cream ($85) gets extremely sensitive, dry, tight, rosacea or acne-prone skin under control pronto. Applied to face morning and night, it rescues irritated skin and with continue use, keeps it looking its best.
Dermalogica Ultra Calming Mist ($34) soothes and moisturizes on contact. It contains comforting and balancing Aloe and desensitizing Oat and botanical actives to relieve irritation, moisturize and block inflammatory triggers. Use immediately after cleansing.
SkinCeuticals Redness Neutralizer ($66), a lightweight, gel cream ideal for those with sensitive, rosacea-prone skin contains biomimetic peptides to help prevent vasodilation, the main cause of redness and flushing. It also soothes, calms and decreases skin temperature thanks to a combination of bisabolol, zinc glutamate and shea butter.
Clarins Extra-Firming Neck Anti-Wrinkle Rejuvenating Cream ($86) is formulated to target the effects of gravity on your lower face and neck. Green seaweed extract, sunflower auxins, and oat sugars are among the key ingredients that help tone and firm skin that is most prone to sagging. Use for the jawline, neck and decollete.