5 ways to restore skin calm when hormones strike...
Along with stress, lifestyle, diet and our external environment, hormones have to be one of the biggest factors in determining whether we have skin that really glows – or a complexion that looks dry, blotchy, pigmented and lacklustre.
The truth is that hormones are fickle creatures. Levels of different hormones fluctuate throughout our life and according to our situation. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and the menopause are obvious contributors to hormonal changes. And each hormone may have a slightly different impact on the skin.
Elevated levels of oestrogen and progesterone during pregnancy for example, can actually thicken the skin – making it look plumper and more hydrated. Hence the ‘pregnancy glow’. Conversely, high levels of oestrogen during pregnancy or whilst taking birth control pills can also lead to increased risk to pigmentation. So hormones can be a double-edged sword.
To complicate matters, testosterone is associated with increased sebum production. So following the menopause, when oestrogen levels drop and testosterone rises, adult acne can be a demoralising side effect. Similarly, the fall in oestrogen can lead to hot flushes, redness and blotches.
The good news is, that alongside the myriad of ways there are to help restore balance on the inside though diet and medication, your hormonally-charged skin can reap the benefits of a well-chosen product plan. So here’s how to harmonise when all hormonal hell breaks loose...
1. Dryness: Gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells once or twice a week is the key to warding off dryness. Hormonal changes can also stimulate changes in hair growth - and in particular, excess facial hair. Exfoliating will help prevent ingrown hairs if this occurs. Gentle Rose Exfoliator sloughs away the dead cells with soothing and hydrating Cucumber extract to tackle hormonal-related dryness and resurrect your glow.
2. Acne: Testosterone is an androgen and both during puberty and later in life, its levels increase causing sebum glands to go into overdrive. Which is why both teenagers and post-menopausal women may suffer from breakouts. Avoid the tendency to ‘strip’ the skin and instead try our S.O.S Emergency Cream. While the Salicylic Acid it contains will help clear pores and have an anti-inflammatory effect, the Lavender will soothe, calm and restore balance.
3. Pigmentation: Dark spots are notoriously difficult to tackle. Yet Vitamin C has a wealth of science behind it to prove its efficacy. Our White Brightening Even Tone Serum contains the unique ELEMIS Brightening Complex of Daisy and Pea extracts with encapsulated Vitamin C to help fade dark spots and give you a brighter, more even skin tone overall.
4: Redness: Broken capillaries lead to spider veins and give the skin a blotchy, flushed look. The powerful Anti-Redness Complex of Malt, Polysaccharides of Brown Algae and Neurosensorial Dipeptide Amino Acids in our Daily Redness Solution redresses this problem, and soothes the irritation caused by a sudden hormonal change.
5: Irritation: With all this hormonal change going on beneath the surface, it’s no wonder that skin becomes confused and rather irritated. To regulate the pH level, our Soothing Apricot Toner contains Vitamins A, B and C to calm sensitivity so you and your skin feel less irritated.