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How the Right Balance of Hormones Make Your Skin Look Younger

Hormone replacement therapy makes your skin look younger by managing the natural changes in hormone production in your body as you age.

When you hear about what keeps your skin looking young and vibrant, you most likely come across lists of suggestions to stay hydrated, moisturize, eat a healthy diet, and take preventative measures as early as you can.

And these are all useful pieces of advice. But there’s more going on internally with our bodies as they age that influence our skin.

One of those things is hormone balance.

As we age, our bodies produce less estrogen, testosterone, and other hormones that contribute to healthy and youthful skin. The result is skin that starts to look noticeably different in ways that initially seem out of our control.

But there are new therapies that can prevent and reverse the changes made to skin as a result of aging and hormones.

How hormones influence our skin

Hormones are molecules that your body uses to send chemical messages throughout your body. These chemical messengers help every system in your body stay regulated and function properly.

After they’re made in the endocrine system, they travel through the blood to the organs and tissues in the body where they bond to specific receptors that give instructions to cells to carry out particular actions.

Some of the most common that influence our skin are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

These hormones do MORE than just help our skin function. They’re most commonly known as the reproductive hormones in men and women, but they impact other aspects of our bodies too, one of them being the health of our skin. As a result, when the amount of these hormones in your body changes, your skin changes too.

Estrogen

Estrogen is a hormone naturally produced in men and women.

When women go through menopause and their estrogen levels drop, it’s common to experience hot flashes, chills, difficulty sleeping, and excessive sweating.

That’s why post-menopause, estrogen can be given to women to 

  • Improve skin elasticity and firmness
  • Relieve menopause symptoms
  • Treat vaginal and ovary issues
  • Prevent bone loss

Testosterone

Testosterone is another hormone in both men and women. It’s most commonly known for being essential for male libido. As well as for the development of strong muscles. But it also plays a key role in many factors of health for both men and women:

  • Muscle mass 
  • Bone density and strength
  • Mood regulation
  • Memory and cognitive ability
  • Heart health

Progesterone

Progesterone is known for being a pregnancy hormone. It plays a greater role during reproductive years, but it does more than prepare the body for pregnancy.

When given as part of a therapy for women post-menopause, it also helps relieve and fix:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Changes in bone density
  • Mood fluctuations and overall mood changes
  • Irregular bleeding

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)

So how do you maintain healthy levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone as you age?

One answer is to try Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

For aesthetic purposes, this means using hormones as directed by a doctor to replace some of the hormone levels that dropped from aging. 

Why HRT makes your skin look younger

As you age, your skin loses elasticity and produces less collagen. Part of this is related to how your hormone levels change.

Studies have shown that HRT improves skin in a variety of ways:

  • Improves collagen content and quality
  • Increases skin thickness
  • Evens skin tone
  • Makes skin more supple
  • Reduce wrinkles

The reason is that hormones like estrogen influence how much collagen your body produces. Collagen is one of the most abundant proteins in your body. It’s an essential protein for bones, skin, tendons, and ligaments.

Our bodies produce collagen, but that does diminish over time and there are things that further diminish collagen production aside from aging. Excessive sun exposure, too much sugar and refined carbs, and smoking can all lower the amount of collagen your body produces at any age.

As we reach middle age though, the process naturally starts to take hold and it shows up first in our skin which shows signs of aging. 

HRT has been shown to improve the amount of collagen produced by your body by replacing those hormones that are responsible for collagen production. The result is younger and more vibrant skin and outcomes that can even reverse some signs of aging that already took hold.

See if bioidentical HRT is right for you to make your skin look younger

We have a range of HRT gels, pellets, and creams that help our patients overcome hormone changes due to aging.

But when considering HRT, it’s important to factor in all aspects of your health history, age, and conditions before starting HRT. That’s why it’s required to work with a doctor who can make sure you get the safest and most effective treatment plan for your situation.

To learn about our Bioidentical HRT services provided by Dr. Keiffer, contact your closest Valley Medical Weight Loss location to book your consultation today.

sleep and weight loss

Tips for Better Sleep

When you’re feeling sleepy at the office, you might be tempted to reach for a cup of coffee and a sugary snack from the vending machine for a little pick-me-up. When the clock strikes five, you may skip the gym and stop at the drive-thru on the way home because you’re just too dang tired to even think about cooking. You end up sinking into the couch with a cheeseburger in one hand and the remote in the other. Even though you were sure you were going to pass out as soon as your butt hit the chair, suddenly you can’t sleep.

If this cycle sounds familiar, your sleep pattern may be to blame. On the surface, the connection between sleep and weight loss seems obvious. When you don’t get enough sleep, your energy dwindles and you reach for a comfort food, like potato chips, or some coffee or soda. The immediate result is a quick burst of energy, but the longer-term effect is unwanted pounds, more sleep loss, and negative health consequences.

Sleep and Weight Loss

When you’re sleep deprived, your metabolism suffers and your hormones go out of whack — two physiological processes that are essential for weight loss. Sleep deprivation ups the body’s production of ghrelin, a hormone that signals when it is time to eat. To make matters worse, when the body doesn’t get enough sleep, it reduces production of leptin, the hormone that tells your brain that your belly is full. This combination of effects can spell disaster for your weight loss plan.

Although the exact amount of sleep you need is based on different personal factors, most people need about 7.5 hours of shut-eye a night. Increasing that won’t magically help you lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, getting seven hours a night helps boost your metabolism and helps you shed pounds.

If you aren’t getting enough quality sleep at night, it is time to make a change. Follow these tips to start giving your body the rest it needs.

Skip the Caffeine

It’s fine to start your day with a cup of joe, but skip caffeine in the afternoon. When you down caffeinated drinks after about 2pm, your body stays stuck in sleep’s lighter stages at night instead of getting the deeper rest it needs.

Get Exercise

Physical exercise can boost the quality of your sleep, and it doesn’t matter much when you do it. Aim to get at least one hour of exercise each day to sleep better at night.

Forego the Midnight Snack

If you are about to hit the sheets, stay away from midnight snacks, especially things like pizza or chicken wings. These fatty, greasy foods can cause heartburn and keep you up. If your stomach is grumbling close to bedtime, opt for a lighter snack, like a cup of low-fat cottage cheese or an apple. If battling bedtime cravings is a regular issue for you, try Crave-a-Way to conquer the temptation.