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How Hormones Affect the Skin in your 30s

Our bodies go through a lot of changes. And as each day passes, these changes become more and more evident in our life – especially our skin.

As we get older, the level of certain hormones starts dropping. The decrease in these hormones leads to changes in our skin, especially our face, and usually starts in our 30s.

 

 

I clocked 30 in January, and I have started noticing changes in my skin for the last 3 years. As much as I may dislike having to deal with these new developments, I can’t run away from the reality that nature must take its course, so I might as well try to understand what causes these changes and how we can best manage the situation.

Here are some of the ways hormones affect your skin in your 30s and what you can do to deal with them.

 

Visible Change #1 – Breakout

When you thought you closed the chapter on your acne problem in your teens, those horrible pimples start rearing their heads in your 30s. The major cause of breakouts in your 30s is an increase in the stress hormone called cortisol.

High cortisol levels spring the sebaceous glands (the glands responsible for producing oil in your body) to make more oil. This is what causes your skin to be oily and when the oil gets in contact with dirt, sweat and grime it begins to inflame. Sometimes they fill up with pus especially when the pore gets infected.

 

Action Step #1 – Calm down and relax

Of course, it’s normal to get stressed. Work, family and other very important engagements can take a huge toll on someone. But we all need to make room for some relaxation.

I have been breaking out seriously recently, so I guess there is a spike in the stress hormone in my body, which I am not surprised about. I need to take my own advice, and relax a bit more.

 

Visible Change #2 – Dull looking skin

As we grow older, our skin tends not to glow as much as it used to when we were in our 20s. This is caused by a drop in the levels of a hormone called estrogen. Estrogen is produced in the ovaries and it promotes the production of collagen and elastin that make your skin look plump and give it that youthful glow.

A reduction of estrogen changes your complexion and causes your eyes to be puffy. This is because the lymph glands that are in charge of removing the toxins from your body weaken.

 

Action Step #2 – Apply products that contain Retinol

The best way to deal with a drop of estrogen is to promote collagen and elastin production. Retinol helps to boost both collagen and elastin by making the skin thicker. This will help your skin gets its glow back.

 

 

Visible Change #3 – Wrinkles and Fine Lines

This might be the one that gives women the most concern. A decrease in growth hormone makes the skin wrinkle on the forehead, and the corners of the eyes and mouth.

As we grow older the skin doesn’t bounce back as quickly as it used to, so the fine lines become more visible.

 

Action Step #3 – Exfoliate and Moisturize

Exfoliating the skin helps to activate the blood vessels and bring your skin cells back to life. It helps to reduce the presence of wrinkles and fine lines.

Moisturizing immediately after exfoliation will help nourish your skin and help you smoothen those wrinkles. You can apply anti-wrinkle cream to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles too.

 

Are you going through any skin changes? Do sound off in the comments section below.

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Beauty Muse: Selena Gomez

The stunning Selena Gomez is a Beauty Muse. This pretty young woman grew on TV before our very eyes, and has transformed into a stunning beauty muse. I remember watching her on TV – Barney and Friends. She was a cute little girl, and she still has her cute features. She hasn’t lost her baby face yet, she could pass for a teenager easily. I love that about her. Many of her peers are walking around looking 10 times older with all the “work” they have had done already, but Selena Gomez is a natural!

 

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I am not a fan of Selena Gomez’s movies or songs. But I do admire her beauty. I read up some recent interviews she had, and got some of her beauty tips and tricks for your reading pleasure –

 

Worst Beauty Advice She Ever Received

I just can’t understand when—and no offense—people have to wear makeup all the time, and they’ll say, ‘Oh, you can sleep with a tinted moisturizer or a self tanner on your face and you can wake up.’ For me, I just think that’s not my vibe, plus I do breakout. I don’t know if it’s bad advice, I just think it’s kind of to each their own. For me, I can’t really sleep with things on my body or tinted things just because I get worried. It’s not my vibe.

 

I am exactly the same. I can’t sleep with makeup on, but I can apply a light moisturiser.

 

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Her Skincare Routine

I like to have a good morning regimen. I use my Clarisonic in the shower with the Clarisonic Sonic Radiance Skin Renewing Peel Wash. I do that maybe four or five times a week, so my skin has a chance to breathe before all the madness starts. Dr. Dennis Gross Clinical Concentrate Radiance Booster on your cheekbones and around your eyes helps make you look alive. But what’s really great is First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Triple Remedy—if you get dark circles, it’s the shit. I’ll put it on, it feels all good and cold, go have a coffee, and that’s the bomb. The Biore Deep Cleansing Strips make me feel really accomplished when I do them, too—plus they work!

 

I like the sound of her skincare routine. It sounds really good. What do you think?

 

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What do you think of Selena Gomez as a Beauty Muse?

 

 

 

 

 

How to Care for a Dehydrated Skin

Ever noticed your skin looking dull and hollow? Are you seeing more fine lines or wrinkles on your face than before? Does your skin bounce lazily back after pinching your cheeks? You most likely have dehydrated skin.

Most people get the term dehydrated skin confused with dry skin. Dehydrated skin is when your skin lacks moisture and it’s a skin condition while dry skin is a skin type.

 

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A lot of things can lead to dehydrated skin, such as low humidity where there’s a lack of moisture in the air, cold weather and even sunrays.

The reason why dehydrated skin goes unnoticed is because many people mistake the oil on your face to mean that your face has enough moisture. Flaky skin, dull-looking colour and fine lines are key indicators of dehydrated skin. Since dehydrated skin is skin that’s in great need of water or moisture then the most effective way to deal with this condition is to restore the moisture back to the skin. Most people believe that drinking plenty of water will help bring back the moisture to the skin. This is true, but there should be a form of skincare routine in place to help bring the moisture to the skin.

If you’re suffering from dehydrated skin, then here’s how you can bring back the moisture your skin craves:

Make moisture your friend

Moisturizers contain the right ingredients that will help your skin retain the moisture it really needs. Moisturizers penetrate deep in your skin and once absorbed it locks in the moisture. This helps to keep your skin hydrated for several hours.

When choosing the right moisturizer go for the ones that contain either glycerine, hyaluronic acid or squalene. These powerful ingredients help lock in the moisture. No wonder many moisturizers contain at least one of them!

To get maximum benefit from your moisturizer apply it on your skin one layer at a time. This will give your skin the opportunity to properly absorb the moisturizer. It also prevents your face from looking shiny or oily.

Another great tip is to apply moisturizer at least 3 minutes after stepping out of the shower. The moisturizer will retain the water on your body that did not completely dry out.

 

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Have a skincare routine that focuses on rehydrating your skin

With an effective skincare routine you can correct almost any skin condition. All you have to do is be consistent. Start off your mornings with a nice cleansing. Use a cleanser that contains glycerin as that will help moisturize your skin as you cleanse it. Next apply moisturizer taking it one layer at a time.

If your skin is flaky you may have to exfoliate it at least 3 times a week but make sure you moisturize each time you do.

Be conscious of how your skin feels

Usually when your skin dehydrated, you’ll feel your skin tighten. Whenever you feel it go tight, apply a nice amount of moisturizer. If you’re not sensitive to how your skin feels then take care to take note of your environment. If you find yourself in an air-conditioned room for a long time make sure you apply moisturizer as the air conditioner soaks up moisture from your skin. Where the temperature is low or the humidity is low, moisturize to avoid dehydrated skin.

 

These tips will surely help any dehydrated skin.

Do you suffer from dehydrated skin? How do you deal with it?