Our hormones directly affect the health of our bodies.
Every second of every day there are dozens of hormones working in the body, which get certain functions, accomplished.
The easiest way to understand hormones is to think of them as the body’s tiny messengers, they have numerous complex and important roles within the body, which act like traffic signals and tell our body what to do.
Physiologically speaking, hormones control much of what we feel, be it tired hungry, hot, or cold.
Our hormones also help to keep our skin healthy; they regulate our water balance and blood pressure and manage the development of our growth, reproduction, and behavior.
They are as much a part of our reproductive system as they are our urinary, cardiovascular, nervous, muscular, skeletal, immune, and digestive systems.
Hormones get produced in one part of the body such as the thyroid, adrenal or pituitary glands and pass into the bloodstream or other body fluid and go to distant organs or tissues.
Where their role is to influence and change the structure and function of these different organs.
Hormones and your skin
The other part of the hormonal puzzle is the relationship these hormones have with our skin and how they can trigger premature ageing.
Hormone imbalance is not a subject often discussed in skincare, yet some of the most interesting research of late is coming from the study of skin ageing and the effect hormones and chronic unrelenting stress have upon the skin.
One of the most important factors in ageing is the endocrine system; this is our body’s system that regulates and produces hormones, which declines rapidly as we age.
Intrinsic ageing is governed by the body’s biological clock, skin conditions such as dryness, dehydration, and fine lines and wrinkling, are all part of the natural process of skin ageing, the changes in hormones and the relationship they have with our skin is now being closely examined, to reveal just how important they are for healthy skin.
Questions now being asked are how do these hormones work on the skin? And even more importantly, how do they impact skin ageing?
What we do know, is that when hormone imbalance occurs, tell-tale signs become apparent creating skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, infertility, diabetes, and so on.
Hormones control certain chemicals and help to assist reactions in transporting substances through membranes, so it is vital they are kept well balanced, they can easily become out of balance and when they do, they can have a devastating effect on the body causing a whole host of problems, which is discussed in detail in this article.
With much research being undertaken in this area, we still don’t know what the answer is because we are all metabolically different, what works for one may not work for the next.
What we do know, is that clearly balance is key, it’s vital that we keep our hormones in check this we know we can do by reducing stress, having a well-balanced diet and getting regular exercise and sleep.