Hormone Balancing Skincare
The way your hormones affect your skin when you go through puberty is pretty much the same when you go through menopause. At least for a lot of women it is.
The fact is, hormones can affect pretty much every area of our body – the skin is no different.
Aside from the age-related wrinkles, my skin has gone through other changes over the last few years.
I don’t have a natural glow. I am developing age spots. I have a tendency to get dark circles underneath my eyes. My nose and chin breakout like I am a teenager. The worst change is the random hair growth on my face—definitely caused by hormone imbalance.
Can anyone else relate?
Hormone Balancing Skincare
Women spend a lot of money on skincare products and procedures to try to eliminate and slow down the aging process. However, some of those solutions contain ingredients that can counteract with your hormone balance and otherwise negatively affect your overall health.
Yes, using those products/procedures may result in amazing looking skin, but at what cost? The chemicals used in many of those products are toxic.
The toxins may simply be disguised under the ingredient name of “fragrance”.
More than 95% of chemicals in synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals, such as benzene, aldehydes, and phthalates. Did you know that U.S. manufacturers can legally label hundreds of synthetic chemicals with the single word “fragrance”? It does NOT have to reveal what the actual ingredients of that “fragrance” are because “fragrance” is considered a trade secret.
Synthetic fragrances can be found in your personal care products, laundry detergents, dryer sheets, those great smelling candles, air fresheners, and household cleaners. According to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Top 10 Killer Household Chemicals Study, one of the top pollutants in your home is found in laundry soaps and fabric softeners!
Think about it. You wash your clothes in a laundry detergent that contains a nice smelling “fragrance”, and then you wear those clothes loving how fresh they smell. BUT, that scent is absorbing into your skin. The skin is the largest organ on your body and does not have a filter.
The toxins found in that fragrance you love so much are absorbed into your skin in a matter of seconds and can have damaging effects on your body. Avoid products with word “fragrance” listed as an ingredient.
Further, many of our beloved skincare and cosmetic products (including makeup) contain parabens.
“Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products. Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or parahydroxybenzoic acid (also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid).”
Parabens are known to disrupt hormone function.
Also, try to swallow this information: Europe bans 1,400 of these harmful ingredients from use in personal care products; Canada has banned around 600; and the U.S. has banned only 30.
You can read more about synthetic fragrances, parabens and other toxins here.
Do you know what ingredients are in the skincare products you are using?
Changing out your skincare products can be very expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Start by swapping out one product at a time.
One of the ways I have saved money by going “all natural” with my skin care is by making some of my own products. Doing this gives me complete control of what I put on my body. It also gives me an excuse to get together with my friends for a girls night out because we can batch make our own products while having fun at the same time.
The options are endless when it comes to making your own products:
- Moisturizing body butter
- Face Toner
- Face Serum
- Shaving Cream
- Face Wash
- Dry Shampoo
I can go on and on and on and on.
My skin’s needs change from time to time so by using essential oils as some of the ingredients, I can personalize the end result by using certain essential oils.
Because I have made the switch to natural skincare products, my skin is noticeably different. Seriously, people comment on my skin all of the time—that NEVER happened before!
My skin and hormones love these products!
Do you have to make your own skincare products to go natural? No. There companies that manufacture safe products for your skin. I use some of them myself. In my cabinet you will find both DIY products and purchased products for my skin. Both equally as good and both are used without hormone disrupting side effects.
Whichever route you decide to choose, make sure the products used are organic and safe for your skin. Again, avoid anything that has “fragrance” listed as an ingredient.
My passion in life is helping women find natural solutions for their hormone balance and overall health.
If you would like to have some of my skincare recipes or would like to discuss natural solutions for your hormone imbalance, please comment below or reach out to me a firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live healthy, my friends, and remember that age is just a number.