Dr Murad on 6 Ways to Slow Down Hormonal Ageing
According to Dr Howard Murad, if your skin is showing signs of thinning, is prone to breakouts, or looks and feels sensitive/dry around the eyes and you’re in your 40s, 50s or older, these are all probably signs of what’s known as “hormonal ageing”.
But the good news is, we can do quite a bit of slow it down/help fend this process off! Here are six tips from Dr. Murad, all of them easy to follow and incorporate into your daily routine (what you do now will pay dividends later, so the best time to start is..yesterday!)
Eat more soy, wild yam and broccoli – they’re all natural, plant-based estrogens and will help restore skin’s elasticity.
Look for ingredients like phytoestrogens, AHAs and Shea Butter to hydrate and stimulate cell renewal. Try@ Intensive Age-Diffusing Serum with Clover Leaf extract, a phytoestrogen which firms and improves suppleness and Glycolic, an AHA which gently exfoliates and boosts collagen production for a plumper looking complexion.
Exfoliate! Dull, lacklustre skin is often a build up of dead skin cells and can make you look older than you really are, so exfoliate regularly to reveal a fresh, more youthful looking complexion.
Through more than fifty years of research, Dr. Murad has established that beauty and health are vitally linked and best achieved through an inclusive approach that improves every cell in the body
Replace one glass of water a day with eating a raw fruit or vegetable for healthier, younger-looking skin “As we age, our cells lose water. When we are babies, approximately 75% of our body is water. And think how plump and smooth a baby’s skin is! By the time we reach middle age, our body’s water content can be as low as 50%. And unfortunately skin ‘withers’ and ages alongside the declining cell water content. If you eat your water, you won’t need to count your glasses. Eating foods that are rich in structured water, especially raw fruits and vegetables, will not only help your body hold onto water longer, you’ll get the added boost of important antioxidants, fibre and other nutrients.
Get a good night’s rest! Getting deep sleep is one of the best things you can do for your skin and your health. Sleep isn’t just about waking well rested, sleep has important therapeutic benefits – it may be one of your body’s most productive times for repairing every system in your body, including skin which is your largest system – and the one that displays the most dramatic signs of sleep deprivation
Celebrate your glow! A complexion with a dewy glow looks healthier and more youthful. Regardless of your skin type, you need a moisturiser to help your skin to stay smooth, strong and resilient—all qualities we associate with young skin
…AND, whether you’re experiencing hormonal ageing or not, don’t forget your daily sunscreen! Sun, stress, smoking and lack of sleep are super-fast skin-agers and it’s so much easier to prevent than try to “reverse” any damage. Minimalise the damage ahead of time and your skin will thank you for it.