Hormone Life Hacks

4 Must-Know Facts About Hormones & Your Skin

As a woman, your hormones change constantly, both day-by-day and over your lifetime. These changes can affect the appearance and texture of your skin.
The hormones that play the biggest role in the appearance and health of your skin are the sex hormones, estrogen and androgen. Estrogen, which is mostly produced in the ovaries, is considered “the female hormone” because it prompts sexual development in young women at puberty and prompts ovulation in the menstrual cycle. Androgen, the “male hormone,” initiates sexual development in boys and spurs the production of sebum, which is a natural oily secretion from glands in the skin and a big factor when it comes to acne. Here are four important points about how hormones can affect your skin:
1. You may have already noticed this, but your skin is at its best right after your period ends. This is because of a rise in estrogen levels after menstruation. Higher levels of estrogen do good things for the skin, for example, encouraging collagen and elastin formation. Collagen and elastin restore firmness while minimizing your pores and aiding in hydration; all of which will make your skin look fresh and rejuvenated. In the week before your period, your skin is oilier and more sensitive, so cleanse thoroughly but gently, using anti-acne treatments as needed. Skin remains extra sensitive during menstruation, so continue to treat it with special care. From post-period to mid-cycle, you can lighten up on your acne and moisturizing regimen. Once you ovulate and oil production picks back up, get back to your regular routine if you’re acne prone.
2. You may still see changes in your skin from hormones, even if you take a birth control pill. Although oral contraceptives stop the ovaries from delivering eggs to be fertilized, they don’t completely prevent your body’s natural fluctuations in hormone levels. While you may experience less dramatic skin changes and better skin overall because you have less testosterone in your body, you may still have some monthly breakouts. Follow the same skincare routine that you would if you weren’t taking an oral contraceptive.
3. Too much androgen causes breakouts. Acne triggered by increased levels of male hormones is usually just a brief, pre-period inconvenience. If the problem is persistent, consider visiting a doctor, as it can be a symptom of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS requires medical attention and may also be characterized by male-pattern hair loss and infertility. Female body builders who take supplemental testosterone (A.K.A. steroids) to help them build muscle may develop body acne due to higher hormone levels.
In the week before your period, your skin is oilier and more sensitive, so cleanse thoroughly but gently and use anti-acne treatments as needed. Skin remains extra sensitive during menstruation, so continue to treat it with special care.
4. Estrogen production declines as you age. This, in addition to a lifetime of sun damage over the years, can cause skin to lose elasticity and appear more wrinkled and drier as you get older. The big estrogen drop-off occurs at menopause, which is defined as a year after menstruation stops for good. This usually begins when women are in their 50s, although it may start sooner. So why not sidestep Mother Nature and keep estrogen at your premenopausal levels to keep skin looking youthful? While some women do take supplemental hormones to combat postmenopausal discomfort, the risk of causing breast cancer is too high to make complete estrogen supplementation safe or desirable for cosmetic reasons alone. It’s better to tailor your beauty regimen to combat dry skin and use a richer moisturizer along with pore-minimizing and hydrating serums.

Eye Options

New ways to rock your eyeliner in 2017

This year is off to an exciting start in beauty. The runways showed us fresh, fun and wearable makeup looks, especially when it comes to eyeliner. Here are some fabulously eye catching updates to try.

Colorful Cat Eye
If you love a good cat eye, try this year’s update and add some bold color to this classic look. A cat eye done in a teal or an electric blue hue makes this iconic look modern for 2017. If  bright colors are too much for you,  try dark green for a more subtle take on this trend.

Just The Waterlines
Another fresh look is lining just your upper and lower waterlines with black liner. This technique, called tightlining, is best achieved with a pencil liner that contains moisturizers. JAFRA Eye Pencil with Vitamin E is a great option for  smooth application that won’t pull or irritate your eyes. Tightlining your upper and lower lash lines without using eyeshadow or mascara can emphasize your eyes without appearing overly made up. Remember to clean your eyeliners on a regular basis to avoid transferring bacteria.

Smokey and Smudgy
Another new look for 2017 is lining your upper and lower lashes, and then using a cotton swab to smudge the liner, creating a lived-inline. This is a great eye to try in navy, brown or grey. Dip your cotton swab in water for an even more smudged result.

Glitter and Metallics
This is a great look for a fun night out! Wet an eyeliner brush, dip it in glitter eyeshadow and line your lower lashes with shine. If glitter is too much for you, try lining your upper lash line in a metallic tone like JAFRA Eye Pencil in Silver for a subtle glimmer of this statement look. 

Operation: Rapunzel

Tips to strengthen and lengthen your hair

As women get older, some of their biggest beauty complaints are related to hair that is thinning, breaking or just won’t grow. There are many factors that can cause hair issues; from hormones (pregnancy or stages of menopause), to damage from excessive heat-styling, to using the wrong products. Here are some tips to help your tresses grow long and strong.

Treat Your Scalp
Like all living things in this world, your hair and scalp need TLC. Stimulating your scalp with a massage can help increase blood flow and provide the foundation for healthy hair growth. Once a week, take the time to apply a scalp and hair conditioning treatment, such as JAFRA Spa Scalp Massage and Hair Treatment. After shampooing your hair, apply the treatment to your hair from root to end. Next, spend a few minutes massaging your scalp. Enhance your treatment by wearing a shower cap or warm towel over hair for at least 10 minutes to seal in moisture. Cool It Down.

Frequent heat styling is enough to cause dry, damaged hair. Wash your hair every other day depending on your hair type, so your tresses can get a break from the heat. If you absolutely have to wash your hair, try washing it at night and styling it in the morning when it’s almost dry. You can also use a microfiber towel to remove as much water as possible to reduce drying time. Before using a hair dryer, be sure to apply a protective product, like JAFRA Hair Detangling Shine Spray, which contains vitamins, oils and butters to help detangle, strengthen and condition your hair. If you have split ends, grab some JAFRA Split-End Hair Repair Capsules to help repair your stands and prevent further breakage.

Take It Easy
One way that hair can become damaged is  keeping it pulled into a tight ponytail or bun too frequently. If you wear your hair up most of the time, be sure that your hair is dry and moisturized before styling. Use a hair band that is elastic and free of metal clasps. After styling, use a serum or shine spray to keep fly aways at bay. Another way to reduce breakage is switching to a satin or silk pillowcase. The soft, smooth fabric prevents tangling and breakage, especially if your hair type is more coarse.

Hair Foods
Beauty truly does start from the inside out, so try eating foods that can benefit your health, and your hair along with it. Foods like salmon, nuts, and berries are high in vital beauty nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. You can even talk to your doctor about a multivitamins designed to improve your hair and skin.

Lights Out, Good Lookin’

Before bed beauty tips for your body and soul

You’ve probably heard the term beauty sleep, but did you know that the time you spend catching Z’s at night can be put to good use improving your skin, hair and overall appearance? Take the tips below to the pillow and maximize your sleep cycle, so you can wake up looking refreshed.

Don’t Forget Your Face
This one may sound obvious, but after a long day, we may forget (or neglect) to properly clean our faces.  The trouble is, leaving leftover makeup and dirt on your skin at the end of a long day can have detrimental consequences to your complexion. To avoid blackheads, clogged pores and early signs of aging, wash your face every night before bed. Make a ritual of washing your face with a gentle, skin-appropriate cleanser. Once a week, replace your usual cleanser with an exfoliator and toner, spot treating any problem areas. Include your neck and décolletage when you’re exfoliating and toning. Mega moisturize with a serum to add an extra boost your thirsty face. Your skin will thank you!

Misty Moisturization
The benefits of steam on your skin cannot be overstated, but who has time for regular trips to the spa? Don’t worry if you don’t; a cool mist humidifier is the easiest way to maximize your moisture overnight. You’ll forget what you ever did without one! If a new appliance is not in the cards at the moment, spend a little extra time each night over your sink with a towel while the hot water runs. Just a few minutes of steam will help flush out toxins and hydrate your skin.

Mane Mask
Winter is the prime time for fly away frizz and dried out hair we’d all rather do without. To combat frizz and dryness, apply an overnight treatment to your tresses once a week after you’ve washed your hair. Comb it through carefully, and then pile your hair on top of your head if length permits. Then, put on a cap and hit the hay. You’ll wake up in the morning with lovely moisturized locks.

Sleep Softer
It may sound lavish (and it is), but by investing in a silk pillowcase you’ll be doing your hair and skin a real service. Sleeping on silk helps tame frizz and reduces the friction between your face and your sleeping surface, reducing dryness and irritation.

Think About It
Last but certainly not least, consider a five to ten minute meditation before you turn in. It’s some time set aside just for you and your sanity where you can release tension from the day and set new goals, big and small. You’ll rest easier and sleep more soundly with a clear head and the results will show on your face.
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