June 6th, 2011 11:36 EST
An Imbalance in Hormonal Function Can Effect Body's Overall Function
Don`t blame the messenger! There has been a proliferation of Hormone based products on the topical skincare market. The problem is that there is a huge misunderstanding of what topical Hormones can actually do to improve the condition of the skin. It is important to ignore the marketing hype. We need a better understanding of the biology and function of Hormones as they relate to the skin so when presented with an over the counter topical skin care treatment, we can apply logic and make a decision from the stance of knowledge and not just because it "sounds good".
Our Endocrine System is a complex network of integrated hormone-producing glands and organs which help to regulate our Hormone production otherwise referred to as our body chemistry. Hormones in turn help to regulate organ function and control a number of important processes throughout the body, including the Lymphatic System which works in close cooperation with other body systems in aiding the immune system, filtering, removing excess fluid, waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, cancer cells, and toxins from cells. Hormones also help to regulate the circulatory system which deliver nutrients, oxygen, and hormones from the blood to the cells that make up the tissues of the body
With a better understanding of these relationships and how they affect our skin we can then begin to understand what role topical products can play in helping to manage our skin. An imbalance of our Hormonal function in the body (either too much or too little hormone volume) can have a ranging effect on the body`s overall function, from the most subtle of deviations in function to dramatic malfunctions or even a shutdown of certain organs or their systems in the body. The skin being the largest organ is not only affected by the hormones themselves but also by any malfunctioning organs triggered by hormonal imbalances.
Our skin serves several functions. It is our body`s protective barrier, maintaining and controlling the body`s fluid levels and temperature. It assists with the evacuation of toxins and the photo-production of nutrients. Whereas the eyes maybe the window to the soul; the skin is the window to our overall body health. Everything good and bad reflects in our skin and its condition. That is why the first step to great skin is improving our general lifestyle choices. Eating healthier, drinking the right amount of fluids and removing any of the bad habits that we indulge in at the expense of our health. Then that we can try to repair or intervene with topical applications. It is here that we need to apply some logic. No matter what the marketers want you to believe, just because a hormone regulates or affects certain functions in the body does not mean that it will work in the same way in a topical application.
Topical Hormone Application
We cannot catalogue all of the different hormones that affect the skin so we will focus on those that have become popular in the topical skin care. Although it has been established in several studies that topical estrogens produce significant skin improvements in women at or after the menopause, there are understandable concerns that possible systemic effects of topical estrogens, however small, might contribute to breast cancer risk.
Progesterone has a role similar to estrogens in skin health and could be used topically to prevent or partly reverse menopausal skin deterioration. No serious side-effects were observed.
Copper Peptide is the resulting compound of combining the unstable peptide and the very stable copper atom. Peptides are small fragments of proteins, the key building blocks of most living tissues. A distinctive feature of copper peptides is they can reduce scar tissue formation while stimulating normal skin remodeling, seeming to help restore the damaged area to its original look.
Matrixyl 3000 is a newer peptide on the market. It is a combination of the two peptides and is intended to stimulate skin matrix replenishment via topical application, leading to wrinkle reduction, skin firming and other benefits.
The treatment of the skin has developed into a holistic scientific art. Today we have a much better understanding of the hormonal balance of the body and how it affects the skin. Research is still aggressively looking for the lightening rod that will assist in having a more controlled hormonal balance, especially in the aging process. It is by having a better understanding and awareness of the Endocrine System and its impact on the body`s health and the aging process that we can look to treat and eventually eliminate illnesses that are triggered by a decline in chemistry. The great news is that the skin care industry will directly benefit from this medical research.
By Barbara Schumann
Gracefully blending biology and cosmetology, Barbara Schumann has been sculpting the world`s most vital works of art " the masterpiece that waits within all men and women. As a licensed skin therapist and skin care line developer since 1991, she has made it not only her business to bring out the best in people, but also her calling. The Germany-raised daughter of compassionate skin revitalization pioneer Wilma Schumann, Barbara is bringing all of the bedrock knowledge she learned and taking it to another level.
A graduate of Florida Collagen of Natural Health, Barbara was the recipient of The Golden Touch Award. She also has Bachelors in Architecture, a Masters in Traditional Town Planning and is currently working on her Doctorate in Psychology with a focus on health and wellness.
Barbara is a noted author, lecturer and educator involved in promoting good skin care practices.
Judyth Piazza chats with Barbara Schumann, Touche Beauty