The Role of Hormones in Aging

Volume loss, sun exposure, a breakdown of collagen and elastin, and skin changes are all responsible for age-related changes but your hormones are also to blame for what’s staring back at you in the mirror. Starting in your late 20s, female hormone levels begin to dip, especially around menopause, as the sex hormones (mainly estrogen) are lost. “There’s definitely a correlation between estrogen and youthful-looking skin. Estrogen improves collagen and elastin levels, skin moisture and thickness and prevents bone loss,” says Scottsdale, AZ, plastic surgeon Geoffrey E. Leber, MD. Topical products, as well as foods like soy, are said to help increase estrogen production internally.

Load up on supplements
Fish oil and omega-3 fatty acid supplements help ward off signs of aging by keeping skin hydrated. The softer and more supple the skin is, the less likely it is to look aged and weathered.

Drink coconut water
Besides being a hydrator, coconut water is loaded with antioxidants and cytokines,which help limit free radicals circulating in the body. The fewer free radicals, the better your skin will look because collagen and elastin aren’t broken down.