When we are feeling tired, run down or experience changes in our skin, the last thing we assume is that it is due to a hormonal imbalance, but it very well could be!
A woman’s hormones are constantly fluctuating according to different stages of her life. During puberty and pregnancy our hormones tend to surge, increasing oil production in the skin, resulting in acne and blemishes.
Stress can throw our hormones out of balance too and show up as dull, dry or aged skin. As we age, our hormones that keep our skin young, radiant and plump naturally decline contributing to dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles.
Luckily there are a few ways you can balance your hormones naturally and keep your skin looking youthful and healthy!
1. Get more sleep
A lack of sleep is a surefire way to throw your hormones out of whack and the results are less than pretty on your skin. While getting sufficient sleep may be easier said than done, at least try sleeping between the hours of 11PM and 4AM in order to avoid increasing your stress hormone, cortisol, for which sleep between these times is essential. Stress manifests as dull, dry and aged skin.
2. Avoid too much caffeine
Before you freak out, read this title again. We aren’t telling you to cut out caffeine entirely, but to rather try and limit it as much as possible! Caffeine increases cortisol and insulin levels and too much can raise your cortisol (stress hormone) levels enough to have an impact on the normal functioning of your hormones.
Exercise makes you feel good and that’s due to the release of feel good hormones called endorphins. Exercise is also a wonderful way to balance hormones and decrease your stress levels. Exercising too hard for longer than 45 minutes at a time, may do more harm than good, however, by raising your cortisol levels. For hormonal balance try circuit training, which keeps your heart rate high over a shorter period of time. Take short rests between each circuit for maximum results.
4. Ditch the junk food
Nothing causes a hormonal balance faster than loading your body with unhealthy, fried, fatty or sugary foods. Not to mention, all the chemicals found in most boxed grocery foods today. Be sure to treat your body right and only feed it fresh, whole foods. If you purchase something in a box, always check the label and if there’s ever something in the ingredient list you can’t pronounce, don’t buy it.
5. Consume coconut oil
This oil really does it all. Coconut oil provides the necessary building blocks for hormone production, has powerful antiinflammatory properties as well as antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Drizzle some melted coconut oil over some popcorn for a delicious treat!
These are just a few ways you can start to balance your hormones naturally without the use of medications. You will start to feel better, more energetic and your skin will thank you for it!