The average age of life expectancy has increased dramatically in the last one hundred. Currently the average woman’s life span is approximately 80 plus years while a man’s life span trails closely behind at around 75 plus years. Not surprisingly, this increase has a lot to do with better nutrition, available medical resources and technology.
Interestingly enough in terms of women, although there has been an enormous increase in life expectancy the life span of hormonal production has remained fairly consistent. By the time most women reach 50 years, ovulation has stopped and the body’s ability to produce estrogen is declined (menopause). This basically means that there is an entire population of women over the age of 50 who are living in a hormone deprived state.
One of those hormones is estrogen, often referred to as the female sex hormone. It is produced mainly in the ovaries but it is also on a much smaller scale produced within fat cells and the adrenal gland. Estrogen controls sexual development, however, it is also responsible for bone formation, blood clotting, and can affect the skin, hair, mucous membranes and pelvic muscles.
In today’s culture women want nothing more than to be able to age gracefully. Anti-aging products have flooded the market and many women will spend thousands of dollars to slow down the effects aging. The main hormone that affects the skin during menopause, in particular, is estrogen. As estrogen declines the skin produces less collagen and elastin as a result the skin becomes thinner, drier and more wrinkled. Low estrogen can also cause other skin problems including adult acne and rosacea.
Natural estrogen replacement has been shown to improve collagen levels and moisture content of the skin and reduce wrinkles. A panel of independent reviewers estimated the age of 100 women on their first office visit. The ages of the women ranged from 35 – 55. It was found that women with low estrogen levels looked significantly older than their age and those with move optimal levels of estrogen looked much younger. In fact, those with the lowest levels of estrogen looked up to eight year older than their age.
Estrogen helps the skin stay moist by boosting hyaluronic acid to retain moisture and creating a cushion to help plump the appearance of aging skin. Therefore, natural estrogen supplementation helped aging women have younger looking skin and helped maintain the skins collagen, thickness, elasticity and ability to retain moisture.
The authors state”…These data suggest that serum estrogen concentrations have a pronounced impact on the estimation of age.”