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The Big Three Hormones

Every woman wants to feel graceful and beautiful regardless of the circumstances. It’s important to follow the Venus Lifestyle guidelines in order to reap the full benefits and your skin can glow with vitality while making you look more graceful than ever before.

Part of the Venus Lifestyle is seeking the right nutrient-rich foods and, where deficient, taking the necessary supplements to help your body function at its highest capacity. One of the pro-Venus supplements is probiotics. Probiotics help create bacterial balance inside your body and on your skin, scalp, and many other places. Adequate metabolism depends on good gut bacterial balance and this is becoming difficult to maintain in an era when antibiotics are so often used. Probiotics help to replace what is often missing in a modern diet.

Dr. Rebecca Booth’s Tips To Incorporate Probiotics Into Your Life:

  • Yogurt with “live cultures”: preferably start with plain yogurt and add your own berries or nuts on top. Fruity yogurts can be loaded with sugar – definitely read the nutritional label.
  • Kefir: A fermented drink similar to yogurt that is loaded with healthy bacteria… great in a smoothie.  Check the label for the sugar content and seek low sugar options.    
  • Kimchi: This is a fermented vegetable, usually cabbage, containing high levels of probiotics that you can find at Whole Foods and specialty grocery stores,
  • Miso soup – the probiotic in the fermented miso paste helps with digestion…and it tastes great!
  • Probiotics as a supplement: Take a tablet, pearl, or powder  every day with a meal as directed on the brand’s bottle. We love Integrative Therapeutics because their Probiotic Pearls are high quality, and easy to swallow. Take one daily.

Today we wanted to talk about one of the ingredients that we use in our line, namely Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii). Shea Butter is a popular ingredient and is known for its incredible moisturizing properties.

Shea butter is found in nuts of the Shea-Karite tree, grown in the tropical parts of Africa. It has a myriad of healing properties on the skin. Its anti-aging properties have been compared to the benefits of green tea. Shea butter is filled with essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin, a natural skin protectant.

The benefits of Shea Butter on the Skin:

  • Reduces the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and scars
  • Acts as an antioxidant by balancing free-radicals on the skin
  • Anti-inflammatory and therefore soothing and healing for the skin
  • Deeply moisturizing
  • Stimulating to the superficial microcirculation
  • Skin strengthening and protecting
  • Heals minor cuts and burns

We use Shea Butter in our VENeffect Anti-Aging Intensive Moisturizer, Eye Treatment and our Firming Neck and Décolleté Creme.

Living with grace requires that we embrace the natural ebbs and flows that Mother Nature has in store for us.  That could never be more true than navigating the dance of the female hormones. In her book,The Venus Week, VENeffect Co-Founder and gynecologist, Dr. Rebecca Booth refers to hormones as being crucial to having balanced skin, and a healthy body and mind. The “Venus Week” is her metaphor for the ideal week in a woman’s cycle, typically around days 7-14 (the week after your period), and culminating in ovulation.  During the is week our skin is glowing, our metabolism is more efficient – thus the jeans fit a little better, and we are open to making connections.  Understanding the keys to this week will help us unlock the benefits throughout the month and throughout our lifetime – to achieve what we call the Venus Effect – and what led us to create VENeffect.

In this week’s blog, we wanted to break down “The Big Three Hormones”, which are the main players in the “dance” of our reproductive cycle:

Estrogen - The main “feminizing” hormone. Estrogen lightens your mood, improves your skin, increases your energy and mental focus, and improves your metabolism by increasing sensitivity to insulin. It helps you be more interested in making connections with others, whether it’s by intimacy and emotional closeness with your significant other, or warm connections with your friends. From puberty until menopause, this hormone is designed to rise and fall cyclically, peaking just before ovulation each month. 

Testosterone - The hormone of “desire.” This hormone also peaks just before ovulation, around day 14 of a woman’s cycle, to facilitate a surge in sexual desire. Testosterone builds on the femininity of estrogen to inspire and drive libido. Balanced with estrogen during the Venus Week, testosterone improves your assertiveness and confidence as well as increases your energy and creativity. The synergistic combination of testosterone with estrogen allows a woman to feel her most attractive, and she is more likely to initiate or respond to intimacy.

Progesterone - The “protective” one of the three hormones. As estrogen wanes near the end of your Venus Week, progesterone begins to rise. Progesterone prepares the uterus and other places in the body for an expected pregnancy and is therefore the dominant hormone of pregnancy. It could be said that it stabilizes, rather than feminizes your reproductive behavior. Many women also say their mood shifts, making them lower in energy and distracted, but progesterone can also have a calming effect. While estrogen tends to lower hunger pangs, progesterone increases appetite and blood sugar.

What happens when the Venus Week “retires”?

From roughly age 12 or 13 to around age 50, the dance of the hormones provides for a changing dynamic virtually every day of the month.  When we reach the point of menopause, a  woman is free to make her own priorities a reality. Once she understands the guiding principals of The Venus Effect, she can tailor her nutritional efforts, exercise, and beauty regimen to achieve her best aesthetic the rest of her life.   

At VENeffect, it is our mission to share the beauty of our hormones and how we can live better in that knowledge.  From our twenties to 50s and beyond, the ebb and flow and ultimate decline of our hormones affects everything about us.  We provide skincare solutions to live better in that knowledge, from lifestyle to diet, supplements and of course, our skin care line, developed out of the need to address the unique way we age as women.  We look forward to continuing to share this understanding and developing new solutions, by women – for women. 

  • Rebecca Booth