As a doctor of women, one of the most common questions I address in the exam room is why and how our hormones affect our mood, metabolism and skin. Face-to-face, with my patient I can interpret so much about her status from that first visual connection. Our skin, particularly our facial skin, reflects so much information about our hormonal status. I can relate from personal experience as to how variation, not just in hormones, but in stress levels, sleep patterns, diet and genetics affect us and our largest organ: our skin. As I myself navigate each of these influences and look for solutions, I can share my insights to help us all address these challenges throughout the month, and as we age. One of my most effective solutions it to create a sense of calmness in our lives, our moods, and our metabolism… and this will reflect in our skin.
One of the quickest ways to create a sense of calm is to take five minutes for a meditative practice incorporating deep breathing in a quiet and soothing pose. I start each morning by sitting comfortably straight in my bed, arms relaxed at my sides, and breathing in deeply, exhaling slowly as I imagine my day to come. I visualize the day exactly as I want it to happen, closing with a feeling of gratitude.
About Rebecca Booth M.D.:
Rebecca Booth, M.D. is a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist who has been practicing medicine for over 30 years as Co-Managing Partner in one of the largest OB/GYN practices in the southeast of the United States: Women First of Louisville. She is a nationally recognized expert in hormonal wellness and author of The Venus Week: Discover the Powerful Secret of Your Cycle…At Any Age (Da Capo Lifelong Books, 2008). She, together with her sister Cecil Booth, founded an anti-aging skin care line, VENeffect, with a breakthrough phytoestrogen technology to replenish lost elasticity and luminosity. She has appeared on The Today Show and been extensively featured in leading women’s magazines including O: The Oprah Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Glamour Shape, Prevention, and Self. She has been published in leading medical journals. Dr. Booth earned her medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She resides in Louisville, Kentucky.