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.
WRITTEN BY Rebecca Booth