Age-related skin changes remain the Central issue of modern cosmetology. The skin renewal processes in women, supported mainly sex hormones, the synthesis of which after 40 years is falling rapidly. Plant analogues of these hormones (phytoestrogens) have been increasingly used for anti-aging.
A cursory glance at the person to understand about how old he is. Cutting edge makeup, fashionable clothes, youth slang rarely able to mislead. Skin condition is the main factor to determine the age inmost cases.
Appearance skin elasticity, ANTOR group has, saturation with moisture, depend on its structure. Connective tissue matrix of the skin (fabric) formed by collagen fibers, elastin and glycosaminoglycans. In young skin, these components are constantly updated. These processes are mostly supported by a high concentration of sex hormones.
The effects of estrogen on the skin
Estrogen (sex hormones) are responsible for the normal functioning of the skin, its recovery after stresses and constant updating. Estrogens maintain a sufficient concentration of hyaluronic acid in the connective tissue, and hence the active synthesis of collagen and elastin. Therefore, a high level of sex hormones in women provides beauty and youthfulness of the skin. Over the years, the estrogens are produced in smaller quantities. The first changes noticeable after 35 years. At older ages, the production of estrogens decreases critically and the skin’s appearance begins to match the phase of decay.
Deficiency of sex hormones can be addressed through hormone replacement therapy. Now this treatment is often prescribed by gynecologists and doctors of other specialties. But these hormones have a number of contraindications. Fibroids, endometriosis, mastopathy, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, liver disease, varicose veins can cause of discontinuing therapy. In addition, many women themselves opposed to hormone treatment because of the fear will get better or get sick with cancer. Then, comes the treatment with phytoestrogens.
What is phytoestrogens?
Scientists have found in some plants and mushrooms of a special substance with a structure similar to the chemical structure of estrogens. Molecules of these plant hormones have been called phytoestrogens. Many of these substances contained in soybeans, licorice, plantain, chamomile, calendula, clover, corn, broccoli, grapes, wheat germ, red wine, olive and palm oil. Of all the phytoestrogens, only a few proved effective in the fight against the signs of aging of the human body.
The most active phytoestrogens were isolated from wheat, soybean, and medicinal plants. Developed line of cosmetics with phytoestrogens, including creams for the face and body, shampoos, hair masks. Developed and biologically active additives to food.
The effects of such cosmetics.
- a direct antioxidant effect;
- increasing the concentration of hyaluronic acid;
- activating the synthesis of collagen fibers;
- accumulation of elastin protein in the skin;
- stimulation of hair growth.
Symptoms effects of phytoestrogens cosmetics noticeable after 2-3 weeks of use. The skin becomes elastic, supple, toned, strengthens the oval face, the hair look shiny, healthy. Antioxidant effects guarantee slow aging. Of course, deep wrinkles don’t disappear. But the use of phytoestrogens is considered to be a preventive measure for the appearance of new wrinkles. To maintain youthful skin cream with phytoestrogens is possible to apply 2 months in a year (especially after the summer season or travel to the South). Shampoos and hair masks with these substances should be used courses for 3 months. Long-term observation allowed the researchers to make an unambiguous conclusion that a cream, masks, shampoos with plant hormones do not have adverse effects on the body. Hormones do not fall from the cosmetics in the systemic circulation and, therefore, do not affect breast tissue, endometrium, vascular wall, the liver. All this confirms the safety of the use of external tools with these substances even in the presence of contraindications to the treatment of sex hormone (estrogen).
The phytoestrogens in biological food supplements
In addition to external agents, phytoestrogens are added to the biological active food Supplement. In this case, the systemic effects of the drug inevitable. Some specialists believe that phytoestrogens should be taken in with caution, taking account of contraindications to any sex hormones. If your goal is to improve the appearance of skin, hair, it is wiser to use creams, masks and shampoos with phytoestrogens, and not food supplements.