Skin and hair
In our society, a strong and shiny head of hair and firm, healthy-looking skin are seen as traits of beauty. Skin and hair reflect the health of the body and soul. Nevertheless, a lot of men and women complain about hair loss or skin problems, such as excessive wrinkles or cellulite.
With increasing age, we continually lose more hair than is actually growing back. Our primary colour pigments fade and new hair growth becomes grey and sometimes even white. These occurrences are often the result of hormonal changes within the body. In the case of hair loss the roots tend to be quite sensitive to a certain hormone. The increase of hormone loss with age causes the hair follicle to change, causing thinner and shorter hair to grow back – until the hair growth stops completely. Men, especially, are often affected by early hair loss. After a certain amount of time, the hair root becomes more sensitive to androgens (testosterone/DHT) which can cause early baldness. In women the drastic decrease of female sex hormones, as a result of the menopause, can lead to some hair loss.
Just like hair, skin problems can be a bothersome subject for many people: acne, broken, dry or thin skin, eczema, right up to neurodermatitis are not only burdening, but should in fact be seen as warning signals from the body. The skin is significantly influenced by hormones. The optimum degree of oestradiol possesses an anti-oxidative effect and protects the body against free radicals on a daily basis – which keeps the skin looking young. Aging, as well as the effects of life in general, (such as stress, vitamin deficiencies associated with extreme dieting, and the intake of medication as a result of sickness and gastrointestinal disturbances) affect the hormones responsible for healthy skin and hair growth. This can have what we see as a negative impact on our physical appearance.
Scientific studies have shown that a stable hormonal balance is beneficial for healthy hair and firm skin. The saliva test from Verisana, which can be easily carried out in the comfort of your own home, measures whether your hormone levels are within the normal range. Saliva tests are recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the determination of hormone values.
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