As women, we hear talk (and blame) of our hormones all the time. But what do they really mean for our bodies and our skin? As the body’s chemical messengers, hormones control everything from your metabolism and development to reproduction and your response to stress. Balanced hormones are essential to maintaining the healthy ecosystem you need to thrive. This guide will help you understand each of the hormones — what they do and the questions to ask about them.
Stress & Mood Hormones
These hormones are responsible for your mood and natural response mechanisms (think fight or flight) as they impact brain chemistry and circuity. Other types of hormones are also thought to have an impact on mood because they lead to other biological changes, such as estrogen in PMS or your Thyroid.
Adrenaline is the key to your fight-or-flight response that sends messages to other areas of the body to be on alert.
Cortisol, the “stress hormone”, increases your blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and breathing, but also slows down other functions like your digestive and reproductive systems to prepare you for action.
Melatonin is responsible for regulating the sleep cycle and circadian rhythms.
Noradrenaline works alongside adrenaline to help the body respond to stress.
Serotonin is the happy hormone, the chemical present in the brain that helps to control your mood and emotions.