It’s all in your skin.

To lose unwanted body fat, it is imperative that you obtain an optimal hormonal profile.

One of the most important hormones to manage is that of testosterone, the chief anabolic hormone.

Much of our testosterone is converted into dehydrotestosterone (DHT) which takes place in the skin.

It occurs in the sebaceous glands of the skin, which are a particular gland that produce sebum, an oily like matter that keeps the skin and hair follicles lubricated.

For this very reason, one side effect for those who experiment with exogenous testosterone (steroids) is oily skin and acne. All of the testosterone conversion is happening right there within the layers of the skin.

Vitamin D has a huge impact on testosterone  levels because it too is converted in the skin.

There’s so much going on in the skin that influences testosterone production.

Cosmetics that contain endocrine disrupting chemicals like phthalates or parabens, drastically hinder the conversion of testosterone.

They interfere with the very testosterone the body is trying to produce, inhibiting the body’s  ability to build lean muscle and burn unwanted body fat.

Anything that causes inflammation, be it applied topically or taken orally, directly impacts testosterone levels

Inflammatory foods like sugar, grains, alcohol and some dairy, are a stressor to the body and when the body is stressed, it will trigger cortisol secretion.

For the body to manufacture cortisol, it requires the same raw chemical materials to produce testosterone.

If the body is using its limited materials to keep manufacturing cortisol, it will not have enough to produce testosterone.

This consequently skews the body’s cortisol to testosterone ratios, leaning more in favour of cortisol.

Cortisol is a hormone that plays a role in the accumulation of belly fat. Many men and women end up with more of this inflammatory  fat as they age, due to the suppression of testosterone and rise in cortisol.

Out of all the hormones, cortisol is the only one that continues to rise with age. All of our fountain of youth hormones like HGH, DHEA and testosterone, begin a dramatic decline after the age of thirty.

Learning how to manage the ratios of cortisol to testosterone is critical in the maintenance of a leaner, youthful and healthier body.

And it can all start with the awareness of the types of cosmetics applied to the skin.