When we hear the word Melatonin, our automatic thoughts jump to sleep and relaxation, right? Well-known as the hormone that regulates our sleep-wake cycle and helps us unwind, Melatonin has been used as an alternative to sleeping pills for years.
However, recently, this soporific supplement has been hyped as the next anti-aging skin breakthrough, too.
Here at Cel, we’ve looked into the effects Melatonin has on our skin, and if there is any truth behind this sleep-inducing hormone giving us a younger-looking complexion.
Melatonin and our skin:
It’s been found that Melatonin is produced not only in the brain, but in some skin cells, too. In the skin, it’s able to suppress and counteract some forms of stressors, including UV-induced skin damage, as well as work as an antioxidant, protecting cells from Free Radical harm.
Considering sun damage and Free Radicals are the two most common causes of skin aging, Melatonin sounds like it could be an impressive antidote.
While there is a lot of potential for Melatonin supplements to help us with aging skin, popping a Melatonin pill before bedtime may help you to sleep better, but it won’t do much for your skin. Ingesting Melatonin makes the hormone unable to resurface in your skin, so in order to see results on a dermal-level, you will need to apply the hormone topically.
Melatonin penetrates the outer layer of the skin, reinforcing its capacity to regenerate, repair and restore. In the same way ingesting Melatonin won’t help your skin, applying it in a cream or serum won’t make you fall asleep, either!
So far it’s all sounding pretty promising for anti-aging skincare, but there are some down-sides to using Melatonin on the skin.
The hormone can activate Melanocytes, which can eventually darken the skin and cause pigmentation – not ideal when dark spots are an effect of aging. As well as this, Melatonin may also affect growth hormones and hormonal patterns in some users. The research is still in early stages, but both of these possible side effects aren’t what you want as you are aging!
Although there seem to be many plus sides to this natural anti-aging ingredient, I’d stick to using Melatonin for better sleep, not better skin. There are lots of other natural-based ways to improve skin health and reduce the signs of aging that are more thoroughly tested and reliable.
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