We’re all aware of how much our appearances changed during those awkward teenage years. Yes, I’m talking about that sudden bit of weight gain, uncalled for hair growth and well…you know the rest. Our teenage years were full of changes and it was all part of us growing into beautiful women, but now we’re very much sailing through ‘womanhood’, did you know that a second puberty hit us and we may not have even been aware of it?
Alas, amidst our uni years, gaining independence, getting our money up and maintaining relationships, mother nature had to join us for the ride (typical!). But what even is second puberty you may ask?
Second puberty is a slang term that refers to the changes we go through once we reach our twenties which resemble much of the first time our bodies started to develop when we were younger.
These changes include:
- Normal weight gain due to increase in body fat compared to teen years
- Experiencing adult acne
- A influx of estrogen and progesterone during our time of the month
- Increased menstrual cramping
- Gradual muscle loss
- Gaining a curvier physique
As we’re now shifting to a different psychological state of wanting to be more independent, entering new social spheres and altering how we spend our time, this adjustment period can cause a range of emotional reactions and perhaps increased anxiety.
How can we manage this?
Firstly, it’s about acknowledging that this time in your life is all about development. Whether that’s physical, psychological, mental or emotional, we are gaining a greater understanding of our surroundings and the world we live in and guess what… that is completely normal!
‘Finding ourselves’ is a major part of this stage and that can be daunting so it’s important we seek the right ways to calm our nerves and slay the day.
A great way to relieve the intensity of our emotions is to allocate time out of our hectic schedules to simply reconnect with a hobby of ours. Playing a game of sport, exercising, or even meditation helps us regain focus whilst improving our physical strength all at the same time.
Adult acne is a very common sign of our body adjustment in our twenties and, according to Academy of Dermatology, 45% of females between the ages of 21 and 26 experience this. Adult acne looks like an increase of breakouts and spots in certain regios of the space which is, again, a result of hormonal imbalances, increased estrogen and new lifestyle changes. With females in their twenties also being common users of hormonal birth control compared to any other age range, this can also have a part to play in how our skin is reacting.
How can we manage this?
As much as everyone raves about it, the single act of increasing our water intake is so important when it comes to flushing out the toxins in our body and clearing such acne. Something that doesn’t always come to mind is actually the art of time management. Something as minimal as sleeping and eating at the right times does a world of good as our body needs to align and understand our daily routine so our natural cycles do not suffer.
Our L’Amour Deluxe Hydrafacial further works to deep cleanse and exfoliate the skin, adding hydration and reducing pigmentation left behind with adult acne and scarring. Makre sure to give our clinic a call to find out more!
The physical transition most females in their twenties undergo is achieving a maximum bone mass and maximum muscle mass as your metabolic rate starts to decrease slightly. The best way to manage such changes to your physique is incorporate fitness into your life and most importantly ‘weight-training’ to help develop an overall well-balanced body composition alongside a progressive diet.
The ‘second puberty’ you go through life can definitely be overwhelming as it coexists with us females trying to build our successful empires and be boss ladies, but with the help of these few tricks and tips, we know you’ll achieve the right balance to get through this natural process of development whilst smashing your goals out the park!
Until next time..