There are many different tests that we can take to determine heart health, brain health and overall health. But what about skin health? The last time you went in for your annual checkup, did your doctor give you an update on the overall health of your skin? Probably not. Sure, we can get our skin evaluated in search of abnormalities to proactively defend against skin cancer, but what is healthy skin? And what does it look like?
Just about every marketing campaign we see for skincare products focuses on healthy, beautiful, radiant, younger-looking skin. Of course, we all want that. But how do we know exactly what to look for to ensure we’re on the right track? Do you know how your skin stacks up on the healthy meter? Here are some signs of both healthy and not so healthy skin that you can look for.
Your Largest Organ
When your skin is healthy, you don’t even realize that it’s there. Sound crazy? Your skin is your largest organ and when it’s healthy and functioning at its best, you truly don’t even think about it because you just don’t feel it. But when your skin becomes itchy or tight, you notice it. If you’re experiencing a burning or stinging sensation, then you know things have gone awry. But don’t panic just yet. There are several things that could be the culprit.
The weather and extremes in temperature could cause discomfort. Think icy cold wind or sunburn. Perhaps it’s a new skincare product you’re trying for the first time. Sometimes your skin is allergic to certain ingredients, and in some cases those ingredients are just too harsh. There are skin conditions, such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis that can cause uncomfortable sensations as well as visible redness, rashes or even breakouts. If you find your uncomfortable skin condition not improving or worsening, you should consult your doctor or dermatologist so that they can help you get to the root of the problem.
How Does It Feel?
If your skin is healthy, it’ll feel soft and smooth to the touch. It will have a glow to it that gives it a radiant appearance. It’ll be free from skin conditions like acne, blackheads and clogged pores. It won’t be overly dry, and it won’t be too oily. When you’re trying to achieve a smooth texture, it’s a good idea to always properly cleanse your skin twice a day. And to help with the overall softness and smoothness, exfoliating is a must. Choose a facial exfoliating scrub that contains gentle ingredients like Aloe vera and antioxidant vitamins. A good scrub will help to decongest clogged pores and remove the dead skin cell build-up from the surface. The result? Softer, smoother and healthier looking skin.
How Does It Look?
When you’re examining the color of your skin, it’s important to note that it’s less about the actual color of your skin or your skin tone than the consistency in the color. You want to pay attention to any skin spotting. If you see lighter patches or darker patches, then you know your color consistency is out of whack. If you notice any dark spots on the skin, or dark circles under and around your eyes, then you know your skin needs a bit of help. There are several things that can contribute to your skin coloring, including allergies, unprotected sun exposure, hyperpigmentation and hormonal influences. And remember, your skin does its best regenerating while you’re resting, so get plenty of sleep. Remember, it’s called “beauty sleep” for a reason.
How Do You Feel?
The appearance of your skin can be a direct reflection of what’s happening on the inside of our body. It’s a reflection of your overall health. What you put in your body and what you put on your body are equally important. The healthiest skin always starts on the inside with a nutritious diet. Foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as blueberries and strawberries, aren’t just delicious. They are fantastic for your skin. So are walnuts due to their fat content, which make for a great snack. And, of course, green leafy veggies are high in nutrients and contain antioxidant vitamins as well. It’s important to eat as healthy as you can, and avoid junk food at all costs.
We also need to live a healthy, active lifestyle. Kick the bad habits once and for all. Don’t smoke or drink too much alcohol, as these habits can be damaging to the skin. Get plenty of exercise, always wear SPF when going outdoors and drink plenty of water to keep your body and your skin well hydrated. If you’re healthy on the inside, you’ll look healthy on the outside.
Everyone wants to have healthy, youthful-looking skin. A healthy diet, an active lifestyle and healthy skincare habits are imperative to the overall look and health of your skin. You’re never too young and it’s never too late to start using antioxidant-enriched skincare products to keep your skin looking and feeling its absolute best. Cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin every morning and evening before bedtime can positively impact the overall appearance of your skin. So, in the name of healthy-looking skin, get started today. Remember, healthy skin is always the most beautiful skin.