Signs to tell if you have healthy skin. How to cure it?
Signs to tell if you have healthy skin. What can you do to cure it?
Being on the outside of your body, the skin has to endure the impact of the harmful UV rays, pollution, smoke, and every other environmental aggressor. Changing weather also takes a toll on your skin. On top of that, signs of poor inner health start to show on your skin too. This is why it is critical to take care of your skin from the outside as much as from the inside.
Did it ever occur to you that your skin may not be as healthy as you think it is, owing to the above reasons, of course? While following a daily skincare routine that tones, moisturizes, and repairs the skin is essential to maintain healthy skin, there may still be flaws that often go unnoticed and create major skin problems later on. Choosing the wrong skincare products might be one of the causes of these flaws.
While there may still be time and ways to heal and repair your skin, but before that, it is essential to analyze the overall health of your skin. Let us first find out whether the money spent on those beauty products is actually helping your skin or just washing off to the drain.
Here are a few signs to tell if you have healthy skin.
- No sign of acne. Acne is the first sign of unhealthy skin. Acne denotes excess of sebum formation in the sebaceous glands inside the hair follicles, also called pores. Excessive formation of sebum clogs the pores, leading to pimples, boils, and acne. Mostly, people with oily skin have acne, but other skin types can develop acne too.
How can you cure acne?
- Use a gentle cleanser that does not irritate the skin and pores. You can also go for a charcoal cleanser and a charcoal face mask to deep clean the pores of oil, impurities, debris, or dirt.
- Always remove make-up and gently cleanse, tone, and moisturize the skin before heading to the bed.
- Use a water-based moisturizer because it’s oil-free and still nourishes the acne skin.
- Use non-comedogenic products (make-up, sunscreen) that do not clog the pores.
- Reduce the consumption of oily food and increase the consumption of water.
- Even skin tone. A balanced and even skin tone throughout is a sign you have healthy skin. If you have dark patches or redness at certain places on your skin while the remaining skin is clear, this inconsistency indicates unhealthy skin. Some of the places you could have dark patches on your face are around the mouth, nose, and temples. Anyone can have an uneven skin tone, also called hyperpigmentation; it really does not depend on the skin type but how much effort you put into taking care of your skin. Exposure to harmful UV rays, smoke, and a poor diet damages the skin and leads to the overproduction of melanin at certain places. This excessive production of melanin leads to hyperpigmentation. Acne scars and an underlying skin disease might be the other cause of an uneven skin tone.
How to cure uneven skin tone?
- Maintain a good daily CTM routine.
- Use a good SPF to protect your skin against UV rays.
- Exfoliate weekly to get rid of dead skin cells.
- Use lightening creams and gels that hydrate the skin too.
- Include glycolic acid and vitamin C in your skincare routine. It works like a magic eraser for pigmentation.
- Even skin texture. Like skin tone, an even skin texture is also a sign of healthy skin. If your skin is smooth to touch and feel, consider your skin texture is good. However, if your skin is rough, bumpy, and groovy to touch, you need to reconsider using your present skincare products. People with dry and flaky skin often experience an uneven skin texture. The major cause of an uneven skin texture is the accumulation of dead skin cells on the skin surface. This build-up of dead skin cells reduces the glow and dulls the appearance of the skin. Other causes may include dehydration, sun exposure, and enlarged pores.
How to cure uneven skin texture?
- Exfoliation is the key to getting rid of dead skin cells and prevent their build-up. Exfoliate twice a week to reduce the appearance of an uneven skin texture.
- Include vitamin C serum in your morning skincare routine. This antioxidant serum will repair the skin and protect it from harmful environmental aggressors.
- Apply facial oil to affected areas. Including this in your night skincare routine will balance the sebum production and even the skin texture in the long run.
- Hydrate your skin by drinking sufficient water and including water-based products in your skincare routine. You can also use face masks with hyaluronic acid and hydrogel to even the uneven skin texture and tone.
- Use a good SPF to control sun damage and protect skin against harmful UV rays.
- How does it feel? If you do not feel any tightness, itching, or burning sensation, consider you have healthy skin. You might not feel anything, but your skin is there, just being normal. Your skin is doing perfectly alright if it does not have any uncomfortable sensations. Sometimes, because of some allergic reaction to food or a topical product, these sensations happen suddenly and aren’t because your skin is unhealthy. Some reasons why you might have irritated skin are:
- Sunburn and frostbite.
- Introduction of a new skincare product that does not suit your skin.
- Underlying skin diseases like dermatitis or psoriasis.
How to cure irritated skin?
- Use skincare products as per your skin type and need.
- Moisturize and nourish if you have tight and itchy skin.
- Use a gentle cleanser free of sulfates if itching and tightness occur after cleansing your face.
- Hydrate your skin with products that contain sodium hyaluronate, as this will help retain moisture and water content in the epidermis and prevent skin tightening.
- Use soothing and cooling gel to relieve the burning sensation. Visit a dermatologist if burning is due to an underlying problem.
- Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.
Hydrated skin. Healthy skin is always hydrated and moisturized. If you drink sufficient water and religiously follow a daily skincare routine, your skin will always remain hydrated and moisturized. Early signs of aging, dry, tight, and flaky skin, lower skin elasticity are proof your skin is getting dehydrated.
Come winters, and skin gets highly dehydrated and looks dry, dull, and flaky. Sudden change in temperature with air conditioners and indoor heating makes the skin dehydrated too. Loss of hyaluronic acid from the body is another reason why skin starts getting dehydrated in the late 20s. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for retaining water content in the skin.
How to cure dehydrated skin?
- Drink enough water.
- Follow a proper daily skincare routine as per your skin type.
- Include skincare products that contain hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine.
- Follow a good winter skincare routine to stay hydrated and moisturized during the winters.
- Include water-based moisturizer and cream to maintain hydration level in the skin.
- Pamper yourself with twice a week hydrating face masks.
- Do not forget your under-eyes. This area is more dehydrated than the rest of the face and needs more hydration. Use hydrating under-eye patches to repair under-eyes and make them glow.
- Use humidifiers and follow a good diet.
- Fine lines - show or no show! For some people, symptoms of early aging start to show from the mid-20s. If you have a smooth face with no fine lines around the eyes and mouth, you pretty much have healthy skin. But, if you have fine lines around your mouth and eyes, you, my dear, do not have healthy skin. While fine lines and wrinkles are acceptable on aged skin, their appearance is a matter of concern for a 20+, which should be addressed at the earliest. The main reasons for early signs of aging include smoking, exposure to the sun, and low hydration level in the skin.
How to cure sagging skin and fine lines in your 20s?
- Follow a daily skincare routine.
- Use sunscreen daily, outdoors as well as indoors.
- Keep your skin hydrated from inside as well as from outside.
- Use a water-based or oil-based moisturizer as per your skin type and include hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine.
- Cut back on smoking.
- Always get rid of dead skin cells with exfoliation.
- Include retinoids in your skincare.
- Include antioxidants. Vitamin c, orally as well as topically, helps to repair and revive the skin. It helps fight free-radicals, thereby erasing all signs of aging.