A healthy-looking complexion is something that everyone wants to achieve, but how do you know whether or not your skin is actually healthy? Here are the signs to look out for…
Your Skin Doesn’t Feel Dry, Oily, or Sensitive
Whether you’re wearing layers of makeup or you have a bare face, healthy skin shouldn’t ever feel dry, oily, or sensitive. Instead, if your skin is healthy, you won’t even be thinking about these issues much since they’ll rarely be encountered.
On the other hand, oily skin means that natural sebum production is out of whack, while skin that feels dry or sensitive is a sign that the skin’s protective layer is damaged.
Either way, try to counter these issues by using strategic skincare products. For example, rather than focusing on ingredients that can keep oily pores clear, look for products that rebalance natural oil production to reduce oiliness in the long run. Those with dry or sensitive skin should be trying to strengthen and thicken that protective outer layer with ceramides and humectants, which you’ll find in Dermadoctor products.
Your Skin Tone is Even, Balanced, and Radiant
An uneven skin tone doesn’t automatically mean that your skin is unhealthy. After all, you may be sporting some acne scars from your youth on otherwise healthy skin.
However, if you’ve noticed dark spots, blotchiness, or just general inconsistent coloring, then this means that your skin is struggling.
The dark spots are a sign of accumulated sun damage. You’ll need to look for lightening and brightening products to fade these.
The blotchiness could be down to a number of reasons. Contact dermatitis, psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema are just some of the factors that could be at play here, so speak to your dermatologist if your skin doesn’t clear up.
A general lack of radiance also means that your skin is lacking. Focus on keeping your skin cells better hydrated, and try experimenting with different exfoliants to clear away any surface roughness.
Your Skin’s Texture is Smooth and Soft
When you touch healthy skin, it should feel smooth and soft. There won’t be any bumps, ridges, or wrinkles in the way.
If your reality is different, then there’s something going on with the health of your skin. Breakouts are an easy one to identify, but bumps could also be due to allergies, infections, or dryness.
When it comes to fine lines, wrinkles, and deeper ridges, these are, unfortunately, an inevitable part of the skin aging process. All of those protein fibers underneath your skin that give your complexion its firmness and smoothness degrade with age, which is why the skin becomes looser and more lined.
There are plenty of anti-aging products out there that will temporarily minimize the appearance of wrinkles. However, that’s simply masking the issue - it’s not actually improving the health of your skin. Instead, look for products that stimulate natural collagen and elastin production. By encouraging your skin to produce more of these structural proteins, you’ll be adding volume and strength from within.
You Rarely Experience Unusual Sensations in Your Skin
Burning, itching, tingling, tightness - these are all sensations that healthy skin doesn’t usually feel. Instead, they’re telling you that your skin is reacting to something. This could be the environment around you, products that you’ve used, food that you’ve eaten, or so many other things.
The only way to achieve healthy skin is by identifying what’s causing it to react in this way. Since there could be several factors involved, your doctor or dermatologist would be the best person to turn to for advice.
What Does Your Skin Need to Be Healthy?
After reading through the above, you probably have a good inkling as to whether or not your skin is healthy. If you’ve realized that it isn’t, then it’s time to make a few changes.
Healthy skin doesn’t require much - you simply need to cover all of the basics. For starters, this means a regular skincare routine, ideally one that’s customized to target the skin concerns you’re dealing with.
Your lifestyle choices will also directly affect your skin. Everything from cigarettes and alcohol to a lack of physical activity and a poor diet will be reflected through your skin, preventing it from looking its best.
Finally, let’s talk about the factors that aren’t quite in your control. Genetics, medication side effects, seasonal changes - these can all also contribute to unhealthy skin. However, follow the skincare and lifestyle tips above and you’ll be able to keep any problems to a minimum.
The Path to Healthy Skin
Healthy skin usually takes some time to achieve. However, with your skin being your body’s largest organ, this would be time well spent. Healthy skin isn’t just about appearances - your skin plays a crucial role in the overall health of your body, so give it what it needs to function as well as it can.