Healthy skin is an asset: not only does it look smooth and beautiful, it also helps to protect and defend against injury and infection. Although we all want healthy skin, due to age, exposure, disease or genetics, we may not have the skin health we wish we had. Here we discuss the 5 signs of healthy skin, what they are, what they mean for your skin integrity, how to tell if you have them, and what you can do to improve your skin health in that regard. Learn more about what makes skin healthy, and how to get the gorgeous, glowing healthy skin of your dreams.
We all have to face blemishes on our skin at some point during our lives, and they are not always a sign of unhealthy skin. Zits on the face or other parts of the body during hormonal times, especially puberty are nothing unusual, however if you find you are having to battle zits or other blemishes on the skin all the time, it could be a sign of overly oily or congested skin.
Other blemishes that appear on the skin can include reckless, dark age spots and moles, and while there’s little that can be done about moles, using sun protection at all times can help to deal with freckles and age spots. Other unusual blemishes which can’t be explained should be investigated by your doctor or dermatologist, as they could be early signs of skin cancer. Test your spot according to the following criteria – colour, shape, uneven borders, asymmetry, a diameter larger than 6mm and change in the spot over time.
Collagen is the wonderful component of our skin that keeps it young and fresh, prevents wrinkles setting in and helps skin to stay smooth and supple. A proper anti ageing skincare regime help to maintain collagen levels in skin as we age to prevent wrinkles and fine lines emerging on the skin, and keeps skin strong and healthy.
You can test for you level of collagen by gently pinching the skin on the back of your hand. Skin high in collagen (usually younger and well cared for skin) will quickly bounce back after being pinched to its original condition. Older, more damaged skin that has less collagen will take longer to return to its original state, indicating a lack of collagen
Your skin tone is the underlying coloration of your skin – warm, cool or neutral. To test for your skin tone, look at the colour of the veins near your wrist. If the veins appear blue, you have a cool skin tone. If your veins appear green you have a warm skin tone, and if it’s hard to tell if they are green or blue, you have a neutral skin tone.
A healthy skin tone is one that is even and balanced – cool, warm or neutral all over. Blotchiness, redness or flakiness could be signs of skin dryness, allergies or an underlying condition. Try richer, more moisturizing creams and cleansers for drier skin and if the problem persists check it up with your dermatologist.
Dryness and Oiliness
Most of us have a general skin type of dry, oily, combination (dry and oily) and sensitive. To test for this skin type, you can observe your skin after cleansing and over the course of a day. Does your skin feel dry, taut, painful, look flaky? You have dry skin. Does your skin feel sticky and oily, do you have a lot of blackheads or zits, does your face look shiny? You have oily skin. Do you have red, blotchy, irritated skin? You are likely to have sensitive skin.
By knowing your skin type you can choose the right skincare approach for you.
Smoothness becomes more and more of a concern as we age, as scars, wrinkles, fine lines and open pores become more pronounced. Test for the smoothness of your skin by checking in the mirror and comparing to your skin under a magnified mirror.
While there isn’t much to be done about rough, uneven skin, prevention is the best medicine in this case, using an anti ageing treatment or skincare appropriate for your skin type to best preserve your skin. Peels, exfoliation and laser/light treatments can also be useful.
With these 5 tips and tests you can assess and treat your skin for transformative outcomes and healthier, more beautiful skin.