Signs of Healthy, Nourished Skin

Signs of Healthy, Nourished Skin

We all more or less establish our own individual skin care routines at some point during early adulthood, and for the most part, we stick to them, and can–without any significant problems beyond the occasional pimple, breakout or dry spots. Our skin is a significant indicator of our overall well-being and health, and yet we can get much valuable information from taking a good look at our skin–our body’s largest organ. There are some key characteristics to look for, in making a fairly accurate skin assessment, by taking advantage of some dedicated time to have a more detailed look.

The Color of Your Skin
When it comes to color being a predictor of your skin’s health, it’s more about the actual consistency, rather than any specific shade, although some atypical shades can indicate issues, as well. Examine your skin to find examples of blotchiness, or random areas of either lighter or darker coloration. Red spots and dark circles underneath the eyes are some of the telltale signs that your skin could use a little leg up. One of the most frequent culprits known to produce many skin color issues is something known as hyper-pigmentation. One often overlooked skin benefit is to get enough rest, as during sleep, your skin does its most intense regeneration, so in this case, more is more. Blotchy colored skin can be a sign of an allergic reaction to either topical/environmental agents as well as internally ingested ones. Additionally, your emotions can influence the color of your skin–like extreme anxiety or any other emotion, when taken to extreme or prolonged.

Your Skin’s Texture
Just as with the color of your skin, its texture comes to play in indicating just how healthy it is. The healthier your skin is, the smoother it will feel when you touch it. Surefire signs of skin congestion include extreme dryness or oiliness–acne, whiteheads, blackheads and tiny subcutaneous white bumps known as milia. The best form of tackling skin texture head-on is to include regular exfoliation in with your skin care routine. Try using a skin toner following cleansing that includes AHAs. Alpha Hydroxy Acids increase the rate at which your skin’s cells turnover. AHAs are powerful at binding water, which means that they make your skin look firmer and more hydrated. It’s important to look for a supporting measure of Lactic Acid in any AHA toner, as you get the same results, with much less irritation to the skin. Unlike glycolic acid, AHAs lighten hyper-pigmentation. Best used at night, these work by removing layers of skin, so at first you may see evidence of purging for about 2 weeks. After the two weeks, your skin will thank you, in its remarkable appearance and texture.

Proper Maintenance of Skin Hydration
Dry skin issues can occur at any time of the year, although they’re associated more with colder temperatures and how artificial heat can suck up all the moisture from skin and everything else. Regardless of when or why, dry skin needs prompt relief, to avoid the issue becoming worse. Make sure to begin skin hydration by ramping up on your daily water intake, and get yourself a well-matched moisturizer. Today’s moisturizers are much more broad-spectrum, in terms of providing the exact type of hydration needed by all the different skin types. A good moisturizer no longer has to be heavy or thick. Some are light as air. A top active ingredient in powerful moisturizing is hyaluronic acid. Also, it may be time to rethink your current cleanser. Dry skin could be a sign that your’s is too intense. Look for gentle, skin-comforting cleansing in some different skin-cleansing products.

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