We’re tough on our skin
Not only with the products we often use on our skin, but with the daily self-criticism we endure every time we look in the mirror, dwelling over every little bump and blemish.
But Hush! A rogue pimple isn’t necessarily a sign of bad skin.
Is your skin healthy or unhealthy?
How can you tell the difference? What does healthy skin look like? Knowing the answers to these questions is the first step in determining how you should be taking care of your skin. Many survivors find that it only takes a slight change in diet, medication or even weather to bring out rashes, bunps and blotches – but this is ‘normal’ for so many of us.
Our skin is our biggest organ, and deserves careful care. So here are the signs that make for healthy skin, wherever and whoever you are, and whatever age:
1. Even Colour
The same colour across your body is a sign of youthful, healthy skin. Studies show consistent, even skin tone is actually a key element of attractiveness. Sadly, even skin tone fades with age, as accumulated sun damage creates age spots and other signs of unevenness. Examples of uneven skin tone include:
- spots that are dark, light, or red
- dark under-eye circles
2. Smooth Texture
Healthy skin looks and feels smooth. If you look at healthy skin up close, the surface appears to be “regularly irregular.” This means that the skin is not completely 100 percent smooth like glass, but has tiny peaks around hair follicles and pores, and tiny valleys in between the peaks. These peaks and valleys are consistent throughout the skin, giving it a uniform appearance.
Unhealthy skin, however, does not have a uniform texture. Examples of texture-related skin problems include:
Healthy skin is hydrated skin. We’ve all heard the advice that we should drink water, and this is the cheapest and most effective advice you can take. However, it doesn’t have to be the usual eight glasses a day, as long as you are drinking suitable, non-alcoholic liquids.
Dead skin cells are constantly shedding away, but it’s not noticeable to the naked eye. However, when skin is dehydrated and too many skin cells shed at the same time, skin appears visibly dry. It creates problems like:
- flaking skin
- scaly skin
4. Normal Sensations
If your skin is healthy, it shouldn’t feel like it’s there. You shouldn’t be able to notice it unless you’re looking into a mirror. Healthy skin doesn’t feel any unusual or uncomfortable sensations. In other words, has your face ever felt dry and tight after washing it? Dryness and tightness are unusual sensations, and in this case, those sensations were triggered by a cleansing product that is too harsh for the skin.
Another thing to watch out for is wrinkly skin after lying in bed for a long time. We may notie this in elderly patients, but this can happen to much younger patients if they don’t take care of their skin, drink plenty of fluid whilst in bed, and exercise.
If you notice the skin on any part of your body feels strange, a product — like shaving cream or a body lotion — could be to blame. Signs of unhealthy skin sensations include: Or, likely with cancer patients, the side effects of the drugs we take. These can produce horrendous skin lesions. Other effects can be:
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