The Key Signs of Healthy Skin

We all want to live a healthy lifestyle. We spend a small fortune on making sure that the kitchen is well stocked with the best quality foods. When we choose to treat ourselves, we try to find businesses that use good quality, locally sourced produce rather than reporting ton fast food. We try to stay hydrated and enjoy alcohol only in moderation. We abstain from smoking and try to exercise regularly. Yet, even the healthiest of us can get paranoid from time to time. We may wonder if we’re really as healthy as we can and should be. Fortunately, our body has lots of ways of telling us. Everything from the luster of your hair and nails to the color of your urine can be an indicator that your body is in good health. Yet, perhaps the mot compelling sign of our good health is our skin.

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Since time immemorial, we human beings have associated good skin with good health. And the cosmetics companies know it! It’s okay to admit it, we’re all chasing that healthy, youthful, glowing skin that we seem to have so effortlessly in youth but starts to evade us as we get older. While we owe it to ourselves to take good care of our skin, we should also recognize the signs that our skin is healthy… because it usually means that we are healthy!

Visible pores

Many people assume that if their pores are visible that this is a bad thing. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Visible pores are a sign that your skin is hard at work producing the oils which are necessary to keep your skin soft and supple. It is important, however, to keep them clean and make sure they don’t get clogged as this can cause blackheads.

Even color and smoothness

Healthy skin tends to be even and consistent in color. Dark patches can be emblematic of dry skin, or a range of skin conditions. Some benign, others potentially dangerous. Smooth, soft skin is good. But if, for instance, you notice patches of dark skin that feel more velvety than the rest of your body, this may be a symptom of diabetes.

Good elasticity

Moisture and collagen are responsible for giving skin its elasticity. It’s what helps our skin to look and feel more useful. However, as we get older, our skin can lose its elasticity. Don’t bother wasting money on collagen infused cosmetics. Collagen cannot be absorbed into the skin. Eating lots of protein and vitamin C can help your body produce more of its own.

Remember, blemishes aren’t all bad

Finally, although some blemishes on the skin may be cause for concern (especially if they change size, change shape, grow darker or start to bleed), there are many that are benign. It’s important to recognize both and not panic when you see something new on your skin. Skin tags, for instance, are less than sightly for many but are usually perfectly benign. The only problem is when they occur in places that are likely to get caught and bleed such as anal skin tags. Always check with your doctor as soon as possible if you notice anything out of the ordinary on your skin.

Look after your whole body and your skin will wear the results with pride!

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