We live in an amazing age when self-acceptance is part of who we are. We know that everyone has bad skin days and good skin days, and we are no longer judged and ridiculed for them. In the past, women had to wear loads of makeup, we had to have clear glowy skin, be a size 0, and never have a hair out of place. These days, women can actually be themselves. Sure, we still need to take care of our skin and try our best not to look like a hobo, but acne and other skin conditions are more accepted.
That being said, we should always strive to do the best for our skin. There are various treatments that one can make use of, but how do you actually know if your skin is as healthy as it can be?
You have heard of your skin’s acid mantle, right? If not, then you most definitely need to! Your skin should have a slightly acidic layer. pH is measured from 1 to 14, 1 being very acidic and 14 being very alkaline. The human body has a very specific pH balance between which we live. Any fluctuation in it can lead to illness or even death. Your skin should be slightly on the acidic side which helps it to maintain moisture. Too alkaline, and it will become dry and flakey.
Be careful of using products on your skin that change its pH balance and damage the acid mantle. You will know when it is out of whack by how dry your skin feels. Redness, flakiness and scaly patches are all signs of your skin being too alkaline.
The sun can wreak havoc with our skins. I used to have a job where I was in the sun a lot, and the result is discoloration all over my face. Luckily today I don’t feel as self-conscious about it as I did, but I still wear makeup to cover it.
Dark or light marks are usually a sign of damage and ageing. Although they are not life-threatening or serious in terms of your health, they can be a sign of stressed skin. Getting rid of them will help your skin to appear clearer, and help to make you look younger.
Flakey skin is a telltale sign that something is wrong. Skin is supposed to be soft and smooth, slightly plump, and hydrated. If your skin is flaking and dry, you can be sure that something is going on with your skin’s health.
Balanced skin involves correct oil, water and pH levels. If you have too much oil, your skin will appear greasy. Too little water and your skin will be crepey and dry. Skin that is scaly could be a sign that your acid mantle is damaged, and you may have an alkaline issue.
Skin health can be measured pretty easily, simply by looking at how your skin feels and appears. Correct skincare, as well as an overall healthy lifestyle, will go a long way to ensuring your skin is firm, hydrated, and plump. Make use of at-home procedures such as LED light therapy and good quality skincare products from reputable brands. If you really have serious skin health issues, do not hesitate to contact a skincare professional!
Red-faced is not something that we really ever want to be. Whether it’s caught out, or simply having a red shiny complexion. There are many, many things that can cause a red face though, not counting embarrassment. The most common ones are of course sun damage or acne, but what about some less common reasons? […]