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How Healthy Is Your Skin, Really?

Top Ways To Tell If Your Skin Is Actually In Top Condition

By Alexa Mulligan POSTED ON March 16, 2021 0 comments 93 VIEWS

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?

pH Levels

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.

How To Fix It:

  • Don’t exfoliate with a chemical exfoliator too much. Once a week is enough. If you do exfoliate, use an Ultrasonic Skin Scrubber with a good quality serum to maintain your skin’s acid mantle. We love this one from Elevatione.Use a milky cleanser as opposed to a foamy one. These are much more gentle on compromised skin and will help to repair your acid mantle. Try out this one that comes with a complimentary toner.

Hydrasonic Facial Device

Dark Patches

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.

How To Fix It:

  • Professional Spa treatments such as microdermabrasion. This will remove the outer layer of your sin, and improve collagen production.
  • Laser treatment is also an option, although an expensive one. Lasers target melanin that causes dark spots, breaking it up to return the skin to its original color.
  • Creams can be a great alternative to the more hardcore procedures. they do take longer but have almost no recovery time.
  • LED treatment is new on the market, and has shown amazing results. You can buy a home device that will treat your skin with a number of colors, each of which targets a specific skin issue. Green light in particular is wonderful for dark spots and other discoloration.
  • Buy a high-quality LED skincare device here.

Flakey Skin

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.

How To Fix It:

  • Drinking enough water, about 2 to 3 litres a day will do wonders for your skin’s hydration. Make sure that you ALWAYS wear sunscreen, even if it doesn’t seem sunny out. UV rays will dry your skin out in a flash, resulting in a flakey or burned top layer.
  • Use Serums. Really good skincare name brands now offer serums that nourish your skin. No longer do we just use creams, but we actually put ingredients onto our skin that helps to fix it from within. I remember when my mother simply put “cold cream” onto her face after a bath or shower. Now that I know much, much more about skincare, I wonder what benefits that cream actually had for the skin. Ingredients such as Vitamin C, Hyaluronic acid and distilled botanicals will all help to hydrate your skin and fix flakiness.
  • Choose your skincare products carefully. Not every skin is the same. Some people have naturally dry skin, and in order to maintain condition, you need to use creams and cleansers that compliment and work with your skin type. These hyaluronic capsules do wonders to maintain your skin’s hydration.

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!

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