If you ever wanted to know whether your skin is healthy or not you could always ask your GP or dermatologist. But did you know that you can learn to recognize healthy skin without having to undergo a medical exam? According to Insider’s Elana Rubin, a bit of self-examination and observation can tell you everything you need to know.
Healthy skin presents a certain visual image and texture, confirms Poethique founder and skincare expert GayatriPradhan. She agrees that you can tell a lot about the health of your skin just by paying attention to how it looks and feels. Pradhan also says that there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on dozens of different skincare products. A good deep cleanser combined with an alpha hydroxy acid serum and a natural moisturizer is suitable for most people.
With all of that said, here are some of the signs that your skin is doing well:
It Has a Nice Sheen
This skin requires both hydration and lubrication function properly. If your skin is doing well, you should be able to put it under a light and see a nice sheen. That sheen tells you that your skin is both hydrated and sufficiently lubricated. An absence of the sheen suggests that you are not getting enough water.
The good news is that a lack of hydration can be solved relatively easily. Just drink more water. On your hands, face, arms, and legs, you can also use a natural moisturizer to create a barrier that traps moisture rather than allowing it to evaporate.
It Feels Neither Dry nor Oily
Along the same lines, how your skin feels tells a lot about how healthy it is. Rubin describes how your skin should feel as not feeling anything. In other words, you should not feel anything you would consider unusual or uncomfortable. Your skin should just “be there” without being obtrusive.
If your skin feels dry, it most likely is. If it feels exceptionally oily, that is probably because it is. Any unusual sensations in your skin suggest there is probably something going on. If your skin is just there and you don’t notice it in the context of your normal routine, you can rest assured it’s doing just fine.
Its Texture Is Consistent
Despite what people believe, skin is not naturally as smooth as silk, explains Pradhan. Skin actually features all sorts of peaks and valleys that make up its overall texture. Healthy skin has a texture that is consistent across your entire body. If one portion of your skin feels exceptionally smooth while another is unusually rough, there may be something that needs addressing.
Rubin explains that there is no need to be alarmed if you find bumps on your skin. In fact, bumps are normal and expected. Again, what you’re looking for is consistent texture rather than baby smooth skin on the face and something else on the rest of your body.
Skin Tone Is Consistent
Hand-in-hand with a consistent texture is consistent skin tone. In other words, you should have an even skin tone from head to toe. Any skin that appears discolored should be examined by a doctor. The absence of any discoloration is a good sign that your skin is healthy.
Go ahead and invest in a good alpha hydroxy acid serum to gently exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin. Use a high-quality, natural moisture to keep your skin hydrated. As long as your skin exhibits the healthy signs described here, there’s no need to run off to the dermatologist or GP every few weeks.