You drink water, use sunscreen, and slather yourself with anti-aging cream that's almost as expensive as your car payment, all in the hopes that your efforts will leave you with skin that is red carpet-worthy. But how do you know if all of that bladder-busting, budget-breaking work is paying off? There are signs you have healthy skin that the rest of the world can see every time you step out of your front door.
A clear, even complexion is a good indicator of healthy skin, and means that you can give face to the rest of the world with pride, rather than worrying about getting caught in the school pickup line without a full face of makeup. While some visible skin conditions are hereditary, things like chromic redness, itchiness, and dark spots can be signs that something else is going on, and that you should have your skin checked out by your dermatologist as soon as possible.
Check out this list of healthy skin signs to see if your skin stands up to the test. If you don't it's not too late to introduce healthy habits that will make you look your best. Pretty soon, you'll be able to put down the coverup and let your skin speak for itself.
1. You Can't Feel Anything
As Stylecaster mentioned, itching, burning, and stinging sensations are an indication that your skin may be affected by eczema, psoriasis, or some other skin condition. If your face feels fine, then you're in the clear.
2. Your Skin Is Not Dry
And without the help of a moisturizer too. But if you do have dry skin there is a way to reverse. According to Very Well, drinking half of your body weight in fluid ounces of water can help keep skin looking healthy and hydrated rather than dry and flaky.
3. You're Not Red
According to WebMD, skin that tends to flush easily can be a sign of rosacea, a condition that causes redness and small, pus-filled bumps on the face.
4. Your Skin Stretches
If you've still got some stretch, then you're in luck. Aging, exposure to chemicals, and the elements can result in the loss of your skin's elasticity, according to celebrity trainer and health expert, Jillian Michaels.
5. You Don't Have Sun Spots
Too much time spent unprotected in the sun can lead to dark skin patches or sun spots, according to XoJane.
6. You're Free From Wrinkles
Although wrinkles are most likely in the future for all of us, the Mayo Clinic reminds us that smoking decreases blood flow to the skin, and can cause skin to look older and lead to wrinkles.
7. You're Acne Free
Keeping your skin clean is an important way to keep it looking and feeling healthy. Acne occurs when the pores are clogged with oil, according to WebMD.