Some people are born with naturally beautiful skin. Their skin radiates with youthfulness, not a pore or a pimple in sight, as if made from a fine matte porcelain. There are no oil spills here, no blotches of red intertwined with crows feet, neighbouring a dry spot encircled with white flakes that are simply screaming out for moisture. No, these lucky few with their beautiful skin have not a worry in the world. There are always going to be these beautiful people that can have flawless airbrushed skin with the minimum of easer, but for the rest of us not so lucky, there are no secrets to youthful looking skin. In fact, every affliction listed above is preventable, and if not preventable, at least manageable with a bit of targeted love.
Five signs of healthy skin and steps that anyone can take towards their own perfect skin
1. Moisture Balance
Maintaining the right moisture balance is one of the best ways to ensure your skin looks great. Too much oil and your skin will look like a Chinese takeaways, too little and you’ll feel dry, patchy and tight. Good old moisturizer is the key here, but selecting the right one is important. If you have oily skin, go for a lightweight or even ‘weightless’ moisturizer, and apply sparingly, for those with dryer skin find one that will keep your face feeling lush all day. Modern moisturisers also contain all types of great anti-aging molecules such as coenzyme q10.
2. Small Pores
Large pores can be unsightly and are a very quick way to make otherwise healthy skin look aged. Skin with fine pores has an all over better appearance, giving the skin a smoother and more porcelain finish. Luckily large pores are easily combatted. Firstly, a good cleanser will ensure that pores are always clean and free of grime, the leading cause of blocked pores and blackheads. To really tackle pores, look for cleansers with salicylic acid, a pore pore shrinker. Secondly, toner will clear pores of any remaining cleanser and also help to keep them closed and out of the public limelight.
3. No Pimples
A good skincare regime should minimize the number of pimples one has to encounter. But we all know that pimples love a party anmd for some a party isn’t a party without a pimple. Again salicylic acid as well as Benzoyl peroxide and alpha hydroxyl acid can keep pimples at bay. If you do get a pimple, only squeeze it as an absolute last resort and use the utmost of care. Any squeezing of the skin causes damages to the underlying cells and will always leave redness, blemishes and scars.
4. Minimize Redness
Redness has many causes and thus many solutions. Always ensure you have a skin regime that doesn’t irritate your skin and if you suffer redness, avoid drying or harsh cleansers. Any type of anti-inflammatory moisturizing topical ingredients like ceramides, cholesterol, glycerin, and stearic acid will work wonders. A good toner will also help even out skin tone, reducing the appearance of redness.
5. Fight Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Wrinkles and fine lines unfortunately come hand in hand with age, however a few tips can keep them minimized. Firstly recognizing that free-radicals are the enemy is the first step, they attack the all important collagen and elastin of our skin. Free-radicals can be reduced with anti-oxidants found in blueberries, green tea and also anti-aging creams containing coenzyme q10.
The five signs of healthy skin are moisture, fine pores, and an absence of redness, pimples and wrinkles.