5 Signs Of Healthy Skin

If you have good and healthy skin, you find friends complementing you on your glowing skin and asking you about the secret recipe to it. You feel nice, happy, and energetic, and your skin, hair, and nails glow even brighter with confidence. When you don’t have great skin, either you ignore it or you work at improving it because you know the negative impact it has on you, your confidence, your mood, relationships, and sometimes even your efficiency.

But getting that healthy glow does not come after following just one step. Most patients come to me and ask for the secret to glowing skin as if there’s a bulb in them that I can turn on. Like I said before, your outside, i.e. your skin and how it looks, affects your insides, your mood, and your health. And what you put inside—your nutrition—shows on the outside.

So before we move ahead, let’s first talk about how a healthy, beautiful skin should look and feel.

1) Even skin tone: Your skin should have a consistent color no matter what your complexion is. It does not matter if you are fair, dusky, or dark; the evenness of skin tone is what makes you look attractive. Little shadows are natural to Indian skin tone. But for it to look attractive, the color graduation has to be seamless, blending with the rest of your facial skin color.

2) Well hydrated: You know skin has enough moisture when it feels supple to the touch. Another way of knowing whether your skin is well hydrated is when your skin bounces back as you press and release it. You know then that the lipid barrier is well preserved, causing minimal transepidermal water loss.

3) Smooth texture: Healthy skin looks smooth and feels smooth. If you look closely in the mirror, you will notice a uniform layout of your pores, and tiny peaks around your hair follicles (yes, our face does have a very fine layer of hair, almost invisible to the naked eye). The pores are small, tight, and feel smooth to touch.

4) Reflects light: Your skin is neither too dry or chapped nor too oily. The pores are closed. This makes the light that hits your face travel back in a straight line instead of scattering it, so that a person looking at you sees your skin shine and glow.

5) Normal sensations: When your skin is healthy, you will not feel any irregular sensations like stretching, burning, or itching.

Winter care tips: Here’s how to take care of your hair and skin this season

A steaming cup of hot chocolate and sitting around the bonfire with friends during the year-end break is all I can think of whenever someone talks about winter. In India, winter means different things in different parts of the country. While people in North India experience really cold temperatures, people in the western and southern regions enjoy pleasant weather. But most people experience dry, dehydrated, rough, sensitive, and chapped skin and lips. Enjoy the chilled wind and water on your face—that can be the best toner ever while you make sure to follow the right tips for winter care.

 

What does winter brings for hair and skin?

  • Pale and dry
  • Dehydrated and flaky
  • Sensitive
  • Wrinkled under eyes
  • Chapped lips
  • Dry frizzy hair
  • Prone to breakage
  • Dandruff at its peak

Winter special care

Go overboard with moisturizing: Apply your creamy moisturizer after cleansing your face off all the dead skin and grime as they can act as a barrier against the cream soaking into the skin. Apply moisturizer on damp skin. This not only spreads and hydrates better, but also seals the water on the skin.

Bear the burn: Every patient who comes to me in winter tells me, ‘Doc, my skin is so sensitive that any cream that I apply burns my skin,’ and so they don’t apply any cream at all. What causes the burning is dry and chapped skin, and by not applying cream, they worsen the situation. Even if it burns, don’t worry. Apply the cream and let it be. What you could do is spray a mist liberally and apply the cream on top before the effect of the mist dries off. Take plenty of warm fluid intake and healthy amounts of oils in the diet.

Look after your eyes and lips: They lack oil glands and the skin is thin, therefore it dries out and gets wrinkled and chapped. If on any night you do not feel up to skincare, a must-do is eye and lip cream. Since chapping can be a painful condition, give your lips some extra TLC (tender love and care). Exfoliate your lips gently with your finger, then apply a good cold cream, ghee, or lip balm with beeswax. Avoid smacking and licking your lips, as it only aggravates the dryness.

Hands and feet need love: Please make sure the same care that you take with your face is extended to your body as well; especially the exposed parts. Generally, go for short bath with warm and not too hot water. Hot water bath is tempting but it also leads to skin’s drying. Do not step into a room with heaters immediately after a shower. Pat dry but before that, apply plenty of moisturizer on the damp body. A good but gentle exfoliation and oil indulgence helps. Post oil massage, do not overuse soap. Try a moisturizing body wash instead. Even a 5-minute pre-shower oil massaged on to the body helps in a big way.

Winter must dos

 

Move from a foamy face wash to a creamy one and cleanse your face not more than three times a day.

  • Change liquid remover to a creamy one
  • Apply plenty of under eye and lip cream
  • Switch from shower gels to shower oils
  • Pre bath indulgence with a five minute oil massage
  • Oil hair overnight
  • Plenty of moisturizer
  • Avoid scrubs
  • Hydrate
  • Use sunscreen

Winter No-No

  • Long, hot baths
  • Avoiding sunscreen
  • Skipping shampoo
  • Petroleum jelly on your lips
  • Licking or smacking your lips