The skin is the biggest organ in the body, and also one of the most talkative. Before you say anything, your vibrant glowing skin can tell others you are healthy, alert and positive. Poor skin, with chapped lips, dark spots or wrinkles can raise questions about your health and your daily habits. Your skin cells do continue to change, so take a good look and start working on what needs to be healthier.
Dehydration, exhaustion & bad diets are red flags
Dry flaky skin and rough surfaces can pop up all over the body with the face being the most annoying target. You can help turn things around with some good sleep, full hydration with all of the water your body needs and fresh healthy foods backed up by vitamins and rich skin creams.
Stress marks, wrinkles and lines all chime in too
Aging is a big culprit as cell division lags, skin sags and moisture tries to vanish. But changing some of your habits can help to hold the line. Always use sunscreen, make sure you drink enough water, monitor alcohol and skip smoking altogether. Rich creams and dermabrasion can help. Stress relieving exercises and health monitoring can help with a natural glow. Facials and commercial treatments are also an option.
Chapped lips shout dehydration
If you are not drinking enough water your lips may become cracked and dry, and irritated. Monitor your water, use lip salves, and avoid smoking or licking your lips.
Dark spots point to sun, tanning beds, medications, liver & other diseases
There are laser or freezing treatments to remove spots, but good prevention is a wise choice. Use sunscreen, avoid tanning beds and see your doctor to review your medications and spot disease.
Flesh colored skin tags also point to age
They show up on eyelids, neck and near body folds. They are harmless but can become irritated and can be removed.
Skin cancer is closely linked to the sun, sunlamps and tanning booths
It is usually not painful, and it may be stopped if it is caught before it spreads through the body. Basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers grow slowly and rarely spread. Melanoma, the most dangerous skin cancer, can spread to other body organs and be fatal. Do monthly skin checks. Look for a sore that does not heal, a bleeding mole or new growth.
Also track moles and birthmarks for ABCDE. The National Institute of Health defines this as:
A is asymmetry where one half of a growth looks different than the other half.
B refers to irregular borders
C means color changes or more than one color.
D means the diameter of a growth is larger than a pencil eraser.
E means the growth is changing in size, shape or symptoms such as itching, tenderness, surface bleeding or color shades.
As you track skin changes, stay in touch with your doctor and see a skin specialist if needed.
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