You can convince yourself that beauty is spiritual fulfillment, and it’s not related to appearance, but unfortunately, most people don’t think so. Our brain is arranged in such a way that when forming the first impression, a large role is assigned to external attractiveness.
Psychologists have proved: we can easily forgive small mistakes of beautiful people and also give them positive qualities in advance.
The modern beauty industry has long taken a course on naturalness. In fact, not to mask the shortcomings, but to emphasize the advantages, to be healthy, and therefore beautiful – and nothing else. If we talk about beauty in the banal sense, the “makeup without makeup” for several years has given way to thorough skin care. Obviously, if the face is clear and glowing from the inside, then the foundation will not be needed.
Daily skin care, physical activity and its intensity, environmental factors, living and working conditions – this directly affects the human appearance. Equally important are metabolic changes and hormones, which may be due to physiological causes (adulthood, nutrition, aging, transitional age, pregnancy, and childbirth), as well as pathological processes in the body.
Identifying problems is not at all difficult if you know what to look for. These factors indicate that something in your body isn’t functioning properly:
- sharp weight loss or gain;
- fluid retention in the body, mild swelling of the face, swelling of the hands and feet, accumulation of fluid in the adipose tissue in the abdomen, on the hips and other parts of the body;
- discoloration of the skin (blanching, cyanosis, redness, hyperpigmentation);
- the appearance of lesions on the skin, excessive luster of the skin on the face, increased sebaceous excretions or peeling;
- hair loss, thinning hair caused by the development of focal or diffuse alopecia;
- increased fragility of nails, changes in their color and shape, etc.
Skin, nails, and hair are the main indicators of abnormalities in the work of internal organs. Their condition can change dramatically as a result of a lack of vitamins and microelements in the diet or, as is often the case, a violation of their absorption.
Vitamin D is a good example. Everyone knows that we can get this vitamin when exposed to direct sunlight. Vitamin D is responsible for the normal functioning of the nervous system, for a good mood and ability to withstand stress. But at the same time, we often forget that vitamin D helps in calcium and magnesium absorption. And as you know these minerals are responsible for the strength of bones and teeth.
Usually, a vitamin deficiency or hypervitaminosis is difficult to detect on your own. The optimal solution, in this case, will be the consultation with a doctor, a visit that is best not to postpone, especially if you notice that something has changed dramatically in your appearance.
Among the common causes of deterioration of hair and nails is a change in the number of red blood cells and hemoglobin level, as well as some hormones in peripheral blood. In this regard, with hair loss, it is recommended to first check the serum levels of iron, ferritin, hemoglobin, morphological characteristics of erythrocytes and reticulocytes.
Disruption of lipid metabolism is a condition in which the blood level of cholesterol and triglycerides increases. Thus, changes in the appearance of a person can be caused not only by poor skin care, unhealthy diet, or disturbed sleep but also by various systemic changes in the body. Modern laboratory tests are indispensable in the diagnosis of such changes. If you see that something unusual is happening to your appearance, do not try to find the cause yourself, it is better to contact an expert in the field of integrative medicine and perform medical tests.
Another common problem is acne in adults, that is, acne which is unrelated to adolescence. Adults with persistent acne are more likely to have serious abnormalities and imbalances of estrogen and androgens in the body. The condition may be accompanied by other health problems, including infertility. That is why a thorough hormonal examination and medical treatment are required.
Violation of the adrenal glands often becomes the cause of water retention in the body, one of the unobvious symptoms of stress overload. Chronic stress, acting on the adrenal glands, leads to changes in the concentration of the hormone aldosterone in peripheral blood and, as a consequence, the imbalance of fluid. A high level of glycogen can also contribute to this – polysaccharide formed from glucose residues, the concentration of which increases with the consumption of large amounts of carbohydrates.