Every day, most of us see our face in the mirror—several times a day. It can tell you a lot about your health. But come to think of this, how often do you look closely at your own face? Your skin, your mouth, and your eyes--- they all hold significant clues about your health.

Don’t just cover your face with make-up the next time you notice spots, dry skin or redness on it. Instead, think of what it might be telling you about your health.

1) Your Eyes

Puffy eyes are not only due to a lack of sleep. It can also be caused by diet. If you still have eye bags under your eyes after getting plenty of sleep, then it may be a sign that your diet has a high amount of sodium. Moreover, those dark circles under the eyes can also be a result of food intolerance. Try removing wheat and dairy from your diet and see if those eye bags would disappear. The darkness around the eyes can also be the cause of alcohol. Lastly, White spots around the eyes can be a sign of lactose intolerance. If this is the case, try removing dairy from your diet.

2) Redness

Different kind of rashes can appear on your face. You should see a doctor if that rash persists for more than a week. Especially when it is itchy. It can be caused by Coeliac Disease. While rosacea can be caused by excessive alcohol consumption, an indicator of an autoimmune disease called lupus is a butterfly rash across the cheekbones.

3) Moles

Usually, you have nothing to worry about moles. Only that, you should remember your ABCDE: Asymmetrical, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving.

4) Dry Skin

Dry skin is usually caused by simple dehydration of the skin – for example after a hot shower with inadequate moisturizing afterward or in cold, winter air. But if your skin dries out consistently, you might not be drinking enough water. It can also be a sign of hypothyroidism, diabetes or allergies

5) Yellow Spots Around the Eyes

This is called xanthelasmata, which are harmless cholesterol-filled lesions. If they are unsightly, they can also be removed. These spots can also be linked to heart issues. In a study conducted in 2011, it was found out that over the next few decades those patients with the spots were fifty percent more likely to have a heart attack over those without them.

6) Sores on Your Mouth

A very contagious Type 1 Herpes virus can be the cause of recurrent sores on your lips or nostrils. Unluckily, you can never rid yourself of herpes. However, in order to combat the cold sores as soon as they develop, you can buy inexpensive medication. This sores usually develop at times of stress or bad health.

7) Excessive Hair

Some women have excessive hair growth on the face, hands, stomach or chest. This can be a sign of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). This can cause unusual periods and infertility.

8) Yellowing Eyes and Skin

This is called jaundice. It's harmless and normal among premature babies. However, in adults, it can be more of an issue. It is symptomatic of viral infections like mononucleosis and hepatitis, as well as problems with your pancreas, gallbladder, and liver.

9) Skin Color

The concerning color change to look out for is not only yellow. Even if some color change is normal (going pink after exercise), other changes might be a symptom of health issues. Anemia can have a sign of prolonged paleness. The bluish tint is related to lung or heart diseases.

10) Bad Oral Hygiene

Your mouth can have a big effect on the rest of your health if it isn’t looking healthy as it should be. A good oral hygiene lowers the risk of heart disease, while on the other hand, those who brush less than twice a day have a 70% greater risk of heart disease.

11) Wrinkles

Some lifestyle factors can worsen a wrinkled skin though it is inevitable in the aging process. Excessive sun exposure or smoking are two major reasons for having wrinkles. That’s why avoid smoking and wear sunblock when you are in the sun. Dehydration can also cause premature wrinkles. Drink plenty of water. It was also found out in a study that there is a link between wrinkles and bone health in women. The greater the wrinkles, the bigger the risk of low bone density.

12) Cracked Lips

This is normal, especially in winter. To alleviate it, you can use lip balm or a natural product like coconut oil to keep them moisturized and supple. You may be dehydrated or allergic to a product you're using if you have permanently cracked lips. Lastly, it could be a reaction to a drug. Chat to your doctor if it is causing you significant discomfort or it persists for a number of weeks.

Instead of putting make-up or going through your daily beauty routine, think about what your face is saying about your health - the clues are all there!



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