I think it’s a universal thing to want smooth skin, am I right? While there’s nothing wrong with textured skin because it is normal, it’s also natural to want smooth skin and it’s very doable.
But first, what causes textured skin?
There are many factors that contribute to having rough or textured skin including pollution, stress, sun damage, hormonal changes, genetic skin conditions, you name it.
However, there are also many ways to improve your skin’s texture.
# 1 - Eating Habits
Yes, junk food is good, but not good for you. Eating foods high in sugar, alcohol, carbs and processed food are not friendly to the skin. They trigger acne which can lead to scarring and pigmentation.
Try to add vitamins and antioxidants in your diet (fruits and vegetables) which makes your skin stronger and fights against free radicals. Fish is also good to include in your diet, it is high in omega-3 fatty acids which helps your skin look smooth and radiant.
# 2 - Cleanse and Exfoliate
Cleansing regularly removes the dirt, bacteria, dead skin cells, excess oil and other gunk that sits on your skin. Make sure that you’re cleansing at least twice a day, but more importantly once at night. This removes all the unwanted gunk that you attract in the outside world.
Exfoliate 1 to 2 times a week. This will strip the outer layer of your skin which will improve the appearance and texture of your skin.
You can also look into more intensive exfoliation that can be done by professionals:
- Chemical peels
- Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion
- Laser Skin Resurfacing
# 3 - Moisturize
No matter your skin, you need to moisturize and hydrate your skin. Moisturizing your skin will prevent flakiness and dry patches.
It is recommended that you apply your moisturizers before you’re completely dry after washing your skin. This way, your moisturizer can trap the water, locking in moisture.
# 4 - Hydrate
Drink water! Water is probably one of the few things that you can’t overdo. The more water you consume, your cells will become more hydrated and plumper.
It is recommended that you drink at least 8 to 10 glasses a day to maintain hydration and healthy skin.
# 5 - Sleep
Lack of sleep can wreak havoc on your skin. Sleeping at least 7 to 8 hours a day allows your skin to rejuvenate and heal itself from the daily stresses we encounter.
Sleeping should be one of the things you prioritize if you want to achieve that smooth looking skin.
# 6 - Exercise
You might be confused, how would exercising help make your skin look better? Well, exercise increases blood flow and will help nourish your skin cells and keep them vital.
# 7 - SPF Protection
Making sure that your skin is protected with SPF prevents the damages and stresses that sun exposure can cause including sun burns, sun spots, hyperpigmentation, premature aging and skin cancer.
Applying skincare is one of the simplest and best things you can do to achieve smooth skin.