Perhaps it is time to reconsider your skincare regimen if you are on a search for smooth skin and believe that you have tried every product available on the market. In addition to environmental variables such as stress and food, there are a number of other elements that contribute to the appearance of your complexion as rough and dull—and after all, healthy skin equals smoother skin. Read on for expert advice from Josie Holmes, a certified esthetician at SKINNEY Medspa, on how to make your skin feel and look as smooth as baby's bottom.
But first, what is the source of rough skin?
Are you perplexed as to why your skin has been feeling rough lately? Factors such as stress, your nutrition, and your environment could all be contributing to the deterioration of your skin's surface. Most rough skin is caused by a combination of factors including dryness, dehydration, and a buildup of dead skin cells, according to Holmes. If your skin's texture has only lately begun to feel harsh, it's possible that the environment in which you reside has played a role in the change in your skin's texture. Holmes explains that our skin has a "natural equilibrium" between natural oils and water, and that when this balance is disrupted, "you can tell by the appearance of our skin." If you go on vacation to a hotter, more humid area, your skin's levels may be thrown off balance, resulting in a harsh appearance to your complexion.
Not only may the weather and your surrounding surroundings have an impact on your skin texture, but your way of life can also have an impact on your skin texture. If you're a night owl who gets by on little sleep, you may be able to get by during the day, but the effects of your lack of sleep will eventually appear on your face, as well. Holmes explains that "lifestyle habits, including as drinking and smoking, can also have a role in the likelihood of developing rough skin."
The fact is that, while there are a range of things you can manage, some of us are genetically predisposed to rough skin disorders, regardless of how closely you adhere to your skincare routine. Holmes explains that heredity can play a role in the development of certain rough skin conditions such as eczema and keratosis pilaris (keratosis pilaris).
1. Exfoliate on a regular basis.
Exfoliation is the single most important thing you can do to achieve baby-soft skin. The act of exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells as well as remove debris, bacteria, filth, and build-up that has accumulated on the surface of your skin over time. As Holmes explains, "exfoliation helps to eliminate excess oils and impurities from the face while also increasing the amount of product that can be absorbed by the skin." If you're not sure how to exfoliate your face, there are several options available to you, including chemical exfoliants, mechanical exfoliants, and exfoliators that use a combination of the two. You can choose an exfoliating method based on the type of skin you have. In order to get rid of dry, rough skin, Holmes recommends using an exfoliator that contains alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, or enzymes, among other ingredients.
While chemical exfoliation may sound rough, it is actually not very abrasive, making it a safe option for those with sensitive skin or those who suffer from recurrent breakouts. Look for cleansers or nighttime treatments that contain glycolic acid or lactic acid as active ingredients. If you have acne or blemishes, salicylic acid can do wonders for you by killing acne-causing germs and revealing smooth skin beneath the surface.
If you have normal skin, you have the option of choosing between the two. "It's just a matter of personal preference," Holmes explains. If you have combination skin, mix the two treatments to get the best results. "Combination skin responds well to combination exfoliants," adds Holmes, who recommends using a skincare product that contains both a chemical and a physical exfoliant. It is recommended to exfoliate your skin many times per week, depending on your skin type, to get glowing skin. In fact, according to Holmes, "oily skin can be effectively exfoliated 3-5 times each week." Without frequent exfoliation, you'll be left with a dull and harsh complexion, which can be embarrassing.
2. Make sure to drink plenty of water.
The secret to having healthy skin is not just in what we put on our faces, but also in what we put into our bodies. "Our bodies are composed of approximately 80% water, and our cells require water in order to function properly," explains Holmes. When you drink more water than usual, your cells (which include your skin cells) get more plumped up, allowing them to work more efficiently and remove toxins from your body. As Holmes explains, "Drinking water will make your skin appear and feel nourished, hydrated, and healthy." Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day to keep your skin looking fresh and smooth.
3. Apply a honey-based face mask.
When it comes to exfoliating, a culinary staple that works wonderfully on your skin: honey, can provide you with all of the benefits you desire. 'Honey contains a high concentration of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and enzymes, which aid to exfoliate the skin by eliminating dead skin cells, removing dirt and grime, lowering excess oils, and cleaning pores without destroying the skin's acid layer,' according to Holmes. Enjoy this refreshing drink for all of the skin-benefiting properties of honey, and use the natural exfoliant to create your own homemade face mask. Combine one spoonful of raw honey or Manuka honey with two tablespoons of full-fat Greek yogurt to create a moisturizing complexion enhancer that is also good for your hair. Apply the mask to your face for 15-20 minutes, then wet a washcloth with lukewarm water and remove the mask with the warm washcloth.
4. Make use of the proper moisturizer.
Moisturizing is essential for maintaining a soft and flawless complexion, but in order to get the most out of your face lotion, it's important to choose the proper moisturizer for your skin type. When it comes to addressing rough, dry skin, Holmes says the most effective chemicals to use are "enzymes," "niacinamide," "hyaluronic acid," "peptides," and "ceramides." Consider using a moisturizer that contains ceramides to hydrate and rebuild your skin's barrier if you have sensitive or dry skin. Holmes explains that if your skin is dry, you'll want to use ceramides in order to restore moisture to your skin cells. You can learn more about some of the best moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin by visiting this page.
Another effective element for smoothing skin is hyaluronic acid, which your skin absorbs like a large glass of water after a long day at work. The ingredient HA helps to restore hydration to the skin, according to Holmes. If you're seeking for a quick and effective solution to obtain smooth skin, adding HA into your skincare routine is your best chance. Because of its humectant characteristics, it acts like a sponge, drawing water to the surface of your skin and increasing your hydration levels. While a moisturizer containing hyaluronic acid is good for people who have dry skin, the fact that most formulas are lightweight means that they are also suitable for people with oily or mixed skin.
Those with combination skin can benefit from lightweight, non-comedogenic, mattifying moisturizers that can considerably improve the texture of their skin. Even if you have oily skin, you should include a moisturizer in your daily skincare routine. Without it, your oil glands will go into overdrive and create even more oil, which will clog your pores and cause breakouts to appear more frequent and severe. Because of a combination of oil-free formulas and nourishing ingredients, the finest moisturizers for oily skin provide moisture without causing excessive oil production.
5. Apply sun protection factor (SPF).
A newborn baby's silky skin is one of the first images that comes to mind when we think of smooth skin—and one of the reasons that a baby's skin is so soft is because it hasn't been exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays yet. When it comes to keeping your skin healthy and beautiful, wearing sunscreen every day is essential—and this is true even during the winter (and on overcast days! ). Clouds can allow up to 80% of UV rays to flow through them, and they can even pass through your car's windshield.
The sun's ultraviolet rays force your body to expel oils and water, which leaves your skin feeling dry and parched after direct exposure, according to Dr. Holmes. It could take years before the visual affects of spending time in the sun become apparent. This is due to the fact that extended exposure to the sun breaks down the collagen fibers and elastin in your skin, resulting in a coarser, leathery-looking complexion.
Invest in a good hat and plenty of sunscreen (at least SPF 30). Reapply every two hours if you're going to be outside for any length of time. Wearing UPF clothes will provide you with additional sun protection and will keep the rest of your body safe from the sun.
6. Make sure you have enough vitamin C.
However, while you will not be able to entirely reverse years of sun damage, you will be able to rebuild your skin's protective barrier and prevent further damage by consuming a sufficient amount of vitamin C. Vitamin C can help remove sun spots and can also brighten and smooth the overall appearance of your complexion. As explained by Holmes, "Vitamin C applied to the skin serves as a superficial exfoliator and antioxidant, reducing hyperpigmentation, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and protecting the skin against free radical damage."
Incorporate vitamin C into your skincare routine if you haven't already done so. Use it first thing in the morning to prepare your skin for the day and to improve the tone of your complexion. The product will help to keep damaging free radicals at bay as you go about your daily activities, which includes exposure to the sun's harmful UVA and UVB rays, as well as pollution. This week's favorite product is the SUNDAY RILEY 15 percent Vitamin C Brightening Serum, which is ideal for all skin types and works to strengthen your skin's moisture barrier while also decreasing fine lines, dark spots, and pores to leaving you with an instantly radiant glow.
7. Use a humidifier when sleeping.
Because air conditioning and heating can cause your skin to lose moisture, use a humidifier while you sleep to prevent this from happening. "One of my favorite methods for dry and dull skin is to utilize a humidifier while also including oils into your skin care routine," Holmes advises. The use of central air conditioning, a powerful fan, or a heating system can also cause skin to become extremely dry. Using a facial oil to seal in your skincare products throughout your nighttime routine, and then using a humidifier while you sleep, you can achieve the best results possible. "A humidifier will help to restore moisture to the region, and oils will signal your skin to reduce the amount of sebum it produces," adds Holmes.
8. Opt for retinol as a treatment.
Consider include retinol, which has potent anti-aging benefits, in your skincare routine if you want to see and feel a difference in the appearance and texture of your skin. Renin, a vitamin A derivative and resurfacing agent, serves to increase collagen formation, which helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face and body. As a consequence, you'll have skin that seems younger and feels softer to the touch.
It is not necessary to go on a shopping trip and purchase an entirely new line of skin care products in order to get smooth skin.
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