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Are you on a quest to achieve smooth skin? While we don't have an overnight path to perfect skin, there are some steps you can take to get closer to that goal over time.
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The Opposite Of Smooth Skin
First, it's essential to understand the signs that your skin isn't smooth. If you're feeling a dullness or roughness in your complexion and have patches of dry skin, these can indicate that your skin needs some love.
Other signs of rough skin include:
- Red patches
- Enlarged pores
If you're dealing with one or more of these issues, it's time to find out what causes your skin to be rough.
What Causes Rough Skin?
Several factors can lead to a roughened complexion, such as genetics, environmental pollutants, poor lifestyle habits, and skincare products with harsh chemicals. You’ll also have rough skin if you suffer from conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
Age is also a factor, as your skin gets thinner and more fragile over time due to the natural aging process. Stress, lack of sleep, an unhealthy diet, and certain medications may also affect your skin.
But don't worry. There is hope! Here are nine tips for smooth skin that you can start applying today.
9 Tips For Smooth Skin
1) Exfoliate Carefully
Exfoliation is when you use an abrasive product or tool to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Exfoliating also reduces your oil build-up and can help unclog your pores.
While doing this can get rid of impurities and smooth out your skin, it can be too harsh if done incorrectly or too often. You even risk injuring your skin's natural barrier if you scrub too hard or use a harsh product.
So make sure to use a gentle exfoliator, and don’t overdo it. You don't need to exfoliate every day; just a couple of times a week should be enough.
2) Stay Clean
Washing your face regularly is one of the best things you can do for your complexion. You eliminate the built-up sweat, dirt, and bacteria when you wash.
And at night, washing your face removes any makeup or skincare products you've worn all day. Sleeping in this stuff can lead to clogged pores and increased bacteria, essential ingredients for rough skin.
For best results, wash your face twice daily with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type. But don't scrub your face as you're cleaning. Instead, use the tips of your fingers or a soft cloth to gently massage the cleanser over your skin.
3) Hydrate And Moisturize
After you cleanse, using a moisturizer is crucial for maximum hydration. Applying one to damp skin helps keep your complexion looking plump and smooth by locking in water and preventing dryness.
But don't pick any old moisturizer you find at the store. You could wind up causing more harm than good. Instead, read the label and choose one designed for your skin type that’s free from harsh chemicals, such as parabens or phthalates.
Once you select a moisturizer from a skincare company you trust, apply it each time you wash your face.
4) Get Enough Shut Eye
While you're asleep, your skin cells are hard at work, repairing any damage incurred during the day and restoring your complexion to its original form.
Sleeping between seven and eight hours is essential for optimal skin health. Too little sleep can disrupt your skin’s natural cycle and increase the visible signs of aging.
When you don't get enough sleep, your body releases a hormone called cortisol, which can cause inflammation and break down collagen, potentially leading to wrinkles and rough skin.
Make sleep a priority in your life. Your skin will thank you.
5) Watch What You Eat
Your skin needs nutrients to stay healthy-looking and smooth, too. A diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can give your complexion the nourishment it needs to look its best.
The liquids you drink are also important. Hydrating with adequate amounts of water helps keep skin looking smooth. But partaking in too much alcohol can leave your skin dehydrated and rough.
Dietary changes aren't always easy to make, but they can change how your skin looks over time. You may also notice other health improvements when you make the switch.
Of course, you'll want to check with a doctor before making massive dietary changes. They can help you determine which foods are best for your skin and can support your overall health.
6) Wear Sunscreen
UV rays from the sun can seriously damage your skin, leading to wrinkles, roughness, or worse. To protect yourself (and prevent premature aging), apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher every day, even if it's cloudy out.
Reapply it throughout the day as needed, especially if you're swimming or sweating heavily. Otherwise, you risk burning and damaging your skin, which might increase the chances of roughness in the future.
In addition to wearing sunscreen, practice other good sun safety habits. Seek shade whenever possible, wear protective clothing, and opt for a wide-brimmed hat when you're planning on being out in the elements for a long time.
7) Stop Smoking
Smoking is terrible for your health and your complexion. It causes a breakdown of collagen, which can lead to wrinkles and roughness. Not only that, but smoking also makes it more difficult for wounds to heal properly, increasing the chances of a rough complexion due to scars.
If you're a smoker, quitting is the absolute best thing you can do for your skin (and overall health). Talk to a doctor or healthcare provider who can help you safely quit smoking and start creating healthier habits.
8) Take A Bath In Oatmeal
Oatmeal contains avenanthramides, compounds with properties that can reduce redness and irritation. These compounds can even help treat eczema. That's one reason why our Eczema Daily Calming Cream contains colloidal oatmeal.
To make a simple oatmeal bath, add a cup of uncooked oats to your warm bathwater and soak in it for a short time. Then, rinse off with tepid water and apply moisturizer.
If you don't like the texture of the whole oats or are hoping to harness even more goodness from them, take a few moments to turn them into colloidal oatmeal before you bathe.
To do this, simply grind about one-third cup of rolled oats in a blender or food processor until it becomes a fine powder. Then, put the oat powder into a fabric bag and dunk it into your bath water like a tea bag.
You can pour the powder directly into your bath water if you prefer, but this can produce a pasty texture that bothers some people.
If you enjoy a scented bath, feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the oats before you add them to the water. Lavender is a great choice, especially if you’re trying to relax.
But no matter how amazing your oatmeal bath feels, it's important not to stay in the tub for too long. Otherwise, you risk stripping your skin of the natural oils that keep it hydrated and smooth.
9) Get Help From A Dermatologist
If you’re struggling with rough skin and can’t get the results you want on your own, it may be time to turn to a dermatologist. This skincare professional can examine your rough skin and see if there's an underlying cause they can treat, like psoriasis or eczema.
Depending on what they discover, your dermatologist might suggest prescription medications, ointments, laser treatments, or special peels to help smooth your skin. They can also give you more detailed advice on specific skincare habits that could improve your skin.
By partnering with a dermatologist, you can finally get the smooth skin you desire and learn new strategies to maintain it.
Smooth Skin, Here We Come!
With these nine tips in your arsenal, you're well on your way to achieving the smooth skin of your dreams.
Start by making small changes today, like applying sunscreen and relaxing in an oatmeal bath. Then, you can select skincare products from a company you trust, like Bodewell, and begin to tackle some larger lifestyle changes, such as stopping smoking or reducing your sugar intake.
Step by step, you’ll gradually build up a routine that helps nurture smooth skin. Soon enough, you'll be able to say goodbye to rough skin and hello to beautiful softness. And what a glorious day that'll be!