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How to Improve your Skin Texture

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Our skin is our body’s largest organ. As we age, environmental facts like lifestyle choices and genetics can lead to changes in our skin texture. It’s natural: no-one has completely texture free skin and it’s unrealistic to think that’s possible.

But there are things we can do to improve our skin texture as it will not only improve your skins appearance but it can help your skincare products absorb better on the skin and even allow your makeup to apply more evenly, as well as generally be good for your skin health.

Skin Texture is Defined As...

  • Skin that feels rough to touch
  • Visible pores
  • Blemishes
  • Uneven skin tone

Textured skin is a term given to skin that appears raised or uneven. It can appear anywhere on the body, but you’re more likely to notice it on your face.

Some of the reasons we have skin texture include…

  • Dead skin cell build up
  • Sun exposure
  • Acne
  • Ageing
  • Large pores
  • Lifestyle factors like smoking and drinking

Here are some simple ways to refine your skin texture…

Establish a Consistent Skincare Routine

Make it a ritual!

Making your skincare into a ritual means you’re more likely to stick to it.

When it comes to skincare and seeing results, consistently is key to see what is working and what is not so you can really get the best out of your skin.

 

Exfoliate Gently

Exfoliating your skin will remove build up, dead skin cells and reveal smooth skin underneath and it can also help improve the efficiency of your other products that you use afterwards… a big bonus!

You can either use a chemical or physical exfoliant (or a bit of both).

But don’t overdo it! You could end up making your skin over sensitive or irritated if you try and over exfoliate. Once or twice a week is usually enough to reveal glowy, radiant skin.

Moisturise Daily

Prevent your skin from drying out as this can cause texture. Dried out skin can also cause your pores to overproduce sebum which can lead to acne.

Incorporate These Ingredients

Vitamin C can help even out your skin tone and the anti-oxidant rich ingredient can help protect against future environmental damage too.

Glycolic Acid is also a popular AHA to help exfoliate to reveal glowing skin below. Retinol can help stimulate cell turnover and approve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and skin tone to improve overall texture.

Don't Forget the SPF

UV rays can damage collagen and elastin fibers, leading to textural irregularities. Even on cloudy days: apply your SPF.

The sun ages your skin, by using spf it protects your skin from sun damage, improving the texture and clarity of your skin as it prevents oxidative stress which leads to lack of elasticity in the skin.

Eat Well

Consume a diet rich in anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals to support your skin health. You should also make sure to include lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.

Drink plenty of water too! Ensuring you drink plenty of water to maintain your skin’s hydration levels will also be great for your general health too. 

Get Lots of Sleep

Prioritise good sleep as these can have an impact not only on your skin (your skin renews as you sleep) but in your health overall.

Look for overnight hydration masks to use on your skin before sleep for a boost too.

Manage your stress

Excess cortisol, the stress hormone, can accelerate loss of collagen and elastin, the proteins responsible for youthful skin texture. This can lead to premature wrinkling and sagging skin.

Stress can affect your skin as it causes increased inflammation, your glands also produce more oils when under stress, leading to more breakouts.

Refining your skin texture is not just about its appearance, it’s about promoting skin health too! It’s impossible to achieve perfectly flat, smooth skin… that would mean no pores and they are essential for skin health.

The best thing you can do is get to know your skin and what it likes and what it needs.

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