Once and for all: skin texture is normal. Having blemishes, acne, whiteheads, scars, and peach fuzz all over your face is completely fine and human. However, we understand that having rough skin is, indeed, rough – especially on your self-esteem.
Thanks to today’s technology, we can somehow mask these imperfections by putting on realistic filters. But these filters also coax us into falling for influencer beauty fads, which give them flawless, natural-looking skin.
Regardless, we’re not here to tell you which internet hacks to use to build a flawless online persona, oh no. Instead, we’re here to help you fix your skin woes and keep your skin soft and smooth sans the hassle! Below, we compiled the best tips and tricks to transform your complexion the easy way – read on for more!
But wait – why does my skin feel rough?
If you notice fine lines, wrinkles, acne, and other blemishes, there are many reasons that may have caused it. It could be that your skin lacks moisture, which can compromise your natural protective barrier. Another reason could be chronic rubbing, keratosis pillaris, or an adverse reaction to the chemicals in your skincare products.
Sun exposure is also a culprit here since UV rays can affect collagen production. This is why you might notice your fine lines and wrinkles looking more prominent when you’re out in the sun. Similarly, cold temperatures and low humidity give you dry, leathery skin and increase skin sensitivity.
How can I make my skin smooth?
Use moisturisers with hyaluronic acid.
Moisturising is essential in maintaining soft and smooth skin, but not all moisturisers are created equal. If you want an all-rounder ingredient that does more than hydrate your skin, hyaluronic acid is the one. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture from the air and delivers it straight to your skin. It can also hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water – so you can guarantee long-lasting hydration! Moreover, this ingredient helps boost collagen protection and reinforces your natural barrier, giving you a smoother complexion.
The best way to remove that rough, patchy layer of skin is to slough it off using exfoliants. Exfoliants like AHAs and BHAs gently remove dead skin cells and restore your skin to its soft and smooth state. They also penetrate deep into your pores to remove clogged debris which could potentially cause acne breakouts and blackheads. Plus, it also supercharges collagen production and reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Don’t forget your daily SPF!
As we’ve said earlier, the sun’s harmful UV rays target your cells and break down your collagen deposits. This causes rough, uneven skin texture and speeds up your ageing process. To prevent this, always apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 (the higher, the better!). Even if you’re not going out, you should still apply sunscreen since UV rays can penetrate your windows!
To double up the sun protection, you can also use hats, caps, or umbrellas to provide a physical skin shield.
Get enough sleep.
Ever notice how your skin looks dry and sunken when you’re not getting enough sleep and rest? Well, that’s because sleep is your body’s way to heal and repair itself from all the stress and fatigue. It’s important to clock in at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep to give your body enough time to recuperate. Doing so will help renew your skin, giving you plump, smooth, and soft skin in the morning.
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