Don’t we all want an evenly-textured and smooth skin free of breakouts, zits, dry patches or depressions? Well, most men and women experience skin issues during puberty and at different stages of their lives. But your skin texture can be improved with these six simple steps:
1. Exfoliation Is Key
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells to reveal new and healthy skin using tools like brush or scrub. Exfoliating your skin regularly can help improve the appearance of scars, pigmentation spots and dry patches.
However, doing it everyday can damage your skin barrier and aggravate dryness. Make sure you exfoliate gently, not more than two times a week. There is also a popular in-office method called microdermabrasion that uses a small hand-held device to remove the skin’s top layer (1).
2. Apply Sunscreen Religiously
To Tackle Dehydrated Skin
Exposure to UV rays can pull out your skin’s moisture and damage its barrier (2). This can dehydrate your skin, making it appear dry and dull besides causing a host of other issues. A good sunscreen will protect your skin from the harmful sun rays every time you step out.
To Prevent Signs Of Aging
UV rays break-down collagen and elastin (3), which are protein fibres found in your skin that are responsible for its strength and elasticity. A lack of these proteins can result in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Sunscreen helps block UV rays from penetrating through your skin.
3. Moisturize For Protection
Moisturization is key to hydrated, smooth skin irrespective of your skin type. Look for a moisturizer with ceramides in it.
Ceramides are naturally present in your skin and protect it from losing essential oils and moisture. A broken skin barrier means fewer ceramides. Adding these topically through moisturizers will repair your skin’s protective barrier and retain its lost water content.
4. Add Vitamin C To Your Routine
Topical Vitamin C can benefit your skin in many ways. It has been around for thousands of years and has been used to heal a number of skin and body conditions.
Vitamin C’s anti-inflammatory properties can help prevent acne break-outs, thus reducing the probability of scarring. Vitamin C also enhances collagen production (4). This prevents early signs of aging.
5. Opt For Chemical Peels
Chemical peeling can be done by your dermatologist in-office or by you at home, depending on the type of peel and severity of your skin condition. These peels remove the top layer of your skin and expose new skin cells. It helps reduce scars and pigmentation spots (5).
Depending on the severity of your scars, your dermatologist may recommend a chemical peel. They are of three types:
- Superficial peels - target the epidermis.
- Medium peels - target the upper dermis.
- Deep peels - target the middle and lower dermis.
6. Facial Oils Are A Savior
Face oils are usually derived from natural sources. They are rich in skin-identical ingredients that help improve skin texture. You can add these to your night skincare regimen. If you have oily skin, leave it on for 20-25 minutes and rinse it off before you sleep.
Having an even texture implies healthy skin. Maintaining a daily skincare regimen is important to achieve healthy, well-hydrated and supple skin. Choosing the right products for your skin type is crucial to prevent and remove bumps, pits and marks from your skin.
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