Whether you’re dealing with the after effects sun, acne, the elements or just general aging, poor skin texture can leave you leaving older and more rundown than you feel. Smooth skin is not only nicer looking, it also reflects health and vitality. If your skin texture is less than ideal, don’t despair, here are some simple ways to improve it.
Improve your Eating Habits
You are what you eat definitely rings true when it comes to skincare. The thing to keep in mind is you can’t eat one healthy meal and expect to see instant results. This is more about gradual lifestyle change.
Some foods to focus on include:
Important for collagen production which plumps your skin, leaving it more smooth and youthful. Foods include: Citrus, strawberries, red peppers, broccoli.
Protects cells' outer membrane so cells stay safe, healthy and hydrated. Foods include: Seeds, especially sunflower seeds and almonds.
Converts to vitamin A which in turn helps with cell production and replacement so skin's surface becomes smooth, shedding old skin and replacing it with new. Foods include: Orange and red vegetables (think squashes and sweet potatoes).
Getting Enough Sleep
It’s easy to get too little sleep and often hard to change this habit but night is when your skin rebuilds so if your skin is looking fatigued, make sure it’s not you that’s actually tired. Similar to your morning alarm, set an alarm to tell you when to go to bed, avoid working on your computer or phone right before bed and get a night time ritual that helps you transition to sleep.
End Bad Habits
It probably goes without saying but smoking and excessive drinking never helped anyone’s complexion. Again, there’s no easy fix but if you’re serious about your overall health and well-being, take a second look at these habits and cut back or stop altogether.
Try exfoliating once or twice a week and see if that helps smooth your face. Exfoliants gradually remove the rough top layers of skin to reveal smoother skin underneath. But don’t overdo it. They can also irritate your skin if done too intensively. If tubes and creams don’t seem to be working, microdermabrasion can take exfoliation to the next level.
Using a High Quality Razor
Invest in a good, high quality razor, lather and a shaving brush. Cheaply made plastic razors are asking for ingrown hairs, bumps, razor burn and all the rest. If you take your shaving ritual up a notch, you’ll find it’s not only an enjoyable morning ritual, but your face will appreciate it too.
If you’re dealing with wrinkles or dry skin this is a no-brainer and will make your skin feel as well as look better immediately. However, even if you have oily or acne prone skin, you should still use a daily moisturizer. It smooths skin and protects it against wind, dry air and pollution.
If you work in an office are in a cold climate, it’s easy to skip SPF. However every dermatologist I’ve ever talked to lists it highly and says they themselves don’t leave the house without it. If you don’t spend a lot of time in the sun and don’t see the need, find a facial moisturizer that includes SPF. Then you have it taken care of in one step.
Taken together these steps should help you to gradually improve your face’s skin texture and feel more confident in your own skin.