For many people, male or female, old or young, having and maintaining smooth skin is a struggle. So many factors go into what can make or break a flawless complexion. Then all the noise you read online can only make things worse, or at the very least, more confusing.
Where to turn?
You’ve come to the right place! We’ve done the research for you and have collected the best tips for getting smoother skin. These are the basic, tried-and-true methods for enjoying smooth skin that you can start implementing today.
The More Water, The Better
Though scientists still aren’t precisely sure why, drinking water helps make your skin smoother.
As we know, water hydrates the whole body, so it shouldn’t be a massive surprise that it helps plump skin with moisture and may reduce wrinkles.
So how much water do you need to drink per day to benefit your skin?
The amount should depend on your weight. Dermatologists suggest you halve your weight (in pounds) and drink that number in ounces.
For example, a 120 pound person would need to drink 60 ounces of water each day.
Diet Is Everything
What you eat affects parts of your body, like how drinking water is beneficial from head to toe.
When you eat junk food, odds are, you feel lousy, and your appearance will reflect that. Plus, foods with excess fat, salt, and sugar wreak havoc on your complexion.
So throw away the breakfast strudels and do away with the nightly instant noodles if you want smooth skin.
According to dermatologists, the best foods for skin health include:
And when possible, cook your own meals. An over-reliance on processed, ready-to-eat foods is what leads to poor skin health and myriad potential health issues.
Mind Direct Sun Exposure
The warm glow of the sun may feel amazing at first, but too much direct sun exposure will quite literally fry your skin.
And instead of having smooth, peach-like skin, you may end up with a face that has rougher terrain than the Himalayas. The sun’s damaging rays contain UVA and UVB rays, which cause premature aging, wrinkles, a loss of elasticity, skin cancer, cataracts, and more.
This is why it is crucial to always wear sunblock or makeup with built-in sunblock before heading outdoors.
Aim for at least SPF 30, and reapply per the bottle’s instructions for maximum benefit and lasting smoothness.
Exercise To Improve Skin Texture
Did you know that exercise can make your skin smoother?
And we don’t mean the exercise delirium you work yourself into when vigorously using your jade roller, either.
Classic aerobic exercise helps you break a sweat, and sweating detoxifies your pores.
It also lowers your stress levels, which reduces the amount of cortisol in your body. Among other unpleasant things, cortisol promotes wrinkle development.
Exercise increases the flow of oxygenated blood to your skin. Also, it increases natural oil production, making your skin look smooth and glowing.
So yeah, develop an exercise regimen or increase your current one to bring about amazing skin benefits and a gorgeous physique.
Bag Plenty Of Zzzzs
Sleep is essential for keeping your body at its best, so of course, it can contribute to giving you smoother skin.
When your body is operating on little to no sleep, you will feel it in your skin. A lack of sleep causes you stress, throws your digestion off balance, and may make you too sluggish to take the best care of yourself.
All these aspects will result in dull and rough skin.
Develop A Thoughtful Skincare Routine
Not everyone needs to put themselves and their skin through a multistep skincare regimen morning and night.
You have to consider your type of skin, your lifestyle, your budget, and what works best for you. Many self-care enthusiasts opt to use a mask and/or a special skin scrub to promote smoother skin.
Others swear by dermaplaning. Which is an exfoliating treatment that involves shaving peach fuzz and dead skin off the surface of your skin by using a straight razor. If you’re a woman, the idea of shaving your face may seem weird or even taboo.
But famous beauties, including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Bettie Page, are said to have been fans of dermaplaning! And if it gave them flawless skin, it may just do so for you. Of course, we recommend you be *very* careful before you start dragging razors across your face.
But maybe you’re merely interested in a classic wash and moisturize routine and aren’t sure where to start.
Noted beauty and skincare expert Bobby Brown developed a Masterclass on this very subject. Check out what she considers the perfect nine-step routine.
It’s nothing too dramatic, and you can alter steps to suit your needs better.
Know What Does & Doesn’t Work
At some point in your adulthood, you’ll have a better understanding of the things that work for you and those that don’t.
Maybe you have a friend that swears by a specific biotin-infused, collagen-promoting gummy vitamin that does *nothing* for your skin.
Not everyone’s skin reacts the same to products, no matter how great they may sound. Always proceed with caution when you hear about the latest and greatest skin care gadgets. (Even if the source is someone you know and trust.)
And like the rest of our bodies, our skin evolves over time, so a product you may have loved at one point may now seem hellbent on destroying your complexion.
Achieving smooth skin is a lifelong journey with plenty of twists and turns in the road. It’s always a gamble to keep trying new routines that may help our skin, but once you discover the ones that do — it will be worth it!
You don’t necessarily have to invest tons of money in the “newest and greatest” gadgets and serums to have soft, smooth skin.
By following these simple tips for getting smoother skin, you’ll learn what works for you. Setting you up for maintaining the softest skin of your life!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Evolve South Bay with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Evolve South Bay the place to call home.