Textured skin is quite common and nothing to be ashamed about! This is part of being human. I have been on my own unique journey just like each of you when it comes to my skin and the evolution of my skincare routine over the years.
That being said, if you are aiming for smoother skin, I found many tips and tricks in my years of trial and error. So you have come to the right place. I am going to explain the best routine I have found that only takes 7 steps as well as a few other options if you would like to try them also. Let’s get started!
7 Step Routine
Uneven skin texture can be the result of many things: acne, sun damage, genetics, and even harmful skincare routines. While the cause of our textured skin is a bit up for mystery, the key to improving skin texture lies in one thing: moisture.
This comes in many forms. Exfoliation, applying moisturizer, hydration, and other treatments to prepare your skin to receive moisture properly. Each component is vital to having results that look the best and last. After years of mixing it up through different methods, different orders, and lots of research, I have found a 7 step routine that works the best for me and hopefully for you as well.
This routine is universally good for all skin types, can be executed in a few different forms, and is quick and simple, so there is no excuse for not giving it a fair shot!
There are loads of ways to exfoliate. It is probably the most misunderstood skincare step overall. While it can be tempting to grab the scrubs or harsh brushes to scrape off all the dead skin and buildup, this is terrible for your skin. It can damage your skin to age prematurely and form more texture than before!
I use a chemical exfoliator regularly to help keep my skin clean and clear. This is less damaging and simple to use. There are tons of great chemical exfoliators on the market, but be sure to follow the directions and not overuse them.
I also like to shave my entire face once every two weeks. First, apply some type of oil. I like to use aloe vera. Then grab a dermaplane razor and shave in the same direction as your hair growth. This not only removes any unwanted peach fuzz, but it removes dead skin and opens up your skin to receive other necessary nourishment we’ll get into below!
Face oil is my personal favorite way to lock in moisture. This can come in all skin care formulas. Just look for oil based options rather than water based. This might seem a bit foreign to those who fear looking oily, but I promise the results will shock you.
3. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a protectant against all the harsh forces your skin faces everyday. It also can brighten and smooth your skin from any lines or wrinkles. This should be applied once or twice a day, but make sure when you are applying this, it doesn’t counteract with any other skin care products.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a thousand times. No one should be going through their day without wearing SPF. This protects your skin from sun damage, which is the leading cause of uneven skin texture. Look for at least 30 SPF.
5. Chemical Peel
This is not an everyday occurrence, but chemical peels can help reverse years of skin damage and smoothen out skin in ways everyday products can’t. Do your research and seek out a dermatologist to confirm this is right for you, but this has transformed my skin.
Like chemical peels, this is not an everyday occurrence. Microneedling helps reproduce collagen and bring blood circulation back into your skin. Through this, your skin looks fuller, more even, and youthful. Again, do your research to find an experienced esthetician to ensure you are getting the best care for your skin possible.
5. Drink Water
Last and most importantly, drink water. Think of water like gas for your car. You might have the best car in your entire city, but if there’s no gas in the tank, no one will get to see it. Water is the power for our body in many more ways than just smooth skin. Drink at least 12 cups a day to be properly hydrated. This means every meal, one in the morning and one at night at least, so don’t skip this step!