How to Make Skin Smooth in 7 Easy Steps
December 19th, 2019 by David Martin
The quest for smooth skin starts with a zit in middle school and seems never to end. Roughness, lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging replace pimples as you age. While the beauty industry offers an ever-changing line of products and trends to help you achieve baby-smooth, blemish-free skin, it’s best to use a reputable skincare program recommended by leading professionals in the industry. These seven easy steps help improve the look and feel of your skin.
Start with a Cleanser
The first step in achieving smooth skin is finding the right cleanser. Whether your skin is oily, dry, combination, or sensitive, find a face wash that is oil-free, hydrating, and right for your skin type. It’s best to use a gentle, alcohol-free cleanser in the morning before bed, and after your workout.
Exfoliation Makes Skin Smooth
Using face scrub with a mild exfoliant a few times a week helps remove dead skin cells on your skin’s surface. Exfoliants remove all traces of dirt, grease, and makeup, allowing light to reflect off your skin better. For a deeper exfoliation, ask your dermatologist about in-office treatments, including:
Chemical peels remove blackheads, tighten, brighten, and tone your skin. This process helps minimize the appearance of:
- Age spots,
- Fine lines,
Microdermabrasion and Dermabrasion
Both treatments remove the top layers of your skin and encourage cell regeneration. Microdermabrasion is milder than dermabrasion, which is more powerful and goes deeper.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Dermatologists perform a series of procedures using concentrated beams of light to improve your skin tone, texture. Laser skin resurfacing also:
- Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Treats redness and pigmentation
- Encourages collagen production
- Removes unwanted body hair and scars
Unlike chemical peels and dermabrasion that only take one trip to the doctor, laster skin resurfacing requires multiple sessions for effectiveness.
Moisturize to Improve Skin Texture
Moisturizers with hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and ceramides help your skin stay hydrated and add an extra layer of protection. In addition to preventing flaking and dry patches, moisturizer used on damp, freshly washed skin provides a vehicle for more active ingredients, like retinoids, growth factors, vitamin C or alpha/beta hydroxy acids.
Like your face wash, when choosing the right moisturizer, take note of your skin type, sensitivity, and other skin conditions. Some products make acne, brown spots, and eczema worse.
How the Sun Affects Skin’s Texture
UV rays damage your skin cells’ DNA, often causing premature aging, dryness, and increased skin cancer risk. To get and keep smooth skin:
- Limit your time in the sun
- Wear protective clothing
- Don’t use tanning beds
- Use a Broad-spectrum SPF of at least 30
Apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside and reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming or sweating heavily.
Eat Your Way to Smooth Skin
Staying hydrated smoothes your skin by improving elasticity and minimizes dryness and roughness. Drink more water and less alcohol to reduce dehydration, photodamage, dry skin, and premature aging. Water expels toxins from your body and improves the metabolic process.
Antioxidant-rich foods protect your skin. Eat a well-balanced diet that includes:
- Leafy greens
- Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables
- Fatty fish, like salmon.
Exercise Your Way to Smooth Skin
While sweat cleans debris from your pores, exercise increases blood flow through your body, allowing for more micronutrients and healing properties to reach your skin. Exercise also:
- Reduces inflammation,
- Regulates hormones,
- Prevents free radical damage,
Exercise also reverses the signs of aging. Your skin’s outer layer gets thinner while the inner layers get thicker, resulting in smoother, younger-looking skin.
Decrease Stress for Your Skin
Stress increases the occurrence of breakouts. Decrease your stress levels to improve your skin’s texture. Yoga, meditation, and concentrated breathing help reduce stress. Getting enough sleep also reduces stress and makes your skin smoother.
Exhaustion makes skin appear sunken in, dry, or sallow. Quality sleep of at least seven hours every night:
- Rejuvenates your skin
- Increases blood flow and collagen production,
- Helps repair UV damage
- Reduces sun spots and wrinkles
If you follow these steps and still don’t get the desired results, ask your dermatologist about prescription oral and topical medications. Antibiotics, birth control, and pills for anxiety and depression help balance hormones and alleviate internal issues, as well as inflammation and redness.