Our skin texture is easily influenced by many factors. Hormonal acne, acne, sun damage, and scars in general can impact our skin massively. How do we improve these issues to achieve smooth, flawless baby skin like the Koreans? Read on to find our what are the 5 skincare hacks to improve your skin texture.
1. SPF IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
We can’t emphasise this enough! SPF is your best friend!! When it comes anything, anything skin at all, SPF is the single most important skincare product that you can do for your skin. UV rays damages the skin. They can penetrate deep into the skin and cause premature ageing, and ageing in general. They can cause and worsen the look of fine lines, wrinkles, saggy skin, pigmentation, and textural scars! By applying our SPF religiously, we can help to prevent damage to our collagen, which is so important in maintaining the efficacy of our skin and its barrier. This helps to ensure that our skin stays even in tonality and texture, and also helps to maintain the suppleness and brightness of our skin. Click here for some great sun protection options.
2. Exfoliate (Weekly or As Required)
Exfoliation is an essential step when it comes to addressing issues such as uneven skin tone and skin texture. Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells from the superficial layer of the skin. This results in a smoother, brighter, and more radiant looking skin. Exfoliating can help to prevent clogged pores, promote cell turnover, and improve skin texture. It is important to not over exfoliate. Over exfoliation can lead to skin irritation, damage, and worsening of your current skin conditions. It is best to only exfoliate once or twice a week for optimal results.
3. Try Chemical Peels
Chemical peels, although as scary as it sounds, isn’t really that scary at all! Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells, which can help to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and scars. The strength and depth of the peel required can vary depending on your skin type. A medium depth peel can be used to treat more severe textural issues. Using a peel that is far too harsh or strong for your skin can result in chemical burns. We know you wouldn’t want that! Which is why we recommend that you consult with a professional or a doctor as to which peels are right for you.
4. Introduce Vitamin A and Vitamin C into your Skincare Routine
Vitamin A and vitamin C are two vitamins that can work wonders for your skin.
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that helps to stimulate collagen production, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin tone and texture. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A, that is commonly found in skincare products. Retinols help with cell turnover, acne, acne scars, skin texture, and skin tone. If you are looking to introduce vitamin A into your skincare routine, look out for “Retinyl Palmitate”, “Retinaldehyde”, and “Retinol” in the ingredient list. Other forms of retinols include “Adapalene”, which can be bought over-the-counter, and “Tretinoin” which can only be acquired through prescription. Both of which are excellent at treating acne.
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that helps to protect the skin from free radicals and sun damage. Vitamin C is mainly known to help with uneven skin tone because of its ability to inhibit the production of melanin. It can also help to stimulate collagen production, which can result in the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin elasticity. Vitamin C is un unstable molecule, and can break down easily when exposed to light, air, and water. This is why it is best to use vitamin C products in conjunction with vitamin E. Vitamin E helps to stabilise vitamin C and enhance its effectiveness. Look out for skincare that has both vitamin C and vitamin E in it to reap the best benefits of your serums and moisturisers!
5. Picking the Right Moisturiser
Acne can lead to textural scars, this is why picking the right moisturiser if you have acne-prone skin is so important. Excess sebum production is a common factor in the development of acne, especially for people with oily and/or acne-prone skin. Sebum is an oily substance that is produced by our own skin to keep the skin moisturised. However, when it is being overproduced and mixed with dead skin cells and bacteria, it can lead to the formation of acne. To prevent acne, it is important to keep the skin clean and well-moisturised with a moisturiser that is not to heavy for the skin.
Moisturisers that have AHAs/BHAs in them can also be helpful when addressing textural issues as they help to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Moisturisers with niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) are also especially helpful in addressing textural issues.
Those were our 5 skincare hacks to improve skin texture
If your skin has deeper textural issues, it is best if you seek help or consult with a professional or a doctor. They will be able to determine which treatment(s) would be better suited for your skin. Simple treatments such as going on topical creams or even an LED light treatment might be helpful in controlling your acne. Treatments such as lasers, injectables, and energy-based devices might be more helpful in addressing more severe textural concerns. We wish you the best of luck with on your journey to smoother skin!