Uneven and rough skin texture is totally natural, and truth be told, quite common. After all, skin is not made of porcelain and we shouldn’t expect it to appear that way. However, if you’re looking for healthy ways to achieve smoother skin, there’s no shame in that! Striking the right balance between realistic expectations and putting in the time to care for your skin is key in maintaining your best skin – and emotional well-being. In this blog we’ll review our top 7 at home solutions that help to smooth rough skin texture, naturally. And you may be surprised at how simple they are! So keep on reading, your journey to smoother skin starts now!
Common Causes Of Rough Skin Texture
On your quest for smooth skin, it’s important to consider what the underlying cause(s) may be. There are numerous factors that can contribute to rough and uneven skin texture. Some are a result of our own doing and some are beyond our control. However, the most common causes for rough skin texture include:
3. Build-Up of Dead Skin Cells
4. Sun Damage
5. Harsh Skincare Treatments
6. Clogged Pores
7. Neglecting Your Skin
How To Get Smooth Skin Texture Naturally
When it comes to smoothing skin texture, a balanced approach that utilizes the best of nature and advanced cosmetic science will go a long way in helping you achieve the results you’re aiming for. What we apply to our skin topically and feed our body internally plays a role in the overall look, feel and health of our skin. A holistic, inside and outside approach, will always yield the best results.
1. Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle That Supports Skin Health
A healthy diet along with adequate and consistent sleep and exercise will outperform any skincare product. This is the foundation for healthy skin, and without it your skincare products have an uphill battle. Not only does a healthy lifestyle have a positive effect on your skin, but also mind, body and soul. A win, win!
We recommend eliminating processed foods and refined sugar. Instead, increase your vitamin and antioxidant intake by consuming fresh fruits and vegetables with every meal. Eat the rainbow, as they say! And don’t forget to include high-quality sources of protein along with foods rich in omega-3, such as flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts and seaweed. We recommend looking into the basic principles of an anti-inflammatory diet.
2. Exfoliate Weekly
Weekly exfoliation helps to remove buildup of dead skin and impurities, which can contribute to rough and uneven skin texture. When you remove dead skin from the top layer of your skin through exfoliation, your skin’s ability to reflect light is improved, not only helping your skin to feel smoother, but also look more vibrant. If your skin is on the dryer side, choosing an exfoliant that does not strip your skin of its natural oils is especially important, as that will only continue the viscous cycle.
Exfoliation not only helps to smooth skin, but also preps it to receive ingredients in skincare products, such as brightening vitamins and protective antioxidants. Exfoliation helps to ensure that your products are able to penetrate your skin and do their job with ease. We recommend staying away from exfoliating ingredients that harm the planet, such as plastic microbeads. Also, be mindful if you choose to use an exfoliating acid, as they do cause skin to become more sensitive to UV damage, which requires wearing sunscreen and avoiding direct sun exposure. Instead, opt for gentle exfoliants supercharged with antioxidants, such as our superfood exfoliant Polish.
3. Use An Oil Cleanser
Oil cleansing is an ancient technique that’s earned its way into modern day skincare regimens, and for good reason! They’re gentle yet highly effective. Gone are the days of squeaky-clean feeling skin that’s stripped of all moisture, leaving your skin barrier rough and dry. Oil cleansers deep clean skin, decongest pores, remove makeup and SPF — without stripping the skin of essential moisture. A cleanser that leaves skin feeling oh so soft and smooth, now who doesn’t love that!?
As far as choosing an oil cleanser, we recommend selecting a formula that does not contain foaming agents, fragrance or essential oils — as they can irritate and dry skin, causing further imbalances such as redness, dryness and irritation. Look for oil cleansers that include biocompatible oils such as jojoba, black cumin, oat, and sea buckthorn.
4. Upgrade Your Daily Moisturizer To A Face Oil
You may notice that we talk a lot about oil, plant-derived to be exact. It’s one of those ingredients that has numerous uses and benefits. When it comes to rough skin texture, using a face oil will instantly soften and smooth the feel of your skin. It also provides biocompatible moisture along with a whole host of skin beneficial phytonutrients. Organic botanical oils help to restore moisture levels, creating the ideal environment for a soft to the touch complexion, while also delivering a variety of nutrients, fatty-acids and therapeutic properties that support skin integrity. Our favorite botanical oils for rough skin include; tamanu, sea buckthorn, calendula, squalene and jojoba.
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5. Look Out For Hidden Skin Irritants
It’s important to be mindful of hidden skin irritants in your environment. They can take a toll on the look and feel of your complexion, leaving your skin feeling rough. Innocent household cleaning agents such as laundry detergent oftentimes contain not so great for your skin or health ingredients. These include fragrance, preservatives and dyes, all of which on their own can irritate skin. Plus, it’s not only better for you but also the environment to make simple changes like opting for fragrance-free cleaning products. And lastly, avoid synthetic foaming agents such as SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) in face cleansers. Instead, use a gentle oil-cleanser or an eco-friendly face cleansing bar.
6. Protect Your Skin From The Sun
It’s no secret that sun exposure is one of the main culprits for skin damage and accelerating visible signs of aging. Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily, along with protective clothing and a hat is a lot easier than dealing with the potential consequences of unprotected sun exposure.
7. Use A Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that’s considered an A-list ingredient in skincare due to its numerous, research-backed skin benefits. It helps to protect skin from environmental factors which can negatively effect your skin barrier. Whether you want smoother skin texture or a more even skin tone, vitamin C is not to be missed in a routine. Vitamin C serums are an especially effective, gentle and non-invasive way to support your skin health. However, not all vitamin C serums are created equal. Vitamin C is notoriously unstable and when exposed to air, light and water, degrades at a rapid pace, eventually becoming inactive. Thankfully, due to advancements in cosmetic science there are more stable versions of vitamin C available, such as tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, found in our Arctic-C Vitamin C Brightening Serum.
The Bottom Line
As much as skin irregularities such as rough and uneven skin texture can be frustrating, let us kindly remind you that when it comes to your skin, a healthy dose of acceptance is good for the mind, body and soul. We should not aim for perfection or unrealistic results, after all, skin is a living organ and imperfections are normal signs of a life lived. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for your skin in the best way you can. So, the next time you cleanse your face or apply your vitamin C serum, give your skin a little extra love and repeat after us, “I am beautiful just as I am.” Because you really are!
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