In the world of skincare, there are tons of problems that are talked about all of the time. These problems commonly include blemishes, signs of aging, and skin tone. Granted, these are all frustrating and difficult problems. However, what rarely gets any hype is the texture of our skin. Odd, right? What does texture have to do with skincare?
Well, our skin’s texture is certainly not always the first thing to be tackled. However, as appealing as it is to address your pesky acne and scarring, don’t be so quick to dismiss the importance of texture. The thinness of facial skin makes it more prone to show early signs of aging before other parts of the body, deteriorating the texture of our skin before we even know it.
Symptoms of problematic complexion issues are not often attributed to texture. There are countless uncontrollable factors that are wreaking havoc on our skin’s texture. This can lead to roughness, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging, to name a few. Even outside factors such as smoking and the genetic condition called eczema can lead to a rough and dull skin texture.
A texture-focused approach is essential to your achieving your complexion dreams. That includes minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, which are all a part of this thing we’re calling your skin’s texture. Keep reading to find out what texture really is and how it can be addressed.
So, before you beat yourself up for never considering the texture of your skin in your regimen, just know that most of the stressors causing a lack of smooth, supple skin are out of your control. But all is not lost. There are so many things you can start doing today that will get you back to the glowing skin of your youth. Let’s dive in!
So, What is Skin Texture? And What Causes it to Deteriorate?
Skin texture is basically how your skin feels to the touch. How your skin feels actually has a lot to do with how it looks as well. Healthy skin is smooth, soft, and supple. Basically, it’s well hydrated and glowing.
Skin that has a rough or bumpy texture tends to look uneven and dull, and could very well be the reason you can’t seem to get your acne creams or wrinkle serums to give you that perfect, dewy glow. Dry patches and red bumps give off the appearance of uneven pigment and a rough surface to your skin.
So, what really causes these problems with skin texture? It actually turns out to be a number of things. The primary factor affecting skin texture is just a fact of life: aging. Annoying, right? But the good thing is everyone deals with it in one way or another, so you’re not alone.
Rough and dull skin texture is also caused by a number of other factors. Some of these factors can even be treated and remedied at home. Below are three basic reasons your skin might be looking more tired or bumpy than usual.
1. You’re Getting Older
This means that your skin has been doing its job for some time now, and it might start to show signs of this thing called life. Don’t fret; it happens to all of us, and the more you know about how age affects your skin’s texture, the better equipped you’ll be to address it.
The main thing that keeps our skin hydrated and supple in our youth is collagen. However, by the time women hit menopause, their bodies are producing around 45 percent less collagen. As we age, our bodies have a hard time producing these key elements that keep our skin young.
2. You Go in the Sun
Pretty much everything in our environment can have an effect on the texture of our skin. Sun damage and exposure to environmental toxins are the biggest culprits. Other things like stress, diet, and even free radicals in the air can lead to dry patches and bumps on the skin. Dry climates with low humidity tend to be worse for skin’s natural texture. Even if you are going to be outside for a few minutes, always make sure to apply sunscreen.
3. Your Skincare Routine Needs a Revamp
Most texture issues come from an excess of dead skin cells that can build up on the surface of our skin. The buildup of these dead skin cells, coupled with repetitive irritation, takes a toll on our delicate facial skin. Usually, this is due to a lack of exfoliation, which rids the skin of dead skin cells.
Steps to Give Your Skin a Better Texture
Now that you know the basic causes behind why your skin may be looking less bright and smooth than you wanted, you can recognize skin texture as an essential aspect when addressing your own complexion. Let’s take a look at the different ways you can improve your skin texture.
It’s simple: hydrated skin equals less dullness. Remaining hydrated throughout your day will allow your skin to maintain its plumpness and help keep your complexion looking bright. So grab that water bottle and keep drinking from morning til night!
This is arguably the most important step to achieving your texture goals. Exfoliation can come in many forms, such as a scrub, sonic brush, or a chemical exfoliant for a gentler option. Even a gentle washcloth can get the job done.
Remember that buildup of dead skin cells we mentioned at the beginning of this article? Get those scrubbed away as soon as possible so your skin has the chance to breathe and renew. This process should only be done sparingly, around once or twice a week. Over-exfoliation can cause excess oil production and skin damage, so try to stick to less abrasive formulas and methods.
We can’t say it enough—moisturize your skin! Many dermatologists cite this as a first step to improving your skin texture. As we said, hydrated skin equals less dullness. You can work on hydrating your skin from the inside and out. Moisturizer will often cause your body to produce less oil while hydrating dry patches of the skin.
This can be done either with a dermatologist or from the comfort of your home, but intense peels are always performed by a professional. These chemical peels work to brighten skin and lift away the dead skin cells. They can be done once a month for optimal results.
Use Sun Protection
As we have all probably learned by now, SPF is everyone's best friend. Most texture problems can be linked directly to sun damage, which causes uneven skin texture. An SPF of at least 30 should be applied every day as a part of your skincare routine. Worried about increasing your timeline in the mornings? Don’t be. SPF can be found in many moisturizers and even some foundations and primers, so no need to add an extra step into your morning regimen. Just opt for a product that includes SPF for all-day protection.
Improve Your Diet
Make sure you’re not eating too much junk food if you’re trying to even and smooth your skin. Aim for leafy greens and antioxidants to get that skin looking bright and healthy.
If all of the above steps are helping, but you're still seeing chronic texture issues, it may be time to bring out the big guns. Here are some additional options to consider.
- Address existing scars: Acne scars or other uneven pigmentation can be a big part of what prevents skin from appearing smooth and healthy. Laser treatments such as IPL can work wonders on your most persistent scar tissue and dark spots.
Try microneedling: This method provides quick and noticeable results for your skin’s texture. Microneedling can be done at home or as an in-office treatment with a dermatologist. Small needles create tiny punctures in the skin, and these micro-injuries cause your skin to go into repair mode.
- Use a microdermabrasion device: Our at-home microdermabrasion device gives you professional results that last. Use this device to remove dead skin cells, clean out your pores, and help your skin glow.
Improving your skin’s texture is a surprisingly huge part of overall complexion brightness and appearance. In order to get glowing, work on some of the steps we have outlined for you above, such as exfoliation and hydration. Some other things that can help are introducing a humidifier to your bedroom, taking Vitamin C supplements to boost brightness and reduce the appearance of fine lines, or using an at-home microdermabrasion device from KENZZI. Long story short, achieving a smooth and bright skin texture is the hidden secret to achieving the youthful skin of your dreams.