A Dermatologist Shares 3 Tips for Improving Your Facial Skin Texture
Although we were all born with baby soft skin, years of exposure to environmental aggressors, sun damage, and pollutants can take its toll and leave you with an uneven, rough skin texture. For help on how to improve your facial skin texture, we tapped board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Elizabeth Houshmand (@houshmandmd). Read on for her top three tips!
What Causes Rough Skin Texture?
It may seem like your rough skin came out of nowhere, but there are a few reasons as to why it could be appearing more often than usual. According to Dr. Houshmand, “dead skin cell buildup, chronic sun exposure, and oversized pores,” can impact your skin’s texture. “Aging can also make the skin look duller. Factors such as smoking may also contribute, and other medical skin conditions—such as eczema and dry skin—can severely affect skin tone and texture,” she says.
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR FACIAL SKIN TEXTURE
Having a daily routine to prevent textural changes is vital. But there are a few steps you can add to your daily regime to even out the look of your skin’s texture.
Tip #1: Use Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen
Dr. Houshmand suggests using sunblock to help protect against wrinkle formation caused by high amounts of sun exposure. "Slather on the sunscreen! Sunscreen is critical. This may be the most important product you use," Dr. Houshmand tells us, as well as her patients on a regular basis.
As you get older, it becomes harder for your skin to repair itself naturally. Over time, UV damage can take a significant toll on your skin. If you need help picking a broad-spectrum sunscreen, we reviewed a handful of our favorites here.
Tip #2: Exfoliate
Exfoliation is one of the best ways to improve your skin’s texture and tone, and it’s something all of us can easily do at home. “Your complexion looks radiant when it's smooth enough to reflect light,” Dr. Houshmand says. “Exfoliating will help remove dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. By your 20s, your cell turnover slows down, and between 30 and 40, that rate slows down even more.” She also suggests using gentle, at-home chemical peels. “You can use a light, at-home peel. For a more aggressive treatment, you can visit your dermatologist, where they work to improve and smooth the texture of your skin by removing the damaged outer layers.”
Tip #3: Add Oils and Antioxidants to Your Routine
Dr. Houshmand is fond of antioxidants and thinks vitamin C should always be included in a daily regime. “Vitamin C helps to improve the skin’s texture by defending the skin against environmental damage, all while reducing the appearance of age spots. Incorporating vitamin C into your routine can help to keep your skin looking vibrant and bright. My personal favorite is SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic with 15% L-Ascorbic Acid.” To read our full review on C E Ferulic, click here!
Dr. Houshmand also recommends incorporating face oils into your nightly routine. She says, “If you have dry or irritated skin, adding extra moisture from a face oil can help. It can also help to ease a rough texture.”