Rough skin can be, well, rough. We all crave that silky smooth look and feel, but a variety of factors influences our epidermal texture. From environmental to behavioural – it all can keep us from getting there. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to achieve a smoother texture – from your face all the way to your arms, legs, and feet. The lazy girl guide to smooth skin includes EXFOLIATION. With a dose of TLC and plenty of moisturising, get rid of the dead cells and get your skin glowing again in an hour or two.
Skincare downfalls keeping you from silky skin
Before we immediately jump into the remedy for roughness, let’s look at what causes rough skin. Look into these and see how you can better assist your epidermis in maintaining its optimal health.
- Chronic rubbing
Be it your elbows leaning on the desk or frequently rubbing your eyes – these habits can cause rough, dry hardened patches.
- Lack of lipid moisture
A good quality moisturiser for your is essential, talk to your skin therapist to figure out which is best suited to you.
- Dry Wind
Prolonged exposure to the elements can leave your skin feeling tight, burnt, itchy and cracked. Protection includes a deep moisturiser before braving the outdoors.
- Lack of sun protection
Using a SPF regularly is multi beneficial for overall skin health and includes skin texture.
- Chronic exposure to water
The 5 Step Solution to kickstart your silky smooth skin journey
Choose the right exfoliant
Two main types of exfoliant exist. Mechanical come in the form of a scrub, typically with granules, and remove dead cells via friction. Chemical exfoliation is a gentler alternative that uses chemicals such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to loosen and dissolve the rough outer layer.
Keep in mind that mechanical exfoliants can be too aggressive for sensitive, dry or inflamed skin, while chemical options tend to be gentler. Your beauty therapist will advise what is best to use for your skin, but an exfoliant that uses lactic acid, an AHA, to break down dead surface cells while also reducing pigmentation, softening the appearance of lines and improving overall texture. Lactic acid attracts moisture as it exfoliates, plumping as it dissolves dead cells and never drying the skin.
How often should you exfoliate?
If your skin becomes red, irritated, peels or flakes following exfoliation, there is a good chance your exfoliant is too harsh, or you are exfoliating too often. Experts recommend exfoliating face, neck and décolletage on a weekly basis for best results. As a general rule, the more aggressive the type of exfoliant treatment, the less often you would need to do it.
When to skip exfoliating
Never exfoliate if you are sunburned or has an open sore or cut or inflamed acne. Exfoliating could further irritate your skin and cause scarring. Also avoid exfoliating if you have cold sores as the infection could spread.
How to exfoliate for best results
After cleansing, apply a small amount of exfoliant and massage in small, circular movements. Finishing your application with some gentle strokes of a facial fan brush will ensure the product is applied evenly over face and neck. If it is a product designed to sit, follow the directions for how long to leave it on before rinsing off. Remove with lukewarm water and pat skin dry.
Last step to silky skin
Once you have gently dried after exfoliating, apply serums, facial oil and moisturiser as final steps. By removing the dead outer layer, you are ensuring your epidermis is ready to receive the maximum benefits of serums, facial oil and moisturiser, and skin will positively glow.
If you are ready to see real results in the shortest period of time, make an appointment at Beyond Yourself Beauty. Our professional therapist will guide you every step of the way.
Situated at 14 Lance Street, Baysville, in the beautiful East London.