"I love my rough, bumpy skin texture!"- Said no one ever.
Everyone wants to have smooth, vibrant, healthy-looking skin. But, it's not always easy to achieve because of the factors that can impact your skin health and texture, such as stress, genetics, hormones, and pollution.
If you're desperate for some skin texture intervention, or your clients are, we have loads of help packed into this blog!
There are many simple and easy ways available for you to polish up your skin right now! We are bringing nine easy ways to the table to help improve the texture of your skin.
Does Skin Have Different Textures?
Yes! Different skin textures can range from being very soft to rough and even leathery.
You know, when you've seen someone that has spent far too much time in the sun, and their skin has changed to that leathery texture? Yeah, they don't have the same texture that your skin has.
Needless to say, skin texture can change over time. Although skin has a similar overall appearance, it does have variations in terms of smoothness, pores, and skin color despite being in the same area.
When you look at your skin or your clients' skin, you will see that the visible top layer is called the epidermis.
This layer contains two types of cells:
Keratinocytes and Melanocytes
These cells produce keratin which is responsible for the structural integrity of your skin, and melanin, the pigment that gives your skin color. This protein and pigment make up what is known as the Stratum Corneum. Melanocytes are in the stratum basal layer, which is at the bottom of the epidermis.
The stratum corneum's primary function is to act as a barrier that protects underlying tissue from infection, dehydration, and chemicals. The stratum corneum gives skin its thickness and texture through the production of tough, rigid intercellular lipids.
Things that affect the stratum corneum affect the texture of your skin, which is why there are multiple types of skin textures.
Of all the skin textures, whether it is soft, dry, bumpy, rough, coarse, leathery, or smooth, what is that perfect texture we all want?
What Is The Perfect Texture?
The perfect texture of skin is smooth and soft to the touch.
If you run your hands (clean hands, please!) over your skin, how does it feel? Do you notice enlarged pores? Does it feel rough or bumpy? Does your skin appear to be dull and uneven in skin tone?
If you notice these areas of "less than perfect texture," you're probably eager to learn those nine ways to improve the texture of your skin.
Before you learn how to improve them, you first need to know what causes an uneven and unwanted texture.
What Causes Bumpy Skin Texture?
Often, a rough and bumpy skin texture includes blemishes. Excessively dry skin and dead skin cell build-up from not exfoliating properly and not moisturizing correctly can cause this bumpy texture.
This continual build-up of dead skin and oil will further exacerbate the problem.
When moisture is lacking, keratinocytes can be exposed to antioxidants & UV rays and begin to dry out, which causes wrinkling. If you have bumpy skin that includes blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts, this could be acne-prone skin and caused by multiple reasons.
Aside from a bumpy texture, you can have rough or uneven skin textures because of excessive and long-term sun exposure, genetics, an unhealthy diet, and an irregular or inconsistent skincare regimen.
How do these things affect your texture?
Long-term sun damage is responsible for aging the skin and a rough texture. When collagen breaks down in your skin, it loses its strength which causes stressed skin that appears much older than it is and less velvety smooth like it should be.
When you don't have a consistent skincare routine, your skin’s barrier function is impaired so that leads to (you guessed it!) that uneven and bumpy texture.
Alright, so you know what can cause the texture we don’t want, but how do we get the texture we do want?
How To Improve Skin Texture
Here are our long-awaited and promised nine simple ways to improve the texture of your skin:
- Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water is the most common and natural way to hydrate your skin from within.
When you are dehydrated, all your cells in the body will be dehydrated in general, including those that make up your skin structure.
A lack of proper hydration would result in that rough and bumpy texture we do not want.
If you don't exfoliate, dead skin cells and sebum (oils) can accumulate on the surface of your skin, and then dead skin cells have nowhere to go but accumulate on top of each other, resulting in that rough texture.
Make a consistent exfoliation routine, and stick to it, to help alleviate a rough texture and prevent it. Don’t take exfoliation for granted!
As mentioned earlier, moisturizing is an essential step in our skincare routine because it helps maintain the water balance in our skin.
When we don't properly hydrate our skin, we end up with dehydrated cells, leading to dryness and dead skin cell build-up.
- Wear Sunscreen
Sun damage is serious and contributes to the appearance of aging skin.
None of us want a bad skin texture, but absolutely none of us want premature aging skin!
Protecting your skin from sun damage means wearing sunscreen every day!
Sunscreen will help with aging and preventing that leathery skin we hate to see.
- Treat Acne or Breakouts Promptly
If you try to self-treat acne or pick at your skin, that will cause hyperpigmentation.
If you have acne, make sure to treat them immediately and not let them hang around too long. Facials are supreme for this! If you notice you have a texture you can't seem to rid yourself of and breakouts that just won't clear up, make an appointment with your esthetician and explain your concerns!
- Find the Right Skin Care Regimen
Finding your skincare regimen is not as complex and time-consuming as it sounds. Simple steps, simple products, and simplicity, in general, can lead you to find the right regimen for yourself!
Find products that suit your specific needs, whether it be hydration or exfoliation. If you have very oily skin, a rich, greasy moisturizer won't help your texture because it can make matters worse!
If you need help finding a skincare regimen that best suits you, again, don't shy away from asking your esthetician or dermatologist!
They can provide services to clear up your skin and help you find suitable products that will help with your texture.
- Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet can make a huge difference when it comes to those pesky breakouts, but also with the health of your skin in general.
When you eat junk food, fried food, etc., your body gets overloaded with sugars and oils that cause dirtiness on our faces and lousy texture! Make sure to keep those "cheat" days to a minimum.
Multiple vitamins play a huge role in your skin's health and vitality. Choose fruits and vegetables with plenty of antioxidants and vitamins to give your skin the nutrients it needs!
8. Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is vital for your entire health, but it also plays a massive part in the texture of your skin.
We know our esthies are busy bees! However, when you're not getting enough sleep, your cells don't refresh properly, which once again leads to that uneven texture we all despise!
- Get a Treatment Done
Lastly, if you have been using the same skincare regimen for a really long time with no improvement in your texture, visit your esthetician or dermatologist, who can recommend treatment options.
Microdermabrasion is an excellent way to improve our skin’s texture by removing dead cells on the outermost layer.
If you aren't using a good exfoliator or the one you are using is not working very well for your skin type, don't worry! You can always go and get a chemical peel to rid yourself of any stubborn dead cell build-up on top of your skin.
Get with your esthetician to see what your skin type will best tolerate and benefit from.
There you are, ladies and gents: the 411 on skin texture.
Our goal is always to have soft, smooth, and plump skin, but we don't always have time to take care of ourselves the way we should with busy schedules.
Fortunately, keeping your skin in good condition doesn't have to be a full-time commitment!
With just a few easy and straightforward steps and some extra TLC on your part, you can achieve the smoothest and most even skin texture you had ever imagined!
Please, don't take our nine easy steps for granted! Put them into practice right now, and we're confident you'll see a positive change in the texture of your skin.