I believe that everything in the body is looking to maintain balance. The same can be said for obtaining smooth soft skin! Over time, skin becomes textured and rough from build up of dead skin cells and dryness. Balance between exfoliation and moisture is essential to accomplish that silky smooth softness.
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Smooth it out
Usually texture is a touch sensation, but it can be seen when makeup will not apply smooth any longer. Whether that presents around the nose with a bit of peeling or even just in the appearance of tiny bumps that never become pimples. Follow these key pointers on exfoliation to get smooth skin.
Moving away dead skin cells to help stimulate good cell turnover and remove texture.
- If you are someone that has sensitive skin prone to redness and irritation; or if you have acne prone skin, then a gritty exfoliant can be quite aggravating.
- Pull back to only exfoliating once a week in the evening and only using gentle pressure.
- Pay attention to how your skin responds. Sometimes certain parts of the face can handle more exfoliation than others. Listen to your skin and adjust accordingly.
- Another option is to switch to an active exfoliate that uses natural ingredients to dissolve dead skin without all of the scrubbing. My Papaya + Vitamin C Serum exfoliates while lightening dark spots and reducing signs of aging.
Reminder: everyone’s skin responds to exfoliation in a different way and only you can tell if you’ve put your skin through too much. You are unique and that applies to your skin as well.
Soften, soften, soften
Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint what makes skin so soft. It should be addressed, that internal factors play a huge part in that soft feel. When your body is hydrated and well nourished, your skin will reflect it! However, the main topical way to address softness is through moisture.
To add or restore moisture to dry skin.
- First, make sure your moisturizer is getting the job done. This is not just another product to add to your skin. You should never feel any of those dry skin symptoms throughout your day if your moisturizer is doing its job. Consider switching to my Elderflower + Avocado Moisturizer if your skin isn’t getting what it needs.
- Next, when you sleep your body moves into rest mode. During this time, your skin cells turnover and your body heals. Making sure your skin has the moisture it needs before bed will change the softness of your skin during the day!
- Try a jojoba oil mask before bed. An hour or so before resting apply jojoba oil to your face, let it sit for about 10 minutes, rinse with a warm wash cloth and apply your moisturizer. This extra boost can be just what your skin needs.
- Finally, be sure to replenish that moisture after you exfoliate to maintain that balance.
But, I’m not dry
Symptoms of dry skin often present as a tight feeling, peeling or rough texture. On occasion, overly dry skin manifests as excess oil. Oil is your skin’s protection and it may start to over produce oil in response to dry skin. Give your skin the moisture it needs and you may see your oil/ dry ratio begin to even out.
The truth is that balance will always be hard to achieve. Learning to flow with the ups and downs of our skin is just part of the journey. When you truly tune into what your skin needs you’ll be prepared to respond faster.
I would never leave you out there all by yourself to manage this. If you’re finding it’s too difficult to figure out what your skin is asking of you, you can always find a good day to come in for a facial. I work with every facial client to help them find their smoothest, softest and healthiest skin. You can book a facial here.