A smooth peachy skin and an even complexion - aren't these what our dreams are made of? Read on to know how to make these dreams come true.
Our skin works like a guard to our body. It is not only the largest organ of our body but it is also the most exposed one. The parts of our skin that don't regularly get covered by clothes take a beating every single day thus affecting the skin's texture, which refers to our skin's surface condition.
Good skin texture should be even, supple, smooth and hydrated with firm collagen and elastin support. Uneven skin texture is usually dry, rough, saggy and often sun-damaged. Several factors such as UV exposure, weather, lifestyle and daily habits can greatly affect the skin's texture. Your skin's texture says a lot about you, so it is very important to take care of it. If uneven skin is the bane of your life, don't fret. Follow these guidelines (preferably under the supervision of a dermatologist) to improve your skin's texture.
CLEAN YOUR SKIN
On a daily basis, use a good and appropriate cleanser to effectively remove excess oils and dirt from the skin thus making the skin's surface look and feel better.
MOISTURISE YOUR SKIN DAILY
Moisture and hydration make the skin's surface smooth and relieve dry patches. To lock in moisture, apply your face and body moisturiser right after a bath or shower. A good moisturiser can temporarily plump up the skin, making the surface appear smoother. Look for ingredients that help skin retain water.
EXFOLIATE YOUR SKIN
Use a gentle facial exfoliator and a good body scrub at least once a week to remove dead skin cells and debris build-up.
EAT A BALANCED AND NUTRITIOUS DIET
A diet rich in proteins, omega-3 and antioxidants will help restore the skin's natural nutrients that are responsible for its collagen stimulation, tone, colour and texture. Drink adequate amounts of water to flush toxins out of the body and improve digestion, which in turn will lead to healthier skin. Exercise regularly as it helps to remove toxins from the body, leading to better overall health and skin.
OPT FOR ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants are molecules that neutralise free radicals that destroy skin's collagen and elastin support. Without collagen and elastin support, the skin loses its firmness and tone. To neutralise free-radical damage, opt for moisturisers and creams containing vitamins A, C and E, which are powerful antioxidants. These vitamins are listed in skincare formulations as retinyl palminate, ascorbyl palminate, vitamin C ester, tocopherol or tocopherol palminate etc. These vitamins are also found in natural skincare ingredients such as green tea extract, pomegranate, grapefruit and sunflower seed oil.
OPT FOR THE RIGHT PROCEDURES
Appropriate procedures such as medi-facials, photofacials or intense pulsed light treatment, microdermabrasion or superficial peels done by a dermatologist can help improve the skin texture and make the skin smooth, supple and radiant. Other options are using products/treatments containing alpha hydroxy acids (glycolic acid, lactic acid etc.). These products smoothen the skin by peeling off the very top layers of the epidermis. However, they should be done strictly under a dermatologist's guidance.
FOLLOW STRICT SUN PROTECTION
Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 everyday. Apply your sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before stepping out. Use sunscreen liberally and reapply every two hours or after getting out of the water. Lightweight, cotton clothes along with a cap, scarf or broad-brimmed hat, too, will protect you from harmful UV rays. These steps will protect your skin from further damage and improve its texture.
Here are some home remedies to help to improve skin texture:
Mix a tablespoon of curd, lemon juice and honey and apply it on the face for 10-15 minutes. It will help to lighten your complexion and will give you smooth, glowing skin.
Mix sandalwood powder with milk or water to make a paste. Apply it on the face and neck. Leave it on till it dries completely and rinse with plain water.
Take one tablespoon each of carrot juice, tomato juice and lemon juice. Mix them well and apply on the face and rinse with water after 10 minutes. This remedy works equally well for oily and dry skin.