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8 Tips For Getting Your Smoothest Skin Ever


8 ways to get smoother skin

1. Exfoliate regularly.

The number one thing you can do to get baby-soft skin is exfoliate. By exfoliating, you slough off dead skin cells and clear out dirt, bacteria, grime, and build-up that accumulates on the surface of your skin. “Exfoliation removes oils and impurities from the skin, assists in product penetration, and increases cellular turnover and circulation,” says Holmes. If you’re unsure how to exfoliate your face, you have a variety of choices: chemical exfoliants, mechanical exfoliants, or exfoliators that incorporate a mix of both. You can pick an exfoliation method based on your skin type. “If you have dry, rough skin I would recommend utilizing an exfoliant that contains alpha hydroxy acids, beta hydroxy acids, or enzymes,” says Holmes.

While chemical exfoliation may sound intense, it’s actually not intensely abrasive, making it a safe choice for sensitive skin and anyone who frequently deals with bad breakouts. Look for cleansers or nightly treatments that incorporate glycolic acid or lactic acid. If you are prone to blemishes, salicylic acid can work wonders on acne-causing bacteria to unveil smooth skin underneath.

If you have normal skin, the choice is up to you. “It’s truly a matter of preference,” says Holmes. If you have combination skin, combine both to maximize results. “Combination skin works great with combination exfoliants, which means using a skincare product with both a chemical and physical exfoliant,” says Holmes. Depending on your skin type, you can exfoliate a few times a week to get glowing skin. “Oily skin can be actually exfoliated 3-5 times a week,” says Holmes. If you don’t exfoliate regularly, you’ll be left with a dull-looking, rough complexion. 

2. Drink plenty of water. 

The secret to healthy skin isn’t just about what we put on our face, but what we put in our bodies. “Our body is made up of about 80% water, and our cells need water to function properly,” says Holmes. The more water you drink, the more it plumps up your cells, (which includes your skin cells), allowing them to work efficiently and remove toxins. “Drinking water will help your skin look nourished, hydrated, and healthy,” says Holmes. Try to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to keep your complexion smooth.

3. Try a honey face mask.

You can reap all the benefits of exfoliation by reaching for a kitchen staple that works wonders on your skin: honey. “Honey contains levels of alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and enzymes that help to exfoliate the skin by sloughing away dead skin cells, removing dirt and grime, reducing excess oils, and clearing out pores all without damaging the skin's acid mantle,” says Holmes. Enjoy this refresher for all the benefits of honey for your skin, and use the natural exfoliant to make your own face mask. Mix one tablespoon of raw honey or Manuka honey with 2 tablespoons of whole-fat, Greek yogurt for a hydrating complexion booster. Apply to your face for 15-20 minutes, wet a washcloth with lukewarm water, and use the warm washcloth to remove. 

4. Use the right moisturizer.

Moisturizing is key to keeping your complexion soft and smooth, but in order to get the most out of your face lotion, it’s best to find the right moisturizer for your skin type. Holmes says the most potent ingredients for correcting rough, dry skin include “enzymes, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, peptides, and ceramides.” If you have sensitive, dry skin opt for a moisturizer that contains ceramides to hydrate and repair your skin’s barrier. “If your skin is dry, then you will want to utilize ceramides and restore moisture to your skin cells,” says Holmes. You can check out some of the best moisturizers for dry, sensitive skin here.

Another powerful ingredient that helps smooth skin is hyaluronic acid, which your skin soaks up like a tall drink of water. “HA helps to restore hydration to your skin,” says Holmes. If you’re looking for a quick way to achieve smooth skin, your best bet is incorporating HA into your skincare routine. Thanks to its humectant properties, it acts like a sponge to draw water to your skin and boost your hydration levels. While a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid is ideal for anyone who suffers from dry skin, since most formulas are lightweight they also work well on oily and combination skin.

The best moisturizers for combination skin are made of lightweight, non-comedogenic, mattifying formulas that can significantly improve your skin’s texture. Even if you have oily skin, you still need to incorporate moisturizer in your routine. If you don’t, your oil glands will get kicked into overdrive and will produce even more oil, which can lead to clogged pores and bad breakouts. The best moisturizers for oily skin serve up moisture without excess oil, thanks to a combination of oil-free formulas and nourishing ingredients. 

5. Slather on SPF.

When we think of smooth skin, the first image that comes to mind is that of a newborn baby—and one of the reasons why a baby’s skin is so soft is because they haven’t been exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays. Wearing SPF every single day is the key to keeping your skin healthy and smooth—and that includes during the winter (and on cloudy days!). Up to 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds and they can even penetrate your car window. 

“UV rays cause your body to release oils and water, leaving your skin feeling dry and dehydrated after direct exposure,” says Holmes. It may take years to see the visible effects of fun in the sun. That’s because over time, prolonged exposure breaks down the collagen fibers and elastin in your skin, which can leave you with a rougher, leathery-looking complexion. 

If you are going to be outside bring along your best hat and slather on sunscreen (opt for SPF 30 or higher), and be sure to reapply every two hours. For added sun protection, you can also wear UPF clothing to keep the rest of your body safe from the sun.

6. Get your vitamin C.

While you can’t completely reverse years of sun damage, you can repair your skin’s barrier and prevent further damage with a healthy dose of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps fade sun spots and can brighten and smooth your complexion overall. “Vitamin C applied to the skin acts as a superficial exfoliant and antioxidant, reducing hyperpigmentation, improving signs of fine lines and wrinkles, and prevents damage from free radicals,” says Holmes. 

If you aren’t already incorporating vitamin C into your skincare routine, you can start using it daily in the morning to prep your skin and improve your skin tone. As you go about your day, it will work to keep harmful free radicals at bay from environmental stressors which include the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays and pollution. We especially love SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum, which is suitable for all skin types and works to reinforce your skin’s moisture barrier all while reducing fine lines, dark spots, and pores to leave you with a luminous glow.

7. Sleep with a humidifier.

Air conditioning and heating can cause your skin to lose moisture, so use a humidifier while you sleep. “One of my favorite tricks for dry and dull skin is to use a humidifier and implement oils into your skin care routine,” says Holmes. Central air, a powerful fan, or heating system can also severely dry out skin. Seal in your skincare products during your evening routine with a face oil and then use a humidifier while you snooze to maximize results. “A humidifier will add moisture back into the area and oils will signal your skin to not over-produce sebum,” says Holmes.

8. Reach for retinol.

If you want to improve the way your skin looks and feels, it might be time to incorporate the powerful anti-aging properties of retinol in your routine. Retinol, a vitamin A derivative and resurfacing ingredient, works to stimulate collagen production which helps improve fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, you’re left with younger looking, softer feeling skin. 

Achieving smooth skin doesn’t require a shopping spree for a completely new line of products. Instead, small changes to your daily routine can make a major difference in how your skin looks and feels.

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