How can I improve my skin texture? That’s the question I often ask myself and perhaps you do too. Today I’ll talk about 8 things (according to scientific research), you can do to your skin to improve its texture.
If you’re not a big fan of reading, I’ve made a sit-down video too. You can watch that. I do have to admit that it’s my first video of that kind, so it doesn’t flow very well. As awkward as I look and sound, I hope the tips can still be useful. Bear with me! I’ll get better! 🙂
How to Improve Skin Texture
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1. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Our cells have membranes that are made from phospholipids. These consist of fatty acids and phosphate groups. Thus, to keep those cells healthy and happy, it’s important to provide your body with the essential building blocks for membranes. All of that, so the membrane can easily exchange nutrients and minerals as well as keep the cell hydrated.
Yes, food indeed plays a huge part in keeping our skin smooth and glowing. And sometimes we do forget that. However, I hope it now makes more sense from a biological point of view.
Anyway, so what foods improve skin texture? Here is a list of products that are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. You should try to incorporate them into your diet in one way or another.
- Chia Seeds
2. Drink Loads of Water
You’ve probably heard numerous magazines say that 8-10 glasses of water will flush the toxins out of your skin. Even though there is no scientific evidence that would prove that. But, we should really remember that skin is a barrier that is essential for us if we want to stay hydrated.
As this review points out perfectly, water is important for our survival. We are alive because of it. So naturally, you should consume it to keep your body in balance. Staying hydrated has been proven to reduce urinary tract infections, hypertension, fatal coronary heart disease, and many more conditions.
As for the skin, a study shows that drinking water improves skin thickness and density. So, there is really no reason not to drink water. At the end of the day, we’re made 70% of water, approximately. More on that here.
3. Consider Using Sunscreen
Around 290,000 people get skin cancer in one year alone (source). And most of them are caused by exposure to UV light. If that’s not good enough reason to start using sunscreen when you know you’re going to be exposed to the sun, then I don’t know what is.
Anyway, the sun can often cause redness and uneven tan. That can significantly affect your skin texture and make your skin extra dry and flaky. Thus, do consider using sunscreen when you’re out there on the beach or outside during the day. There is no harm in doing so.
Also, at the end of the day, you’re your own judge. Depending on where you live, you might need sunscreen or might not. If you feel comfortable in the sun and notice no side effects, you’re probably fine without the sunscreen.
P.S. Always, use sunscreen on holidays. You don’t really know what the sun is like in the place you’re visiting. Yes, the strength of UV light might be different in every place. That has a lot to do with the thickness of the atmosphere.
4. Use Dermarolling with Vitamin C and E Serum
For those who don’t know, this is how a dermaroller looks like. That’s the one I recommend, and you can easily buy it on Amazon.
As you can see it’s a roller that has multiple needles on it. They’re short and thin, yet sharp. You can roll it on your skin to create small holes in it. Then, your body will naturally start to produce collagen to heal the ‘’injuries’’.
In this case, increased collagen production helps to improve your skin texture. You’ll have smoother and more glowing skin. I highly recommend reading my guide on dermarolling. I answered any possible question and explained how to safely do it at home.
Also, to really get the results you want, you’ll need to use a vitamin C and E serum. Vitamin C has been proven to promote collagen synthesis and improves healing (source). Vitamin E, on the other hand, increases fibronectin synthesis (source), which helps to keep collagen together. Thus, these two vitamins work well together to improve skin texture.
5. Improve Your Skin Texture with Exfoliation
Dead skin cells no longer serve any purpose, especially on your face. In fact, quite the opposite, they might cause skin problems. Why? They can block your pores causing inflammation that can result in pimples or acne. If you’re suffering from acne, there are multiple acne treatments that might help.
Anyway, if you want to keep your skin smooth and prevent any further skin problems, use a facial scrub. You can also exfoliate your skin (and get rid of dead skin cells) with natural scrubs too. Wet coffee grains or just sugar can truly help. Just rub them into your skin and wash them off.
6. Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Moisture improves healing. That’s a well-known fact. It simply provides the cells with the state where they can easily exchange nutrients, receive oxygen and release CO2. There is much more to that. So, if you want to really learn about the science behind it, I suggest reading this paper.
You know that dryness can cause the roughness of the skin texture. Plus, flaky skin can get painful, especially in summer. Thus, it’s important to keep your skin moisturized to provide it with the ability to really heal and glow.
There are multiple ways you can keep your skin moisturized:
- Using moisturizing masks.
- Making your own remedies with natural products (e.g. natural yogurt).
- Using organic products (e.g. aloe vera gel).
- Trying out different creams.
Here is a cheap, non-greasy cream I’ve been using so far. It works on all skin types. It’s cruelty-free. In fact, the company doesn’t believe in testing on animals and takes an overall environmentally friendly approach when it comes to creating the products.
7. Consider a Fractional CO2 Laser
A fractional CO2 laser has been more and more commonly used on the skin. It has the ability to penetrate it and treats deeper wrinkles as well as severe skin texture changes. These include blemishes and acne scars. The laser simply removes thin layers of skin and it’ll take you approximately 2 weeks before you start seeing the results.
Since it has the longest wavelength of all the lasers, it’s safe for all skin types (including the darker ones).
However, the laser doesn’t help with reducing redness (including dilated blood vessels). In fact, it can make it worse. While it’s been more and more commonly used in dermatology, you should consult an expert to figure out whether it’s something that can actually help you.
8. Give Your Skin a Break from Makeup
While it might seem natural to cover up skin imperfections, makeup can often make our skin worse. Do let your skin rest from time to time and treat the roots of the problem.
While makeup offers us a beautiful way to express ourselves, using it for prolonged times increases the possibility of clogging pores. That, in turn, can cause many more skin problems that we most certainly want to avoid.
Just let your skin breathe.
Now that I’ve given you tips on how to improve skin texture, let me know if you have any questions. Comment below and I’ll answer them! Other than that, please share the article if you like it, it helps the blog! 🙂