Not all of us are blessed with smooth skin and a baby soft complexion. Even the flawless faces you see in magazines undergo a fair bit of PhotoShop magic.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a smooth skin texture — even without the help of PhotoShop!
We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks that can help you erase the visible signs of aging, blemishes, and acne scars — restoring you to an even, smooth complexion.
As you age, your skin cell turnover rate slows down dramatically. The result? A buildup of dead skin cells that make for a dull, uneven complexion. That’s why regular exfoliation is so key to keeping skin bright and smooth.
You can use a physical exfoliant a couple times a week to slough away dead skin cells. But be sure to scrub lightly and use a gentle formulation. You don’t want to risk any unnecessary damage to your skin.
Microdermabrasion goes beyond gentle, at-home exfoliation to buff away imperfections and dead skin cells on the surface level of your skin. This is a great option for skin that isn’t in need of any deeper resurfacing.
This procedure uses a small, pressurized tool along with some exfoliating crystals to rid the top layer of your skin of any dead cell buildup. It only takes a few minutes and there’s virtually no recovery time.
For the best results — most people incorporate microdermabrasion into their regular skin maintenance routines.
Chemical peels go a step further than microdermabrasion and they’re great for skin that’s in need of deeper exfoliation.
A chemical peel will use natural ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids to exfoliate your skin from the inside-out. These acids work to stimulate skin cell turnover, revealing brighter, smoother skin.
And the great thing about chemical peels? They can be tailored to the specific needs of your skin. So whether you have acne prone skin, wrinkles, scars, or dark spots — there’s a chemical peel for you.
Skin that’s seen a fair bit of wear will see the best results from laser skin resurfacing. This is an involved procedure that provides significant improvement to aged and damaged skin.
Because it’s a more in-depth treatment, laser skin resurfacing patients should plan for a 2-week recovery. The upside? You can expect results to last for ten years or more.
Acne scars are one of the biggest roadblocks to smooth skin, which is why we use an integrated approach to eliminating them.
Depending on what you need, we’ll use a combination of fillers, laser technology, resurfacing, and if needed — surgical removal — to rid you of any pitted scars.
Regular hydration is one of THE cornerstones of great skincare. A good moisturizer will eliminate dullness and smooth out rough, dry skin.
Another great reason to moisturize regularly? It actually strengthens something called your “skin barrier”. Your skin barrier is the outermost layer of skin and it’s responsible for keeping out any irritants that might cause unwanted skin reactions.
Your mom probably told you a zillion times growing up: “Don’t touch your face.” And guess what? She was right!
You see, your fingers can transfer oil and other impurities to your complexion, which will clog pores and pave the way for bumpy skin.
So for smooth, soft skin? Hands off.
Ready to give PhotoShop a run for its money? Try these tips and tricks. You’ll have brighter, smoother skin in no time.