Top 5 Tips For Improving Your Skin Texture
Uneven skin texture is a common problem for people all over the world – it’s nothing to do with the skin tone, which is the pigmentation; instead, it’s the overall smoothness and feel of your skin. As cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, states, the cause of uneven skin texture is usually as a result of a build-up of excess skin cells on the surface of the skin, thereby causing it to feel and look rough and bumpy. It can also give the skin a dull appearance overall.
Luckily, however, there are some simple steps that you can take to help to combat uneven skin tone – and we’ve listed the top five here, as cited by professional skin care experts and dermatologists.
1. Drink Water
This may sound obvious, but it’s probably the most important of all the tips in this article. It’s imperative to stay hydrated throughout the day – and if you don’t, it won’t be long before your skin starts to show the tell-tale signs of uneven skin texture that you want to avoid. If you keep up your water levels, the extra hydration will soon help to make your skin feel and look smoother.
As stated by cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD, a build-up of excess skin cells is one of the most common culprits of uneven skin texture. As a result, it’s extremely important to exfoliate in order to remove them. This should be done with a scrub twice a week, with a specific focus on particularly affected areas. However, it’s extremely important not to over-exfoliate, as anything too abrasive can, in fact, cause an overproduction of oil, which will only make the skin texture issues worse. As long as you stick to the twice-a-week rule, though, you should be fine.
3. Chemical Peel or Exfoliant
Sometimes, exfoliation twice a week just doesn’t quite cut it. In those cases, you may want to try a chemical peel or exfoliant – of which there are many different strengths and types. You should choose one according to your skin type and the results you’re hoping to achieve – and, if in doubt, discuss this with a skin care expert or dermatologist. You can even get this done professionally at a salon, which is usually the best option – after all, it’s a strong treatment, and you don’t want to damage your skin in any way.
4. Use a Facial Oil
Sometimes, using a facial oil is effective at improving the overall skin texture. Dermatologists around the world state that oil-based products are best when it comes to regulating sebum production in the skin – purely because when your skin is stripped of natural oils, it produces more, thereby causing overproduction and, therefore, more skin problems.Therefore, using a facial oil regularly helps to prevent a build-up of natural oils and, therefore, improve the overall texture of your skin.
5. Always Wear SPF
Over-exposure to the sun and its UV rays is one of the leading causes of uneven skin texture, according to cosmetic dermatologist Paul Jarrod Frank, MD. Therefore, it’s imperative to take as many precautions as possible when exposing your skin to the sun – a minimum of SPF30 at all times is what he recommends. You can even buy a moisturizer that contains an SPF and incorporate it into your skin care routine that way.
While uneven skin texture is something a lot of people seem to struggle with, it’s encouraging to know that the methods we can take to combat it are, in fact, fairly easy to incorporate into our daily routines. Whether it’s making a conscious effort to drink more water every day or trying out a chemical peel or exfoliant for the first time, there’s plenty you can do to try and alleviate the problem.
However, if problems persist and you’re unable to achieve the results you want, it may be worth consulting a skin care professional or dermatologist, who will be able to assist you further. Hopefully, with this advice, you’ll be able to adopt the best approach to improving your uneven skin texture and get back to your usual radiant self as soon as possible!
3 Easy Ways to Volumize Your Hair
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Why pH of skincare products is important?
The pH is defined as the negative logarithm (base ten) of the concentration of free hydrogen ions in aqueous solution. The pH of skin surface ranges from 4.5 to 6 making it slightly acidic. The acidic nature of the whole skin surface was first claimed by Heuss in 1892; however, the first scientific study was carried out by Schade and Marchionini in 1928, who called it the acid mantle. The “acid mantle” protects the skin by inhibiting the growth of pathogenic organisms, regulating keratinization, desquamation and wound healing. Any disruption in the acid mantle disrupts the activity of enzymes involved in barrier function and anti-microbial protection. The skin pH and the buffering capacity of the skin surface are made up of the components of the stratum corneum as well as the secretions from sebaceous and sweat glands. Sweat is an important contributor towards skin acidity owing to its content of amino acid, lactic acid, and urea, which supplement skin NMF levels. The formation of stratum corneum barrier requires enzymes that are pH dependent. Two lipid-processing enzymes β-glucocerebrosidase and acidic sphingomyelinase require a pH of 5.6 and 4.5, respectively. An increased skin surface pH activates enzyme serine proteases, which causes degradation of corneodesmosomes and affects the skin barrier. pH also has a big impact on the skin microbiome. The bactericidal activity, because of dermicidin and nitrites in sweat, occurs optimally at pH 5.5. The resident bacterial flora changes as pH increases causing increase in population and activity of P. acnes and Staphylococcus aureus which are responsible for acne and eczema. All these result in contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, acne vulgaris and Candida albicans infections. Products with high pH cause swelling of skin follicles affecting the permeability of the skin making it dry, sensitive, and susceptible. Most of the skincare products are formulated within the pH range of normal healthy skin except the exfoliating products that contain alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA’s), Vitamin C products and chemical peel which work at low pH. Facial oils, cleansing oils, balms are not pH dependent.
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