Tired of uneven skin tone and texture? Try out this 10 step routine for smooth skin texture.
The path to smooth, glowing skin can often seem impossible when uneven skin tone, annoying blemishes, or fine lines and wrinkles can steer you away from your intended skin care goals. It’s important to realize that skin texture can occur for a number of reasons—from using products that aren’t suited for your skin type or simply just not moisturizing enough.
In order to target skin texture you should obviously use products suited for your skin type, but also have a routine that effectively hydrates and exfoliates your skin on a regular basis.
Here’s a sample 10 step routine to get you started:
Oil Cleanser: Hanskin Cleansing Oil & Blackhead [PHA]
Oil cleansers are integral in smoothing skin texture—they help to dissolve excess sebum and impurities while efficiently removing makeup, keeping your skin clean and debris-free.
The Hanskin Cleansing Oil & Blackhead [PHA] is ideal for combating skin texture since it includes PHA’s, AKA polyhydroxy acids. It’s a gentle acid suitable for sensitive skin types that lightly exfoliates to help keep blackheads and dead skin cells at bay. It also contains tea tree leaf oil to help fight breakouts, while jojoba, olive and grapeseed oils, along with aloe vera extract, hydrate the skin.
Make sure to oil cleanse on a regular basis as this will help to keep your skin clean making it less prone to blemishes which will help to make your skin appear smoother and texture-free.
Water-Based Cleanser: Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser
It’s important to follow up your oil cleanser with a water based cleanser so that you can make sure your skin is as clean (but still hydrated!) as possible. Since this routine is going to be heavily based on exfoliating the skin, it’s important to use a soothing cleanser that will not only help to cleanse but also calm the skin.
The Klairs Rich Moist Foaming Cleanser is formulated with a unique amino acid-rich complex that replaces a sodium lauryl sulfate-based formula, allowing you to avoid that annoying squeaky clean feeling post-cleanse. It contains tea tree oil to keep the breakouts at bay and hyaluronic acid and aloe leaf extract to soothe and nourish the skin. Just simply adding the double cleanse to your routine should help to reduce breakouts and unclog pores for glowing skin.
Toning the skin is important because it helps to swipe away any leftover impurities post-cleansing while also pH balancing the skin and preparing it for your exfoliators. The Acwell Licorice pH Balancing Cleansing Toner is a good choice because it contains 10% licorice water along with green tea extract, which works to reduce pigmentation while also adding luminosity back to the skin.
The Acwell toner plus the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence will leave you with plump, glowing skin, making them the perfect start to your routine.
Essence: Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence
Moisturizing your skin is also an essential step to smoothing the appearance of skin texture, and nothing plumps your skin more than the Neogen Real Ferment Micro Essence. This essence is packed with 93% naturally fermented ingredients, including bifida ferment lysate and 28% saccharomyces ferment filtrate, to deliver instant moisture to the skin.
The abundance of fermented ingredients work to speed up cell turnover, helping to refine skin texture and reduce pigmentation. Plus, the addition of 17% birch juice and 9% rice extract further brightens and hydrates, effectively keeping your skin nourished all day long.
Exfoliator: Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid + Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid
If you have skin texture issues, then exfoliating is going to be your new best friend. This is because exfoliating helps to unclog pores and smooth the skin, leaving it looking clearer and brighter. There are a variety of options you can choose from for exfoliating, like the Cosrx BHA Blackhead Power Liquid, which contains 4% betaine salicylate, AKA a natural BHA. This gentle, BHA formula also contains niacinamide and willow bark extract to illuminate and moisturize skin.
You can also apply the Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid. AHA like BHA is a chemical exfoliant that essentially dissolves and lifts debris from pores, leaving them clean and refreshed. This particular formula contains glycolic acid and apple fruit water to gently exfoliate without irritating the skin, making this ideal for all skin types, even sensitive.
How to choose between them? Well, if blackheads are causing your texture, I’d suggest choosing the BHA, but if you want to combat other blemishes, the AHA is for you. You can also spot treat with both by using the BHA on blackhead heavy areas and the AHA everywhere else.
Vitamin C is essential to improving skin texture as it’s been proven to increase collagen synthesis, helping to strengthen the skin’s barrier. This increase in collagen will thicken the skin, making the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and more indented acne scars much less apparent.
If you’re looking for a heavy duty and effective treatment for skin texture then you should use the Cosrx Triple C Lightning Liquid. This potent vitamin C serum is packed with 20.5% pure ascorbic acid which is the most effective form of vitamin C available. With regular use, this serum will bring radiance back to the skin as well as even out your skin tone and texture. While, this serum may have a high percentage of vitamin C, even sensitive skin types can use it—you just have to ease yourself into it by using it either every other night or by adding it into your moisturizer.
Eye Cream: Erborian Seve de Bamboo Eye Matte
If you’re prone to getting texture in the eye area, you’ll want to choose a lightweight eye cream like the Erborian Seve de Bamboo Eye Matte. Its soothing gel formula will nourish the sensitive skin around your eyes without clogging pores. This eye cream is formulated with moisture-rich birch sap as well bamboo fiber which will hydrate and brighten tired eyes.
Sheet Mask: Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask
Sheet masks are definitely optional but you’ll want them in your routine if you’re going to be using chemical exfoliants on a regular basis since they help to deeply nourish and revitalize skin. It’s also good to remember that keeping your skin hydrated is another way to help to reduce the appearance of uneven skin texture.
To really brighten and hydrate, trying using the Leaders Brightening Recovery Mask. This fermented bio-cellulose sheet mask is made out of coconut gel which adheres like a second skin helping to force feed your skin barrier necessary nutrients. It helps to brighten the skin because of an innovative ingredient called telangyn that evens out skin tone, along with niacinamide, which helps to reduce pore size and target pigmentation.
If you’re experiencing uneven skin texture, another reason could be your moisturizer. I find this to be especially true because although I have dry skin, if I use too rich a moisturizer my skin tends to become clogged and rough. This can easily be remedied by using one that is moisturizing but lightweight.
The Cosrx Advanced Snail 92 All In One Cream has a lightweight jelly texture that contains 92% snail secretion filtrate. This powerhouse ingredient is known to soothe, heal and moisturize without suffocating the skin. Snail mucin is essential if you’re suffering from skin texture issues since it’s antimicrobial and packed with proteins, copper peptides, and hyaluronic acid, which all work together to repair skin damage and fight breakouts.
If your skin is feeling extra clogged and textured, use a thick layer of the My Skin Mentor Dr. G Brightening Peeling Cream at night and you’ll wake up to smoother, brighter skin. This powerful but gentle cream actually contains AHA’s, BHA’s and PHA’s to treat clogged pores, dissolve excess sebum and dead skin cells, and brighten dark spots all at the same time. It also contains nourishing squalene, niacinamide and ceramides to strengthen your skin’s natural barrier. Keep in mind, this would replace your exfoliation step so don’t use both together or it might irritate your skin.
Lack of sun protection is also a huge reason you could be experiencing skin texture issues since extended exposure to UV rays can cause your skin to become rough over time, as well as increase the signs of aging. This can lead to increased fine lines, wrinkles, and potentially sun spots and other pigmentation.
Using SPF everyday is essential to protecting your skin from environmental stress as well as keeping it youthful longer. If you shy away from sunscreens because of their greasy texture or unfortunate white cast, don’t worry the Acwell Aqua Capsule Sun Control Gel protects your skin without all the awful byproducts of traditional sunscreen. The refreshing gel texture hydrates your skin while peony and mint extract soothes it. There are tons of sunscreen options on the market so there’s no excuse to skip the SPF!
Uneven skin texture can be annoying and hard to deal with, but with the right routine you can work to get it under control. If there’s anything you can take away from this extensive routine, let it be that moisturizing, exfoliating and regular use of SPF are essential to any routine but they are especially important for maintaining smooth, texture-free skin.