If you are on a quest to find out how to get smoother skin, you are in the right place! Achieving smoother, more youthful skin isn't exactly the easiest thing, and having rough skin can be.. rough. It can feel like you've tried every skincare product out there, but somehow, you still haven't found the secret to getting smoother skin. Understanding what causes rough skin is our first step to achieving the skin you have always wanted.
What Causes Rough Skin?
The secret to smoother skin is finding out what factors we need to take into consideration when it comes to our skin. There are a variety of factors, such as stress levels, your diet, and even your environment. These can all wreak havoc on the surface of your skin. But it isn't just behavioral factors we have to delve into, but also environmental factors as well.
As we know, there are a variety of factors that can lead to rough and dry skin, and sometimes, it can be even more discouraging to try and achieve smooth skin if you struggle with a genetic condition (eczema, psoriasis, keratosis pilaris, acne, etc.). If you are experiencing symptoms such as itching, sensitivity, and/or redness along with your rough skin, it is recommended to check in with a certified dermatologist.
Besides the skin conditions mentioned above, the top causes of rough facial skin are due to:
- Daily Pollution
- Sun Damage
- Cold/Dry Weather
- Dead Skin Cell Buildup
- Dry, Flaky Skin
- Pore Buildup
- Poor Skin-Care Routine
So how can I fix it?!
Let's focus on some factors that we have control over. Don't stress on the things you have no control over. (Remember from above: stress can be a factor that causes rough skin!)
Nail down and keep up with a consistent cleansing routine.
Poor skin-care regimens can definitely lead to rough skin. The first step is to find a simple skin-care routine that you can stick to consistently. Consistency is an essential part of any skin-care routine.
But wait. You've been sticking to the same cleansing routine and your skin is still dull and rough? It used to work for you, but no longer does? Well, that's because your skin type can change over time due to environmental factors, age, etc. Products you have used for months or even years can start to yield little to no improvement. If and when this happens, reevaluate your skincare products and routine and make any necessary adjustments. If you've done your research and made routine and product swaps and still can't find the problem, we recommend seeing a certified dermatologist.
Remember*: you can keep adjusting your routine until you find the one that best suits you and your needs. Listen to your skin.
Tips: Skincare products and your routine should not:
- Have a lot of steps
- Make you break out more
- Cause discoloration or flaky skin
- Cause itchiness, irritation, redness, or flushing
- Cause your skin to feel "tight" as it means you've stripped your skin of important essential oils
Get Serious with Cleansing, and Exfoliate Often.
Your skin naturally sheds dead cells on a regular basis to make way for new cells, but sometimes dead cells do not shed as they should. This causes a buildup on the surface of your skin, resulting in dry, dull, patchy skin. To combat this, we recommend helping the process along by exfoliating often. Now, this all sounds like a lot, but we don't need any kind of extravagant machine to clean your face.
Include a quality cleanser into your routine and use it with our facial cleansing massager for the best deep cleanse. Finding the right cleanser will depend on your skin type and any other skin concerns you may have. meejee's face cleansing massager will be compatible with any cleanser of your choosing. Sonic facial cleansers are gentle but do the job great. Check it out here!
Exfoliation helps remove all the oils and impurities from the skin and assists in penetration to increase cellular turnover and circulation. There are a variety of ways to exfoliate your face: chemical exfoliants, mechanical exfoliants, or a combination of both.
Also, note that you don't need aggressive exfoliation to get rid of dry or rough skin. Over-exfoliation can make it worse, actually! Find a gentle exfoliant, whether it be a konjac sponge or our silicone face cleanser, and exfoliate often.
It is important to note that some tingling during exfoliation is normal, but any major burning or flushing is a sign that something is wrong. If symptoms do not subside, please consult a medical professional.
Choose an Effective Moisturizer for your Skin.
No matter the skin type you have, dry, oily, or a combination of both, moisturizing is extremely important to prevent dry or flaky patches of skin, balance sebum production, and replenish any lost moisture. When choosing a moisturizer, choose the right ingredients for your skin type and any other sensitivities you may have. If you have skin conditions to worry about, such as eczema or acne, choosing the wrong moisturizer can make your skin worse.
We find the best result is when you apply your moisturizer within minutes of drying off from a steamy shower to trap the water in and help lock in moisture.
Try to use a moisturizer twice a day to help hydrate your skin.
Use SUNSCREEN — Protect Yourself!
You don't have to stay away from the (UV) rays, but make sure you do protect yourself with plenty of high SPF sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher). UV rays cause your body to release oils and water, leaving your skin feeling dry and dehydrated after exposure. Although we don't see the effects of the sun immediately, we know that prolonged exposure breaks down collagen fibers and elastin in your skin, leaving you with rougher, leathery skin.
Remember: sunscreen will help prevent UV-induced damage (skin dyspigmentation, brown spots, dull texture, etc.).
Don't forget to reapply every two hours!
Self-Care from the Inside Out.
1. Hydrate from Within
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated! Our body is made up of 80% water and so we need water to function properly. Water plumps up our cells which help them work efficiently to remove toxins.
2. Eat Right
Avoid sugary, processed foods and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. Processed foods and refined carbs contribute to the destruction of good bacteria and create an imbalance in your system. This can eventually manifest in your skin.
3. Limit Drugs & Alcohol
Both of these are important factors as they can inhibit processes within the body that help with cell turnover and collagen production.
4. Get Enough Sleep!
Strive to get at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night. Your body repairs itself and recovers from daily stress in your sleep, so we know your skin does some serious healing overnight. I'm sure we've all been there before when we don't get enough sleep: dry, sunken-in skin with big, dark bags under our eyes.. and the list can go on and on. Needless to say, it is time you make beauty sleep a priority to rejuvenate your skin (and body).
But if you don't get enough sleep one day for whatever reason, be sure to rejuvenate your skin with our facial globes. meejee's facial globes will help soothe any inflammation with cold therapy or warm compress. Say goodbye to redness and puffiness in the mornings!
5. Exercise Regularly
Exercise can help improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Sweating helps remove impurities and toxins from your body.
6. Improve Lifestyle Choices
Everyday choices can help renew your skin and body or they can wreak havoc on your skin and body. Actively try to make healthier swaps with your foods and drinks to help boost healthy skin and body functions.
7. Visit a dermatologist
Maybe you have tried anything and everything, but nothing is working. Don't be discouraged. Reach out to a certified dermatologist to help find out what is at the root of your skin concerns.