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Isn’t smooth skin the dream? We mean, as far as skin care concerns go, having a rough or bumpy complexion ranks pretty high on the annoying scale. But we have good news—with the right skin care products and tips, getting smoother skin is totally possible! What’s more, these adjustments to your regular skin care routine are easy and quick to do. Keep reading for our top tips on how to get smooth skin.
This first tip may seem obvious, but ask yourself: Are you actually exfoliating regularly every week? If you’re experiencing uneven texture, you may need to tweak your exfoliation routine. There are two ways to go about exfoliating your complexion—with chemical exfoliants or with mechanical exfoliants—and you can choose to try either one or incorporate both methods into your skin care routine. Just remember that when introducing a new product or exfoliant to your complexion, you’ll want to take a gradual approach.
So, why is exfoliating so important for smooth skin? Well, when dead skin cells build up on the surface of your skin (which happens daily, by the way), they contribute to dullness, dryness, breakouts, and uneven skin texture. Sloughing off the surface layer of your skin is key to getting the smooth skin you’ve always dreamed of. Here are our best smoothing facial exfoliant options—a mix of both types—so you can choose the best product for you.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Smooth & Glow Grapeseed Scrub: Face scrubs are one of the most popular options for mechanical exfoliation and exfoliation in general. This gentle yet effective face scrub was formulated specifically to help smooth rough skin and give your complexion a baby-soft, glowing finish. Dull skin is gently polished away for visibly smoother skin. Use the scrub three times per week for best results.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads: Want to give chemical exfoliation a try? In that case, smoother skin is just a few peel pads away! Formulated with glycolic acid, which is an AHA, these daily peel pads resurface dull, uneven tone and rough texture to reveal fresh-looking skin and also visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles. What could be better than that? Use this every evening for best results and take extra caution if you plan to spend time in the sun (as AHAs may make your skin extra sensitive).
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser: This face scrub is formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls, blending mechanical and chemical exfoliation into a single scrub. With continued use over time, skin tone and texture appears more even and radiant. Use this scrub cleanser a few times a week for desired results, and don’t forget to be consistent with your sunscreen.
We love face masks for many reasons, not least of which because they really work! Adding a smoothing face mask to your weekly skin care routine will help even out skin texture over time—and it gives you the perfect opportunity for a few much-deserved minutes of self-care. After all, pampering is a must! Basically, you’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Our best face mask for smooth skin is the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Clarify & Smooth Face Mask, which is formulated with three pure clays and yuzu lemon extract. It works to draw out the buildup of dirt, oil, and impurities on the skin, and also shed dead cells to resurface skin over time. To use, apply an even layer onto clean skin (avoiding your eyes and lips), leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse off with lukewarm water. For maximum smoothing results, use it three times per week.
While many people overlook toner, this skin care essential can help you on your quest for smooth skin. Toners typically work to remove leftover facial cleanser, dirt, and excess oils from the skin. Depending on the formula, a toner can refresh and improve the overall health of your skin. We also dig that toner can be customized to suit your skin care concerns and needs. Our favorite toner for smooth skin? The L’Oréal Paris HydraFresh Toner, which protects against moisture loss for smooth and supple skin.
Do you go right from cleansing your complexion to applying moisturizer? While there’s nothing wrong with that, for really smooth skin, we’d encourage you to add a super important step in between: serum. Serums are potent formulas with concentrated ingredients that can help restore skin’s radiance and resilience and resurface its texture. Also, it takes just a few extra seconds to apply one! So really, what are you waiting for? Here are our best facial serums for smooth skin. Use them twice per day, in between cleansing and applying your moisturizer.
L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Golden Serum: Formulated with LHA, this serum helps stimulate surface skin cell renewal, which will reveal smoother and more youthful-looking skin over time.
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum: This vitamin C serum leads to more even skin tone and texture with continued use over time.
If you’re not already applying moisturizer every day—on your face and your body—it’s time to start. When skin lacks moisture, not only will it appear dull and uneven, it can also contribute to a weakened skin barrier over time. To really maximize the effect of your moisturizer, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends applying it onto your skin right after you step out of the shower, when it’s still slightly damp so you can lock in moisture.
One of the most crucial things to keep in mind is paying close attention to your eye area. The skin around your eyes is pretty delicate, and it is more prone to show visible signs of aging. To stay ahead of the game, it would be smart to add a nourishing eye cream to your face care routine so you can keep your under-eye area looking radiant and youthful. We like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener Paraben Free, which is formulated with imperial peony, and works to smooth and brighten the eye area for a healthy look.
Like it or not, there is no way around the need to take off your makeup before you hit the hay. If you don’t, you can consider your dreams of achieving smooth skin over. When you allow your makeup to stay put, it can mix with the dirt and oils on the surface of the skin, which can lead to clogged pores. In turn, clogged pores can create blemishes. Yep, bumps and all. We can bet that you’re not a fan of those, so play it safe and remove your makeup before you sleep. Use the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes to gently remove all traces of makeup and dissolve dirt and oil without drying out your skin.
We don’t mean to sound like a broken record since you’ve definitely heard this advice from us before, but you should always wear sunscreen. When your skin is exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time without protection, it can cause skin damage that leads to visible signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles. In turn, this can make your skin’s surface feel less smooth.
Per the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), you should use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF value of 15 or higher regularly and as directed to prevent sun damage. For a moisturizer with SPF, try the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30, and be sure to take other sun protection measures to keep your skin in proper shape.
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