There are lots of ways to achieve baby soft skin and these tips for smooth skin can help us attain a glowing, radiant complexion. Our skin is constantly exposed to changes in weather, environmental irritants, as well as a myriad of skin care products so it’s no wonder that it doesn’t always behave the way we want it to. Give these simple tips for smooth skin a try. I think you’ll see a noticeable difference in your skin!
1. Avoid Sulfates
Tips for smooth skin has to include using a facial cleanser and body wash that doesn’t contain sulfates. We don’t want to use that stuff on our hair so we sure don’t want it all over our skin! Sulfates are a detergent that creates foam and it’s often very harsh and can dehydrate our skin. Check out Burt’s Bees, Simple and Cerave - they all have cleansers that don’t contain sulfates.
2. Sleep Smart
You wouldn’t think that your sleeping habits have much to do with skin care, but they do. Be sure to wash and change your pillowcase often. Oil and products from our face and hair can get on our pillowcases which then transfer to our face. Many people report seeing an improvement in acne and their overall health of their skin from frequently changing their pillowcase. Also, sleep with your face free of any hair. Tie your hair back loosely and brush back your bangs so your hair and any products in it don’t irritate your skin.
3. Cut Back on Caffeine and Alcohol
I’ll be the first to admit that I can’t imagine waking up without a cup of hot coffee in my hand, but I’m also aware that too much caffeine can be harmful to my skin. Both caffeine and alcohol act as diuretics so imbibing too much can dehydrate our skin. Keep your coffee, tea and alcohol intake in check and don’t forget to chase your drink with a glass of water!
4. Go Nuts
Another simple tip for smooth skin is to eat your nuts. Nuts often get a bad rap for being doused in bloat-inducing salt, but many plain nuts are super healthy with lots of health benefits. Raw and unsalted Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds, and pecans are all packed with protein, fiber and vitamins that are great for smooth skin.
Exfoliating is one of the easiest ways to get soft, smooth skin in a matter of minutes. Contrary to popular belief, exfoliating isn’t just about scrubs. There are actually three types of exfoliant- scrubs, enzyme and chemical. Scrubs are the most common, but they mainly focus on surface cells. Enzyme and chemical exfoliants dissolve dead skin cells. Chemical exfoliants aim for deeper layers of skin whereas enzymatic types are safer for sensitive skin. There’s nothing wrong with using scrubs, just be careful to be gentle when you use it so you don’t irritate your skin.
6. Water Wars
Have you ever stopped to think how your water can affect your skin care routine? According to dermatologist Susan H. Weinkle of Florida, the type of water you have can make a difference in your skin and skin care. She recommends using cleansers and body washes sparingly if you have soft water. Soft water doesn’t wash products off as well so it can leave a residue on skin. If you have hard water, it can prevent cleansers from lathering which causes us to want to use more product which can end up drying our skin.
7. Get in Order
When you apply your skin care products, do you have a method? Some skin care experts go as far to say that the order in which you apply your skin care can be even more important than the products themselves. If you use any skin care products with active ingredients like retinols or an antioxidant serum, use that first. Products with a thinner texture go on first so they can be in direct contact with your skin and thicker moisturizers going on later. If you apply thicker products first, they can act as sort of a barrier to the thinner textured products.
8. Clean up
When it comes to tips for smooth skin, I can’t forget to mention the importance of cleaning your beauty tools and other accessories that come in contact with your skin. Sunglasses, eyeglasses, your phone and makeup brushes are some of the items that we use regularly that often do not get cleaned enough. All of these items can harbor dirt, oil and bacteria which can cause clogged pores or acne breakouts. Dermatologist Cynthia Bailey of California suggests washing your makeup brushes bi-weekly or monthly at a minimum. This will help keep your skin and your makeup brushes happy and healthy!
9. Wash up Often
Exercise is not only beneficial for our physical and mental health, but it’s also important for healthy, smooth skin. Working up a sweat helps your skin get rid of trapped oil and dirt, reduces inflammation, helps regulate hormones and even prevents free-radical damage. Just be sure you wash up after you work out so all the sweat, dirt and oil doesn’t just sit on your skin.
10. Hands off
Keeping your hands off of your face is quite possibly one of the easiest things you can do to help improve the health of your skin. It seems too simple to be effective, but our hands and fingers come in contact with so many dirty things that they have no business being anywhere near our face! Think about how clean your keyboard, steering wheel and phone are. Wash your hands often and keep your hands away from your face.
11. Dry Brush
Dry brushing with a body brush is another great thing you can do for your body and your skin. Dry brushing before you shower or bathe helps get rid of dead skin cells, increase circulation and can even help minimize the appearance of imperfections so you’re left with soft, smooth skin.
Try some of these skin care tips to help you achieve the baby smooth skin you desire. Remember, healthy, soft skin is both an inside and outside job so don’t forget to eat healthy foods, exercise and be consistent with your skin care routine! What are some of the skin care tips you swear by?