Babies are born with smooth, especially soft skin. However, as you get older, you expose your face to harsh conditions that rob your skin of its natural smoothness. By adopting a healthy lifestyle and using the right skin care, you will be able to heal your skin and prevent further damage.
Part 1 of 4: keep your skin healthy
Step 1. Protect your skin from sun damage
Wear sunscreen, moisturizer, or makeup with an SPF 15 or higher to prevent premature aging. Contrary to popular belief, darker skin tones are also vulnerable to sun damage even though they don't “burn” as quickly as lighter skin tone. Always err on the side of caution, regardless of your skin color.
Step 2. Hydrate yourself
By hydrating, you keep your skin supple and smooth. Women should drink at least 9 cups of water per day and men just over 13 cups per day. Avoid coffee and alcohol, as they have dehydrating effects. If you drink it, take at least 1 additional cup of water with every glass of coffee or alcohol.
Step 3. Eat a balanced diet
Your skin is your body's largest organ and it needs the right nutrients to stay soft and healthy. Eating a diet high in "good fats" like omega-3 fatty acids will help your skin produce natural moisturizing oils and prevent inflammation. The foods highest in omega-3s are fish, eggs, nuts, dairy products, and Brussels sprouts. If your skin is prone to roughness and rashes, you may have a minor food allergy.
Step 4. Improve the air quality
The skin is constantly exposed to the outside air. The smoke damages and dries out your skin. Since you breathe through your mouth and nose, its effects are all the more noticeable on the face. Avoid working and living in a smoke-filled environment. If you smoke, stop to see the almost immediate effects of withdrawal on your skin and to prevent premature old age.
Place an air humidifier in your bedroom in the winter or if you live in an area with a dry climate. Dry air robs your skin of its moisture and softness
Part 2 of 4: wash your face
Step 1. Find the right face wash
Bar soaps do the trick if you don't have anything else on hand, but most soaps can dry out the skin. Your face is more sensitive than the rest of your body, and it needs a special product to keep it soft and healthy. Use a moisturizing cleanser if your skin is prone to dry skin. If your skin is oily, use a cleanser designed for oily skin. Use makeup remover to remove your makeup.
Step 2. Wash your hands before starting
Chances are, your fingers are dirtier than your face. Kill grime and bacteria by washing your hands quickly with soap and water. If your skin is very sensitive, use your facial cleanser.
Step 3. Apply the cleanser with your fingers
Place a coin-sized drop of facial cleanser on your fingertips. Massage the product onto your skin using small circular motions. Focus on the T-zone of your face: forehead, nose and chin. Follow the directions on the package if they are different from those shown here.
Step 4. Rinse off with warm water
Spray your face with lukewarm water to remove the cleanser. Cold water does not allow effective cleaning. Hot water dries up the skin and makes it less soft.
Step 5. Pat your face with a towel
Gently pat your face up and down. By rubbing, you risk irritating your skin and removing the rejuvenating components of the cleanser (which are designed to penetrate the skin).
Step 6. Use a moisturizer
The moisturizer is essential for soft skin if yours tends to dry out. As with the cleanser, you should use a room-sized drop, focusing on the drier parts of your face.
Step 7. Wash your face twice a day
Wash your face when you wake up and before going to bed. If you wear makeup, avoid sleeping in it.
- Washing too often can irritate your skin and rob it of its natural moisturizing oils.
- Also wash your face every time you come for a swim or a sweat.
Part 3 of 4: exfoliate your skin
Step 1. Find the right exfoliator for your skin
As with cleansers, there are many exfoliators available on the market for different skin types. You won't find yours until after a lot of trial and error. In general, if your skin is oily, you should use a product that “deep cleans”. If it's dry, choose one that's soft and moisturizing.
Step 2. Apply the product with your fingers
Apply the product to your skin with your fingers. Take it easy by moving your fingertips in small circular motions.
- Using a soft microfiber towel is an alternative to hand massage. Most beauty salons even sell gloves made from this material to make the job easier.
- Electric exfoliating tools are also widely used. You can find affordable versions of these gadgets in most department stores.
Step 3. Rinse off the product
Rinse off the product and pat your face dry. Use hot water. Do not rub your skin with a towel, as you may irritate and damage it. Your skin is more sensitive after exfoliation.
Step 4. Moisturize your face
Hydration is very important after exfoliation, as the process removes natural moisturizing oils. In addition, exfoliation removes the first protective layer of the skin. Although dead, dry skin makes your face rougher and protects the sensitive layer underneath.
Step 5. Exfoliate twice a week
Exfoliate twice a week, always before going to bed. Regular exfoliations keep your face soft and blemish-free. You can do them less often if your skin is drying out or flaking. If your skin is very sensitive, exfoliation may irritate it and make the dry skin worse. Find the right balance according to your needs.
Part 4 of 4: shave your face
Step 1. Make sure your razor is sharp before you start
Shaving with a dull blade can irritate your skin and get razor bumps.
Even women without visible facial hair can experience the smoothing effects of shaving. Don't worry about your down growing back thicker and darker. It is only a legend of an old good woman. Dermaplaning is a popular type of exfoliation that involves removing the top layer of dead skin from the face with a sharp blade
Step 2. Apply a generous amount of shaving preparation
Work it into your skin for a closer shave. There are 5 main types of shaving preparations.
- Shaving creams that you need to lather with your fingers or with a brush. Badgers are the tools most used by professional barbers.
- Shaving gels are similar to shaving creams, but they are a bit easier to apply.
- Shaving foams are what most people think of as shaving cream. They are sold in a ready-to-use container and it is no longer necessary to foam them.
- Shaving soaps are solid soaps that you need to lather with a shaving brush.
- Shaving oils can be used alone or with shaving cream. They are best suited for people with dry or sensitive skin.
Step 3. Rinse your razor after each stroke
As your razor fills with bristles, it becomes less sharp. It is no longer as effective and can cause razor bumps. Heat also dulls the blades faster.
Step 4. Rinse your face with cold water
Cold water prevents irritation of the skin. The cold closes the pores and protects them from the negative effects of aftershave. It also tightens the skin and prevents the formation of ingrown hairs.
Step 5. Apply an alcohol-free aftershave
Use your fingertips to apply aftershave to your freshly shaved skin. Aftershave gels and lotions act as moisturizers to rehydrate the skin and make it softer. In addition, some lotions contain ingredients that provide relief from irritated skin.
Classic alcohol-based aftershaves dry out your skin and make your face look rougher
- Wash your face before shaving. Do not wipe yourself off, as the water makes it easier to shave.
- Too much washing, exfoliation or the use of dermatological products can damage the skin. If your skin feels softer than when you started, stop.
- Exfoliating products that contain plastic microbeads are dangerous for the environment. Due to their small size, they cannot be removed by wastewater filtration. Products made using jojoba pearls are touted as a less risky solution because they are made from biodegradable plant-based wax.
- Always test each new dermatological product on a small patch of skin 1 or 2 days before using them. Choose an area that is usually covered by your clothes. The waiting time will allow you to identify possible delayed reactions. If your skin is itchy and red, do not use the product. This is especially important if you suffer from allergies or have sensitive skin.