Beauty

How to Get Rid of Textured Skin: A Routine

Written by: Matigan King

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Published on: October 20, 2022

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Photo courtesy of Louise Samuelsen/The Licensing Project

From sun damage to smoking to acne scars, any number of factors can cause skin texture to roughen. But the right routine—no matter your age or skin type—can make a very noticeable difference in the way your skin looks and feels. Stick to your routine and the benefits will compound over time for smooth, practically poreless, glowing skin that just gets better and better.

1

Exfoliate

Dead skin cells naturally accumulate, especially as we age (when we’re young, our skin cells turn over faster), contributing to a duller, drier complexion and more easily clogged pores. Regularly sweeping them away—along with dirt, makeup, and oil—leaves anyone’s skin softer, smoother, and glowier. Done regularly, it can also help combat the thinning of skin that can happen with time.

  1. Every Night

    The potent time-released AHA complex and velvety, moisturizing “desert milk” in this luxurious serum make it gentle enough to use each night yet powerful enough for (seriously) noticeable results.

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  2. Every Day

    An exfoliating cleanser that’s gentle enough to use several times a day, this bouncy jelly leaves any skin type hydrated and luminous.

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  3. 2 – 4 Times a Week

    This cushiony chemical and physical exfoliator uses retexturing microminerals and glycolic acid to smooth, brighten, and soften skin for a noticeably brighter, glowy complexion.

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  4. Once a Week

    Swipe on before bed—these peel pads are made with powerful levels of super exfoliating glycolic acid and potent fruit extracts that leave skin looking softer, radiant, and more even—for a glow that lasts all week.

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2

Vitamin C

This skin hero antioxidant helps fight free radicals—damaging particles from the sun, air pollution, and other environmental factors—and can help even skin tone, smooth texture, and boost glow.

  1. Topical

    You activate this pure vitamin C powder with water, serum, moisturizer, or even SPF cream right before you use it, so it’s got an indefinite shelf life. It also travels like a dream (no spills) and delivers remarkable results on skin.

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  2. Oral

    Mix this citrusy antioxidant power shot of nutrients with water in the mornings for skin care you can drink. It nourishes with skin-loving CoQ10, vitamins C and E, protective grape-seed proanthocyanidins, and oxidative-stress-fighting carotenoids.*

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3

Moisturize

Moisturizer makes skin look and feel better on contact: It plumps, smooths, and freshens instantly. Add skin-loving active ingredients like bakuchiol, peptides, antioxidants, ceramides, and potent plant extracts for long-term results.

  1. From a Top Dermatologist

    Intensive superhydrators like olive oil, hyaluronic acid, and soothing purslane combine with plumping algae, fatty acids, and science-backed peptides in this brightening, retexturing cream.

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  2. Amazing Clinical Results

    Firming peptides combine in this clinically tested supercream with ultrahydrating ceramides, moisturizing squalane, and active botanicals. It leaves skin looking dewy, firm, soft, and supple right away and smooths the look of wrinkles, firms, and boosts for youthful-looking skin over time.

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  3. With Bakuchiol

    Bakuchiol, a wildly effective plant-based retinol alternative, and hydrating fermented sugars help firm, moisturize, and improve elasticity and texture.

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4

Light Therapy

This common tool in the dermatologist’s arsenal has made its way out of the office and into our homes—and our skin is definitely the better for it. Depending on the light’s wavelength, it can help soothe, protect, clarify, improve texture, smooth wrinkles, and support healthy collagen production. While at-home versions are less powerful than the in-office ones, consistency delivers noticeable benefits long-term.

  1. Near-Infrared Light

    The LYMA laser’s near-infrared light technology penetrates to the skin’s deepest layers, helping stimulate collagen, elastin, and protein production for results—smoother, softer, firmer, more youthful-looking skin—that are pretty hard to believe.

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  2. Red Light

    This multitasking wand combines vibrating facial massage, warmth, microcurrent, and red-light therapy for a luxurious at-home, all-in-one skin treatment.

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  3. Red and Blue Light

    Red and blue light work together in this incredibly convenient (wear it every day for three minutes), perfect-for-all-skin-types mask to help soothe, rejuvenate, and retexture.

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5

Sunscreen

Sun exposure is the biggest culprit when it comes to textured, uneven skin. “Sunscreen is the best wrinkle cream anyone’s ever discovered—so far, anyway,” says goop executive beauty director Jean Godfrey-June. Wear it every day for your smoothest, healthiest-looking skin.

  1. Moisturizer

    Plumping squalane, pea peptides, and antioxidant-rich green tea and chebula extracts help to firm, smooth, and fortify skin in this silky, MADE SAFE–certified mineral sunscreen that’s tinted for easy blending.

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  2. Serum

    This non-nano zinc oxide sunscreen feels more like a luxurious, moisturizing face oil (it’s made with nourishing moringa, raspberry seed, and avocado oils) and includes a proprietary algal blend to soothe and fortify skin.

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  3. Lotion

    This beautiful everyday sunscreen—made with moisturizing aloe and shea butter—sinks right into skin (a subtle tint makes it easy) and is gorgeous on its own or under makeup.

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.