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How to Get Smooth Skin that Lasts - The Complete Guide

17 Mar, 21

Woman loving her smooth skin after waxing

Living that smooth skin life is more than just exfoliating it every few days. It’s a lifestyle. If you’re trying to figure out how to get smooth skin, yes the answers don’t lie in exfoliation alone but include your diet, skincare, and hair removal methods among other things. Learning how to smooth skin means making small decisions all day every day that keep the skin clean, hydrated and nourished, and protected (the four major skin needs). So in this article, we’re diving deep into some of the top questions and concerns people have about smoothing skin. We talk about diest, stress management, how to address your skin’s specific needs, and give you a step-by-step, all-natural skin smoothing routine that can benefit all skin types. 


How can I improve my skin texture?

Your skin’s appearance and behavior are often a reflection of how it’s cared for through diet, stress levels, skincare (or lack thereof), and your hair removal habits. Skin’s four major needs are to stay clean, hydrated and nourished, and protected (we’ll go over this more than once). Basically, having a smooth texture is dependent on all-around care from the inside out. Proper cleansing, exfoliating, and skincare in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle are key to improving skin texture.


The skin has its own systems to clean, hydrate, nourish and protect; for example, it has a protective layer called the acid mantle that works with the support of your gut health as a part of your microbiome (the trillions of good bacteria that keep skin healthy and protected). When we eat poorly, have a lot of stress, use the wrong products and hair removal methods for our particular skin needs and the environment it’s in, we can break down the acid mantle from the inside out, leaving skin susceptible to flaking, dehydration, breakouts, or worse.


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Choose a smooth skin diet.

Diet is key when mastering how to have smooth skin. Eating excessive sugar, white flour, fried and processed foods with minimal fresh fruits and veggies can cause hormonal issues, excess oil, breakouts, and dehydration. Not only that, but when the skin is fighting off the poisons from these foods, it’s spending less time keeping skin clean, hydrated and nourished, and protected. 


Adopt a smooth skin lifestyle.

Keeping your hormones in balance means managing stress in a big way. When we stress, we release cortisol which gives a green light to the oil glands to produce more oil. Stress also causes inflammation. Oil and inflammation are two of the main ingredients of acne. Stress can also aggravate other skin conditions like psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. Managing stress is one of the most important smooth skin tips and also includes getting plenty of exercise and sleep.


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Addressing your specific skin needs

Knowing how to get smooth skin means understanding your skin’s needs. The most common skin types and concerns can include dry, mature, sensitive, oily, and acne-prone. But since everything from our diet and skincare to the environment we live in can be a factor in why skin may be behaving a certain way, it’s safe to say that no matter what your skin concerns are, keeping it clean, hydrated, and nourished and protected should be on everyone’s to-do list when wanting to know how to have smooth skin

When skin lacks the ability to retain water, or produce sebum, it can become fragile and brittle, leaving it open to splits, fissures, inflammation, and flaking. Dry, flaky skin cells can block pores and follicles, leaving them susceptible to bacteria growth, bumps, and acne. The hair on dry skin is prone to breakage, ingrown hairs, and bumps. To add insult to injury, the skin may need to compensate for a lack of moisture by producing excess oil which can lead to breakouts. If you’re wanting to master how to get smooth hydrated skin, gentle cleansers that do not further damage the acid mantle are in order. These skin types also need GENTLE exfoliation methods and plenty of moisturizer to lock water content in.


How can I make my face clear and smooth?

Woman smiling doing her facial skincare routine

If you’re wondering how to get smooth skin for acne, or how to close pores and get smooth skin, the first moves you need to make are to address the skin underneath acne breakouts first, then treat the acne itself. Because acne-prone skin can be the point where inflammation and excessive oil due to dehydration meet, keeping it clean, hydrated and nourished, and protected before heading straight to harsh acne treatments are your first steps when figuring out how to get smooth skin without pimples. Only after the skin has had its core needs met inside and out and acne starts to heal can you move on to more intense means to clear up healing acne.


A skin-smoothing skincare routine 

I know the words clean, hydrated, nourished, and protected have been mentioned ad nauseam, but are everything you do should consider these factors when wanting smooth skin. Is this cheeseburger going to help keep my skin clean, hydrated, nourished, and protected? Is practicing road rage helping me meet my major skin needs? Does my skincare routine support or hinder my efforts? Here are some tips on how to meet the four major skin needs through a daily skincare routine.


  • Clean
  • Cleansers, exfoliators, and detox masks are all things needed to get clean skin, but even your cleansers have to address the major skin needs to keep the acid mantle in-tact so that it can do its job. Only use products with acne treatments in them when acne is present and do your due diligence to keep it hydrated after.


  • Hydrated and Nourished
  • All skin types need to be moisturized and nourished after cleansing. When the skin dries, the water molecules evaporate on skin. You need to lock-in that moisture. One of the best ways to do this is to start with all-natural rose water before beginning your post-cleanse care. On the body, leave skin damp before applying lotion. Doing this can help you avoid needing too heavy of a moisturizer. 


    Only use moisturizers according to your skin type and ones filled with healthy ingredients that nourish. If skin still feels dry after application, you may want to add a hydrating serum before moisturizer, a heavier cream, or even a top layer of a skin oil or a balm all over the face or on dry areas. If your skin feels goopy long after application, get a lighter lotion.


  • Protected
  • All of the previous steps work to keep your skin protected from dehydration and inflammation but we still have to defend against excessive sun exposure and the elements. Using sun protection should be a daily practice whether it comes in a lotion, sunglasses, a hat, or long sleeves.


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    Smooth skin and your hair removal routine 

    We can’t forget to include hair removal in the discussion of getting perfect smooth skin. Whether you’re shaving, sugaring or waxing, the following measures are super important when it comes to trying to get smooth skin.

     

  • Use the right hair removal method for your skin type.
  • Even though we’re biased toward waxing for hair removal, if your skin is too sensitive, you have histamine intolerance, you’ve been using retinol or you haven’t been living your best skin life, it can be safer to stick to shaving for your hair removal or to hold off on waxing until the skin is in the clear. 


  • Understand hair growth cycles
  • If you wax or sugar, don’t cheat on it with shaving; getting all of your hairs on the same hair growth cycle depends on it. Hairs all need to be on the same length or cycle so that you reduce ingrowns and breakouts and to keep new stubble from popping up when you’ve just got waxed. 


  • Practice proper at-home pre and post-hair removal care
  • Whichever hair removal method you use, taking care of the skin’s needs are your first priority. If you don’t follow the proper guidelines or are a pro that doesn’t educate their clients on proper precautions to take before and after waxing, for example, skin can be left out in the cold. 


  • Only use the best 
  • Shaving can be relatively cheap, but you may find that the cheapest razors may have you going over the skin more than once, which can be harsh on the skin. The same goes for waxing. Only use the best-quality wax and pre-and post-wax care. 

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    Before and after waxing service

    Aside from following pre and post-care guidelines, only use high-quality waxing products according to skin type and follow a dedicated post-wax at-home skincare routine. Using the right post-wax care helps to keep the skin supported while recovering. Just like regular skincare, post-wax care products need to be high in antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and hydration factors.


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    How to get smooth skin on the face

    Woman showing off her face's smooth skin

    Facial skin can be more sensitive to texture and issues because it’s usually thinner than the rest of the body. If you’ve met all of your skin’s requirements, using chemical exfoliators or gentle scrubs is a great way to smooth the skin. Sensitive skin clients shouldn’t use this method within 24-hours of waxing to avoid irritation but may prefer using a simple warm washcloth. A day after hair removal, spot-treat areas using products like Starpil Ingrown Hair Serum Puller or Post-Wax Lotion which dissolve dead skin cells and debris so the pores of the freshly waxed area stay clear, have a layer of protection, and are kept clear and smooth.


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    How to get smooth body skin

    Smooth skin on legs

    When new skin cells develop, the older ones get pushed to the surface. Many cells flake off into the atmosphere but many mix with sweat, dirt, and sebum to create a dull, ruddy finish. Exfoliating weekly can stop the skin from getting clogged pores, dullness, or flaky skin. There are many ways to exfoliate, and many of these methods should be practiced regularly, especially before hair removal.


    How do I get smooth skin naturally?

    Aside from following a smooth lifestyle, you can exfoliate with bath gloves, washcloths, loofahs, sea sponges, or dry brushes. But if you really want to go the distance, follow these all-natural smooth skin tips and see for yourself. 

     

    Step 1: Dry brushing from the bottom of the feet up to the neck with strokes that move toward the heart to flush lymph, increase blood circulation, move oxygen, and detox the skin. It also exfoliates at the same time.

    Step 2: Apply sesame seed oil 15-minutes before showering or bathing to draw out toxins from the skin and to soften. When you get into the shower or bath, massage the oil into the skin as it starts to rinse off. 

    Step 3: Soak in a tub of Epsom salt and a few drops of your favorite essential oil for 20 minutes. Alternatively, if you don’t have a tub, shower and save exfoliation for the end when the skin has been softened. 

    Step 4: Use an all-natural salt or sugar scrub or loofah to mirror your dry brushing process in Step 1. 

    Step 5: Follow exfoliation with a hydrating, nourishing, and protecting skincare routine of serums, moisturizers, and body creams or oils over wet skin to lock-in moisture. 


    FINAL THOUGHTS

    We know that a lot can go into getting smooth skin, but even just implementing some of these smooth skin tips can make a big impact on your skin complexion. Which methods are you most likely to use? Let us know if Starpil can help you learn more about how to get smooth skin, we’re happy to help!


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