Uneven skin texture can appear at any point in our lives and for various reasons. Bumps, flakes and rough patches are no fun, showing themselves more readily when makeup clings to them. Pore-less, Instagram-filter skin might not be achievable, but smooth textured, natural-looking, clear, and glowing skin is possible with the right advice and products. Luckily texture issues are to do with the surface of the skin, rather than the deeper layers, so there’s plenty of skincare available to help.
What causes skin to become rough or textured?
Uneven skin texture can happen for a variety of reasons including the natural reduction in collagen that happens as we age. We know that the key is the health of our skin barrier function, the uppermost, visible layer of our skin. Dead skin cells can sit here and contribute to an uneven skin texture which is why we always recommend regular exfoliation. Our skin contains both water and natural oils and sometimes this can skew off balance due to factors out of our control, like the weather.
Humidity can affect skin and most of us have probably experienced dryness when the temperature drops, sun damage can be a factor too, causing skin to dry out and show signs of premature ageing. It can also happen if we’re a bit overzealous with the acids, exfoliator, or other skincare products. Even using water that's too hot can damage the moisture barrier. Lifestyle factors also play a part, not enough vitamin rich food, too much stress or burning the candle at both ends can all leave skin feeling rough, textured and uncomfortable.
What does uneven skin texture feel like?
First up a reminder that all skin is textured; we’re not made of glass and skin is an organ with hair, pores and natural textural changes. However, if you notice rough patches appearing, dry and flaky skin, bumps or skin that feels rough to the touch, then it’s worth following our advice to bring back a smoother feel. As well as being incredibly satisfying to the touch, smooth skin means makeup applies more easily and light reflects more readily so skin looks more radiant.
What can you do about it?
Lifestyle plays a big part in skin health, so it’s worth trying to limit stress, get enough sleep and cut down on caffeine and alcohol. Drinking lots of water can help to improve skin texture quickly if textural issues are caused by dehydration. Try a few days of eight glasses a day and skin texture will be improved. Healthy eating is also high on the list – eating a rainbow of fruit and vegetables means you’ll be getting all the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body needs to help fight damaging free radicals. Our skin repairs itself when we sleep, so it’s a no-brainer to prioritise 8 hours of shut eye a night and your skin will thank you.
Skincare to try
A consistent skincare routine is the best gift you can give to your skin barrier function. By cleaning away damaging free radicals, choosing the right treatment products and replenishing skin with nutrients every day, you’ll be far less likely to suffer from textural issues.
If you're looking for your perfect routine, try our Instant Skin Reader. Developed with dermatologists, our skin analysis tool personalises the routine recommendation to your skin type and your skin’s needs. You may want to speak to one of our skincare experts. Book a complimentary consultation in-store or online to receive their top tips on how to smooth skin texture.
Start with a gentle cleanser to clear away the debris from the day or night and leave skin clean and ready to absorb all your active skin. Always choose a cleanser that suits your skin type to ensure you’re not aggravating any skin issues.
Exfoliating is key for achieving smoother skin, as it sloughs away dead skin cells that can build up and cause dry, dull areas. Try massaging in our Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion three times a week to help smooth, refine and condition the appearance of skin.
You can also try an acid or chemical exfoliator to rid skin of dulling dead skin cells, dry skin and bring back your glow. Our Daily Refining Milk-Peel Toner formulated with Lipo Hydroxy Acid, lightly exfoliates and dissolves impurities while replenishing the skin’s moisture levels for a clear complexion and a smooth, comfortable feel.
The serum in your skincare routine serves to target your specific skin concern. For uneven skin texture including fine lines and wrinkles, we recommend Retinol Skin-Renewing Daily Micro-Dose Serum. Created to refine the feel of skin’s texture, visibly reduce the look of wrinkles and firm the feel of skin. Our powerful micro-dose serum with a trio of Pure Retinol, Peptide and Ceramides promotes surface skin cell turnover while strengthening the skin barrier function.
Hydration is often king when it comes to dry textural issues caused by dehydration or cold weather. Flaky skin, uncomfortable, tight feeling skin and even bumps can all be soothed with a dose of softening moisturiser. Try our bestselling Ultra Facial Cream with a unique lightweight texture and up to 24-hour lasting hydration to leave skin feeling softer, smoother and visibly healthier.