Achieving smooth skin can be a tough task even for those blessed with healthy skin. For most women, there is at least one aspect of smooth skin we are missing out on. Whether it’s a lack of moisture, too many skin flakes or a combination of both, getting that glowy, touchable skin is a tall order. As a beauty expert, here’s my easy guide on how to get the skin you’ve always wanted.
Drink More Water
Drinking water is absolutely key to having smooth skin. You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. I like to keep a reusable water bottle with me all day long and refill it to keep my intake up. If you’re a chronic coffee or soda drinker, caffeine can have a positive effect on the skin, but too much can have a drying effect and dehydrate you. Try swapping one of your daily drinks for ice water, and add a little fruit if you want to have more flavor.
Exfoliating your skin is so important, so make sure you’re doing it regularly. Start by purchasing a sugar scrub or other exfoliating scrub to remove dead skin cells that like to hang out on your body. When you’re in the shower, slather on the scrub and work in gently with your hand or a soft wash cloth. Your body will instantly feel smoother and ready for lotion. I recommend only using it once or twice a week until you know how sensitive your skin will be to the scrub, and in the winter you will want to increase to daily use. Try Bath and Body Works Almond & Honey honey scrub. I love the scent and the way my body feels after use.
Follow up your exfoliating routine with a lotion, body butter or oil to start moisturizing your skin. After you dry off, while your skin is still warm, slather on the product and work it in gently. If you’re using a spray on oil, be sure to not sit on anything or get dressed too soon. Allow your moisturizer to set into your skin before dressing. I like using this time to work on my hair, nails or just relax. If one part of your body is drier than others, use a thicker product on those areas. My favorite moisturizer is Vitamin E Intensive Moisture Cream by The Body Shop. It’s also great for first thing in the morning on my dry hands in the winter.
Another key component to soft skin is to always wear sunscreen. I encourage everyone, even if you don’t burn, to wear sunscreen on any exposed skin when you’re going to be outside for extended periods of time. The minimum you want to wear is SPF 30, but if you’re very fair like me, a higher SPF will keep the burns away. The less sun exposure your skin has, the more it keeps its natural texture. By following my easy guide, you too can have amazing skin that you and your partner can’t get enough of.