An all too common skin concern amongst both men and women is uneven skin texture. Sometimes this is due to specific skin problems such as rosacea or acne, but it can also be a product of sun damage, ageing or the result of using the wrong skincare products. Uneven skin texture is often more prominent during the winter months, when skin is drier and the epidermis is not absorbing serums and moisturizers in the way it should.
Uneven skin texture can leave skin looking older and duller because it doesn’t reflect light as well.
Skin in areas that are not exposed to sunlight is usually soft and smooth to the touch, an indication that sun damage contributes to uneven skin texture. Sun protection should be a priority because sun exposure contributes to uneven skin texture by breaking down collagen and elastin. Choose a sunscreen that offers high-powered protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Wear it indoors and outdoors because UVA rays can penetrate glass. You can't necessarily reverse sun damage but you can prevent it.
Ageing is another common cause of irregular skin texture. As you mature, surface skin cells aren’t shed as rapidly. This causes dead skin cells to build up, leading to skin that feels rough and has a dull appearance. Dry skin that lacks moisture also feels less smooth to the touch. Glycolic acid is a weak acid that most commonly comes from sugar cane. When used topically, it increases skin cell turnover so that dry, dead cells are shed more rapidly. This creates a smoother skin surface. Not only does it improve skin texture, it gives skin a more youthful appearance by softening fine lines.
A peel is super-beneficial for retexturizing the skin. The amalgamation of processes in Rodial's Super Acids 3 Step At-home Peel Kit will resurface, renew and refine the skin - a fantastic substitute to a pricey peel at a clinic. The Kat Burki Restorative Dual Acid Peel is also a very viable choice. Alongside glycolic acid, it contains the superior form of hyaluronic acid to give you optimum anti-ageing benefits.
The Boots No.7 Advanced Renewal Anti-ageing Glycolic Peel Kit is an accessible and reliable option too. There are other treatments that are administered by a dermatologist or esthetician in order to improve uneven skin texture. These include microdermabrasion and chemical peels using a higher strength of glycolic acid to remove the outer layer of skin cells, revealing smoother skin underneath. These treatments are effective, but they require a series of sessions which can be expensive.
Choose an at-home version instead, such as the PMD Personal Microderm, which uses small aluminum oxide crystal-coated disks that spin and scrub away those dulling dead cells. It’s as close to a professional microdermabrasion treatment as you can get at home, and it even vacuums up dead skin cells just like a professional tool. It will help fade sun spots and remove dead skin, which accentuate pores and wrinkles, more efficiently than scrubs or cleansing brushes. Alternatively, I recommend the Trophy Skin Mini MD Home Microdermabrasion system.
After any type of exfoliating, it’s important to follow up with a moisturizer to shield skin against further water loss that can make it feel dry and rough.
With uneven skin texture, it can also become difficult to apply cosmetics evenly.
A primer will assist in evening out the surface of your skin, so your make-up should glide on and last all day. Try the Thalgo Perfect Glow Primer, which drenches the epidermis in mineral-replenishing vital water, restructures the skin and reflects and diffuses colored light. For your base, I recommend choosing a shade from the Dermablend range. The benefits of Dermablend foundation are second to none, and will conceal all the bumps in the road.