The Ultimate Guide to Improve Skin Texture and Health

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Achieving acne-free skin like this woman
This is a guide for skin health.

It’s unlikely that anyone in the world has perfect skin. That said, a few too many blemishes or wrinkles can make us body-conscious. Here’s the ultimate guide for keeping your skin healthy and to improve skin texture. Learn tips to get rid of cellulite, reduce the appearance of varicose veins, and more. Yes, smoother, glowing skin can finally be yours!

Acne and Other Spots

Spots develop when oil and grease block pores and hair follicles. Some people can overproduce oils known as sebum, which leads to a more aggressive form of spots. You’d probably know it as ‘acne.” If left untreated, acne can permanently scar the skin.

There are a lot of ways to prevent acne. For some women, scrubbing the face morning and night with soapy water is enough to improve skin texture. However, other factors can also contribute to acne, including:

  • Wearing heavy make-up daily
  • Continuously touching your face 
  • Eating foods high in sugar and fats

There are also special remedies for spots, such as tea tree and witch hazel, which are available at most pharmacies. Another option is to use special cleansing pads to try and reduce outbreaks. For serious acne, a doctor might prescribe antibiotics. There are even methods like laser surgery available from companies such as Skn Clinics.

Reduce Dryness to Improve Skin Texture

Skin that becomes dry and flaky can look unappealing. It can result in dandruff that makes for scaly-looking skin and a pallid complexion. It feel uncomfortable and be itchy too. Dry skin can result from many factors, but is usually from a lack of oil in the skin; that’s the very opposite of acne.

As we get older, our bodies naturally produce less sebum, which is our skin’s natural oil. You can usually fight dry skin by regularly applying a quality moisturizer. There are plenty of moisturizers on the market to hydrate and improve skin texture.

Dry skin may also be the result of a lack of water in the skin. Whether you need to drink 8 cups of water a day or not is a commonly debated health question we answered. Staying hydrated will help to get rid of dry skin, as well as provide a rosier complexion by flushing toxins out of the body.

Facial wrinkles
Sunburns contribute to wrinkles. They’re one of those things many women want less of – not to mention wanting to know how to get rid of cellulite. Photo by Old_zacatecas_lady.jpg: Tomas Castelazo derivative work: Dobromila (Old_zacatecas_lady.jpg) (CC BY 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

Wrinkles

Eventually everyone starts to wrinkle, but it’s possible to slow down the process and stay looking youthful longer. Dry skin can lead to wrinkles, so staying hydrated and moisturize to ward of the wrinkles and improve skin texture. When it stays moisturized and elastic, the skin keeps its smoothness longer.

Sunburn is also a leading cause of wrinkles. So, those who regularly seek out a tan without applying sun lotion can expect to age faster. Yes, sunscreen will cause you to tan slower, but it could be worth the benefits in the long run. Experts say a minimum of Factor 15 is ideal, although those with naturally darker skin may be able to get away with lower factor rates.

As for facial wrinkles, these often result from various factors. Crows-feet wrinkles around the eyes are most commonly caused by squinting, for example. And squinting can come from not wearing sunglasses or alternatively not have enough reading light in the dark. Wrinkles under the eyes are most commonly caused by a consistent lack of sleep, in combination with stress.

Meanwhile, wrinkles around the lips are most common in smokers. In fact, smoking can dry out the skin and encourage wrinkles all over the body, in some cases making you look a decade older than your age. Also aging you may be cellulite; we’ll offer possible ways to get rid of cellulite later in this post.

All in all, taking action in these areas could help to ward off wrinkles longer and improve skin texture. But what if you’re already starting to get wrinkles? A number of products, such as Ellanse, can restore the skin’s natural levels of collagen for a reversing effect. There are then more drastic measures too like Botox and face-lift surgery for those who want to go this route.

Bad Moles       

Many moles are healthy. Some women even embrace them as beauty spots. Think Cindy Crawford! However, other times moles have odd shapes and might be a cause for concern. Melanomas are an example of strangely shaped moles that sometimes are cancerous.

A dermatologist has the special training to diagnose whether a mole is dangerous or not. The process may involve first a scan by the doctor and then a skin sample. A mole may be easily removable by a doctor, while another may require further action. Many clinics, including Augusta Oncology, specialize in such treatment. Skin cancer is scary but often treatable, especially if you get the mole analyzed early on. I did and am a melanoma survivor.

Skin cancer is most commonly caused by sun exposure. Wearing appropriate protection when in the sun can hugely reduce the risk of all melanomas. And it’s a far better reason to avoid sunburn than to simply prevent wrinkles and improve skin texture.

Varicose Veins

Unsightly dark purple or bulging veins, most commonly found on the legs, are known as varicose veins. They can sometimes develop during pregnancy or may just be a result of age, usually as a result of bad circulation. Preventing varicose veins is difficult, although there are ways to reduce their appearance and even get rid of them to improve skin texture.

For example, wearing compression stocking can reduce the swelling of these veins. These types of stockings are available easily online. Exercise meanwhile can further prevent these veins from appearing – although you should watch out as to which exercises you choose to do. Many short impact sports, such as skiing, running and martial arts, might be bad for someone with varicose veins. Meanwhile, swimming, cycling, walking, and yoga can help to reduce varicose veins by lowering the blood pressure that causes them to swell up.

There are surgery methods to get rid of varicose veins too. Losing weight can also reduce these veins and improve skin texture.

Adjust diet to get rid of cellulite
A dimple effect called cellulite. Help get rid of cellulite with the tips below. Photo by Lanzi (Own work) (CC BY 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

Get Rid of Cellulite

Cellulite is a dimple effect caused by fatty deposits under the skin. It has been known to develop as a result of pregnancy and weight gain.

Fortunately, there are many ways to get rid of cellulite. Buying a foam roller and exercising the affected part by rolling it over it, for example, can help to break up fatty deposits beneath the skin. Stretching can also have a similar effect. The likes of yoga and Tai Chi are helpful too.

In addition, your diet can help to get rid of cellulite. Furthermore, sulfur-packed foods such as celery, olives and cucumber are great for promoting collagen production, which can in turn help to improve skin texture by smoothing it out. Consuming less unhealthy fats meanwhile may help to reduce fatty deposits. Finally, make sure that you eat lots of fruits full of antioxidants. They have the added bonus of being good at combating wrinkles, spots and many other skin flaws.

Stretch Marks

In addition to wanting to get rid of cellulite, many women also want stretch marks to disappear. When the skin stretches as a result of weight gain or pregnancy, scars known as stretch marks can often form. There are several known solutions to rub onto stretch marks to lessen their appearance. These include aloe vera, coconut oil, and sugar. Doing so can boost the healing process, but may only be effective once the stretching stops, such as  at the end of a pregnancy or the end of weight gain.

Some clinics, such as Pulse Light Clinic, provide laser surgery to get rid of particularly bad stretch marks. That said, try other natural options first as this surgery is not totally scar-free.

Rashes and Old Scars

Rashes are areas of inflamed skin that are most often the result of an allergic reaction. In some cases, you may be able to prevent rashes by avoiding certain triggers. However with eczema and other conditions, these triggers can be hard to identify. Cosmetics can sometimes cause rashes, in which case hypoallergenic skin products may be worth adding to your skincare routine. While you’ll have limited beauty brand choices, preventing rashes that can cause permanent skin damage is a good thing.

As for old scars, there are many possible causes for them. If they have not fully healed to improve skin texture, it could be because of how deep they go below the skin’s surface. These scars may never heal, although Bio-oil and other products help some people. Concealer is another option for hiding scars, and there are all kinds of specialty products on the market for even the most prominent of scarring.

31 COMMENTS

  1. Another wonderful article from you, Christy. Agree with the point on skin producing less sebum as we get older. I’m starting to notice this on my face! These days my face is dryer than before. Today, I noticed that my concealer creased very badly on my skin – and my skin started flaking. It is a reminder for me to use more moisturiser and as you mentioned, drink more water which I always forget 🙂 I’m also no stranger to cellulite and have decided to accept that part of me a long time ago. No shame 😀

  2. Excellent info here Christy. May I just add my usual two cents, lol? The most wonderful cleanser for your face and makeup is pure organic Coconut oil. I’ve been washing my face with it for years. It doesn’t dry your skin out. Then I use Witchhazel as a toner instead of those commercial brands that are laden with alcohol. Hot tips! 🙂 <3

  3. So informative and important! It’s crazy how much damage people cause to their skin without realizing it and it’s always so inspiring to see another person who’s passionate about skin education. Keep up the good work!!

  4. Very informative. Thank you Christy!

    Might I add that every day items like lemon juice, coconut oil and Apple cider vinegar are great to tone your skin, moisturize as well as remove blemishes.

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    Hope this was helpful!

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