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DEALING WITH SKIN TEXTURE


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Whether it’s lumps and bumps, dry patches, leftover scarring or anything else; I think most of us can probably agree that skin texture is a real beauty pain! Today I’m sharing a few of my favourite products for smooth, even skin.

- EXFOLIATING TREATMENTS -

Obviously exfoliation is key to a smoother complexion so I have a couple of more intense treatments here that can be used once or twice a week to maintain that smoothness. I have one suggestion for dry skin and another for oily skin but if you’re more normal/combination you can switch between these acids depending on what your skin is saying at any given time. Then there's more of a gentle option if you're new to intensive exfoliation!

First up let’s talk about my beloved Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask* | £50 | full review. This is formulated with pumpkin enzymes to chemically exfoliate the skin but also has micro-fine physical exfoliation particles. You simply massage this on gently, leave it for about 15 minutes and then rinse it. You may get a slight sensation using this but if it becomes too much - definitely rinse it off a bit sooner (my skin is pretty used to chemical exfoliation at this point, so can take a lot!) This mask has honestly given me some of the best smooth skin days I've ever had! It’s amazing if you have dry patches and bits of uneven skin that your makeup clings to or doesn’t really apply well over. Plus you get a gorgeous glow-boost.

My pick for more spot-prone skin is the Super Facialist Salicylic Acid Anti-Blemish Clay Mask* | £10 | full review (sponsored). Salicylic acid is a pore-penetrating BHA, chemically exfoliating the skin and reducing breakouts. Again, this mask is a little intense so I leave it on for no longer than 10 minutes. Not only does my skin look radiant after use, it massively improves the look of any active breakouts by the following day and is amazing for fading scarring and softening the skin. It’s great if you used to suffer a lot with your skin but maybe don’t get so many active breakouts any more but you’re still conscious of the texture and scarring left behind.

In terms of manual exfoliation; I don't do this very often but when I do, I use the Pixi Peel & Polish | £26 | full review. This is a cream micro-exfoliator with tiny particles that aren't harsh on the skin and won't leave it red or irritated after use. At the same time it does still contain chemical exfoliation in the form of enzymes and lactic acid - so just leave it on for a couple of minutes to loosen up those dead skin cells and gently massage it in to buff away the excess skin away and rinse it off. If you like to just get in there and do a bit more of a scrub once a week then this is a good compromise.

- EVERYDAY EXFOLIATION -

I’ve also picked some more everyday-appropriate products to incorporate into your regular skincare routine, though I probably wouldn’t use all of them at once! In terms of acid toners: I have two here to talk about. The first is the product that opened my eyes to the amazingness of BHA toners; the Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Toner* | £18 | full review. I use this every day when my skin is having issues and even when it isn’t - I tend to reach for it every other day. If you ever experience bumpy-red areas of skin randomly popping up on you face; this is amazing for getting rid of that. I also find this so good for banishing blemishes and reducing scars. If you have less of a concerned with active breakouts and just want a great all-rounder, I recommend checking out the Glossier Solution | £19 | full review. This contains AHAs, BHAs and PHAs so it's a potent cocktail of acids to smooth and soften the skin. I've honestly found this transformative in terms of just getting rid of rough, bumpy patches of skin. It's definitely not one for beginners but you can build up to something like this if you want those next-level results.

I also have a cleanser suggestion and a serum recommendation. I'm on my second tube of the Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser* | £18 | full review | and really rate it. It's less of a 'bam: instant results!' sort of product but I kind of like that. It's something you can use every day as your morning cleanse and over time it will help to get an even, soft complexion. It's very gentle and includes soothing, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and aloe alongside 5% glycolic acid to exfoliate the skin. I also really enjoy the Pixi Glow Tonic Serum* | £26 | full review. This is a lightweight gel serum that's again very easy to work into your everyday routine. It doesn't irritate my skin at all and also contains a balancing mixture of calming aloe and cucumber as well as glycolic acid. It absorbs easily into the skin without going tacky and I recommend using it every day to really see the effects. Over time it has definitely helped smooth the finish and texture of my skin out.

- RETINOL -

I could write an entire post on retinol (actually, I have, so check it out here!) but I'll keep it brief here. This is great for those of us who suffer with skin texture; particularly if you're recovering from acne (and aren't on accutane). Not only does it have amazing anti-ageing properties, but it seriously smooths the skin! This is less something for dry patches and more something for scarring. I personally love the Drunk Elephant A Passioni Retinol Cream* | £62 (for full size) | full review. It's definitely a more intense product so I wouldn't recommend starting on retinol with it (I also did initially get some peeling when I first started using this) but the results are incredible.                  

- ROSEHIP -

We're rounding off this post with a natural option to get rid of dry patches and even out the tone and texture of your skin. Whilst it won't give crazy results right away; rosehip has made an amazing difference to my skin over long-term use. I personally love the Pai BioRegenerate Rosehip Oil* | £24 | full review. It nourishes the skin, doesn't break me out and just gives me a clear, even complexion.




Do you suffer from uneven skin texture? How do you help things along?


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