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10 tips for improving skin texture

At this time of year, we can start to notice a change in our complexion, as sun kissed skin begins to fade. With the onset of colder, windy days, the texture and feel of our skin becomes different. Crepiness and fine lines can lead to dull-looking skin, almost echoing the autumn leaves around us. To help you look after your skin texture and keep it soft and supple, we share our top tips.

Dry, autumn leaves

Why does our skin’s texture change?

Uneven skin texture can be caused by variety of different factors.

A common cause is a buildup of dead skin cells, but it can also be caused by enlarged pores, acne and acne scarring. The drier months can lead to flaky patches on our skin, and even allergies can lead to unevenness.

One aspect of the ageing process is that our skin becomes thinner, looser, and more susceptible to fine lines. Crepey skin is very common under the eyes, around the neck area and on the backs of our hands.

Pollution, stress and lifestyle habits all influence our skin’s texture. And for everyone, as we age, the natural slowdown in production of collagen, elastin and natural oils that keep our skin supple, is a contributing factor.

This is exacerbated by sun damage. Ultraviolet light is damaging to our collagen and elastin, and when these structural elements of our skin start to break down, it can become less firm and fine lines start to appear.  

Happily, there are steps that we can all take to address and maintain the quality of our skin texture.

Top tips for skin texture

1. Cleanse

A gentle, dermatologically tested cleanser is the best way to remove dirt, make-up, and impurities without over-drying the skin.

2. Exfoliate

Whether it is using a physical or chemical exfoliator, removing dead skin cells is the key to bright, healthy skin.

With its lower sunlight levels, autumn is a great time of year to consider what we call the mother of good skincare – a professional skin peel.

Natural fruit acids provide deep exfoliation to reduce fine lines, as well as address skin texture issues such as sun damage and acne scarring.

The exfoliating, regenerative effects of peels improve skin texture for the long-term.

3. Moisturise

Skin hydration levels decrease during the day, which leads to dryness and rough texture.

Moisturisers containing calming and active antioxidant ingredients help your skin to maintain its suppleness and elasticity. For example, Retinol (topical Vitamin A) is known to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

At Melior Clinics, we are a proud distributor of market leading cosmeceutical skincare products, which bring pharmaceutical grade benefits to the skin.

Our dermatologist can recommend products to suit your skin type and the results you are looking for.

We offer brands such as ZO Skin Health, Obagi and Fusion Meso, which are rich in nourishing ingredients such as Vitamin C and Retinol, which improve skin texture, cleanse and brighten the skin.

Obagi - Retinol retexturizing cream

4. Sun protection

Sun protection of at least SPF30 is essential for preventing the ageing effects of sun damage that specifically impact skin texture. Read more about the effects of sun damage on your skin.

5. Healthy eating

A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and oils rich in Omega-3 fatty acids such as fish and seeds, contribute to the health and vitality of our skin.

Fruit and vegetables

Foods that are high in antioxidants such as apples, nuts and berries are also beneficial. Antioxidants protect skin cells and improve skin texture and appearance.

6. Hydration

Skin needs to be hydrated both inside and out. Drinking plenty of plain water has many health benefits including helping to maintain smooth, hydrated skin.

For a burst of hydration within the skin itself, our range of skin boosters are instantly revitalising.

Rich in hyaluronic acid and amino acids, skin boosters are an injectable treatment that nourish the skin from within. They have the transformative benefit of impacting the skin’s regenerative ability, so they continue to make improvements to skin texture in the weeks following your treatment.

Watch Dr Margarita Goncarova treating a patient with Profhilo skin boosters:

7. Lifestyle choices

Research published in The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology demonstrates that smoking can harm your skin’s texture as well as influence health issues, so it should be avoided.

Limiting alcohol intake is a good approach to making sure your skin texture is not adversely affected.

8. Sleep

Quality sleep has a number of health benefits.

According to the Sleep Foundation, 7-9 hours of good quality sleep each night helps to promote skin regeneration.

9. Stress management

Stress levels can also influence skin health.

It is an inevitable part of all our lives, but practising self-care such as relaxation and breathing techniques can help to manage stressful times.  

10. Skin care routine

Taking the time to look after your skin is important – time spent on self-care has lots of benefits for how you feel in yourself too.

A consistent skincare routine with products suited to your skin type, and any specific concerns you may have, will help to manage your skin’s health and texture.

A bespoke facial not only gives you important time for yourself, it is an excellent way to give regular nourishment and conditioning to your skin.

We tailor our range of skin care products and technology to hydrate and purify your skin, so that it feels radiant and protected for the months ahead.

Skin care routine

If you would like to talk to us about ways in which we can help to improve your skin’s texture, you can book online, call us or email to arrange your free initial consultation.