How to Get Smooth Skin: Tips to Improve Skin Texture

Sometimes, you don’t realize just how rough your skin is until you’re around a baby or young child. One stroke of their super soft skin reveals the truth; your skin is covered in rough, scaly patches. 

Rough skin can be challenging to manage; just when you think you’ve got a handle on it, another rough patch springs up and puts you in a bad mood. 

The good news is, you can treat your rough skin and improve your skin texture once and for all. All it takes is a few tips, tricks, and the right products with powerhouse ingredients. 

One Ocean Beauty is your go-to source for clean and clinically proven skincare, and we’re also your source of skin essential information. We’ll talk about what rough skin texture is, how it happens, and how you can improve it lightning fast. 

What is Rough Skin Texture?

If you run your hand over your cheeks or face, you may notice areas that are smooth and areas that feel rough. They may even feel bumpy. In addition to these physical irritations, rough skin is often accompanied by peeling, flaking, and shedding. 

Rough skin texture that is chronic can seem like a problem that just won’t go away. It can also be characterized by blemishes. Bumps and blemishes may crop up during certain times of the month or may seem like a permanent fixture taking up precious space on your skin. 

Sometimes, rough skin can appear in the form of tiny, flesh-colored bumps or what appears to be skin tags. You can even develop this type of skin texture on your shoulders and upper arms. 

Causes of Rough Skin

Getting to the bottom of what’s causing your rough skin can be challenging. Your skin can be suffering unnecessarily from using the wrong products to weather exposure to improper skincare routines. Here are some of the most common causes of rough skin.

Known Skin Conditions

Sometimes rough skin is caused by a known, underlying skin condition. Skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea can cause dry, rough patches of skin to form all over the body. Most of the time, these conditions will have other accompanying side effects, like flushing, redness, and itchiness.

Your healthcare provider can help you determine if an underlying condition can cause the source of your dry skin.

Ultraviolet Rays

Unprotected exposure to UV rays is bad for our skin, but in addition to giving you a sunburn, it could also be harming your skin texture. 

Prolonged exposure to the sun exposes your skin to free radicals. Free radicals damage your skin’s collagen, causing premature aging, sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and a rough, leather-like skin texture. 

Product Ingredients

Your rough skin could be the result of the ingredients hiding in your favorite products. From cleansers to concealers, we expose our skin to a plethora of products, and most of us aren’t very familiar with what’s inside.

The cosmetics and beauty industry in the U.S. isn’t regulated well, which means the ingredients in our products aren’t being held to the same high standards that are demanded in other countries. 

Toxic beauty products can contain ingredients that strip your skin of its natural moisture, irritate it, and cause it to become rough and dry. Not sure if your ingredients are the culprit? 

Here are a few of the most common ingredients that cause rough, dry skin:

  • Alcohol. Certain types of alcohols are extremely drying, and shouldn’t be used on your delicate skin. Ingredients like isopropyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, and SD alcohol are all extremely drying but are often added to products to give them a mattifying, quick-drying effect. 

    Alcohol depletes your skin’s moisture and can make oily skin even oilier. Instead of helping balance your skin’s moisture, it strips it, which sends the message to your sebaceous glands to produce more oily. The result is skin that is oilier than it was before you used the product containing the alcohol.
  • Sulfates. Sulfates are ingredients added to products to help them foam or lather, so you’ll often find them in cleansers. Sulfates are also drying to your skin and, when used frequently, can cause dry patches of peeling, flaky skin. 
  • AHA and BHA. Everyone loves a great, exfoliating acid, but if you use products containing them too frequently, you can end up with dry, flaking skin. 

    Most AHA and BHA products are used occasionally or on a semi-weekly basis to avoid this type of irritation.

There are numerous other ingredients that could cause your skin to become rough and dry. Your skin may be particularly sensitive to an ingredient that is generally well tolerated by others. 

The safest way to use products without worrying that the ingredients could harm your skin is by choosing clean beauty products. 

Clean beauty products contain naturally derived ingredients that are gentle and effective on your skin. They never contain known skin irritants or toxins and are formulated to work with your skin, not against it. 

Improper Skin Care

Schedules can be busy even though you might have the best intentions, sometimes taking care of your skin takes a backseat to everything else. So meeting the quota of exfoliating once a week can sometimes be challenging to fit into your daily routine.

Unfortunately, your skin can suffer when you don’t care for it properly. Without regular exfoliation, the layer of dead skin cells can build on your skin, forming scaly patches and areas of bumpy build-up. 

Not only does this create rough skin texture, but it also creates the perfect habitat for the development of blemishes, which will, of course, leave your skin texture even more unbalanced. 

How to Get Smooth Skin

Unfortunately, there’s no magic solution to fix your dry, rough skin. The best way to take care of your skin is by switching up your skincare routine and swapping out a few products. Adopting a skincare routine specifically designed to deliver smoother texture will help even out your skin in no time. 

At a loss on how to get started? Here are some tips on how to improve your skin texture and get smoother, silkier skin. 

1. Pump Up the Moisture With Hyaluronic Acid

You’ve got a ton of options when it comes to moisturizers, but ones that contain hyaluronic acid are the true MVPs in the moisturizer lineup. 

Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in your body. It works as a humectant, which means it helps keep the epidermis of your skin moisturized. 

Humectants work by pulling water and moisture from the second layer of your skin into the epidermis, keeping your skin moisturized and helping improve the texture of the top layer of skin. 

Product to try: One Ocean Beauty’s Revitalizing Sea Serum. This serum is packed with hyaluronic acid to increase your skin’s natural moisture levels and help bring your skin’s hydration back into balance. Marine actives from the northern coast of France help this serum stimulate collagen production, effectively reducing roughness, fine lines, and wrinkles. 

2. Increase Your Antioxidants

Antioxidants are your skin’s sword and shield against free radical damage from the sun and other external stressors. Antioxidants help protect your healthy skin cells from free radicals, making it impossible for them to harm your skin. 

Antioxidants can prevent dry, rough skin from developing and can help stimulate collagen production. Collagen is the foundational protein that makes up your skin tissue. Added collagen means newer, healthier, smoother skin. 

3. Exfoliate Safely and Regularly

Regular exfoliation can help keep your skin smooth and improve your skin’s overall texture. However, there is a caveat here: exfoliating too frequently or using products with large exfoliating granules or harsh chemical ingredients can make your skin worse. 

Product to try: One Ocean Beauty’s Blue Algae Exfoliating + Detox Mask. This mask is packed with skin-healthy ingredients that can help promote your skin’s natural collagen production while gently sloughing away the top layer of dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Coconut shell powder gently lifts away dead skin while marine silt digs deep into pores to lift away impurities. 

This mask is 100% non-toxic and formulated with clean, clinically tested ingredients derived from the sea. 

The Bottom Line

You can’t fix your rough skin overnight, but you can gradually achieve smooth skin and improve skin texture by changing up your skincare products and dedicating time to your skincare routine. 

One Ocean Beauty makes it easy to keep your skin smooth and hydrated with a product line derived from marine actives. Our products help smooth your skin naturally, without using harsh chemicals that could harm your skin or the environment. 

Our commitment to keeping your skin and the world healthy shows our dedication to only the highest quality, clean, and clinically proven ingredients and our alliance with Oceana. Together, we can help restore and preserve not just your skin but the world’s oceans, too. 



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