Clear, smooth skin is the holy grail of skincare. Cleanse, moisturise, treat and protect are the basics of an effective skincare routine and using the right skincare products and ingredients, a clear smooth face is totally possible. We’ve put together our top tips to help you achieve your smooth skin goals.
Choose the right cleanser
Choosing the right cleanser is the first step towards achieving clear, smooth skin and a healthy glow. When deciding on a cleanser it’s important to know your skin type and the specific skin concerns you want to tackle.
The wrong cleanser could exacerbate skin issues like oiliness, sensitivity, and dryness. Not quite sure of your skin type? Here’s a general guide -
Dry skin: Dry, dull and flaky looking. Often prone to irritation and may become red and blotchy.
Oily skin: Large pores are common for oily skin type and become easily clogged. Often prone to breakouts, skin is shiny or feels greasy.
Sensitive skin: Breakouts, rashes, and irritation are common. Sensitive skin is also prone to dryness and affected by temperature changes.
Combination skin: This skin type use has both oily and dry areas, an oily t-zone with drier patches on the cheek area.
The right cleanser will lift dirt from deep within the pores, prevent breakouts, deliver the right amount of moisture and not leaving the skin stripped of its natural oils. Starting with a clean base also maximises the effectiveness of the products to follow.
We recommend our Uncomplicated Cleanser range to treat various skin concerns for fresh, clear smooth skin.
Use hyaluronic acid
Hyaluronic acid is the best friend of skin types at all ages. Whether your 20 or 70 with oily, dry, combination or sensitive skin, hyaluronic acid is a smooth skincare must!
Holding up to 1000 times its weight in water, the hyaluronic acid molecule is a water magnet that delivers deep hydration to the skin. It’s a humectant which means it works by attracting water to skin cells to hydrate them from the inside out. It’s like a big drink for your skin.
Its skin-plumping effect helps smooth out skin, dullness and fine lines are diminished and oil flow is balanced.
Uneven, bumpy skin texture can be the result of an inconsistent - or non-existent! - exfoliating routine. As dead skin accumulates on the surface of your skin, your complexion is left looking dull, dry, uneven and prone to breakouts.
Adding an exfoliation session one of the easiest ways to smooth out skin quickly. Polishing away those old cells reveals a brighter, smoother looking complexion immediately.
Exfoliation also helps tackle the look of large pores that make the texture of the skin appear uneven and rough looking. Exfoliating lifts out the impurities trapped inside the pore - it’s this build-up that makes pores look larger than they actually are.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking any old scrub will help you get clear smooth skin, it’s so important to choose the right exfoliator for your skin type. Take a look at our in-depth guide on all things exfoliation including the different types of exfoliants.
We recommend esmi Detoxifying Exfoliating Charcoal Serum to gently buff, detox and purify congested skin for a clearer, smoother complexion.
Use Vitamin C
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can include in your smooth skincare routine. It’s a brilliant all-rounder for every skin type; if you’re not already using products with this skin saviour, now is the time to start.
What makes vitamin C so effective for clear, smooth skin?
Vitamin C helps even out skin tone by lightening hyperpigmentation and age spots while speeding up the healing process of post-breakout scars and other blemishes.
Great for all ages, this big-hitting antioxidant also helps protect skin against environmental free radical damage - think UV rays and air pollution - which break down collagen and lead to wrinkles, fine lines and sagging. Not exactly the clear smooth face we’ve been dreaming of!
Vitamin C doesn’t just protect your skin from damage, it also activates cells called fibroblasts that help boost collagen production helping skin appear smoother and firmer.
We recommend esmi Pomegranate Brightening Serum which harnesses the potent brightening, anti-pigmentation power of vitamin C.
Never skip sun protection
You’ve heard it a thousand times but we’re saying it again - you must include sunscreen in your skincare routine every single day.
It’s the golden rule for younger looking, clear smooth skin.
Exposure to the sun’s UV rays speed up the signs of premature ageing - fine lines, wrinkles, and discolouration - more than any other lifestyle or environmental factor.
While UVA and UVB rays both damage skin, it’s UVA that penetrates deep into the dermis, the thickest layer of skin and breaks down collagen. The result? Fine lines, wrinkles and leathery-looking skin that feels dry and rough - the complete opposite of a clear smooth face.
Even on cloudy, cool days skin is still vulnerable to UV rays so committing to daily SPF all year round is a must for a smooth, even-looking complexion.
We recommend esmi Skin Shield Natural Face Sunscreen SPF 30, which protects against UV damage and fights the first signs of ageing.
Add oils to your routine
If it’s smooth, hydrated, healthy skin you’re after (who isn’t?) face oil is one of the skin-smoothing products that deserve a place in your daily routine.
Face oils are effective for all skin types - even oily ones! Face oil strengthens the skin barrier, boosting protection and helping it retain moisture. Lack of moisture and hydration are the main culprits behind rough, dry looking skin
Even if you’re dealing with an oily complexion, don’t be afraid to use face oil in your quest to get smooth skin. Face oils help regulate sebum production to reduce breakouts and bumpy, uneven skin tone. Oils can heal blemishes and prevent post-breakout scarring.
We recommend esmi 24K Gold Nourishing Oil for increasing skin elasticity, improving blood circulation.
Incorporate a regular masking session
Adding the right mask into your regular skincare routine will deliver long term results, evening out skin texture over time for a beautifully clear, smooth face.
The right masking treatment can help hydrate skin, regulate sebum, and refine the appearance of large pores. Masks are also an excellent way to purge congested skin of impurities.
It doesn’t matter if your skin is breaking out, drying out or just generally stressed out - there’s a face mask out there to smooth out skin and reveal a softer, brighter complexion.
A weekly masking session is also the perfect opportunity to grab a little self-care time!
We recommend esmis range of Booster Masks to treat a range of skin concerns from ageing to breakouts, dull and dry skin.
Not sure where to start? Talk to our skin specialist team who will guide you through your FREE personal Skin Care Plan and help you get on top of your skin concerns today. The team at esmi are always here to support you on your skin journey.