The 5-Step Guide to Your Smoothest Face Ever

Zara Kenyon

I know winter’s taken its toll when I feel them—little bumps around my nose and forehead, teamed with skin so dull, no amount of self-tanner will perk it up. Uneven skin texture is one of those bugbears that most of us just put up with, but if you’re wondering why your complexion looks bleak in winter, it’s culprit number one.

The key cause is dryness. Not just the “central heating has sucked out all the moisture” dryness, but also the type of dehydration that happens when you slather on too much face cream. Celebrity skin expert Debbie Thomas explains that, when our skin feels tight, we have a tendency to over-do the oil-rich moisturiser in a bid to provide comfort.

“Oils bind with [your] dead skin cells, acting like a glue, so you get a bigger build-up of dead layers,” Thomas explains. “Then, your skin’s sensors will pick up on the fact you have a hydrating layer on it, so it thinks it doesn’t need to absorb water from inside the body. This water is the only way to hydrate the deeper living cells, so by overhydrating the outside layers, you can cause the deeper living layers to become dehydrated.” 

Now, that doesn’t mean you should be ditching the moisturiser altogether. Instead, it’s about finding the right level of hydration and improving your overall cleanse, tone and moisturise routine. “I see change in skin texture as one of the earliest signs of skin ageing,” says Justine HextallLa Roche-Posay consultant dermatologist. “Even in our 20s, skin can start to look dull and uneven, and pores can become more visible. We see this as textural change and a good skincare regimen can make a significant change to this.” 

So keep scrolling. Thomas and Hextall have broken down their top skin-smoothing tips, from the cleansing trick that gives your pores an extra polish to a hydrating hack that guarantees a plump, pillowy complexion.

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