What is Skin Texture? 5 Ways to Smooth Out Your Skin & Confidence!

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No matter how much thought we put into our skincare routine, it seems like achieving ideal skin texture is a struggle. It can be hard to keep texture from shaking our feel-good vibes — especially when every celeb and influencer has on full glam without a single bump or indentation in sight. How?! 

I’ve got news for you, bestie: textured skin is normal. Despite what most marketing ploys and airbrushed selfies will have you believe, there is nothing wrong with you. 

That said, it’s totally natural to want to smooth out your complexion and find ways to look a little more glowy, healthy, and of course, confident! So sit back, grab a prosecco, and take a breather. 

Let’s break down what skin texture is and what you can do about it! 

What is “normal” skin texture?

Unless you’re a post-apocalyptic, teenage cyborg-babe like Alita Battle Angel with flawless, silicone skin and epic, ass-kicking abilities, chances are you’ve got a textured complexion. And that’s okay! Bumpy skin texture is human! 

Like most things in our bodies, our skin ebbs and flows with age, the seasons, our environments, diet, and so on. That’s often what skin texture is — just our skin reacting to stimuli. Even the most youthful skin has blemishes, ridges, grooves, and pores. And guess what? It’s all normal.

As with most skin woes, sometimes the solution stems from understanding the cause. So before diving into what uneven skin texture is exactly, let’s see where it might originate from!

What causes poor skin texture?

We all know what skin texture is (and that it’s totes normal), but what causes an excess of texture? 

A textured complexion can result from a few factors, but the most common are:

  • Dry/dehydrated skin
  • Oily skin 
  • Diet 
  • Aging 
  • Sun Damage
  • Environment
  • Hormones
  • Allergies 
  • Product irritation 
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Stress 
  • Scarring
  • Genetics

Different Skin Texture Types

There are five main types of skin. Identifying which applies to you helps pinpoint what skin texture is likely being caused by. They are:

  • Normal skinall skin is normal, but this generalizes skin with a typical texture that doesn’t require any special care 
  • Sensitive skin — refers to skin more prone to reacting to stimuli to which normal skin usually has no reaction 
  • Dry skin — as we learned before, this type of skin lacks hydration and struggles to retain moisture
  • Oily skin — as opposed to dry skin, oily skin is too moist
  • Combination skin — this type of skin is a combination of both dry and oily skin

  • What does skin texture look like anyway? Mainly, “skin texture” is a blanket term for things like:

  • Flakey, scaly skin (resulting from dryness, eczema, or some form of dermatitis)
  • Rash or itchy skin
  • Skin moles or skin tags
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne or acne scars
  • Enlarged pores

  • So now that we’ve got the low-down on what skin texture is, how do we smooth things out so we can gear up for #lazygirlsummer? 

    5 Hacks for How to Improve Skin Texture:

    So what is the best treatment for skin texture? Like we always say, skincare isn’t one-size-fits-all. What works for me may work for you — and vice-versa. Fortunately, we’ve compiled our favorite ways to give your skin a boost and smooth things out so you feel like the main character we know you are.

    The best part? They’ve all got the lazy-babe stamp of approval.✔️

    1) Support skin from within 

    Now that we know more about what skin texture is caused by, we know how crucial a healthy-inside is for skin’s appearance. Prioritize foods that help your skin function at its best! Incorporate nutrient-packed foods like lean proteins, fiber, healthy oils and fats, fruits, and veggies into your daily diet. 

    Speaking of ingestible skincare, consider adding a no-fuss skin-supporting supplement to your regimen. We love the delicious Retinol Gummy from embody. It gives your complexion a refreshing dose of Vitamin A retinyl acetate which boosts cell turnover, cuts down breakouts, and enhances your natural glow.✨

    Plus, it’s yummy AF. 

    The benefits of a retinol without the irritation? Sign me up! 🙋‍♀️ Just be sure to check with your MD, first.

    2) Don’t forget your SPF

    You know what babes with #maincharacter energy don’t do? Expose their delicate complexions to harsh climates and air pollution without a little protection. Our skin deserves better, bestie! Skin texture is what often happens when we fail to give our skin what it needs. 

    Just like you protect your eyes with shades, protect your skin with a quality sunscreen. You need SPF that shields you from harsh UV rays, environmental toxins, and all kinds of free radicals you encounter throughout the day. Otherwise, you leave the door open for sunburn, spots, blemishes, wrinkles, and other visible signs of environmental damage. 

    3) Wash your face

    I’m pretty sure we’re all guilty of passing out with our makeup on every now and then (thanks, happy hour specials). Forgetting once or twice isn’t going to wreak havoc on skin, but making a habit of it is a different story. Excess build-up is what skin texture-nightmares are made of. It causes inflammation, breakouts, dryness, eczema, and premature aging. Noooo, thank you!

    Our favorite way to wash the day away? As a low-effort-maximum-results kinda gal, I reach for embody’s new One & Done Cleanser. It packs a double-cleansing punch without having to reach for multiple products. With no parabens and harsh fragrances, it’s perfect for sensitive skin prone to texture and irritation — like ours!

    4) Exfoliate once a week

    Exfoliating is one of the easiest ways for how to smooth skin texture on your face and body. We shed between 30,000 and 40,000 skin cells every single hour. That’s millions of skin cells a day! Sometimes, it doesn’t all come off when it’s supposed to. This is what skin texture is often caused by. 

    Exfoliating helps make sure nothing stays behind that shouldn’t. Just be sure you do it the right way or you could do more harm than good. You know I’m all about keeping it low-effort (and low-budget). 

    Skip the bougie scrubs and abrasive brushes. Instead:

    • Use a soft, facial towel dampened with warm water
    • Sweep it over your face in soft, circular motions
    • Wash face as you normally would
    • Finish off with your go-to moisturizer 

    5) Drink more water

    What is the best product for textured skin? We’ll give you a hint: it’s totally free, infinitely available, and makes up about 64% of your skin. You guessed it — it’s H2O. Water also helps flush out toxins and bacteria from our bodies; toxins and bacteria that result in a not-so-ideal complexion if they stick around.

    Not drinking enough water can bring on breakouts, wrinkles, puffiness, and dull skin. Ain’t nobody got time for that. So stay hydrated, sis! 💦 

    All Skin is Beautiful Skin

    What is skin texture? Nothing that should be knocking your confidence and keeping you from living your best life. 

    We tend to beat ourselves up about our skinsecurities — but we all have them. Instead, let’s take a page out of Winnie Harlow’s book and embrace our skin’s gorgeous, natural beauty.

    After all, here at embody we believe that your perfectly imperfect quirks are marks of your authenticity — and that’s the beauty of only you