If you’re struggling with rough, dry, or bumpy skin that looks or feels uncomfortable, you’re not alone. Whether due to the season, your skin type, or even your lifestyle, there are many causes for rough, bumpy skin. You may have already tried masks and exfoliators to no avail, but for some skin types, those types of steps might actually make problems worse.
Let’s find out what causes rough skin and what you can do about it in your daily routine with our skincare products.
What Causes Rough Skin?
Usually, roughness is a sign of dryness, which can be caused by several factors. First, some people are just born with drier skin than others. Second, you might be dehydrated! During both hot and cold seasons, there might be less moisture in the air, meaning your skin is losing more water than you realize. Finally, you might have a buildup of dead skin cells that are contributing to a rough or cracked feeling.
It's important to note that not all bumpy or rough skin is due to these factors. Some skin disorders, notably eczema and keratosis pilaris, cause bumpy skin lesions or extremely dry and itchy patches of skin. If your hands, arms, legs, or multiple areas of your body also exhibit the same symptoms, it might be time to go to a dermatologist.
How To Get Smooth Skin
Now that we know the main causes of roughness, it’s time to address all of the concerns: environment, dead skin cell buildup, and dehydration, with the following steps.
Depending on how sensitive your skin is, it’s important to exfoliate at least once a week to help maintain the appearance of clear skin.. On the other hand, exfoliating too aggressively or too often can harm your skin, drying it out, irritating it, and causing it to over-produce oil in response. With a balanced exfoliant like our Glycolic Lotion Skin Peel, you can rescue your skin from the congestion of dead skin cells for a smoother looking complexion.
Drink Plenty Of Water
As we mentioned, your skin might be rough simply because you’re dehydrated. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day and take note if you drink alcohol or caffeine – these compounds dehydrate you as you drink them. You might find you need more water during certain seasons of the year than others, depending on the moisture content in your region.
Use The Right Moisturizer
People with dry skin types might have rough skin because their skin isn’t getting the moisture it deserves from a high-quality moisturizer. If your routine ends with a cheap, thin moisturizer, it might be time for an upgrade. Our Nourish Daily Antioxidant Moisturizer helps satisfy your skin’s need for hydration, while against the environmental damage that can cause skin aging.
You’d be surprised how much UV radiation you’re exposed to on a daily basis, no matter if the sun is high in the sky or not. That’s why it’s important to always wrap up your morning skincare regimen with a good sunscreen and reapply it as needed throughout the day, depending on how long you spend outside. Because it’s such an essential part of your daily routine, you should love the sunscreen you use and not feel greasy after putting it on. For a luxurious and lightweight sunscreen, try our Zinc Oxide Perfecting Sunscreen SPF 27 for long-lasting protection.
Use a Vitamin C Serum
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that’s prevalent in the skin, helping create the appearance of an even color and texture. When you don’t have enough Vitamin C in your system, it’s rationed, and one of the first places you can experience its diminishing levels is in the skin. Our CXc Vitamin C Complex contains antioxidants and minerals your skin needs to stay radiant.
Sleep With A Humidifier
Finally, to offset the lack of moisture in your environment, consider sleeping with a humidifier. A moister environment means less water is lost through your skin, which, combined with good hydration means your skin will keep the moisture it has for a smoother, softer appearance.
Skincare Products for Your Rough Skin
Sometimes solving rough, bumpy skin is as simple as a few tweaks to your daily routine. Your skin deserves high-quality formulas with ingredients to actually help your complexion glow, rather than simply be rubbed on and evaporate with no real effect. Learn what will be perfect for your unique skin type and concerns by taking our Skin Quiz today, or browse our site to find more products to level up your routine.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my skin not smooth?
Rough, bumpy skin might be due to a skin disorder like eczema or keratosis pilaris, but it can also be due to dryness or dead skin cell buildup.
What foods help clear skin?
Your diet does affect your skin. Try eating a balanced, nutritious diet, your skin will thank you.
How do I fix rough skin on my face?
Exfoliation is a good place to start if you’re not doing so already and don’t forget to moisturize Try our moisturizers to complete your skincare regimen.