Your facial skin is one of those things that you just can't hide. When you lack confidence in how it looks, it's a huge mental stumbling block to attempt to get over. It's right there, the place that people look, the focal point of attention on you.
Aside from the more noticeable issues such as acne, one of the most obvious facial skin flaws is with texture. When we see adverts for skincare, the skin on show tends to have been airbrushed to within an inch of its life. The models are poreless, their skin the texture of cut glass that wouldn't know a wrinkle, fine line or just general roughness if it hit it in the - well, the face.
For most women, the reality is much different. Poor texture can have a direct cause, such as hormonal change, bumps from acne, previous scarring or even rosacea. Or it can have no cause at all, just a blight on your existence that seems to rudely announce itself to everyone you meet.
Combating poor skin texture, therefore, becomes a focus for many women. Below, I'm going to run through three of the most effective techniques, from direct solving of the problem to how to disguise it best. What works for you will depend on your skin type, how clear your skin is currently, your general routine and how you respond to treatments - but all should have some impact. In some ways, it's as easy as A, B and C…
A - Age Proof
The most obvious problem with facial skin texture is ageing. Fine lines and wrinkles can make even the best foundation appear papery in texture, like the top layer of skin is looser over the facial structure.
It appears to look like that because it is just like that. After the age of 21, we begin to lose our collagen reserves. Collagen is a protein that gives skin its elasticity, hence why we get wrinkles. To restore it, team both a collagen-rich face cream with internal supplements. You won't look like you're 18 again, but it should make a big difference.
B - Buff
As in, exfoliation. If it's not ageing that's the cause, then the problem might be that your skin is covered in dead cells. These aren't obvious to the naked eye, but they can make a startling difference to the overall appearance of your skin.
For exfoliation, you have two options. Manual exfoliation, such as facial scrubs, remove the top layer of skin and encourage regrowth. If you find this too harsh on sensitive skin, then try chemical exfoliation.
C - Cover
Foundations like A'pieu Air-Fit cushion foundation and others targeted at this problem are designed to glide over poor texture. Rather than falling into fine lines or sticking to dry patches like most foundations do, these specialist options will mask rather than pool over problem areas.
It may be a temporary fix, but while you work on the other improvements above it should make life a little more bearable.
This is a contributed post.