Summer is the season to show some skin. But, if your skin feels dry, rough, or without its usual glow, you may not be in a hurry to bare it. If you’re wondering how to get smooth skin, these tips will help.
Is Your Skin Dry Or Dehydrated?
First, you’ll want to assess if you have dry or dehydrated skin. They sound similar, but they aren’t the same.
While dry skin is a specific skin type, dehydrated skin can affect anyone. Dry skin has fewer oil-producing glands to keep your face and body moisturized or protected from the environment. Dehydrated skin, on the other hand, is due to a lack of sufficient water in the uppermost layer of the skin.
So how can you tell if you have one or the other?
Dehydrated skin doesn’t always appear flaky or rough, but it could be showing a loss of resiliency. Try pinching the skin. If it’s dehydrated, it will remain slightly raised.
What we usually refer to as dry skin is dull, flaky, and rough. This skin type lacks oil, which affects the skin’s barrier function and can lead to an increased loss of water.
The two aren’t mutually exclusive, either—your skin can be both dehydrated and dry. If this sounds like you, our Beija Flor™ Elasti-Cream has a collagen-boosting* formula that plumps and smooths skin, including especially dehydrated areas like your neck and chest.
10 Simple Ways To Get Soft, Smooth Hydrated Skin
Your softest, smoothest, most hydrated skin is closer than you think. Here’s how you can level up in time for summer.
Exfoliate to Remove Dead Skin Cells and Improve Texture
Dead skin cells, be gone. No more clogged pores or rough texture. With exfoliation, you can remove this unwelcome layer to reveal smooth skin underneath.
One way to exfoliate is with dry brushing, a daily body massage using a dry, natural stiff-bristled brush.
Here’s how to do it: in circular motions, gently brush your skin just before you hop in the shower. It’s best to start from the feet or ankles and work your way upward. Be extra gentle around sensitive areas like your stomach, chest, and neck. A few sweeps across each area should do the trick.
Another effective way to remove rough skin is with a gentle, exfoliating body scrub. We recommend one after dry brushing and while showering. Our caffeine-rich Bum Bum Body Scrub visibly smooths skin and has the irresistible scent of Cheirosa 62.
Use A Moisturizing Body Wash
You may not realize it, but a hot shower can do more harm than good. Using oil-infused body wash will help keep you hydrated and smooth. Brazilian 4-Play Moisturizing Shower-Gel contains ultra-nourishing coconut oil and açai oil which helps protect skin.
Add Moisture After Bathing
The first five minutes after your shower is the best time to lock in skin's natural moisture. Why? Because moisture starts getting pulled from your skin as soon as it hits the air. Here’s how to have soft skin.
Don’t wait until your skin is completely dry to apply moisturizer. Find a body cream that addresses areas of concern, in addition to smoothness and hydration. Bom Dia Bright™ Body Cream uses Fruit AHAs to retexturize gently. Vitamin C also helps brighten dull skin.
Looking for a little extra glow? Rio Radiance™ Body Glow Cream adds instant luminosity with ethically sourced mica.
If you want to dive deeper into the best body cream for you, we’ve got you covered.
Don’t Forget Your Hands, Feet, & Lips
Often forgotten in our skincare routine are our hands, feet and lips. But these also need special care. One of the best ways to eliminate rough or dry hands is to use a moisturizer throughout the day. Place a nourishing hand cream next to your sink so you can moisturize after each hand wash. It’s also small enough to toss in your bag for on-the-go use.
To keep dry lips at bay, store a hydrating lip butter next to your toothbrush as a reminder to apply it morning and night. For feet, our Samba Foot Fetish Cream is a non-slip formula that deeply hydrates and conditions
Try Firming Skin Products
Whether for specific areas or your entire body, incorporating firming products into your skincare routine can help you achieve smoother skin.
Humidify and Hydrate
Consistently drinking water is essential for healthy skin. Water is known to improve blood flow, flush out toxins, and hydrate your skin cells from within. When properly hydrated, you won’t have to wonder how to get soft skin.
You can also add moisture to your skin by adjusting your environment. If you live in a dry climate, bring a humidifier into your space. This adds moisture to the air and helps prevent your skin from drying out.
TLDR; Top Tips for Smooth, Hydrated Skin
Here’s what to remember for your smoothest, most hydrated skin:
- Moisturize dailyto help prevent dry skin and improve its look and feel.
- Add a gentle body scrub to your routine to eliminate rough, dry skin.
- Don’t forget towel time—moisturize immediately after showering.
- It all starts within—take care of your skin from the inside out. Drink plenty of water daily, get enough sleep, and be sure to eat bright-colored fruits and vegetables.