What skin texture means and what to do about it

Whilst we might have gotten to grips with our skin type, and even understood how to tackle our uneven skin tone – skin texture is a term we don’t hear about quite as often. And yet, it is just as common as skin conditions like hyperpigmentation and acne, which many products we see on the shelves are often targeting. So, what actually is skin texture?

The clue really is in the name, the term ‘skin texture’ refers to the overall feel or condition of the surface of the skin. Meaning not only does it affect the appearance of the skin, but also how it feels to the touch. Those with healthy skin texture will find it is smooth, soft and supple – but those with textured skin will notice it can feel rough, patchy and may notice bumps and flakes. Skin texture is often a sign of an underlying skin concern, but the good news is with a few simple adjustments in your day to day routine, you could see a world of difference!

What Factors Influence Skin Texture?

  1. One of the most common causes of skin texture, which many people are unaware of, is sensitivity to a specific ingredient.
    Of course, being sensitive to an ingredient does not imply that you are allergic to it, but rather that your body does not care for it in its system and may exhibit mild reactive symptoms such as inflammation/congestion on the skin. It can also be a food-based item, such as gluten or soy, or a topical product, such as an ingredient in your skincare or makeup, such as parabens and alcohols. Most skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne, can have an impact on the texture.
  2. Other skin conditions can also be a cause of uneven skin texture.
    Most skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, and acne, can affect the texture of the skin.
    This is because the condition’s inflammation causes surface-level symptoms such as flakiness, rashes, and dryness, all of which will leave a rough feel to the touch.
  3. Excess dead skin cells on the skin’s surface are one of the most common causes of skin texture, along with ingredient sensitivity.
    As a result, the skin becomes bumpy and uneven, and it often appears dull and tired.
  4. Although there are numerous other factors, sun exposure without adequate protection is one of the most damaging causes of uneven skin texture and pore size irregularity.
    Sun damage can manifest itself in the form of sunburn, but it can also manifest itself in more subtle ways, such as a coarse texture to the skin or surface level dryness.

So, what are our options from here?

Knowing some of the factors that contribute to skin texture allows us to better arm ourselves against texture in the future while also healing and improving our current condition. It only takes a few minor adjustments.

Exfoliate, but not excessively!

Because a buildup of dead skin cells on the skin can be a major cause of textured skin, the obvious solution is to exfoliate. However, exfoliation can be difficult to master. Doing too much can result in a damaged skin barrier, which leads to more textured, irritated, and inflamed skin – but doing too little can result in bacterial buildup, which can lead to breakouts and clogged pores. But finding that sweet spot doesn’t have to be difficult if you can find a product that works with your skin rather than against it.Rather than using a harsh scrub that contains plastic and is likely to harm your skin’s barrier, use a gentle but effective face mask once or twice a week. A great example is the Vemel Super Fruit Powered Clay Mask. With revitalizing Pink Clay, soothing Colloidal Oats, and nourishing Mango Powder, your skin is refined without being stripped of its natural goodness. Use up to three times per week, and to get the most out of it, add a teaspoon of Vemel Active Radiance Serum, a luxurious serum that works to repair, renew, and protect the skin barrier, revealing a healthier complexion. 

Never Forget About Sunscreen

It’s no coincidence that the way skin texture appears corresponds to how sun damage manifests itself.
When it comes to having silky smooth skin, sunscreen is an absolute must.
The impact sunscreen can have on the skin is frequently underestimated; the damage it can prevent as well as the healing it can create are not to be overlooked.
As always, we recommend at least SPF30 for complete protection, and regular application (especially when in direct sunlight) can significantly improve the overall efficacy of the sunscreen.

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Keep Sensitivities in Mind

As previously stated, textured skin is frequently the result of the body reacting negatively to a specific ingredient.
This can involve either testing to determine any intolerances or allergies, or going through an elimination process.
This may take some time, but once you notice an improvement in the way your skin looks and feels, you’ll know your body is happier without that particular ingredient.
Choosing skincare products that do not contain harsh ingredients such as alcohols, essential oils, and fragrance is a great way to relieve your skin of unnecessary stressors, which is why the Vemel range is organic, vegan, waterless, and cruelty free.

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