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"Smooth skin" means different things to different people, depending on their skincare concerns and goals. For some, it means permanently ridding themselves of the blemishes that pepper their complexion. For others, it's about getting rid of the constant dryness that leaves their skin rough and patchy. No matter what your skin concerns, the techniques for smoothing your skin are quite similar. Here's how you can get the smoothest skin ever.

Use The Right Cleanser

If you're using regular soap to wash your face, it's time to change that habit. Using traditional soap on your delicate facial skin is way too drying. While oily skin types swear that bar soap helps them to get rid of oil and grease, it's actually not a good idea to try to dry out oily skin, as it can cause your skin to try and overcompensate by producing even more oil.

Instead of traditional bar soap, you should be looking for a cleanser specifically designed for the face, particularly one targeted towards your specific skin concern. Browse some reviews to get an idea of what sort of products have worked for other people who have similar complexion concerns as you do. If you struggle with acne or rosacea, you’re not alone. Azelaic acid is a naturally occurring acid found in grains that helps to clear your pores from bacteria. Many face washes and skin products have this ingredient listed on the label, so make sure to look for it next time you are shopping for skincare.

Exfoliate

One of the main reasons why our skin doesn't feel smooth is because it's riddled with imperfections like dry patches or blemishes. One of the best ways to get rid of these skin imperfections is by exfoliating, which refers to using a product to slough away these skin concerns and leave your skin smooth and revitalized.

There are two types of exfoliation: physical and chemical. Physical exfoliation refers to scrubs, which are usually made of sugar or salt crystals. You massage physical scrubs into your face to physically slough away your imperfections. Although scrubs are effective when used once or twice a week, they're not ideal for daily use, as they can be too harsh when used too frequently. Remember, it's not good for the skin to try and completely strip it of oil and moisture.

The other type of exfoliation, chemical exfoliation, involves using an acid product to chemically slough away blemishes and dry patches. These products usually include ingredients such as glycolic or salicylic acid. Aside from certain products with extremely high concentrations of acid that are labeled for sparing use, most chemical exfoliators can be used on a daily basis. These products are ideal for your nighttime regimen, as they can increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun.

Hydrate Religiously

It's hard to have smooth skin if you're not using a moisturizer. Moisturizers are essential for keeping skin hydrated and healthy. There are two types of moisturizers that you need to have in your beauty arsenal. The first is a light lotion that you use in the morning. These lotions are designed to put hydration into the skin without making your greasy or shiny, rendering them perfect for before you leave the house. Ideally, you should invest in a morning lotion that contains sunscreen, as protecting your skin from the sun is essential if you want to prevent wrinkles, discoloration, and damage.

The second type of moisturizer is a thick night cream that you apply before going to bed. These creams are not only thick in consistency but often loaded with vitamins, molecules, and antioxidants that work to repair skin damage while you sleep. They're a bit heavier than a lotion, but will completely sink into your skin before you wake in the morning.

Anyone can obtain smooth skin if they incorporate these tips into their beauty and self-care regimens. Your skin is the largest organ on your body and the first thing that people see when they look at you, so it's always a smart idea to take care of it.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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