Smooth skin is the ultimate goal, but one that can be hard to achieve. Whether it’s sun damage, lines and wrinkles, or the occasional breakout, there are plenty of frustrating factors that can leave you despairing when it comes to achieving unblemished skin. If you need some help with your troublesome skin, here are our top tips on how to get smooth skin.

1. Use Fresh Makeup and Brushes

A good rule of thumb is to renew your makeup every 6 months. Bear in mind that, like everything else, makeup can gather bacteria – and that’s not something you want to be rubbing into your skin! However, you can salvage your brushes instead of throwing them out; just give them a good wash using shampoo.

2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep deprivation can lead to stress and stress can lead to damaged skin. Try to get a good 7-8 hours of beauty sleep every night to let your body recharge. It’s a good idea to pull your hair back from your face as you sleep and keep your fringe and flyaway strands at bay, so that they don’t irritate your face. Don’t forget to regularly wash your pillowcases, too – dust and oil can build up quickly and make their way onto your face as you snooze.

3. Honey for Skin

Honey naturally contains antioxidants and antibacterial properties, so is a great weapon on your quest for smoother skin. You can seek out skin care products, like ASP Spa Milk & Honey Body Butter, that use honey as an active ingredient, or get a little creative at home.

Try making a homemade exfoliating face mask by mixing an egg white with honey, then apply it to your face for 20 minutes before washing off with cold water. Alternatively, pop a tiny bit of honey on a spot before bed and wake up to rejuvenated skin.

4. Diet and Exercise

One of the best things you can do to keep on top of your skin care is to make sure you’re eating well, drinking enough water, and exercising regularly. A diet high in lean proteins and omega-3 fatty acids, and low in sugar and refined carbs, will lessen the number of breakouts you experience. Even just 20 minutes of exercise can make a difference to your day – why not try something simple like walking home from work instead of driving?

5. Moisturise for Healthy Skin

Applying moisturiser to your face is perfect for keeping your skin soft and smooth. Most moisturisers contain humectants; substances which lock in moisture and firm up your skin, leaving it looking brand new. Once you’ve removed your makeup and washed your face, make it part of your nightly routine to massage in some moisturiser just before bed – you’ll wake up with refreshed and rehydrated skin.

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6. Use Toner

Toning is the part of skin care routines that’s most often left out, but it’s also one of the most essential, especially if you’re after smoother skin. A good toner, like Skintruth’s Soothing Toner, will work its way deep into your skin to get rid of excess oil left over from your soap or cleanser, as well as the dirt of the day. At the same time, it gets to work on addressing the pH balance of your skin, leaving it glowing.

7. Remove Your Makeup Every Night

We’ve all skipped the occasional night, whether through tiredness or forgetfulness, but it’s important to remove your makeup every night if you want smooth skin. Not only does it allow your skin to breathe and recuperate, but it stops oil from building up and breakouts from happening. Treat your face to a makeup removal cream if your skin is sensitive, as this will be a gentler treatment than face wipes.