Editors' Picks: 8 Skin-Smoothing Products That Give Real, Visible Results
It's no secret we crave smooth, supple, radiant skin. In fact, we write about the products that will get us there on most days. But since winter is here, it feels even more vital to get our routine in tip-top, skin-smoothing shape. I called on a few skincare experts, the lovely Byrdie editors, and customers on some of our most trusted e-commerce sites (Sephora, Nordstrom, and Amazon) to offer their absolute favourites for the purpose of exfoliation, hydration, retexturising, and skin-evening. Below, find their must-haves.
"If I'm on a mission to transform the texture of my skin, which turns dull and uneven when I'm tired and stressed, I slather these pads all over my face," says Byrdie's assistant editor, Maya Allen. "I tend to get blackheads the most on my nose. So annoying. And these pads contain 30% glycolic acid, which lifts dirt and smoothes over those rough surfaces. Since I have sensitive skin, I use one pad every two days as a preventative measure."
Dermalogica's Skin Smoothing Cream effectively maintains your skin moisture balance while improving its texture. It contains mallow and cucumber to restore suppleness, deeply hydrate, and leave you with better-feeling, softer, healthier skin.
"I have used this face cream for at least 30 years," a commenter said on Amazon. "It is great in the morning and at night. There is no greasy feeling, and it works well under foundation. By far, it's the best face cream I have found (and not as expensive as most). Hint: when you cannot squeeze any more out of the tube, stand it on the top for an hour or so then cut off the bottom of the tube. There is a lot left inside! I put the tube in a plastic bag until it really is completely finished."
"It's made with volcanic sand—not Earth-harming microbeads—and a blend of glycolic and lactic acids. So basically, it's a physical exfoliator that also chemically exfoliates—a true win-win. The craziest part, however, is the fact that it actually warms up when you use it," says Byrdie's editorial director, Faith Xue. "Then, as you slough it in, it transforms into a cooling, minty tingle. The actual experience of using the scrub aside, the one thing that truly blew me away with this product was the fact that it left my skin feeling the softest it's ever been since I turned 13, before I started my acne phase."
This conveniently packaged peel is just as fun to apply as it is effective. Using a salon-type brush, apply the product to your skin to exfoliate and uncover refreshed skin in just three minutes. Rather than cause irritation, it stimulates the skin's natural repair process, leaving your face silky and velvety smooth.
"I have used this product for years," says one Nordstrom reviewer. "I love that it makes my skin tingle and you can really FEEL it working. My skin is so much softer and smoother after using this product. I use it once a week and it lasts over a year!"
"Truly a do-it-all product," notes managing editor Lindsey Metrus, "this peel brightens the complexion, reduces fine lines, heals breakouts, and minimises pores. With just two steps, you can send your blackheads packing and smooth out your skin."
For an immediate skin-smoothing effect, this one's for you. According to the brand, with regular tri-weekly use, this formula will visibly minimise discolourations and small marks on your face, hands, and décolletage. Over time, though, facial lines are reduced and your skin's texture will be significantly smoother and clearer.
"I have combination skin and I use this product once a week as part of a larger skincare routine," notes one Nordstrom reviewer. "I LOVE it—just be kinder to your softer skin areas. I have large nose pores and this product really helps to break up the clogs, so that my other products can get in and clean. My skin feels so smooth after! Worth the cost as a little bit goes a long way."
"I received a small sample of the bottle I'd admired in mecca on numerous shopping trips (but never took the leap to purchase) as a free birthday gift. I pressed it gently into my skin with my fingertips as I'd so often read to do and hoped for the best. Within just a few days of applying the oil, I already noticed that my skin looked clearer and my fine lines were less visible," says Metrus. "Truly, by placing oil on top of my already oily and blemish-prone skin, they went away faster (and my skin was SO smooth)."
Rouleau explains, "When the skin is properly balanced and hydrated, there is less surface dry skin–cell buildup to lessen bacteria from forming in the pore leading to breakouts."
A Byrdie-editor favourite, this serum (which feels like a watered-down moisturiser) helps deliver an unreal glow. With lactic acid to speed up cell turnover and exfoliate away dullness and licorice root (an all-natural anti-inflammatory) to fight hyperpigmentation, smooth and radiant skin is just a few applications away.