If you want smooth skin, you'll need to have clean skin, too. Washing your face twice a day with warm water, a clean wash cloth and soap or a cleanser removes dirt and oils and keeps your skin healthy [source: American Skin Association].
Be gentle when cleaning your skin if you want it to stay smooth, though. Avoid strong, scouring soaps, and limit the time you spend in the bath or shower. Shave carefully using a lubricating gel or foam, and pat dry with a towel after cleaning instead of wiping -- this will keep some moisture on your skin [source: Mayo Clinic].
Also, make sure you don't overdo it. While it's necessary for good hygiene, washing your skin too often, especially your hands, can cause damage. Soaps and detergents are among the most harmful things we routinely put on our skin. So, look for the most gentle soaps you can find and apply them regularly, but judiciously.
Next, we'll look at how to replace some of the moisture your skin loses from washing and other daily activities.