Happy skin is hydrated skin. We have proteins in our skin called collagen and elastin, and they help give our skin its elastic properties [source: Pickart]. Take a minute to think about how often we have to stretch out the skin on our face. It happens every time we make a facial expression, and if we didn't have collagen and elastin, our faces wouldn't bounce back. If you stretched your cheeks, they would simply sag when you were done. The same goes for our lips and our foreheads. Luckily, that's not the case.
However, as we get older, collagen and elastin levels decrease in our body. That's why we get wrinkles and different parts of our bodies eventually start to sag [source: Sibal]. These unwanted side effects of aging can speed up greatly due to overexposure to the sun and other bad habits like smoking. But we can also slow them down and in some cases even prevent them by using the right tools. One of those tools is exfoliation and the other is moisturizing.
It's important to find an effective moisturizer. Some claim to hydrate your skin, but if you really want to see a difference, you need something that can help boost your collagen levels. A good moisturizer will have vitamin E, antioxidants and Coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is more commonly referred to as CoQ10, and it has been proven in clinical trials to help boost collagen and elastin levels in skin [source: Phillips].
Moisturizing every day will help keep your skin hydrated and promote healthy, smooth skin texture. Aside from exfoliating and moisturizing there are a number of procedures out there that can also help you achieve a smoother skin texture. Read on to find out.