I Always Get Compliments on My Skin Texture—14 Products I Swear By

I'll be the first to admit that my skin is nowhere near perfect, but recently I found myself looking at photos from a year ago and was pretty shocked to find how much had changed since then. It's hardly a coincidence—in the last year, I've doubled down on my skincare routine in order to target a few concerns like acne and hyperpigmentation. The photos don't lie and neither do the slew of compliments I receive from friends, family, and co-workers. Comments about my skin texture and how smooth it looks (on a good day) have become the norm. I wish I could say that I just woke up like this, but truly, none of this would be a reality without a few transformative products I've added to my arsenal. I'd like to thank my fans, my family, and the following 12 creams, oils, and treatments. *Steps off podium.*


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I initially set out to target my hyperpigmentation, and an improved skin texture happened to be the amazing side effect I never saw coming. It turns out that in order to lift stubborn dark spots, I needed an arsenal of exfoliators (physical and chemical), a cocktail of glycolic and lactic acids, and about as much vitamin C as I could get. Exfoliators target and remove dead skin, acids keep new blemishes from forming (and thus leading to even more acne scars), and vitamin C brightens overall. 

Well, my skin is still nowhere near perfect, but all of the above definitely worked its magic. (I'll spare you the before-and-after photos—just trust me on this one.) My darkest spots are now far lighter, and since the below products did their job of removing dead skin so well, my skin's texture is also smoother than it's ever been. A win-win, if you ask me.

Without further adieu, I'm sharing the best products for skin texture, based on what has worked the best for me and my skin. From cleansers and toners to serums and face masks to moisturizers and face oils, the below products have worked their magic on my skin, so I can only hope they do the same for yours.



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(Image credit: @anna__laplaca)



(Image credit: @anna__laplaca)



(Image credit: @anna__laplaca)

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This article was published at an earlier date and has been updated.


Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.