Have you been looking in the mirror lately and wondering why your skin doesn’t look as radiant as it used to? In fact, if you are honest, your skin looks dull. What are the causes of that dullness and how can you achieve that look or radiance?
Let’s look first at what radiant skin looks like.
Radiant skin is:
Has an even tone
Has a smooth surface that readily reflects light
So now that we know what radiant skin is, let’s look at its polar opposite- dull skin.
Does not have an even tone or glow,
Appears dry, rough, and tired.
Knowledge is power, so let’s examine the causes and cures for Dull Skin
1. Dead Skin Cells
We lose skin cells everyday but as we grow older, our bodies don’t do a good job of sloughing off dead skin cells and this causes skin to appear dull. A gentle exfoliation using either physical exfoliants such as scrubs or masks, or chemical exfoliants like acid serums or peels a couple times per week, removes these dead skin cells and allows the skin to look more radiant.
Dehydration is the loss of water from the body. It is also a lack of moisture in the skin. When your skin is dehydrated it looks lackluster and has a dull, flaky appearance and is prone to wrinkling. To combat dehydration, there are two main steps that you need to take: increase the amount of water that you drink to at least 8 glasses every day, and hydrate externally with serums and moisturizers. Diligently attending to these two steps will result in your skin becoming more hydrated and dewy.
3. Poor Diet
What we put into our bodies invariably shows up on our largest organ- our skin! A diet which consists of an overabundance of refined and processed foods, and an excess of sugars and salt can lead to inflammation in the body. This inflammation can then cause a breakdown of collagen and elastin ( two protein fibers which give your skin its elasticity), resulting in fine lines and an overall loss in a healthy glow to your complexion. Choose instead a balanced and nutrient filled diet that has lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, lean meats, nuts, seeds and water. In a short time, your skin will look more brilliant and vibrant.
4. Overexposure to the Sun
Too much exposure to the sun over time can cause a decrease in the natural oils in the skin. Additionally, you can develop hyperpigmentation which causes darkened patches to appear and reduce the brightness of your skin. Along with reducing your time in the sun, and consistent application of sunscreen, use of a skin brightening cream such as Lomelin, will reduce the appearance of dark pigmentation and noticeably brighten your appearance.
5. Lack of Sleep
One of the major causes of dull skin is inadequate amounts of sleep. The effects of sleep deprivation on the body is well documented, however, an established but less known fact is the damaging effects of too little sleep on the appearance of the skin. Your body repairs itself when you sleep and this includes the production of new collagen, a protein responsible for the elasticity and strength of the skin. Less than 6 hours of sleep can lead to the appearance of fine lines and overall dullness of the skin since sleep deprivation results in less blood flowing to your facial skin.To achieve healthy looking skin that glows, aim for between 7-9 hours sleep each night.
6. High Stress Levels
Nothing ages our faces like stress! Sustained stress causes our bodies to release excess of a hormone called cortisol. While cortisol is needed by our body in small amounts, too much leads to negative effects on our skin such as flare-ups of acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Cortisol also prematurely ages the skin resulting in fine lines, wrinkles and overall dullness of the skin. To combat stress, practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques, exercise regularly, and ultimately work on minimizing stressors in your life. As you become less stressed, your skin will look less dull and more vibrant.
These are some of the key steps that you can take to get back that healthy radiant glow for your skin. Exfoliate, Hydrate, Improve Your Diet, Limit OverExposure To The Sun, Get More Sleep, and Stress Less!
Let us know any other steps that you take to combat dull skin. We would love to hear from you.