Glowing skin never goes out of style. It’s a marker of good health and a reflection of how well you care for your wellbeing. Getting that coveted no-makeup, lit-from within, well rested glow can be a challenge, especially if you don’t know what’s causing your skin to be dull.
While there are a variety of factors that rob your skin of its natural glow, here, we look at 4 common culprits causing your dull skin and what you can do about it.
1. You and your skin are dehydrated
Dull skin usually means dehydrated skin. As our largest organ, our skin needs a lot of water to keep it functioning normally. Dehydrated skin can’t shed off dead skin as well hydrated skin causing a buildup of dry and congested dead skin cells.
Get glowing by: Hydrating and moisturizing
If you’ve read enough beauty interviews, asked enough dermatologists on what promotes good skin, or observed what people with glowing complexions do, you’ll likely notice that the common denominator is that they keep hydrated. This has a twofold meaning. To get your skin glowing, you have to regularly and consistently hydrate from the inside and moisturize it from the outside.
Like dry, dull and flakey skin, feeling thirsty is one of the last signs of dehydration so get your glow on by downing your 8 glasses all day, everday, and not whenever you feel thirsty.
Pair a healthy hydrating habit by moisturizing your skin religiously. The most basic step in good skincare is to cleanse and moisturize daily, so invest in a good facial moisturizer that will do the job for your skin to plump and hydrate it to its full glowing potential.
2. Dead skin cell build up
For all you know, you have bright and glowing skin, but it’s hidden underneath a layer of dead skins cells. While our first layers of skin are actually dead skin cells, as the skin naturally turns over, the skin can become dull if there is too much build up. It’s this buildup of dead skin cells that give your skin a perpetual dullness that even the best foundations can’t correct. What’s alarming too is these dead skin cells can make your skincare regimen less effective as products won’t be as well absorbed as they should.
Get glowing by: Exfoliating
Cleansing and moisturizing is basic skin care, but our skin is alive and changing and therefore its needs vary from day to day. Think of dead skin as another layer of dirt that you need to get off your face in order to reveal the healthy and bright skin underneath. Your everyday cleanser won’t be enough to do this, so pair your cleanser with an exfoliator to clean and reinvigorate your skin by sloughing off dead skin cells.
Exfoliating also unclogs pores and helps to lift off deep seated dirt, grime, and bacteria that have piled up on your face, causing dullness.
3. Pollution and environmental stressors:
Almost everyone is exposed to pollution. Ranging from carcinogenic carbon monoxide from emissions and other particulate pollutants like nitrogen oxide, pollution is usually to blame for dulling your complexion as it comes into contact with your face and even penetrates your pores, causing inflammation, congestion and also speeds up aging.
Get glowing by: Cleansing and Protecting
Amidst pollution, UV rays, and exposure to all kinds of skin-dulling particles, it’s imperative to clean your skin morning and night. And we don’t mean just regular soap and water as this can be too drying on facial skin which is more delicate. We mean cleansing with a quality facial cleanser appropriate for your skin type. The kind that can cut through the dirt and grime of your skin, without stripping it of its natural moisture barrier. To get glowing skin, cleansing is first and foremost as you literally remove all the skin-dulling grime that lands on it.
On the other side of cleansing, is protecting your skin. For day time we recommend wearing SPF which not only shields your skin from ageing harmful UVA and UVB rays, it also acts as a barrier to other environmental pollutants.
4. Lack of antioxidants
With our everyday exposure to pollutants and environmental stressors, our skin, and our whole body in general, work hard to protect the damaging effects of oxidants by countering with antioxidants. Too much and frequent oxidative stress and not having enough antioxidants in our system to counter this stress, leads to dull skin. Antioxidants are needed to neutralize these free radicals, and where your skin is concerned, antioxidants are needed to keep it glowing.
Get glowing by: eating the rainbow
Fortunately, getting enough antioxidants is just a matter of plating up more colorful food. The vibrant violets of beets, the deep blues of blueberries, the bright orange of carrots etc. all bring to the table their own unique type of antioxidant to help your body combat oxidative stress and promote a healthy glowing complexion. Look for quality antioxidant rich supplements, like Turmeric to give your body an antioxidant boost, especially on days where it’s difficult to eat a rainbow.
Keep your skin hydrated, gently exfoliate and promote healthy cell turnover, and combat the skin-dulling effects of environmental stressors with our anti-oxidant rich Skin Bright Vitamin C Serum. Made with all natural ingredients to brighten and nourish skin, promote your skins natural glow with its anti-aging, oxidative damge-repairing and UV-protecting powers.