How to Treat Dull Skin: Bright Skin 101
Beautiful, glowing skin is always in style. But getting a complexion that looks like you just stepped out of a professional facial – vibrant, radiant and clear – isn’t always easy. The good news is there are some quick, easy solutions and glow-enhancing skincare products that can help to brighten dull skin, for a rejuvenated, healthy-looking appearance.
What does Dull Skin Look Like?
Some symptoms of dull skin are:
- Lackluster, sallow & flat appearance
- Flaky, red, irritated
- Increased sensitivity
- Appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
- Uneven tone & texture
- Patchiness, dry or ashy appearance
- Prominent under-eye circles and shadows
How to Treat Dull Skin
Dehydration: Skin, Drink Up!
One main cause of dry, dull looking skin is dehydration. When skin is dehydrated, there is less blood circulation, making it appear tired and pale. Hydrating skin from the inside out means increasing its water content. Experts recommend drinking at least 8 glasses of water every day.
Hydrating skin topically with skin-replenishing ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, sodium PCA and aloe vera, is also important. These humectants work to draw in moisture to skin’s surface so skin looks plumper and more hydrated.
Pro Tip: Apply humectants to damp skin to help draw in moisture.
Exfoliation for Glowing, Bright Skin
A layer of dead skin cells builds up over time, making your face appear less radiant and dull. Sun damage, age, and skin conditions all contribute to to the accumulation of dead skin cells. As we age, the rate of skin shedding slows down and oil production decreases. Using a gentle yet effective exfoliation agent can help speed up this process, promoting the appearance of happy, healthy skin.
A Healthy Diet: You are what you Eat
What you eat is reflected in your complexion. If you are eating a lot of processed foods and sugar, it can present itself in skin as inflammation, bloating, premature aging, acne and dullness.
Try to eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. Fatty fish, avocados, sweet potatoes, dark leafy green vegetables, a rainbow of antioxidant-rich foods and green tea are all great choices for healthy skin.
Incorporate Vitamin C into Your Skincare Routine
Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that has many health benefits for skin, including radiance, evens out skin tone and protects skin from free radical damage. It also promotes collagen production and improves skin’s overall appearance and brightness.
Keep in mind there are different derivatives of Vitamin C, with difference percentages, depending on your skin’s needs.
L-Ascorbic Acid in the main type of Vitamin C and most thoroughly researched. It can easily become oxidized so make sure your product is packaged in a dark container and store it in a cool, dark spot.
If you are sensitive to L-Ascorbic Acid, there are other options available to you.
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The 12 Best Foods for Healthy Skin. Healthline.