A dull complexion is one of the worst things to deal with. It makes you look depressed every day instead of healthy and beaming. There are a number of things that can lead to dull skin, but if low temperatures are not the culprit, it could be one of these 7 things that are stealing your shine. Read on to find out what you’re doing that’s making you look dull.
1. You’re forgetting to exfoliate
It’s not enough that you wash your face every day – you need to exfoliate to get rid of dirt and dead cells that accumulate over time. Exfoliating renews the skin and makes it possible for topical products to be absorbed in a way that heals and protects you all day. The only trick is to be gentle so you don’t scrub a whole layer of skin when exfoliating. You will find plenty of quality products that are safe for using every day – from chemical exfoliants to physical ones (which are sometimes harsh on the skin). People with sensitive skin are probably better off using exfoliation wipes that contain alpha-hydroxy but in levels that are perfectly safe.
2. You’re dehydrated — and so is your skin
When you’re dehydrated, the amount of blood flowing to the skin is reduced, and this leaves you looking pale and sickly. The problem is many of us tend to view dehydration as simple thirst; something that’s easily fixed by a glass of water. But dehydration is a long-term issue, and failing to drink enough water in one day cannot have any serious effects on the skin if you’ve been getting 8 glasses of water into your system every day.
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Serious dehydration can cause damage to the skin but it doesn’t happen immediately,it usually takes months. When you don’t get enough water, the skin starts drying up and nutrients are not properly supplied. If neglected for a long time, this will lead to serious wrinkles, sagging, and a constant dull look.
3. You live in a polluted area
Dust particles, UV exposure, smoke, and other toxins are bad for the skin and contribute to a dullness of complexion. It is quite possible that your own environment is causing your skin to look dull – but other factors like low humidity and high winds can also play a role. People who live in dry, windy areas are better off using exercise to improve circulation and nutrient exchange. So if you haven’t considered it yet, a visit to the gym might do more good than you imagine.
4. You’re not eating a healthy diet
The food you eat affects your complexion. Salty, processed foods increase fluid retention and tissue swelling, both of which make skin look dull and ugly. The best diet is one that is rich in antioxidants, fiber, quality protein, and fatty acids. A healthy diet doesn’t only improve skin complexion, it makes you fit, strong, and leaves you full of energy – and all this when combined with smooth, soft skin, goes a long way in making you look good.
5. You are not sleeping well
If you’re having trouble getting quality sleep then it’s going to show on your skin. Proper rest is essential in skin care, and sleep is how the body restores damaged cells and improves normal functioning. By failing to get enough sleep, this process is interfered with, and the end result is skin that looks dull and unhealthy. When skin cells are not properly functioning, dark eyes and dry skin becomes the norm. What’s worse, oil production can change and this causes more problems with cell exfoliation and circulation because the pores get blocked. These are enough reasons to go to bed early every night.
6. You are missing facial detox
Your face might be in serious need of a detox – that’s if you don’t already remove the pile up of dead cells and pollutants that stick to the skin and change your complexion. Add some natural skin care herbs and ointments to warm water and use it to wipe your face every night before bed. This will help remove toxins and keep your skin healthy and smooth. Alternatively, add healing ointments to your bath water and just soak in there for a while.
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7. You’re super stressed
Stress causes hormonal changes that destroy your skin. This has to do with stress hormones like cortisol, which when released in the bloodstream, reduce blood flow to the skin and interfere with skin repair. To avoid all this, start handling whatever it is that’s causing all the stress, or find a way to release tension in a healthy way. Meditation is great for finding relief, but exercise is fine too. Find a way to ease stress for a healthier, more attractive you.
Author Bio: Dr. Sean Daneshmand has been nominated as a “Top Doctor in San Diego” as published in San Diego Magazine continuously since 2008-2018. He has also completed extensive training in Aesthetic procedures including Vaser Liposelection and has been the Medical Director of Ageless and beautiful Medical Spa since May 2005