Dull-Looking Skin? Here Are The Possible Reasons Why
Have you ever seen somebody whose skin seems to just reflect and bounce off the light? They just have this radiance shining from their skin, emanating an ineffable glow that seems to be so hard to achieve. If you ask one of these glowing goddesses, their responses are all usually the same: “Oh, I just get eight hours of sleep a day, drink tons of water, eat my vegetables, do yoga daily, and I don’t get stressed!” Yeah, at least four of the above are pretty much un-doable for the majority of us. There has to be some other secret to bright, glowing, radiant skin other than being the perfect Instagram girl.
However, glowing goddess skin isn’t some kind of mystical and magical process that requires tons of meditation to balance your chakras to glow. Glowing skin can quite easily be broken down and understood from a scientific perspective. Dermatologists will scoff at the idea that glowing skin comes solely from eating kale and doing zen yoga every day (although it might help with your overall health and wellness to incorporate these elements into your daily routine), and tell you that there are many other ways to more effectively target and treat the skin to give you the glow you need. In this article, we are going to tell you some of the top reasons why your skin is looking flat and dull, and give some tips on how to tackle these causes and achieve that gorgeous, glowing, reflective skin that we all want.
Reasons Your Skin is Looking Dull
You have a layer of dead skin lying on the skin surface
This is a pretty common reason for dull-looking skin. Look closely at your face. Do you notice there’s some sort of an ashy grey tint to it? That greyish tint is due to the build-up of dead skin cells on the surface of our skin. Our skin sheds millions of cells every day, and although the skin has an inbuilt natural process to remove these skin cells, often this process isn’t fast enough to remove every single cell. When the rate of removal is slower than the rate of shedding, this leads to an accumulation of dead skin cells on the top of your skin. You can think of this layer as a layer of dust on a mirror. When your mirror is dusty, there is less clarity, reflectiveness, and light and it will come off as dull and grey. Same goes with your skin, you need to get rid of this accumulated build-up of dead cells for the light to reflect against your skin.
How to combat this?
Exfoliation is the best way to slough off dead skin cells. Using a gentle exfoliator once to twice a week depending on how sensitive your skin is will be a good way to get rid of the excess dead skin cells. You may use physical exfoliators such as grainy scrubs. People with sensitive skin can try a more gentle exfoliator with ingredients such as jojoba oil or esters. You can also use chemical peel solutions that contain alpha and beta hydroxy acids which can help to dissolve the layers of dead skin cells.
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Air pollution is causing an accumulation of dirt and free radicals on your skin
We all know that fossil fuels are terrible for the environment and guess what, it’s terrible for your skin too! Go green guys, we’ll have a much healthier planet and much better-looking skin at the same time. Air that has been polluted by the burning of fossil fuels contains a lot of little particles such as dirt and sulfur dioxide which can cause free radicals on the skin. Free radicals are the pesky little things that inhibit collagen production and the irritation it causes makes the melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) work to produce extra pigment to combat it. This combination of weakened collagen and extra pigment will cause uneven tone and texture, resulting in the light reflecting unevenly on the surface of the skin.
How to combat it?
Always wash your face at night before you sleep, especially if you have been out all day. If you leave the residue of the dirt on your face, your skin will be damaged. Pollutants can also cause allergic reactions, irritation, and inflammation to the skin and weaken the skin barrier, so use a gentle cleanser each night to wash and cleanse your face. You should also add serums that contain vitamin C to your morning routine as vitamin C is an essential antioxidant that helps to fight these free radicals.
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You are super stressed out
Stress is terrible for us, and it is terrible for our skin too. When we get stressed, our cortisol levels rise and the body’s natural evolutionary flight-or-fight response gets stimulated. The blood gets redirected to your more vital organs and when this happens, less blood is circulated to the surface of the skin, which results in dull and sallow-looking skin.
How to combat it?
You can try facial massages when you are doing your daily cleansing routine or when you apply serums. This massage can help to stimulate blood circulation in the face, and this added circulation will increase radiance and also make the skin look a lot fresher. If your skin is in a particularly sallow and dull state and your work stress will only get worse, treat yourself to microdermabrasion at the dermatologist to get rid of dead skin and stimulate circulation.
Your skin is super dehydrated
Hydration and moisture are synonymous with glowing, radiant skin, so naturally, if your skin is dehydrated you can’t expect to have fresh and glowing skin! When the lower layers of the skin like the dermis and under layers of the epidermis do not have enough water in the cells, the skin gets thinner. Imagine a balloon: without air, the balloon looks dull and flat, but when inflated it reflects light and looks plump. The same goes for your skin.
How to combat it:
Hydrate sufficiently — drinking enough water is a crucial part of maintaining your skin hydration levels. You should also incorporate serums containing potent hydrators like hyaluronic acid which can boost skin hydration levels up to 1000 times. Then, to lock all that moisture in, layer on an emollient which can create a barrier over the skin to keep the hydration in.
There are lots of reasons as to why our skin doesn’t glow as brightly. Using an exfoliant, drinking water, and incorporating the right serums, will definitely help in improving the skin texture, glow, and tone.
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