A dermatologist explains what causes dull skin and how to quickly make it brighter.
Shining and radiant skin looks healthy and full of vitality. Weak and dull skin speaks of your health and vitality. Sometimes dull skin accurately conveys this message … for example, when you are under stress, are not eating well and are not sleepy. In other cases, the dull hue of your skin is just a sign that you need to enhance skin care to enhance skin radiance.
What is dull skin?
The skin is described as dull when it has luster and lack of radiance. Dull skin does not have a wet nature and may even look lethargic. The color of dull skin is often pale or putty. Dull skin has a texture that can be slightly rough or even chalky and flaky. The term "dull skin" is actually a universal term for these appearance problems related to texture, tone and skin color.
Why is your skin dull?
The 7 most common reasons why your skin color is dull include:
- Skin dehydration
- No peeling
- Do not get your skin really clean
- Not enough (or proper) moisturizer is used
- Be tense or exhausted
- Do not get enough sleep
- Eats badly
Let's look at each of these causes of dull skin one at a time. I will explain why the problem causes dullness, and what you can do to reverse the problem in order to get glowing, bright skin.
1. Your skin is dehydrated, which leads to dull skin.
Dehydrated skin is skin that lacks an optimal water content. The water content in your skin is rapidly decreasing. The skin absorbs water after bathing and naturally loses it in the environment when the humidity of the environment is below 85%.
The outer "waterproofing" layer of your skin, called the stratum corneum, swells or subsides with an increase or loss of water. In fact, these dead cells, called corneocytes, can swell up to 50% with full hydration (1). This is what you want! Plump, moisturized corneocytes look radiant, moist and young – instantly bright and rejuvenated skin tone.
How do you restore dull skin to bright, radiant skin?
Use ingredients that bind and retain water in the layers of your skin. Be aware that overdosing will add too much water and cause your waterproofing lipids of the stratum corneum to become too permeable (this is how occlusive therapy works, and you don’t want it in such circumstances).
Products with hyaluronic acid and glycerin work well. Again, they must be in the right amount, otherwise they will create work against the goal of optimally moisturizing the skin. Sodium PCA, part of your skin's natural moisturizing factor, is another important moisture-retaining ingredient.
My instant light serum with a bright light is designed to get the right amount of these ingredients, and the result is actually instant. Apply it immediately after washing and drying the towel and see the difference.
Add green tea antioxidant therapy or your favorite moisturizer to instantly moist, radiant and radiant skin. Quickly fight dull skin, creating optimal skin hydration. My popular Layered Up Besties give you instantly shining whey and green tea at a special price. It becomes one of our most popular products for a good reason!
2. You do not exfoliate, which leads to dull skin.
Exfoliated skin is bright, smooth and reflects light. Peeling gives instant results to revitalize and rejuvenate dull skin. Peeling removes dead, dead and flaky skin cells, blocking light reflectors. By removing these cells, you polish the skin to a smoother and more reflective layer.
How do you exfoliate your skin at home to rejuvenate dull skin?
You can use physical or chemical exfoliation, or a combination of both. Physical exfoliation is the easiest. For physical exfoliation, you polish or polish using coarse sponges or scrubs.
If you use a delicate product, such as my exfoliating face sponge or Salux body wipe, you can exfoliate daily. If you use a more abrasive product, such as Bamboo and Clay exfoliating cleanser, you can ideally use it only twice a week. I recommend physically peeling off in the morning so that you can enjoy a bright texture and tone throughout the day. Be aware that, like dust, dead cells accumulate, and exfoliation is part of skin care.
Chemical exfoliation is the use of skin care ingredients that promote the loosening of the intercellular glue that holds dead cells. Ingredients such as ANA (glycolic acid – the best), BHA (salicylic acid) and retinoids (retinol – the best retinoid without a prescription) – do it all.
Products are used regularly to maintain flaky, polished skin. Glycolic acid and retinol also compact the layer of dead cells, giving them a brighter and more polished look to combat dull skin. As a bonus, they both stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid in the skin, which binds water in the deeper layers of the skin. Thus, using hyaluronic acid serums and one of these chemical exfoliating ingredients gives you an even brighter and more radiant skin tone than if you used only one of these methods to increase the level of hyaluronic acid in the skin. My favorite chemical exfoliating remedies for dull skin include:
Triple Action exfoliating cleanser for brightening and polishing the skin with chemical and physical exfoliation.
Glycolic Acid Wrinkle Cream
Retinol Anti Wrinkle Night Cream
Yes, pay attention to the term "anti-wrinkle" in these last two products. This is because they are powerful inducers of collagen renewal. This is the third bonus to using these products.
For more information on the products listed on this page, as well as to combat dull skin, click here.
For part 2 of this blog, click here.
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- Silke K. Schagen, Discovering the link between nutrition and skin aging, Dermatoendocrinol. July 1, 2012; 4 (3): 298–307. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/
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