Reviving Dull Skin

Reviving Dull Skin

Even the best of us get caught up in the daily grind, temporarily overwhelmed with work or family obligations, or otherwise get distracted and slack on skincare sometimes. Even worse, sometimes you just seem to get bad luck and your skin starts getting worse in spite of your best efforts. Your skin going dull is never a pleasant experience, but don’t worry, it can be undone. In fact, let’s talk about a few things you can do to get that dull, rough, lackluster skin positively glowing.

And don’t just do it, but do it right. Physical exfoliants—the kind with little beads or granules in them that physically rub and scratch off dead skin—can work if they’re all you’ve got access to, so long as you’re diligent, but chemical exfoliants, a.k.a. peels and the like, are definitely the way to go if other methods aren’t working out for you. Whatever kind you use, you should use it anywhere from one a week to twice a week depending on the product’s instructions. Just don’t overdo it or you’ll make matters worse but scratching up tender, new, living skin and causing inflammation. Rub your exfoliant on in circular, massaging motions, and take your time with it. Leave it on for as long as the directions dictate, and make sure you moisturize immediately after washing it off.

Fake it ‘Till You Make it
Permanent, sustainable solutions to dull skin are much better than slapping on some makeup like a band-aid, but even so, it can be wonderfully helpful to know exactly how to use cosmetics to fake a glow in the meantime. You’ll have a natural one soon enough, but there’s no shame in faking it until you make it. Champagne highlighters work well for most skin tones, and highlighters, in general, are a great way to get a quick-and-easy glow. Just tap it on carefully with your fingers, over your cheekbones and brow bones (or dust with a fluffy brush if you have oily skin) and you’re good to go.

Eat and Drink Well
That old adage “you are what you eat” holds true here. What you eat and drink affects not only your overall health, but also the outward appearance and feel of your skin. Drink lots of water; just keep water nearby at all times and sip whenever you’re thirsty, and eat a lot of dark, leafy greens and a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables regularly.

Moisturize Day and Night
For best results, get a dedicated day cream and night cream. Make sure the day cream has SPF, and consider a night cream with retinol in it. Diligently put on the day cream every morning after washing your face, and use the night cream after removing makeup, right before you go to bed.

Consider Your Skin Type
Failure to care for your skin type properly can also lead to dullness and other issues. If you have oily skin, make sure your cleanser is strong enough to cut through the grease on your face, and use a hydrating, but light, moisturizer. If you have normal or combination skin, use a basic cleanser and medium-weight moisturizers. If you have dry skin, you want very light, hydrating cleanser that doesn’t strip too much oil, and a heavy, protective moisturizer. If your skin is sensitive, consider including products in your regimen with soothing ingredients like chamomile or Aloe Vera. In general, experiment with lots of products until you find one that works best for you; no two people’s skin are exactly alike.

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