Dull skin is often caused by dryness and dehydration, dead skin cells building upon the surface of the skin, and slow cell turnover. Poor diet, lifestyle, and using harsh skincare products can also lead to your skin losing its luminosity and glow. Today I’m breaking down 5 ways to rejuvenate and brighten dull skin.
1. EXFOLIATE WEEKLY
Exfoliate your skin 2-3 times a week using a serum or face mask that contains AHA’s (alpha-hydroxy acids) such as lactic acid (more gentle) or glycolic acid (more intense). AHA’s work by dissolving the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin in a non-abrasive way (as opposed to grainy face scrubs). If you’re going to use a physical face scrub, be sure to use something with a very fine texture, and gently massage it into the skin.
2. KEEP YOUR SKIN WELL HYDRATED
Dehydrated skin appears dull. Using a facial tonic or mist that contains humectants (hydrating ingredients) is the quickest way to rehydrate the skin after you wash it. It can be easily spritzed on after you cleanse, and throughout the day, to keep your skin well hydrated and create a soft, dewy look. Think of it as a glass of water for your skin!
3. USE A BRIGHTENING SERUM
Look for a face serum that contains brightening ingredients such as vitamin C and niacinamide – or better still, both! Use it daily before applying your moisturizer or face oil to brighten dull skin.
4. USE A FACE OIL DAILY
The key to a glowing complexion is a healthy skin barrier. Emollients – such as the plant oils used in face oils – help to soften and smooth the skin barrier, keeping it well moisturized and in good condition. Most are also high in antioxidants and vitamin E which helps with skin brightening.
5. EAT WELL, SLEEP WELL
Eat foods high in antioxidants such as berries, citrus fruits, green leafy veggies, oily fish, and nuts to help improve your skin’s appearance. Avoid or limit caffeinated beverages with meals. Caffeine interferes with the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals. Sleep is the skin’s restorative time when your skin cells repair themselves and regenerate, so make sure to get a full 7-8 hours.
For more from Kavisha, here‘s a link to her recent article where she explains the benefits of oil cleansing.