Here’s How to Ditch Dull Skin & Regain Your Glow

Look Good / Skincare

Is your complexion, dull, tired and lifeless? Find out how to get rid of your dull skin with easy home treatments!

The healthier you are overall, the better your skin will look. A bright, glowing complexion is often equated with health, and when your skin looks dull and pallid, you appear tired, ill or even older than you are. The causes of dull skin, by and large, show that healthy-looking skin begins with a healthy lifestyle, and treating that dull skin often means improving the health of your whole body.

Eat and Drink for Healthy Skin

The nutrients that are particularly good for skin are vitamins A, C and E, as well as other antioxidants (especially flavonoids) and essential fatty acids (Omega-3). Vitamin A strengthens skin cells; Vitamins C and E, and antioxidants fight against free-radical damage; and essential fatty acids promote healthy cell membranes that hold moisture inside skin cells. Eat the following to get a proper dose of each:

Vitamin A: carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, paprika, cantaloupe

Vitamin C: citrus fruits, bell peppers, kiwi fruit, broccoli, cauliflower

Vitamin E: almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, apricots

Antioxidants: berries, apples, artichokes, beans, red grapes

Essential fatty acids: salmon, tuna, walnuts, soy beans, flax seeds

Another way to restore radiance to your skin is to drink the recommended daily dose of water, and avoid to alcoholic drinks or beverages with lots of caffeine as they contribute to loss of fluids. If you really can’t go without either, drink an extra glass of water with each caffeinated or alcoholic drink to at least replenish some of the fluids you are losing.

Keep Moisture In

If it seems like your dull skin isn’t going anywhere despite moisturizing every day, it may actually be the climate. Dry air, especially in the winter, can sap the skin of its moisture. To counteract this, never wash your face with hot water; use warm or tepid water and a mild cleanser to protect your skin’s moisture barrier.

You can also increase moisture levels in your home by running a humidifier so the air won’t dry out your skin. Facial steaming is similarly an effective, easy and inexpensive way to add moisture back into your skin. Simply fill a large bowl with warm water and drape a towel over your head while placing your face in the steam for several minutes to rehydrate the skin, and banishing complexion-dulling dryness.

Improve Blood Microcirculation

Improper blood microcirculation makes the skin look pallid, ashy and lifeless. This is usually observed in individuals who smoke heavily, as smoking lowers the supply of blood and oxygen to skin cells. The best treatment? Quit smoking. Exercise and facial massage are other ways to boost blood microcirculation, as basically anything that brings blood to the skin’s surface will impart a rosy glow. Pulsations have also been shown to improve blood microcirculation, of which the LUNA delivers 8,000 per minute.

What if These Don’t Work?

As mentioned in the previous article on how to prevent dull skin, exfoliation and moisturizing is imperative – not only to maintain a radiant complexion, but also to get rid of dull skin once it starts appearing. If none of these solutions seem to work, however, it may be time to go a step further and buy products specifically aimed at dealing with dull skin or see a professional.

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Kris Rossi spends an inordinate amount of time mediating arguments between her cats, Missy and Captain, but finds time to write about beauty trends as well.

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