1. You don’t exfoliate
One of the main reasons for dull skin is the buildup of dead skin cells. Dead skin cells not only make skin look dingy, but they also prevent products from passing through the skin’s uppermost layer and really being effective. To remedy this, all you need to do is exfoliate 1-2 times a week. Just make sure to be gentle so that you don’t cause inflammation or irritation.
- A great scrub you can make at home is a sugar scrub: Combine 1 tbsp of brown and white sugar with some water to make a paste. Using a circular motion, gently sub the scrub on your face. Wash with lukewarm water and see immediate results.
Check out five more facial scrubs you can make at home with ingredients you already have in your pantry!
2. You don’t moisturize
Dull skin is often the result of fissures on our skin’s surface. Moisturizing helps fill in those cracks by adding natural fat to the skin resulting in a smooth and shiny surface. Adding fat to the skin isn’t the only thing that’s important, it’s how you do it. the best way to apply moisturizer is with gentle upward strokes. This action boots circulation in the area and stimulates your face and neck cells.
- You can prepare your own moisturizing face pack with coconut oil: Mix 2 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 tbsp of honey. Apply the solution to your face and let sit for 15 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water.
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3. You aren’t drinking enough water
When your body is dehydrated, blood flow decreases and therefore makes your skin look pale and dull. However, drinking just one glass of water isn’t going to be the solution, you need to make a lifestyle change and drink the recommended 8 cups of water a day. If you find it hard to drink that much water, a good tip would be to keep a bottle of water in eyesight, if you see it, you’ll probably drink more of it. Another tip would be to flavor your water. Click here to learn how to do just that as well as special flavor combinations and their benefits!
4. You are stressed
If you exfoliate, moisturize, and drink plenty of water, your dull skin problem may lie deeper. When stressed, our body produces more cortisol, the stress hormone, which in turn affects blood flow. As mentioned above, blood flow is what keeps our skin brilliant. The best way to treat this is to try to reduce your stress levels, whether by doing some breathing techniques, making use of pressure points, taking the advice of experts, listening to music, or just doing some yoga!
5. You don’t get enough sleep
Everyone knows the benefits of getting a full night’s sleep, but what most people don’t know is that sleep is when your skin cells repair and regenerate. If you aren’t getting enough sleep your skin won’t do its job and therefore, you’ll be left with dark circles around your eyes and dry, dull and pale looking skin. The best way to remedy this is obviously to get to bed earlier, but if you’re having trouble falling asleep you should try this delicious shake made of apples, lettuce, cucumbers, and honey that’ll have you sleeping like a baby. If your problem is staying asleep at night, you might want to check out this guide to how our ancestors used to sleep.
6.Your environment isn’t the kindest to your skin
Whether your skin is being damaged by air pollutants and UV exposure, or harsh winds and low humidity, the environment can have quite the effect on your skin. The best way to counteract its effect is by getting more exercise, as exercise improves blood circulation which helps in removing toxins from our skin cells through sweat. If you don’t want to go to the gym there are plenty of exercises you can do at home! Another way to detox is this great bath that makes use of Epsom salt, apple cider vinegar, and essential oils.
7. You smoke
We’re sure you’ve been told time and again that smoking is bad for you and you should stop, however, it really is advice you should heed, especially if you care about your skin. Smoking causes the collagen in your skin to break down which leads to wrinkling. It also happens to be very dehydrating, and we’ve already mentioned what a lack of moisture and hydration does to the skin. If you really want to quit, these 10 unconventional tips might help…
8. You aren’t eating healthy foods
Food has a direct effect on every aspect of our body, especially our skin. For example, salty processed foods cause fluid retention and therefore, swelling. The typical western diet most of us eat contains foods that are high in sugar and fat and lacking in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and essential fatty acids. All this leads to dull and pale skin. The best way to use your diet to you skins advantage is by eating foods rich in vitamin C, such as citrus fruit, which is known to boost collagen, as well as good fats like walnuts and avocados. A good drink that can really promote healthy skin is this delicious cinnamon and cardamom chai!