Dull Skin: 7 Causes And How to Brighten It

Apr. 30, 2020
The reason behind your dull skin isn’t always aging. You can lose your skin’s healthy glow at any age. If you look at yourself in the mirror and feel like your skin no longer feels bright and youthful, it has certainly turned dull.
Your skin turning dull can have several causes. But don’t you worry as these conditions are not permanent. Treating your skin right and relying on beneficial products can help reverse the dullness of your face.
Why Does My Skin Look Dull?
Every woman asks herself this dreaded question. The dullness of the skin is a common problem that everyone goes through. Even people with healthy and supple skin may experience dullness all of a sudden. It is certainly not a pleasant thing to feel, but you shouldn’t despair.
To get back glowing and bright skin, you must first understand the cause behind dullness. Without knowing what makes your skin appear dull, you won’t be able to treat it right. Here are the factors that make your skin seem dull.
1. Aging
As you grow older, the rate of skin cell turnover, i.e., the speed at which they regenerate, slows down. As a result of this, the natural pink tone of your skin will not be as apparent as it used to be. This dulls your complexion, and you lose your natural rosy tone.
2. Build up of Dead Skin Cells
If you’ve lost your rose-like complexion, it’s likely that your skin has started looking ashy. The reason for this is a buildup of dead skin cells on your face. Our skin sheds millions of cells every day.  When you don’t wash and cleanse your face regularly, these cells accumulate on your face. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but layers of dead skin cells on your face make it appear less radiant and dull.
3. Stress
Stress isn’t just bad for your internal organs but for the skin too. When you are under stress, your body triggers a fight and flight response. This immediately diverts circulation away from the skin and hair to the vital organs. As a result, there is less blood circulation under your skin. The loss of circulation leads to dull skin. Your skin gets a tired and unhealthy appearance.
4. Lack of Moisture
Hydration is one of the most important elements of your skincare regime. Not drinking enough water or skipping moisturizer makes your skin look dehydrated. Water makes up a large part of your skin cells, so when you’re dehydrated, your skin appears dry and dull.
5. Lack of Exfoliation
There is a buildup of dead skin, dirt, bacteria, and pollutants from the environment on your face. Regular cleansing isn’t enough to remove it, making exfoliation for your skin necessary. If exfoliation isn’t a part of your skincare routine, it can be a cause for dull skin.
6. Dry Weather
The dry air outside causes your skin to dry out, so eventually, it looks dull. Leading NYC dermatologist, Dr. Schultz, says that if the climate is dry, your skin naturally becomes dry. 
7. Lack of Sleep
Sleep is responsible for many of the functions occurring in your body. Lack of sleep has several effects on your body. The dullness of skin is one of the common effects of sleep deprivation. Michael Breus, a certified sleep specialist, says that your body’s blood flow increases when you sleep. This is why a good night’s sleep is necessary for a healthy glow.
Tips to Treat Your Dull Skin
Now that you know the reasons behind dull skin, it is time to do fix it. Here are some skincare tips to eliminate dullness and rejuvenate your skin, so it looks youthful and glowing.
1. Choose the Right Facial Cleanser
Cleansing your face daily is necessary to prevent the accumulation of dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria.  It is crucial to use a daily facial cleanser to help treat your dull skin. Make sure that you use the right facial cleanser for your skin type.
2. Don’t Skip exfoliation
Even if you cleanse your face daily, you still need to exfoliate your face. You only need to exfoliate two to three times a week because daily exfoliation can be harsh on your skin. Use a face scrub that is gentle on your skin. If you have extremely sensitive or dry skin, you might want to mix a drop of coconut oil to your facial scrub.
3. Add a Face Mask to Your Routine
Using a face mask can do wonders on your skin. From charcoal mask and fruit pulp masks to nourishing sheet masks, there are several types of face masks you can benefit from. You can get a good exfoliating and brightening face mask and use it at least twice a week. You can also make DIY face masks if you want too.
4. Keep your skin hydrated
The first thing to do is to make sure that you drink 10-12 glasses of water daily. Secondly, moisturize your skin day and night. Use a good moisturizer that suits your skin type after you wash your face and at the end of your skincare routine.
Everything from dehydration to aging can dull your skin complexion. While dullness of skin is something that comes with age, you can prevent it before time with a good skincare routine and a healthy diet.
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