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Five Reasons Why Your Skin Looks Dull And What You Can Do About It

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There are several reasons why your skin looks dull. This article outline practical steps you can take to improve and maintain your skin.

We usually like to take care of the outside of our skin and, often neglect the inside. Our skin can be affected by a mixture of both external and internal circumstances. For example, many people complained that their skin looks dull, but simply washing your face or using some counter cosmetics won’t remedy the issue. You’ve got to do more than that if you want to achieve ultra-glowy skin.

All you just have to do is, recognize the most common dull-skin culprits and make the necessary changes to your routine accordingly. Here are five common reasons for dull skin and what you can do to help boost your skin glow.

1. Dehydration

It would be best to dehydrate your skin from the inside out and the outside in. Drinking enough water will help your skin not to appear flaky and flat.

Also, not moisturizing frequently and using water that is very hot for bathing can dehydrate skin from the outside. This also strips your skin of its oils.

Always stay well hydrated every day by drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. To achieve that, it would help you carry around a water bottle with you anywhere you’re going. This will help remind you to drink always.

Besides, make sure you’re bathing with warm water, moisturizing your skin at least two times daily.

2. Pollution and UV Rays

This could also be one of the reasons your skin looks dull. People who live in suburban or urban areas encounter pollution every day, while everyone is being exposed to the sun’s rays.

Both pollution and UV rays can damage your skin through free radicals, which eventually can lead to a dull complexion.

The best way to protect your skin from these includes both ingested and topical antioxidants, as well as using sunscreen.

Dr. Sandy Skotnicki, a board-certified dermatologist and author of Beyond Soap suggests that using an antioxidant in the morning before going out, like stable vitamin C in 10% concentration, can help. Follow with a mineral sunscreen, which helps block the pollution mechanically and protect from UV damage. 

3. Not Enough Exercise

Exercise is great for improving your skin. When you do exercise, you sweat. Sweating helps in purging bacteria and chemicals from your skin. Engaging in any form of exercise can help, from brisk walking to riding a bike are great ways to work out.

Just do any workout routine you love and you will see the results as time goes on. When you’re done exercising, always take a shower immediateöy to prevent bacteria from lingering.

4. Dead Skin Cell Overload

Our skin is constantly shedding dead cells, which tend to linger on the surface until we wash them away. Sometimes, merely washing your skin is not enough. What you can do is use physical and chemical exfoliators.

Both physical and chemical exfoliants help remove dead skin cells and other debris, allowing speed cell turnover so that they can leave your skin fresher, brighter, and clearer, with reduced pores and a smoother surface.

5. Slow Cell Turnover

On average, it takes about 28 days for our skin layers to turn over fully. This can slow down for several reasons. This could be a result of poor diet, dehydration, and even aging. There are things you can do to help quicken the turnover process.

Topical retinoids (creams, lotions, and gels containing medicine obtained from Vitamin A) work wonders for your skin by stimulating increased cell turnover and collagen production. This maintains and improves the skin. Making it look younger and clearer,

It would be best to incorporate a retinoid if you’re in your late 20s and up into your skincare regimen. Lasers are a more intense option; however, they are costly, but if it’s in your budget and you’re looking for quick results, go for them.

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By Aleksandra Nico

Dr. Aleksandra Nico is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is in private practice in Brunswick and has experience in a wide variety of areas, including mood-related difficulties, anxiety, psychosis, trauma, addictions, personality disorders, and anger management. Dr. Nico completed a Ph.D. at the University of Nevada. Her goal is not to make very good people out of good, but to get the unique out of them.

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