From stress to smoking, there’s a long list of reasons your skin may be looking a little dull. Transform a lacklustre complexion into an enviable glow with the right skincare routine.
WHAT IS DULL SKIN AND HOW IS IT CAUSED?
We all aspire to a radiant complexion, but achieving one is no easy feat – especially when there are so many causes of dull skin. A build-up of dead skin cells, dirt and debris from air pollution may result in an ashy hue. Dehydration and stress have been linked to dry, dull skin, and an unhealthy diet, alcohol consumption and smoking can also have repercussions for your complexion.
The good news is that of all skin concerns, dull skin is one of the easiest to treat.
KEY INGREDIENTS TO REDUCE DULL SKIN
Using an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) to exfoliate skin will clear away debris and dead skin build-up to help you get your glow back, but it’s important not to over-exfoliate, or risk damaging the delicate skin barrier.
Skincare products that include hyaluronic acid will assist in hydrating skin at a deeper level, leaving your outer layers plump and vibrant. Vitamin A should be non-negotiable for fighting off dull skin. This turbo-charged antioxidant is scientifically proven to speed up cell turnover, renewing the skin surface while also minimising the appearance of fine lines.
Vitamin A also stimulates the production of collagen, the skin’s support structure, for a plumped appearance.
Be sure to also include Vitamin B3 in your skincare arsenal as it will strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier, making it less vulnerable to water loss and environmental stressors. Vitamin B3 also stimulates collagen production for a firmer surface.
For radiance and renewal, Vitamin C is essential. This antioxidant prevents free radical damage and boosts UV protection. It also brightens (and evens) skin tone and helps stimulate collagen and elastin production.
HOW TO TREAT AND AVOID DULL SKIN
Drinking more water, eating a nutrient-rich diet and cleansing skin morning and night are simple starting points for bringing the glow back to your complexion.
Exfoliating twice a week and committing to an effective skincare routine (AM and PM) designed to rejuvenate and energise skin at a cellular level will produce positive results.
Other radiance-boosting options include in-clinic treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels, administered by a skincare professional.
BEST SKINCARE PRODUCTS TO TREAT DULL SKIN
Mx Skincare products with the active ingredients needed to treat dull skin include: