Dull skin can be real bummer. There’s nothing more upsetting than waking up to a dull, tired complexion that no amount of makeup can liven up. As any dermatologist, will tell you dull skin is usually a result of dead skin cell buildup. This causes your skin to scatter light instead of evenly reflecting it. When you’re in your teens skin cells turn over every 28 days. However, cellular turnover slows down from your 20s. But panic not, here are a few ways to restore the gleam and luster to your skin.
Cleanse and Exfoliate
The best exfoliators for normal-oily skin
If your skin isn’t dry or sensitive you can double down on exfoliating. A Salicylic Acid–infused cleanser or a gentle scrub with microbeads at least twice a week like Olay Regenerist Cream Cleanser does the job marvellously. The scrub sweeps away dead cells and cleans out clogged pores.
Contrary to what you’ve heard, moisturizing will not make shine worse. In fact a good formula that contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (Glycolic Acid) will not just keep skin hydrated but increase the rate of surface cell renewal, giving your brighter—not shinier—skin. Always choose moisturizers with ceramides because they reinforce your skin’s natural moisture barrier. We recommend Olay Moisturising Cream Normal.
Sun protection to banish dullness
It’s a good idea to use a moisturizer with a SPF of at least 15 in the a.m. to ward off damage caused by sun exposure. We like Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Day Cream Normal SPF 15. Sun exposure can cause pigmentation and an uneven skin tone that shows up as early as your 20s. Use a formula that tackles both surface and hidden whitening issues like spots, darkness, and an uneven skin tone. Olay White Radiance Intensive Brightening Serum has a high concentration of CelLucent whitening actives and natural plant whitening extracts that work deep under the skin’s surface to fade pigmentation.
Tackle under-eye dullness
Dark under eye circles can make the brightest skin look dull and lacklustre. Choose an under-eye brightening serum like Kaya Lighten And Smooth Under Eye Gel. that contains Niacinamide and works at a cellular lever for natural, luminous fairness.
Fake a glow
An even skin tone is a prerequisite for a glowing complexion. While your formulas work their magic to transform dull, tired skin, you can fake a glow with a formula like Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Day Cream Normal SPF 15 that treats the seven signs of skin ageing from within while the touch of foundation balances and evens out your skin tone. It also moisturizes skin and restores a healthy glow to the dullest skin.
Amp up your lifestyle
Drink plenty of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out. Exercise regularly to get your heart pumping and boost your circulation for that lit-from-within glow. Finally, get adequate beauty sleep. You need at least eight hours of zzzs to give your skin ample time to repair itself so that you wake up to a brighter complexion.