Dull Skin – Why Do We Get It & How Can We Correct It?

Updated: Jul 27


One of the most common problems that many of us face is having dull skin. Here I give you a few of the key reasons for dull skin and how to ensure your skin looks bright & radiant again...




How many times do you walk past the mirror, take a close look at yourself and find that your skin is dull, dry, and just not glowing? Despite following a dedicated skincare routine, following a healthy lifestyle, does your skin still lack radiance? If yes, then you must be wondering what's causing it and what can you do to help it glow. Here, I point out the main reasons for dull skin and how you can go about rejuvenating it...


What is dull skin?


Being the largest organ on our body, skin plays an important part in the making of our appearance. While we all wish for bright, healthy, and glowing skin, we often fail to pay attention to what goes behind achieving that. Our not-so-healthy lifestyle choices in this fast-paced world play a huge factor in our skin's health. What you do to you body, and what feed your body ultimately reflects in your skin.


So what does it mean to have dull skin? Dull skin tone is a result of excess dead skin cells that build up on the surface of the skin. Your skin can lose its natural luminosity because of dryness, damaged cells, or slow cell turnover, all of which can happen at any age and in any season. This can make your face feel rough or bumpy, and can also give the skin a dull appearance.


What causes dull skin?

1. Dehydration - Don't drink enough water? Then you are failing to give your skin the much-needed hydration. Drinking plenty of water will help boost hydration from below your skin’s surface. Aim to drink eight glasses of water a day.

2.Dryness - Dry skin also makes your skin look dull and lifeless.


3. Not Moisturising - Not giving proper moisturisation to your skin? If yes, then the lack of moisturisation can affect the health and vitality of your skin. It also leaves your skin dry and flaky.

4. Stress - Stress restricts blood supply to your skin, which results in less supply of oxygen. When the skin is deprived of nourishment, it looks tired and dull, and it loses moisture, softness and luminosity.

5. Sleep - Lack of sleep can take a toll on your skin. Sleep deprivation decreases the moisture levels of your skin and lowers your complexion's pH levels, which in turn causes the skin to look dull and aged.


6. Ageing - This happens naturally from the day we are born! Outside envirnomental stressors also speed up this process, so look for a skincare routine that tackles these factors to out smart and slow the ageing process.


7. Too Much Drinking/Smoking - Alcohol dilates the pores of the skin, leading to blackheads and whiteheads. if not properly treated, it can go on to cause inflamed skin papules and cystic acne. In the long term, this ages the skin and can cause permanent scarring too.

Smoking is associated with premature skin ageing, delayed wound healing, and increased infections, as well as a number of skin disorders, particularly psoriasis, hidradenitis suppurativa and cutaneous lupus erythematosus.



What to do instead....


Exfoliate - Make exfoliation a part of your skincare routine. Regular exfoliation will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy. When old skin cells start to pile up on the surface of the skin, it can leave skin looking dull, rough, and dry. Regular exfoliation removes the barrier of dead skin cells clogging the skin and uncovers fresh new cells below.

Moisturise regularly - Moisturise twice a day - once in the morning and once at night. Do not keep your skin deprived of nourishment and moisturisation. If you exfoliate, you must moisturise afterwards....

Use a serum - Face serums brighten your skin complexion and can preserve moisture levels in ways that moisturizers never could. It also boosts hydration and diminishes the signs of ageing.

Face masks - Face masks draw out the build up of dirt, grease, oils, and impurities and reduce the look of dull skin. Look for masks that contain charcoal, hyaluronic acid, shea butter and other hydrating and brightening ingredients.

Avoid hot water - Hot water can harm your skin in ways more than one. Not only it dries up the skin but regular use of hot water leaves your skin feeling dry, which leads to dullness, fine lines, and wrinkles.



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Your skin will thank you!