No one wants skin that appears dull and drab. While there are many factors that cause your skin to look lackluster, there are easy steps you can take to get a bright complexion, and more luminous skin that glows. Read on to learn how to make skin glow.
Why you have dull skin (and how to make skin glow)
There are many factors that cause skin to take on a dull appearance, including:
1) Skin toxicity: In today's world, we are constantly bombarded with factors that cause skin toxicity. Pollution, stress, and poor nutrition are some of the top causes of skin toxicity. If you don't protect your skin from these factors or detoxify your skin regularly, you leave your skin vulnerable to a slew of different skin concerns from dull skin to clogged pores and more.
2) Lifestyle habits: A huge component of healthy skin that glows is your lifestyle. Poor skin care habits, smoking, lack of physical exercise, poor diet, and lack of sleep all contribute to an unhealthy body, which includes your skin. Lack of sleep is arguably the biggest factor, with 30% of adults getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night when the recommended amount is 7-8 hours.*
3) Hyperpigmentation:Up to 90% of women note some degree of hyperpigmentation throughout pregnancy and many experience it after. ** Overall discoloration and dark pigmented spots contribute to an uneven and lackluster appearance. Hyperpigmentation can be triggered by UV exposure, hormonal imbalances and injury to the skin (acne, inflammation, etc).
4) UV damage:Not protecting your skin against the sun's harmful rays is one of the worst skin sins. Surprisingly, the most amount of sun damage people accumulate is through every day activities (such as driving your car). It doesn't do your skin any favors and you put yourself at risk for serious health concerns, like skin cancer, every time you skip your SPF.
5) Buildup of dead skin cells:As we age, our ability to shed dead skin cells decreases, which leads to dull, dry and flaky skin.
6) Dehydration:When skin is dehydrated, it's lacking much needed water, which can lead to premature age lines, thin texture and poor color. All skin types can become dehydrated – even oily skin.
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**Muallem MM, Rubeiz NG (2006) Physiological and biological skin changes in pregnancy
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