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Help - my skin looks dull! 10 surprising dull skin causes

Help - my skin looks dull! 10 surprising dull skin causes

Help – my skin looks dull! Unfortunately there are many different dull skin causes and it can be difficult to narrow down the culprit on your own. Don't fret – keep reading to learn the top 10 surprising dull skin causes and the best dull skin remedies.


10 Dull skin causes

Ever wonder why your skin looks dull? Dull skin is skin that has a drab, sallow appearance, or a lack of healthy color. It can often feel rough, due to a buildup of dead skin cells, milia and poor circulation. There are many different factors that can cause dull skin:



1) UV damage

This is number one on the list for a reason: Nothing is more damaging for your skin than the sun. UV damage is one of the main reasons your skin looks dull. In fact, up to 90% of your age signs (like dullness, wrinkles, fine lines, sun spots and skin sagging) come from sun exposure.

At the end of the day, even the best dull skin treatment products will be useless if you don't protect your skin from UV damage.

That's why it's so important to wear an advanced broad spectrum sunscreen daily, 365 days of the year. RayDefense SPF 30 and SPF 50 FaceScreen each protect skin from UVA and UVB rays. Plus, they decrease the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun when used as directed, and are dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating, non-allergenic and non-sensitizing.



2) Dehydration

When skin is dehydrated, it's lacking needed water. This can be caused by a poor diet or poor water intake, medications, smoking or UV exposure. If you have dehydrated skin, you may see premature aging lines, and a thin texture.

Any skin type can become dehydrated – even oily skin! So it's essential to find the right dehydrated skin treatment that will infuse it with H2O in multiple ways – serums, toners, masks and more – to keep it younger-looking, comfortable and healthy. Learn more and find your perfect hydrator here.



3) Skipping exfoliation

Exfoliation is a VITAL step in treating dull skin. It is a necessity for all skin types, even sensitive, if you want healthy, happy skin.

Dull, lifeless skin needs to be "revved up" to boost microcirculation and cell turnover. Exfoliation and active mask treatments are an ideal way to transform dull skin back into bright, healthy and radiant skin.

Exfoliating 1-3 times a week (or even daily if it is a mild exfoliator) ensures dead cells are swept away, revealing a smoother, glowing complexion.

Need some extra exfoliation inspiration? Check out the top 3 exfoliating masks you'll love.




4) Sluggishness

Sometimes, your skin can hit a phase where it just seems "stuck," and results are less visible. This is due to skin becoming resistive and stubborn over time.

"Resistive skin tends to show signs of dehydration, sluggishness, and congestion below skin's surface. It is skin that you and your esthetician need to 'wake-up'." –Alina Houtz, Senior Esthetician, Jordan Thomas Salon & Spa

We reached out to Bioelements skin care professionals to learn how they deal with resistive, lackluster skin – read their sluggish skin solutions here.



5) Pollution

Our increasingly dirty world is full of skin-aging atmospheric stressors, so much so that researchers now predict that pollution protection will impact skin care as much as UV protection. Skin exposed to daily toxic pollution becomes prematurely aged, weakened, dull, dehydrated and sensitized.

Remineralist Daily Moisture is the perfect pollution solution. This lightweight, pollution-neutralizing lotion is the answer for modern day aging skin.

To protect yourself even more from free radicals, use antioxidant skin care, like Plump Start or Advanced VitaMineral C Complex, to scavenge skin aging free radicals and prevent inflammation.

Need more help tackling your dull skin? Check out these 4 detoxifying dull skin remedies.



6) Not seeing a professional

The right esthetician can be the difference between great skin and not-so-great skin. They are licensed professionals who have spent hours studying the skin. Think of them like your personal trainer for your skin. The pros know how to transform dull, sluggish skin with a spa facial.

"No matter the reason, I recommend a facial as your first step to tackling dull skin. A professional treatment can do so much INSTANTLY and can really help get you on the right path with product to address the issue." –Marguerite Holland, Licensed Esthetician,Marguerite's Skin Care & Makeup

A Bioelements facial reveals fresh, new skin with professional exfoliation. They also can rapidly revive dullness and boost tone. This is the best way to quickly counteract current, visible damage as well as any unseen skin damage that can be causing dull skin.

Find a spa near you.



7) Aging

In today's modern age, between UV damage, pollution and more, skin is aging faster than ever. As your skin ages, dead skin cells build up quicker – leading to skin that is rougher with more pronounced lines.

Your circulatory system's ability to transfer oxygen, nutrients and waste slows down causing skin to lose its vibrancy and appears drab, lifeless and rough.

Avoiding skin aging triggers, like UV damage and pollution, is the number one way of preventing prematurely aging skin. For many of us, however, it is too late for prevention. It is becoming increasingly common for skin to behave older than a person's age, but there is good news.

You can minimize the damage and even help skin heal itself with these 4 steps.



8) Poor lifestyle choices

"Dull skin can occur as a result of many things, like lack of sleep, poor diet, improper skin care, etc. Lifestyle choices can make a huge impact on how your skin functions." –Marguerite Holland, Licensed Esthetician,Marguerite's Skin Care & Makeup

There are some obvious bad habits that cause skin problems FAST, like tanning and smoking, but there are some surprising ones too, like using makeup wipes to remove makeup. Learn what bad habits to ditch and which to keep for youthful, glowing skin.



9) Hyperpigmentation

Dull skin's lack of healthy color can show up in the form of all-over discoloration and sallowness, or even isolated dark spots, called hyperpigmentation. There are three main causes of hyperpigmentation: UV exposure (the usual culprit!), hormonal imbalances, and injury.

Like all forms of dullness, regular exfoliation and sun protection are two of the main remedies. However, with hyperpigmentation in particular, it's critical to pinpoint and obliterate the isolated dark spots with LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector and tackle all over discoloration with LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener.



10) Using the wrong products for your skin type

Are you using the right cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc for your skin type? Your skin should feel great after using all of your products – never tight and pinched after cleansing or overly greasy after moisturizing. If your skin doesn't feel good, it's a sign that you should switch up your routine.

Using the wrong products for your skin type will absolutely damage the skin over time.

This is another area that an esthetician should be able to help you in – a good esthetician will always professionally recommend an at-home skin care agenda to follow. You esthetician is like a detective – she will your skin and look for clues as to what it needs. She'll ask you questions to gather even more crucial information, so she can choose the most effective treatment protocol and product choices.

Don't live near a spa? Take our skin type quiz and choose your products accordingly!


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