Don’t we all dream about having an everlasting glow on our skin? But just as dreams end in the blink of an eye, the radiant glow of our skin can be taken away in due course. Pigmentation is the prime culprit that steals the gleam of your skin. Here is how pigmentation can affect your skin over time.
A major component— and signal— of healthy skin is a natural glow. But causes like lack of sleep, stress, age, and even what you eat can rob your complexion of its radiance.
Your skin begins to age as early as your twenties. Skin starts to lose its elastic qualities and dead cells do not slough off as quickly, leaving you with dull, dry skin that has lost its glow. In addition to normal aging and your own genetics, factors that can cause your skin to appear dull include:
- Sun exposure. Over time, too much sun exposure can damage your skin, causing it to appear rough, leathery, and blotchy. Sun exposure is more likely to lead to dull skin if you have a fair complexion.
- Cigarette smoking. If you smoke cigarettes, the normal age-related changes in your skin happen even faster. People who smoke are more likely to develop a yellowish tint to their skin, and their skin often appears more leathery than that of nonsmokers.
- Low humidity. If you’re exposed to low humidity year-round because of overheating in winter and air-conditioning in summer, your skin can be left feeling dry and itchy.
- Being under stress can cause your skin to become drier and dull looking.
- Product overuse. Using skin care products that dry your skin, which may include soaps, antiperspirants, and fragrances, can leave your skin looking lifeless.
How to Banish Dull Skin
There are many ways you can help achieve the appearance of younger skin, but the best way to avoid dullness is to prevent it. Follow these steps to prevent a drab complexion or regain your glow:
- Apply sunscreenwith a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater every day, even if it’s not particularly sunny; another option is to use a daily moisturizer with SPF 15.
- Avoid sunbathing and using indoor tanning beds.
- Keep out of direct sunlight between 10am and 4pm, when the sun’s rays are the most intense — wear a stylish, wide-brimmed hat if you’re taking a walk during your lunch hour.
- If you smoke, stop; this can help improve your skin tone no matter how long you’ve been smoking.
- Use a humidifier in your home and drink water throughout the day to help keep your skin hydrated.
- Use mild facial cleansers instead of harsh soaps (or any soap you might use on the rest of your body) when you bathe.
- Switch from water-based makeup and powder formulas to creams, especially for foundation and blusher.
- Take lukewarm, rather than hot, baths and showers — and fewer of them — to avoid drying out your skin.