The good news about dull skin is that you can easily treat and fix it, unlike other skin issues that are much harder to fix (cough, cough, chicken skin). The bad news is that the reasons why you have dull skin is almost entirely your fault! Here are the most common reasons why people have dull skin and things you can do to fix it!
Dead skin cells:
This is the reason why your skin looks ashy or dry. Think of it like dust that collects on your furniture that you know you need to dust off. Unless someone purposely dusts off the furniture, then its going to stay dusty. Your skin is the same way.
The solution to this is exfoliation. Exfoliating and getting rid of the dead skin cells sitting on the surface of your face reveals a healthy, glowing complexion. In order to achieve this, you should exfoliate with a gentle non-abrasive exfoliant twice a week. You can even create your own at home! Mix sugar and honey together, it makes a wonderful and cheap homemade exfoliant thats hydrating and effective. If you would like to try a more high end exfoliant, I suggest the Transforming Walnut Scrub by Olehenriksen.
Living in the city or any place that has a high percentage of dirt and sulfur dioxide can wreak havoc on your skin. Sulfur dioxide creates free radicals on the skin which causes wrinkles over time (*insert eye roll*). It also tells the skin to make more pigment production to protect it, which creates uneven texture and makes the skin look dull.
The only way to combat living in a polluted area is making sure to wash your skin every night. The damage is being done while you are awake and wearing makeup so if you don’t wash your face at night, the dirt stays in your pores causing pimples and a lot of other things. In the morning, use antioxidants and serums that have vitamin C to help with the damage from pollution’s free radicals.
Moisturizing your skin is the key to glowing, healthy skin. I would tell you to drink a lot of water to hydrate your skin from the inside out, but that’s a myth. The only true way to have healthy glowing skin is by using serums that have hyaluronic acid and emollients. Use the serum first, then lock it all in with an emollient cream. Emollients are a lot thicker and sit on top of the skin which provides long lasting hydration.
A hyaluronic acid serum that is “clean” and does not have parabens, sulfates or, phthalates is Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra serum.