Tired of seeing dull and dreary skin glaring back at you when you look in the mirror?
Dull skin can develop for a number of reasons. Sun exposure, dryness, aging, certain lifestyle choices…the list goes on! Either way, if you’d like to know how to rejuvenate your lackluster complexion to restore the dazzling glow that it has recently been lacking, have a read through these eight top tips from Venofye.
1) Make Sure That You’re Regularly Exfoliating
One of the most effective ways to immediately brighten the look of dull skin is to exfoliate.
Dull skin is often caused by dead skin cells building up on the surface of the skin. Although the skin naturally sheds these on a regular basis when it’s young, this process slows down as the skin ages. This causes those dead skin cells to pile up, making the skin’s surface less reflective.
As a result, light can’t bounce off the skin in the way that it needs to for the skin to look radiant. This leads to the skin looking dull, as well as rough due to the uneven texture provided by all of those dead skin cells.
Exfoliating your skin will remove that layer of dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. It will also help to pull impurities out from your pores, preventing your skin from feeling congested. This will also work to reduce the appearance of acne.
By keeping your pores clear, you’ll also find that the rest of your skincare products have easier access to your skin cells. This means that you’ll start to notice better results from your skincare routine.
What should you exfoliate with if you have dull skin?
Try the Venofye Blossom Bee Facial Peeling. This advanced gel not only thoroughly exfoliates the skin but also provides an instant glow thanks to the inclusion of bee venom in the formula.
2) Don’t Allow Your Skin to Become Dehydrated
Studies have proven a strong link between water consumption and skin health. Basically, the more water that you drink, the more hydrated your body is, meaning that the better hydrated your skin will be. With water being required for just about every function carried out in your skin, sufficient hydration is a must if you want your skin to glow.
Unfortunately, as your skin ages, the water that you drink won’t be enough to keep your skin hydrated. The skin’s ability to retain moisture declines as it grows older, contributing to dull skin. This is when topical supplementation becomes crucial.
That’s easy – humectants. This ingredient group boasts extraordinary moisture-binding properties. From sodium hyaluronate and glycerin to seaweed extract and lactic acid, humectants provide the complexion with instant hydration, meaning an immediately plumper, fuller, and brighter complexion.
You’ll find all four of those humectants in Venofye’s Apitoxin Collagen Cream. They make this moisturizer super hydrating, ensuring that your skin feels fully quenched after each application. Even better, this cream also contains a blend of occlusive ingredients that will lock all of those lightweight hydrating ingredients into the skin, preventing them from evaporating away.
3) Cleanse Daily to Remove Environmental Pollutants
Every day, your skin comes into contact with so many environmental impurities. Air pollutants, chemicals, germs…all of these attach themselves to your skin’s surface, dulling its natural sheen.
Worse still, it doesn’t take long for all of those impurities to start sinking deeper. Once they enter into your pores, not only will they increase your chances of experiencing acne breakouts but they’ll cause damage to your skin cells, accelerating the skin aging process.
Your best bet when it comes to stopping these impurities from wreaking havoc on your skin is to cleanse your skin daily, or even twice a day. This way, the impurities that make their way onto your skin each day won’t be allowed to stick around for too long since you’ll soon be cleansing them away.
With that said, choose your cleanser wisely. If you go with an overly harsh formula, you’ll only end up irritating your skin. In the long run, this will make your dullness worse while also causing redness and inflammation.
Instead, pick a gentle, moisturizing cleanser, such as the Venofye Blossom Bee Clarifying Cream Cleanser. Rather than cleansing the complexion with skin-irritating sulfates, this formula makes use of coconut-derived surfactants that are much kinder to the skin. It also contains a number of ingredients that will help to calm, soothe, and hydrate your complexion, such as aloe vera leaf extract, chamomile extract, and moringa seed oil.
4) Catch Up on Your Beauty Sleep
Many people assume that when they sleep, their skin does too. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Instead, nighttime is when the majority of cell regeneration occurs in your skin. This is the time during which your skin cells repair any damage that they’ve undergone, which is exactly what you need if you’re trying to combat the appearance of dull skin.
Unfortunately, if you aren’t getting enough sleep each night, this will hinder cell regeneration. Your skin cells won’t be able to function as efficiently as they otherwise would have, making you more likely to wake up with sallow and dull skin.
Ideally, you should be aiming to get around eight hours of sleep each night. This is the optimum amount if you want your skin cells to do what they need to do in order to glow.
In fact, you could even enhance this by adding an overnight face mask to your skincare routine. The Venofye Beehive HydraLift Mask, for example, is a no-rinse formula that’s perfect for applying to your skin before you head to bed. With several hydrating ingredients, a long list of antioxidant-rich botanical extracts, and a cocktail of vitamins, this mask will give your skin all that it needs to look radiant in the morning.
5) Add a Vitamin C Serum to Your Skincare Routine
There are a number of skincare ingredients available that can help brighten the look of dull skin, but vitamin C is undeniably one of the best. Not only will it give your entire complexion a restored glow but it will also work to lighten the look of discoloration, evening out your skin tone so that it reflects light in a much more efficient manner.
How should you add vitamin C to your skincare routine?
If you’re hoping to see results as soon as possible, a serum is the way to go. Thanks to how lightweight a serum is, it’s able to dive deeper into the skin than a cream. Use a vitamin C serum daily and you’ll likely notice big improvements in your dull skin after a couple of months.
Check out Venofye’s Blossom Bee Vitamin C Serum. Unlike many of the other vitamin C serums out there, this one contains two forms of vitamin C for double the benefits. It’s also filled with a number of other vitamins and antioxidants, all of which will boost the effects of the vitamin C in this serum.
6) Keep Sun Damage at Bay
You probably already know about some of the skin problems that UV rays can cause. Wrinkles, dark spots, and even skin cancer…all of these issues are well publicized.
However, did you know that UV rays can also cause dull skin?
It all comes down to the damage that skin cells undergo when they’re hit by UV rays. This slows down cell regeneration and renewal, which, as we explained earlier, causes the skin to look dull and congested.
To provide adequate sun protection, you’ll need to keep any exposed skin covered with sunscreen at all times. SPF 30 is the minimum that you should go for, and make sure that the sunscreen that you use is a broad-spectrum formula to protect against both UVA and UVB rays.
7) Calm Down
If you spend a large amount of time each day feeling stressed, then this could be another contributing factor to your dull skin.
Whenever you experience feelings of stress, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. It helps the body deal with stress, making it useful in small doses. However, when you’re stressed for long periods of time, you end up with too much cortisol flowing through your system. This has a hugely negative impact on the skin, inhibiting how your skin cells function. Cortisol also slows down blood flow and skin repair, both of which will leave your skin looking dull and congested.
Learning how to manage your stress will go a long way in giving you a brighter and healthier complexion. There are so many stress management techniques out there, so try out a variety to find what works well for you.
8) Reassess Your Lifestyle Choices
While there are plenty of topical products that you can apply to help brighten your complexion, your lifestyle choices are equally important.
To start with, you need to be eating a healthy diet. If your meals mainly consist of heavily processed, sugar-filled, or salt-heavy foods, then your skin cells aren’t going to be receiving the nutrients that they need to thrive.
Alcohol is something else that can leave the skin looking dull. It dehydrates the skin, reducing blood flow and, therefore, its glow. While you don’t need to completely cut alcohol out of your life, reducing your intake can be very helpful. When you do decide to have a drink, sip on a glass of water at the same time to counter the dehydrating effects of the alcohol.
Finally, let’s talk about smoking. You probably already know that this is bad for your health but it has a negative effect on your skin too. It breaks down the protein fibers in the skin, affecting the skin’s integrity and structure. This leads to the skin taking on a sallow and wrinkled appearance.
Figuring out the cause of your dull skin can be difficult, especially since there are so many different factors that could be contributing to this. However, follow the tips that we’ve shared above and you’ll find it so much easier to transform your complexion, turning your dull appearance into one that radiates with the look of health.