You have no dry skin, no dark circles and blemishes are out of sight but for some reason you’re just not happy with your complexion. If this is a familiar feeling it could be that you’re suffering from tired or dull-looking skin. Caused by stress, a bad diet, pollution, dehydration or just good old-fashioned tiredness, dull skin is easily induced but — thankfully! — easily solved too. Just try out a few of these simple lifestyle hacks and you should be able to pinpoint your dull skin triggers in no time.
Drink Yo Water
Dehydration is at the root of so many skin complaints from acne to premature aging, and tired skin is no different. When your skin is dehydrated, it will look flat, tight and tired so make sure you hit your eight-glass target if you notice these symptoms. You can rehydrate your skin from the outside too, simply treat it to a hydrating moisturiser to keep your complexion super soft from all angles.
Fresh Produce, Fresh Skin
Dull skin can be caused by a poor diet, especially if your body isn’t getting enough Omega 3 fatty acids or proteins. Opt for lean meats, oily fish and leafy green veg to boost your complexion from the inside out. If your skin is tired and blemish-prone it’s also a good idea to go for foods that are a good source of antioxidants, like blueberries.
If skin is looking drab, it could simply be that it needs a good scrub. Invest in a good exfoliator and use it around once a week (depending on how sensitive your skin is). Exfoliating removes the dull top layer of dead skin cells to reveal a fresh and glowy complexion underneath, not to mention stimulating blood circulation and collagen production that will both contribute to a revitalised visage.
Catch Your Zs
Could your tired-looking skin be lingering because you’re, well… tired? Adults are supposed to enjoy around eight hours of sleep a night to make sure our bodies are fully rested so, if you’re getting less than this due to a busy work or home schedule, you might want to invest in a few power naps during the day to perk up your skin. If you have been suffering from a lack of sleep, why not also try caffeine? We’re talking coffee here but, instead of drinking it, why not put it on your face? The natural caffeine in coffee will have the same perking up effect on your skin that it does on your brain while the rough coffee grounds make for a great exfoliant.
Tired or wrinkled skin can be a symptom of too much sun exposure, and we all know how dangerous that is. To save your skin from early aging, make sure you always use sunscreen if you’re going to be exposed to dangerous UV rays. It’ll protect your skin from growing dry and tired, plus the luxurious cream will keep your complexion moisturised. Perfect!