Get Glowing: How to Brighten Up Dull Skin

April 20, 2021

Is your skin looking a little…lackluster? Ugh. Happens to the best of us. Tired skin is such a common skin complaint. But, worry not. There are a few simple things you can do to get glowing skin Say buh-bye to filters with these tips for healthy-looking skin.    

What is Dull Skin

If it looks like there’s a gray tint across your face, you’re probably not wrong. A dull complexion is when your skin loses its natural radiance. You might notice an uneven tone and feel a rough, uneven texture, too. Hot tip: Radiant skin comes from within. Drinking more water helps your skin stay hydrated — one way to boost that glow.

What Makes Skin Look Dull

There are lots of factors — even sneaky, unexpected ones — that can contribute to the appearance of dull and uneven skin.

  • Dead skin: DYK your skin is shedding millions of skin cells every single day? Kind of weird, but in a cool way. Dead skin that isn’t removed fast enough can cause clogged pores, which, you guessed it, can make skin look drab.
  • UVA and UBA light: Sun rays cause skin damage. There’s really no way around it. The moment you step foot outside, your skin is exposed to harmful UVA/UVB light — yes, even on cloudy days. This can lead to all sorts of damage to your skin, including dark spots and hyperpigmentation, which can lead to less radiant skin.
  • Stress: Ah, our old friend stress strikes again. Who doesn’t have stress in their lives?! Stress can show up in many different ways and impact the skin on your face. Think pimples, extra oil production on the T-zone, and tired skin.
  • Pollution: It’s not only bad for the planet, it’s also bad for the skin. You’re constantly being exposed to tiny particles in the air that clog pores. Over time, your natural glow starts to fade.

How to Get Glowing Skin

Gentle exfoliation helps unclog pores and to brighten skin. Skincare products formulated with vitamin C do wonders for dull skin. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps to visibly lighten dark spots. Skincare containing an acne fighting ingredient with up to 2% max strength salicylic acid is *chef’s kiss as well because it helps unclog pores, making your complexion look brighter. To get glowing skin, use a product with vitamin C in it, such as a cleanser, scrub, or toner. Brightening up dull skin on the go? Try a refreshing cleansing wipe to remove dirt and makeup faster than that TikTok you watched last night.

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