Did you ever notice that some people just have a glowing complexion? It’s not their makeup that gives them that glow. A great complexion that has a natural glow starts with proper skin care and a healthy diet.
The condition of your skin can be a good indicator of your overall health. For instance, a poor diet, too much sun exposure or bad habits such as smoking and too much alcohol, tea and coffee plus insufficient water can not only lead to a dull complexion, but also puffy eyes with dark circles and pigmentation.
Additionally, an improper, or lack of, skin care routine can lead to congested skin with blackheads, premature wrinkles, sagging skin and dehydrated, ageing skin.
Understanding your skin type is the first step for proper skin care. If you’re uncertain of your skin type, there’s more info in my article Do You Know Your Skin Type?. By understanding your skin type, i.e. dry, combination, oily, sensitive, you can begin to select the right ingredients that are the most beneficial to your skin.
Cleanse, tone and moisturize are the basics of a good skin care routine in order to brighten a dull complexion.
Use a facial cleanser specific to your skin type. Your skin care cleanser should thoroughly cleanse, but not over-dry your face. If after washing your face your skin is overly dry and tight, you should consider a different skin care cleanser.
If you have a dry skin, a creamy cleanser is often the best, those with oily complexions should consider a foaming face wash and if your skin is sensitive skin or a combination skin type, consider a cleanser that has a low pH of 7 or less.
Toner is used to restore ph balance and remove the last bits of cleanser left behind. I am a firm believer in toners. Use one to match your skin type and has the most natural ingredients.
You can make your own Homemade Green Tea Toner simply by mixing 2 teaspoons of Green tea with a cup of hot water. Let it cool and apply to cleansed skin with a cotton pad. Don’t rinse if off. Refrigerate and it should last up to a week.
Crucial to hydrate and protect the skin, moisturisers are often misunderstood. No matter what skin type you have, a moisturizer is a must; not only does dry skin need lubrication and hydration but so does oily. A daytime moisturizer should have an SPF of at least 30, and your nighttime moisturizer should be rich in emollients.
Additionally there are other treatments that can be used that promote circulation, slough off dead skin cells and bring a natural glow to your face.
Exfoliation is a method of removing the dead skin cells on the upper layer of your skin and increasing circulation to promote new skin cells to bring a natural glow to your face. To make a quick and easy exfoliation treatment at home, just add sugar or salt or even poppy seeds to your cleanser. Sugar is great if you have sensitive skin. These ingredients are inexpensive and eco-friendly and will surely brighten a dull complexion and leave your skin feeling smooth and silky.
For a professional treatment MicroDermabrasion, Dermaplaning or Skin Peels are forms of advanced exfoliation. The actual surface layer of the skin is removed and new skin cells are exposed. The type of procedure will lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots on the skin.
Gentle Acids such as glycolic or salicylic in Chemical Peels – are very popular for treating a dull complexion. They are an advanced exfoliation treatment as they slough off the top layers of the skin thus promoting new skin cell growth. Another added benefit is that they stimulate the production of collagen and elasticity in the skin.
Proper cleansing, toning and moisturising as well as professional exfoliation treatments will help brighten a dull complexion. However, it’s imperative that you eat healthy and drink healthily too.
Your complexion can tell a lot about your lifestyle and eating habits. Drink at least 2 litres of water daily – not including tea and coffee. Eat plenty of fruit and green vegetables to get a good selection of vitamins and minerals. Vitamins A, C and E are particularly beneficial to help your skin glow.
If you’d like further advice on how to best look after your skin why not arrange a Free Skin Consultation?
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