We all desire radiant, glowing skin, and while work from home was a welcoming change, it has proved otherwise. In this world full of pollution, stress, and a careless skincare regime, our skin has lost its vibrancy and looks darker than before. Longtime screen hours and unhealthy lifestyles are equally responsible for our skin lacking luster.
While household chores and continual sanitization and following all the necessary home safety tips have taken over our priority lists, we now find skincare mundane and laborious. Fortunately, there are steps to replenish your skin and boost your skin’s natural radiance with simple home remedies. We’ve curated some simple home remedies to bring back shine on your face.
What causes dull skin?
Primary factors of dull skin are unhealthy lifestyle, lack of sleep, and aging. Besides these, there might be a few more causes of pale skin. It is essential to understand what causes your skin to lose its shine.
1. Dead Skin Cells
With age, your skin starts to produce less oil than your youth; this contributes to dull skin. Dead skin cells start to build on your face making your skin look pale and less radiant. Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis also play a role in making your skin dull, dry, and less brilliant. Our skin sheds dead skin cells regularly, but sometimes they don’t shed. Instead, they build up on your skin, making it look not very interesting.
Our body contains 70% liquid, and hence water is an integral part of radiant skin. One must drink at least 2-3L of water every day. When your skin lacks moisture, it appears dull, and you may notice a dark circle underneath your eyes. Dehydration reduces the volume of blood flow to the skin. In comparison, a glass of water might seem like a short-term investment but has benefits in the long run. Providing insufficient amounts of water to your body may cause wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin, in the long run, so you don’t want wrinkles to drink water.
3. Lifestyle habits
With the advent of technology and work from home, we’ve made drastic changes in our lifestyle. Lack of sleep, consuming junk food are culprits of your dull skin. Diet also plays an important role. It is often said, ‘You’re what you eat,’ and eating nutritious food will ensure proper blood circulation and provide your body with appropriate nutrients. Consuming water-rich food and raw fruits contribute to healthy, glowing skin. Make sure you take a proper diet and drink water to get that bright, radiant skin.
Age is an inevitable part of life. Our skin ages with our body; while you possibly cannot reverse aging, you can adopt a skincare regime that takes care of all your needs. Using the right products will make your skin glowing and radiant.
5. Wrong Skincare Products
With information flooding worldwide, we are often confused with our skincare products and go with the trend. Our skin requirements are different for the various skin types; while a gel-based moisturizer might work for oily skin, dry skin might need a thick moisturizer. Consult a dermatologist before using skincare products or always do a patch test before using any skincare product. Overdoing with your skincare might also harm your skin, so make sure you use products satisfying your requirements.
How can you prevent dull skin?
1. Use the right skincare products
Our skin requirements are different so providing our skin with necessary nutrients is essential. If you’ve oily skin, use a gel-based cleanser, moisturizer. Similarly, if you’ve dry skin, use products that contain oils in it, so your skin gets enough hydration. Moisturize right after you shower and before going to bed.
2. Make a date with exfoliation
Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and build-up from your skin. Make sure you exfoliate at least 2-3 times a week. Regular exfoliation prevents clogged pores and decreases fine lines and wrinkles. Start exfoliating at least two times a day, and then based on your skin requirements, you can increase the frequency. But over-exfoliation can harm your skin.
3. Use sunscreen
Sunscreen shields your skin from harmful UV rays from the sun. UV rays pose a threat to our skin and can cause skin ailments. To avoid such problems, use a sunscreen with a good SPF value. While the majority population uses sunscreen only when they step out, one must also wear sunscreen indoors to protect our skin.
4. Remove makeup before hitting the bed
This might seem a tough job but not removing makeup before you go to bed can lead to clogged pores, dull, dry, and flaky skin. Our skin needs to breathe, and makeup hinders this process, so it is imperative to remove makeup before you go to bed.
5. Be gentle on your skin
Our skin is susceptible and hence requires a lot of care. Avoid harsh soaps and scrubs which remove the natural oils from your skin. Instead, use products that are gentle on your skin.
Lemon contains Vitamin C, which is beneficial to remove blemishes, scars, or pigmentation. It has high antioxidant and anti-pigmentation properties, which are useful if you have spots or blemishes. While the ascorbic acid and Vitamin C might be helpful for some, it can be harsh on other skin types. So make sure to patch first before you use this home remedy.
Squeeze a lemon and apply the juice using a cotton pad. Leave it on for 15-20 mins and then rinse it off. If you feel a burning sensation after applying lemon juice, wash it off immediately.
Honey acts as a natural moisturizer and makes your skin soft and supple. This can help improve the complexion of your skin.
Take a small amount of honey in a bowl. Microwave it for 30 seconds. Use your fingers to rub it on your skin gently. Leave it for 15-20 mins and wash it off with lukewarm water.
8. Aloe vera
Aloe vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, and Vitamin A and C. It is an anti-inflammatory and helps treat burns, acne scars, and blemishes. You can buy aloe vera gel from the store or use it directly from the plant.
Extract aloe vera from the plant or use the store-bought if your skin starts irritating. Apply it on your skin and wash it off with water
Yogurt has L-cysteine that helps reduce dark spots and dead skin cells. It makes your skin glowing and radiant.
Take equal amounts of yogurt and honey. Apply it for about 10-15 minutes and wash it with lukewarm water.
Coffee is an excellent natural exfoliator and makes your skin look younger, smoother, and healthier. Caffeine in coffee not only promotes the overall health of our skin but also protects it from sun damage.
Take coffee grounds and mix it with coconut oil and brown or white sugar. Your homemade scrub is ready. Use this scrub to exfoliate your skin and make sure you moisturize your skin with a proper moisturizer.