4 Ways to Make Dull Skin Glow

4 Ways to Make Dull Skin Glow
When it comes to dull skin, we can all agree on one thing: no one ever signed up for it.  We all want that supermodel radiance that we keep seeing in TV commercials. It won’t be easy – but we can definitely get closer to it – with 4 simple but key improvements in our skincare and makeup routines. 

Take a quick look, without knowing, you may be doing a few things wrong.

4 Ways to Make Dull Skin Glow

#1   Makeup Remover Wipes do NOT replace deep cleansing

Rachel Nazarian, M.D. at Schweiger Dermatology Group, told Marie Claire Magazine that makeup wipes “contain preservatives to make them safe from a ‘freshness’ standpoint.”  The reason? 
They need to be able to remain in your bathroom cabinet without growing bacteria and fungi. But these same preservatives are not necessarily safe to leave on your skin,” Nazarian warns.

Although makeup remover wipes are certainly a quick and practical way of removing your makeup, they should never be the final step of your nighttime skincare routine.  If makeup remover wipes are non-negotiable for you, at least make sure you follow up by rinsing and cleansing your face every single time and right after using one to remove the preservatives, alcohol, and other makeup residues it may have spread on your skin.

#2 Exfoliate your skin so it can reflect more light

As we age, our skin becomes rougher in texture. This a result of the accumulation of multiple layers of dead skin cells over time.

Dead skin cells pile up, diffusing the light and making skin dull,” says Graf, an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Your skin cells turn over slows down dramatically between your 30s and your 40s.  Exfoliating aids your skin to maintain its smoothness, which in turn allows the light to reflect.  Exfoliating 3 times a week allows your complexion to keep on glowing even as you age.  The best time to exfoliate is at night, right after you’ve deeply cleansed your skin.

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#3 Eat your veggies and avoid carbs

If you have a high refined carb diet and eat little to no greens, the sugars in your body are translating into uneven skin tone and dull skin.  Granted, this may be hard, specially with the hectic lives we all live these days. 

Grabbing fast food or a quick processed snack may seem like the only choice you have left if you’re running around like crazy all day long — but a few changes in your routine will make it super easy to replace junk with skin superfoods that will boost your overall health.

Try keeping dried fruits and nuts (walnuts, cashews, pecans… maybe even apple slices and nut butter! ) in your purse and meal prepping (chopping vegetables, bulk-cooking whole grains like quinoa and legumes like beans, veggie burgers, etc.) during the weekend so you can prepare meals quickly day to day by thawing portions of what you cooked Sunday evening. You will see how this change in your diet will bring amazing benefits to your skin, not to mention energy levels!

Don’t know where to get started with meal prep? Check out these resources:

#4 Fake it ’til you make it

Although tips 1 to 3 may take a couple of weeks to show some results, you don’t really need to wait that long to start glowing.  With the right champagne highlighter or even coconut oil, you can fake that healthy radiance your skin is missing in literally seconds.

If your skin is normal or dry, you can use cream or liquid highlighters. If you have oily skin, feel free to experiment with pressed powders. 

Fake the glow by highlighting those areas where light would naturally reflect on your skin. And if you haven’t tried gold skincare yet, now’s a perfect time to give it a shot!

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