Our beauty and wellness Q&A s bring together some of the most frequently raised concerns about skin and hair care. In this edition, we bring you an FAQ on dullness.
When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you feel that your skin isn’t as radiant as it used to be? Does it fail to make a difference even when you apply makeup? If yes, the root cause of your woes could be dull skin. Here is what you need to know about dullness, and how to keep it at bay.
Q. Why do I have dull skin?
A. Dull skin can be caused by a myriad of reasons. Your skin gets exposed to dust and pollution as you step out or commute to office and back every day, which causes it to tire and look dull. When out in the sun, the UV rays can also tan your skin, dehydrate it, and take away the moisture. Aging is yet another cause of dullness. Your skin is more susceptible to damage as you get older.
Q. What can I do to make my skin more radiant?
A. Depending on what is causing dullness, you can incorporate or make changes to your skin care routine to bring back that healthy glow.
- Exfoliate – dead skin cells that build up on your face can give your skin a tired look. Exfoliating at regular intervals, preferably once a week, can help combat dullness caused by dead skin cells. Always choose a product that is suitable for your skin type. Exfoliate more often if you are in your 40s or 50s.
- Moisturise – dryness, and dehydration can also strip your face away from its natural glow. Dermatologists explain that cracks, which form between skin cells due to various reasons, give it a dull appearance. Moisturising helps fill in the gaps and gives your skin a smooth, reflective surface.
- Brighten up – there are many products in the market that help you treat dull skin. Incorporate these brightening creams and serums into your skin care routine to tackle dullness quickly and effectively. You can also treat your face to a brightening face pack or mask once or twice in a month for a rejuvenated look.
Q. How can I treat dullness caused by aging?
A. Anti-aging products are often the best solution to the dullness that appears as you get old. Dermatologists recommend day creams, night creams, and anti-aging serums with ingredients such as retinol’s and peptides, as they help increase cell turnover, and give your brighter skin.
Q. What precautions do I need to take when stepping out in the sun?
A. Stepping out in the sun without proper sun protection or sun defense can damage your skin. Use a sunscreen lotion, cream, or gel with a good Sun Protection Factor (SPF), which is suited for your skin type. Step this up in summer, and also when you are at a risk of prolonged exposure. Reapply sunscreens at regular intervals if you are involved in activities in water or those that cause a lot of sweating.
Q. Can dietary and lifestyle changes help improve the situation?
A. It is found that what you consume, and your lifestyle habits have an impact on the health of your skin. If you do not want your skin to look tired and lifeless, restrict your consumption, or keep away from tobacco and alcohol. To brighten it up, drink plenty of water, and eat fresh fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants. Also, give your body enough rest, and sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours every day.
Dullness may sometimes be caused by a hereditary condition. In such situations, seek the help of a dermatologist for an effective treatment. For any such queries, write to us at email@example.com