Are you looking permanently exhausted no matter how much sleep you’re getting? Attain brighter-looking skin right now with our handy tips and tricks.
There are all sorts of factors that could be contributing to you looking and feeling tired. Living a busy, stressful life, long office hours and living in a big city can all play their part, as can bad diet and lack of exercise. However make just a few simple adjustments to your routine and your skin will thank you for it. Here’s how.
Get more sleep.
Unsurprisingly when you’re tired it shows in your skin. Your night time sleep is when the body pumps more blood up to the skin, cortisol levels are reduced and your body repairs and restores itself. So lack of sleep can cause skin to become dehydrated as well as dull and lacking in radiance.
Start the day with a run.
Regular physical exercise can do wonders for dull, tired looking skin. Exercise boosts circulation, increasing oxygen and nutrient delivery to our skin, hence the immediate post-exercise glow. Increased blood flow in the dermis can also help skin cells regenerate and remove toxins better.
Eat more berries.
A balanced and varied diet, rich in antioxidant-laden fruit and vegetables and healthy fats from oily fish and nuts, will get your skin glowing in no time. It should also give you optimal levels of all the nutrients important for radiant skin including vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin E, zinc and selenium.
Get serious about cleansing.
Get into the routine of cleansing your face morning and evening - especially evening - so that it can fully recover and repair itself overnight. Makeup, pollution, dead skin cells and dirt all build up on the skin during the day and can block pores so that the skin is unable to function efficiently. This causes dull, tired looking skin can lead to breakouts and ageing.
Now you’ve got the cleansing part sorted but don’t forget to exfoliate at least twice a week. Dead skin cells lying on the top of the dermis can cause dryness and clogged pores, the most common cause of dull skin. Sloughing away dead skin will not only reveal more glowing looking skin but also allows topical products to penetrate better. Using a gentle exfoliator regularly will avoid causing inflammation or irritation.
Give your skin an antioxidant boost.
Your body produces antioxidants to help fight free radicals that come from the environment and attack cells. However if it’s compromised by stress, diet and pollution, it’s not able to produce enough antioxidants and needs a boost. Vichy LiftActiv Vitamin C Brightening Skin Corrector, contains pure vitamin C at 15%, and vitamin E to deliver a potent dose of antioxidant and anti-fatigue care to the complexion resulting in skin that looks more luminous, youthful and firm.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Drinking enough water is essential for a good looking complexion as skin cells are largely made up of water, so they work best in a hydrated environment. If your epidermis (the top layer of your skin) is dehydrated this is indicated by fine lines, whereas deep down dehydration in the dermis can cause more pronounced wrinkles and sagging. Dehydration also decreases the volume of blood flow to the skin, making you look pale and sickly. So drink up!
The day-to-day stresses that we place on our skin can often lead to it dry out and crack which causes it to look dull. Using a moisturizer helps to seal up the gaps between the cells by adding lipids, the natural fats of the skin. This creates a smooth and reflective surface that translates as radiance. Look for moisturisers with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, which plumps up skin cells and ceramides, which help repair skin barrier function.
This article is intended as general information only. You should seek advice from a professional before altering your diet, changing your exercise regime or starting any new course of conduct.