It doesn’t matter how much make-up you use, dull skin is never going to look fresh and plump. That tell-tale grey tinge can be caused by a number of things; tiredness, bad diet, not enough sun or pollution. Unfortunately shovelling a truck-load of make-up over the top isn’t going to help matters, most of the time it’ll actually make the problem worse. So what to do?
Before we get on to products, think about changes you can make to your lifestyle. While moving to the countryside might not be a viable decision if your job is city based, cutting down on stress can be. It has a huge impact on the skin, making you look tired and your face dull.
Speaking to someone at work about what’s causing your problems could help, as will tackling the issue when you’re away from the office. A diet rich in antioxidants will help your skin and regular exercise boosts blood flow too, plus it’ll make you feel stronger and more in charge so you’ll be able to handle stress better.
Sometimes your skin will need a helping hand though, which is when you need to select some supercharged products.
Brand new from Oskia is the Renaissance 360 Anti-Ageing & Brightening Supreme Cream, which was created especially for tired skin lacking in brightness and luminosity. It also helps with elasticity and fine lines, particularly when paired with the Renaissance BrightLight Intensive Pigmentation & Dark Spot Serum.
This is a targeted product especially for people who suffer from melasma or hyperpigmentation – it’s stuffed with active ingredients to help even out skin tone and make things look more illuminated.
Another good option for your arsenal is a chemical exfoliator. AHA acids are good for dry skins and BHAs for oily ones, with both helping get rid of the dead skin cells which can make skin look dull. Regular use will also leave your skin looking smoother, plus as the dead layers have been removed anything you add on top will be able to penetrate better.
Hydrated skin also looks more luminous too, so try a moisturiser which specifically treats dehydration. Garnier’s SkinActive Moisture Bomb range was created especially for skin lacking in hydration, so skin is left looking plumper and feeling less tight.
It’s inspired by Asian skincare and the idea is to help skin hold on to water, which makes it look more radiant, without giving it a greasy feel or making it too shiny.
One of the biggest skincare trends for 2016 is going to be products which help with pollution, another thing which causes grey skin. This is why people in cities often have a duller complexion than those who are by the sea – free radicals in pollution attack skin.
Kiehl’s new Cilantro and Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque works overnight to improve the skin’s barrier, and so protect from free radicals. It helps block, protect and strengthen the skin, making it look fresher and plumper with repeated use.
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