How to brighten a dull complexion naturally
Is your skin looking a bit lackluster? You can enliven your dull complexion and visibly restore a healthy glow with natural botanicals-- instead of harsh ingredients -- in your facial care products.
Before you consider harsh chemical brightening agents such as controversial hydroquinone, try natural and effective ingredients such as lemon essential oil, Vitamin C, grapefruit essential oil, and sea kelp.
Why is my skin dull?
When we are young, the rate of skin cell turnover is every 28 days. As we age, cell turnover slows down dramatically. In our late 30s and early 40s, for example, cell turnover occurs every 40 or so days.
When this happens, dead skin cells collect on the skin, giving it a dull and ashy appearance.
What can I do to improve the look of my dull skin?
The single best thing you can do to help improve the look of your complexion is to faithfully follow a consistent skin care routine. Learn more on this subject in a recent blog post explaining why a routine really matters.
- Hydration is a must. Our skin has natural enzymes that help to shed dead skin cells, but if the skin is dry, the enzymes will not be adequate. Using a high quality facial moisturizer morning and night will help keep the skin nourished.
- Products with Vitamin C brighten the skin. This is a potent skin antioxidant that helps to fade brown spots and reveal a more luminous glow.
- Certain essential oils are very beneficial when it comes to improving the look of dull skin. Two sound choices include Grapefruit Essential Oil and Lemon Essential Oil. Grapefruit is antibacterial, helps to keep the skin clear, and improves texture and tone, while lemon helps rejuvenate a dull and uneven skin tone.
- Sea Kelp is a natural, mild exfoliant (to help loosen dead skin cells), while having incredible brightening properties and being anti-inflammatory.
All of the above ingredients can be found in Seed Advanced Botanicals Daily Moisturizer in our Grapefruit & Lemon option.
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Summer is officially here! After a long, very unusual spring, it is nice to get outside and relax in the summer sun.
I love the feeling of soaking up the rays, but sun smarts are essential for your skin.
The sun's UV rays can greatly impact the condition of the skin. While sitting with our faces toward the sun makes us feel so good, it is important to remember that we have to be vigilant about our sun care.
My 25 year background in skin care has shown me just how important protecting our skin from UVA and UVB rays truly is. I practice what I preach. I wear sunscreen. I moisturize. I remove my makeup at night.
I am human, though, and I make mistakes. Yesterday was one of those days. It was unusually hot here. I finished up my work after lunch and noticed that the outside temperature was 96 degrees. I was skimming the pool and made sure to put on more sunscreen before jumping in.
I was so comfortable just floating on my raft. Floating around just relaxing felt so good! I planned to be in the water for about an hour when my 14 year old jumped in. We had a blast playing baseball with a beach ball and pool noodle, making a whirlpool, and playing games. If you have a teenager, you will understand what a treat it is to enjoy one on one time just having fun with that child who normally would rather be doing something else. This extra time together during the pandemic has been a gift, because there is much more family time. We had so much fun — and before I knew it, I had been in the water for nearly three hours.
I was careful to reapply my sunscreen everywhere — but I neglected my back. And boy did I learn my lesson. I now have a blistering sunburn on about 40% of my back and it is incredibly painful. In addition to being concerned about the potential for lasting damage and cellular changes done to my skin, I am finding it hard to get comfortable. This was preventable, though.
I cannot change yesterday’s mistake, but I can help alleviate the pain and I thought I would share how you can, too, should you finding yourself in need of some sunburn relief.