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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