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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With the changing seasons comes a need to adjust your skin care routine a bit.
Winter is the ideal time to repair and renew your skin. The long, hot summer temperatures -- and extra sun exposure that you experienced -- likely did a bit of damage to your skin, so now is your opportunity to do a bit of repair and prep your complexion for the winter months ahead.Here at Seed, we are sharing our expert tips for soft, healthy looking skin all winter long.
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It can be difficult choosing body care for people. Many people find scented products to be too strong. In fact, artificial fragrance is linked to everything from allergies and asthma to chronic headaches. Our body creams are scented only with 100% natural essential oils and are subtle and beautiful. There is something so very special about this particular body cream.
It's like a comforting cup of tea.
Not only is the formula pure luxury with its decadent, rich texture, but the ingredients sink right in to pamper even the driest of skin types. Enriched with sunflower seed oil, grape seed oil, coconut oil, shea butter, antioxidant green tea, and more, our cream makes your skin feel as smooth as satin. Did we mention the aroma of the pure oils? It is honestly like a cup of herbal lemon ginger tea. It is comforting and warm, spicy and a bit tart. It is just stunning. Treat yourself -- or someone you love -- to Luxe Lemon Ginger Body Cream from Seed.
Did you know that this cold, dry winter weather can have a major impact on your skin care routine? Our friends near the Great Lakes are seeing significant amounts of snowfall. My friend Lauren in West Seneca, New York has more than five FEET of snow. Let’s take a look at the low humidity and frigid temperatures affect your skin.
Itchiness and a tight feeling are common skin issues related to dry air, but there are some skin care tips you can use to help tackle the problem.
- Be gentle on your skin. When you dry off after bathing, be sure to pat your skin dry. Don’t rub.
- Always follow your shower or bath with a rich cream layered over body oil.
- Look for cream formulations instead of lotions and fluids for facial hydration.
- Avoid ingredients such as alcohol and sulfates, which will cause more dryness.