By HEALTH EDITOR | UPDATED: 08:28, 07 May 2020
We have all experienced dull skin at some point, and with the current lockdown interfering with our normal routines, we may be noticing it more now than ever. But what causes it and how do we treat it?
Get your glow back with these 6 solutions to the most common causes of lacklustre skin.
CAUSE: DEAD SKIN CELLS
Every hour, we shed 1000’s of skin cells to make room for new ones. Not all dead skin cells readily leave your body, they often stay on top of your skin building up like dust on the face, causing a gloomy layer of skin that doesn’t reflect light.
Furthermore, if dead skin cells are not removed, new skin cells get trapped under them causing clogged pores, which can lead to unwanted blackheads or blemishes.
SOLUTION: THE SILKY BAE BAEVAC, £24.99, WWW.SILKYBAE.COM
Silky Bae’s BaeVac removes dead skin cells from the top layer of skin (the epidermis) and stimulates the production of new skin cells. The BaeVac comes with a selection of 6 detachable heads, designed to do anything from hard to reach areas of your nose, to light mass extraction of blackheads on your cheeks. Each technique delivers improved skin tone, the reduction of pore appearance, and makes skin smoother, clearer, and rejuvenated.
A lot of us are suffering from disjointed sleeping patterns thanks to lockdown interrupting our daily routines. Lack of sleep can produce dark under-eye circles due to our body producing more cortisol to help boost energy levels.
More cortisol leads to more blood in the body and therefore larger blood vessels. These large blood vessels create dark under eye circles resulting in an overall shallow complexion.
SOLUTION: THE BEAUTY PRO EYE THERAPY EYE COLLAGEN UNDER EYE MASKS, £4.95, INDULGE BEAUTY AT THE FRAGRANCE SHOP
These eye masks are infused with marine collagen, vitamins, herbs and botanicals to relieve the effect of tired, swollen and puffy eyes. They work to nourish and minimise the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and under eye shadow whilst increasing elasticity and firmness for a youthful appearance.
CAUSE: YOU AREN’T USING A SERUM
Serums include active ingredients that bring antioxidants to the skin and restore cell growth, thanks to their highly concentrated active ingredients and formulations.
The molecules in serums are smaller than those in a moisturiser, giving them the ability to penetrate through the pores and beneath the skins epidermis absorbing all those good ingredients and nutrients deep within the skins layers, where it is needed most.
SOLUTION: THE BANOBAGI MILK THISTLE REPAIR SERUM, £25.60, WWW.GLAMTOUCH.CO.UK
This highly concentrated serum’s main ingredient, Milk Thistle Extract, contains silymarin, which is abundant in seeds, and has strong antioxidant activity that removes toxins and enhances new skin cell growth.
It also has an antioxidant effect and skin soothing effect as it contains burdock root extract instead of purified water.
CAUSE: YOUR BODY IS LACKING COLLAGEN
Collagen is a protein in your body that plays a role in strengthening skin. Elastin, a protein that works alongside collagen encourages elasticity. Without either of these proteins your skin looks a lot less firm and young. As you age, your body produces less collagen and subsequently less elastin, leading to the formation of wrinkles and looser skin, therefore, it’s a great idea to supplement it.
SOLUTION: LQ COLLAGEN SKIN HAIR NAILS, £29.99 (10 x 25ml bottles), WWW.LQCOLLAGEN.COM
A daily all-in-one beauty collagen shot with Marine Collagen (7000mg), Hyaluronic Acid, Reservatrol, Biotin and Selenium. Supported by other key vitamins to deliver noticeable results from the inside out – scientifically formulated to support healthy skin, hair and nails. The collagen in LQ Collagen products is Hydrolysed Marine Collagen.
There are many sources of collagen, but marine collagen (in its hydrolysed state) is the highest quality collagen for supplementation. Liquids absorb into the body far more effectively than pills. One 50ml shot of Skin, Hair & Nails Max contains the same amount of active ingredients as up to 15 pills.
CAUSE: YOUR HORMONE LEVELS ARE FLUCTUATING
Ladies will notice that throughout the month, the appearance of their skin changes. This is commonly caused by estrogenic levels dipping, leaving a higher proportion of testosterone. A higher level of testosterone means skin can get oilier and pores become larger and more prone to blockage, thus spots appear, resulting in a dimmer complexion.
SOLUTION: FUNDERM WAS BAD ANTI-PIMPLE GEL TREATMENT, £29, FUNDERM.COM
Get rid of your spots with this delicate oil-free gel. WAS BAD combines clinically proven active ingredients such as Prebiotics & Probiotics and wondrous dead sea minerals to unclog pores, exfoliate dead skin cells and control sebum, resulting in a quick and fast approach to tackling nasty blemishes.