Ways To Banish The Unwanted Dull & Dry Skin
Even though it may sound like a minor issue, dull, dry, and drooling skin is just awful. It makes you feel and look tired and lusterless while majorly affecting your lifestyle. A variety of factors along with the type of life you live are the greatest contributors towards the wearisome and lackluster skin.
Easing your dry, itchy, and dull skin is not just about what skincare product you put on it. It also depends on how you clean your skin, the air around you, and even your clothes.
Why Is Your Skin So Dry?
Dry skin can happen to the best of us. There are various reasons why people get dry skin. It has been researched that some people can inherit conditions genetically where they have a tendency to have dry, cracked skin. Others develop a lot of skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, which are not necessarily inherited, but yes they are acquired.
Dry skin can affect your appearance and your quality of life, including making it tough to concentrate at work and at home.
Dryness occurs when your skin does not have enough amount of water or oil. This type of a skin is a situation that can affect anyone at any time. You may experience dry skin conditions year-round or just in cold weather months when the temperatures drop and the humidity lowers.
Also, dry skin can be experienced when traveling, residing in a dry climate, coming in contact with chlorine in a swimming pool, experiencing excessive sun exposure, etc. In severe conditions, dry skin may also lead to cracking of the skin. This cracked skin can allow bacteria to enter the body, causing an infection. If you suspect that you have an infection, you should preferably consult a dermatologist. Symptoms of this infection may include redness, heat, pus, blisters, rash, pustules, fever, etc.
The skin naturally produces a natural oil called sebum. When this oil is produced in large quantities, it can lead to pimples. However, having some sebum on the skin is important for keeping it hydrated and protecting the cells from infection.
The situation in which the skin is not creating or replenishing enough sebum makes the skin become dry. This dry skin can be itchy, and it may look flaky and bumpy or have red patches. Dehydrated skin lacks water and appears gloomy or rough.
Some of the potential causes of dry or dehydrated skin on the face include:
- Cold weather
- Dry air
- Exposure to harsh chemicals in cleansers or other products
- Washing the skin excessively
- Unbalanced skin pH,
- Adverse skin conditions, such as atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis
- Spending too much time in direct sunlight, etc.
People may be willing to treat dry skin using several different methods. The most desirable treatment option will depend on the cause of someone’s dry skin and its severity. Treatments also vary according to different skin types, which can be normal, dry, oily, or a combination.
What Is Dull skin?
When your skin lacks a healthy radiance and starts appearing lifeless and tired, you may be experiencing dullness. There are various factors that can contribute to dull skin, ranging from poor lifestyle habits to accumulation of dead skin cells. Let us consider some of the reasons here:
Dead Skin Cells: As we start ageing, our skin starts producing less oil compared to when we were young. This can cause dead skin cells to build-up on the face, making it appear less radiant and dull. Dry skin conditions like eczema also contribute to the accumulation of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin, making it bland.
Dehydrated Skin: Lack of water in the skin makes it appear dull. You may also experience prominent under-eye circles.
Diet: An unhealthy diet can snip away your skin’s natural brightness. Diet plays an essential role in maintaining the skin’s health. Eating water-rich foods and raw fruits can contribute to youthful and healthy-looking skin.
Lack Of Or Over Exfoliation: Exfoliating your skin one or two times a week is vital to remove dead skin cells and dirt that accumulate on its surface. However, exfoliating too often or too hard can destroy your skin’s protective layer, resulting in loss of moisture. This will eventually make your skin appear dull.
Lifestyle Habits: Analyze your skin before using any type of skincare product. Take help from skin care experts, as it is essential to know your skin.
No Moisturization: Hydration is key to vivid, youthful, supple, and healthy-looking skin. If you don’t moisturize regularly, your skin will lack hydration and softness, making it appear dull.
Wrong Skincare Products: If your vanity does not contain skincare products that suit your skin type, it can break down your skin’s barrier. This can be a key cause of dull-looking skin. Using harsh soaps or products on your face can also result in loss of moistness and essential oils.
Lack Of Sleep: A tired body is a major concern for dull skin. If you have not had enough sleep in the past few days, you may develop shadows under your eyes and puffiness. The skin will appear dull. That is why your skin needs rest as much as your body does.
Not Removing Makeup: Cleansing your face is extremely important before you sleep. Sleeping with loads of makeup on can lead to the accumulation of dirt and debris on your skin surface; clogging your pores and making it appear dull.
Stepping Out Without Sunscreen: Ahh! It has been repeatedly recommended to use sunscreen because the UV rays break down important proteins in your skin and can also damage your skin barrier. Not wearing sunscreen can eventually make your skin look exhausted, dark, and dull.
How Can You Prevent Dry & Dull Skin?
1) Keep Moisture In The Skin: Skin moisturizers play a vital role in rehydrating the top layer of skin cells and seal in the moisture. It is the first step in combating dry skin. Moisturizers rich in botanical ingredients help to seal the moisture within the skin. The skin feels smooth because the spaces between skin cells are filled. Moisturize as soon as you’re out of the shower and before you hit the bed.
In general, the thicker, greasier, and hydrating a moisturizer, the more effective it will be on dry and flaky skin. One of the most effective and hydrating moisturizers is the Oriental Botanics’ Australian Tea Tree Face Day / Night Gel. This is a fast-absorbing, non-greasy face gel enriched with natural oils and plant extracts for moisturizing and nourishing dry and dull skin. It is a non-comedogenic gel that restores the skin’s lipid barrier without leaving behind greasy residues so that your skin feels soft and smooth without feeling greasy. Rich in nutrients that help in the regeneration of the skin cells, this face gel helps to repair the damaged skin.
2) Choose The Right Skincare Products: Choose a mild, pH-balancing cleanser with natural ingredients for your face. The skin’s pH levels lie between 4.7-5.7, making it weakly acidic. Based on your skin type, choose a suitable cleanser that is not harsh on your face. If required, ask your dermatologist what cleanser is recommended for your skin type. In case of dry skin, get yourself a cream-based heavy moisturizer. Heavy moisturizers don’t irritate the skin and gives it a glow by making it appear brighter than usual. Dull skin requires a lot of care and a proper skin care routine to get that sheen back. This makes it necessary to choose products that are effective yet mild on the skin.
Try Oriental Botanics’ Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Cucumber Hydrating Face Wash. This face wash has a mild formulation and it gently removes dirt, dead skin cells, pollutants, toxins, makeup residues, and microbes and leaves the skin perfectly clean and refreshed. Its deep cleansing action combined with skin-balancing effect brightens the complexion. It has botanical ingredients that are ideal for dull and dry skin and helpful in revitalizing the skin.
3) Exfoliate To Remove Excess Dryness & Brighten The Skin: The skin naturally makes new cells and sheds the old ones, typically replacing itself within about a month. There are situations when dead skin cells become stuck on the surface and people may notice dry patches and clogged pores. Exfoliating will help to remove the dead skin cells, which can reduce dry patches, eliminate dullness, and improve the skin’s overall texture.
Oriental Botanics’ Australian Tea Tree Face Scrub is an ideal solution to woe away both dryness and dullness. This face scrub gently scrapes away the dead skin cells and removes the deep-seated impurities without irritating the skin and drying it out. It helps in tan removal, reduces blemishes, and brightens the complexion. The gentle exfoliants help in increasing the skin’s clarity and radiance and refreshes the skin.
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