Ever wondered about the reason behind your dull skin, even after a good night’s rest and use of proper skincare? One of the key reasons behind dull skin is insufficient oxygen flow, but there are other factors that matter.

  1. Improper diet, lifestyle and dehydration causes dull skin

Our skin reflects the food we eat. Proper nutrition greatly affects the health of your skin! The late nights partying may seem like harmless #YOLO fun, but drinking and smoking severely dehydrate the skin. Keep yourself adequately hydrated after a night out, eat more fruits and vegetables and exercise regularly to get the blood pumping!

  1. Environmental pollution, too.

Environmental pollution can result in dull skin

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For city dwellers, smog, dust and other kinds of environmental pollutants congest our pores daily. Environmental pollution also increases the free radicals in your cells, which cause premature ageing. Ensure you double cleanse daily with an antioxidant-rich milk cleanser before your usual cleanser for a hydrating deep cleanse. This rids your skin of unwanted congestion.

  1. Lack of proper exfoliation

Regular exfoliation prevents the buildup of dead skin cells. It also stimulates the cell renewal process and microcirculation as you massage your skin. Do use gentle, hydrating exfoliators as over-drying ingredients can stimulate more sebum and unwanted skin issues.

  1. Sun exposure

Sun exposure can result in dull skin

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A bad tan is not the only problem that comes from prolonged sun exposure to the sun. Your complexion can also become dull and your skin can take on a leathery, rough feeling. Apply (and reapply) sunscreen to slow the ageing process.

  1. Air-conditioned spaces

Air conditioning may be the greatest invention of the 21st century, but it causes dehydration to the skin. Using a humidifier when and applying moisturizers before you sleep can help your skin remain hydrated!

With all these factors in play, it is important for your skincare routine to include products that are suitable for your skin. Porcelain’s new and proprietary Revive, Glycolic Acid Toner is alcohol-, paraben- and mineral oil-free to prevent skin irritation. Boasting ingredients like witch hazel, Vitamin C and aloe vera, the Glycolic Toner also has glycolic acid and lactic acid to gently exfoliate dead skin cells while thoroughly removing traces of makeup and dirt that may be left behind even after cleansing.

What’s left is skin with pH balance-restored at its natural level to allow for better absorption of products. Lactic acid, a.k.a. alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), also increases collagen production to aid in skin regeneration as the skin ages. Besides unclogging pores and reducing the chances of a breakout, sodium hyaluronate in the toner locks in moisture to leave your complexion smooth and supple.

Here are other benefits the Glycolic Acid Toner can offer:

  • Tone and brighten skin
  • Visibly reduce the appearance of pore size
  • Reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing
  • Refine skin texture

Fixing Dull Skin: The Glycolic Toner gently exfoliates dead skin cells for a clear, radiant complexion

Here are some quick and easy DIY remedies compiled for you to use at home everyday. Choose a few that suit your skin’s needs and reveal more radiant, youthful, smoother and softer skin!

For dry skin

Plain Yoghurt & Oatmeal Masks

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Ingredients:

–        2 tbsp of plain yoghurt
–        1-2 tbsp of cooked oatmeal
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix everything into a paste
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

Apple-Honey Mask

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Ingredients:

–        1 apple
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Blend both apple and honey in a blender until smooth
  2. Apply on your face and leave on for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse off

 

For oily skin

Lemon Sugar Scrub

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Ingredients:

–        ½ lemon
–        ½ cup sugar
–        1 tbsp of honey
–        1 tbsp of olive oil

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients together and mix, then place your mixture in a jar
  2. You may concentrate application on rougher and duller areas like elbows and knees
  3. When applying on face, use in gentle circular motion
  4. Best to use once or twice weekly

 

For acneic skin

Plain Yoghurt & Aspirin Masks

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Ingredients:

–        2-3 tbsp of plain yoghurt
–        5 crushed aspirin
–        1 tbsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix everything into a paste
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

 

For dull skin

Honey-Fruit Mask

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Ingrediens:

–        1 Banana
–        1 tsp of honey

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Ingredients:
–        1 apple
–        1 tsp of honey

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Ingredients:

–        1 lemon
–        1 tsp of honey

Steps:

  1. Mix the juice of your selected fruit with honey
  2. Apply on face and leave on for 10-15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

 

For dark circles

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Egg white eye mask

Ingredients:
–        1 egg white

Steps:

  1. Beat 1 egg white and apply it under your eye
  2. Leave on for 15 minutes
  3. Rinse off with warm water

Good luck! And remember to be diligent in your skin care routine, it will certainly pay off 🙂