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

There are several key components to anti-aging skincare in the effective prevention and treatment of fine lines, wrinkles and the loss of youthful glow. In addition to the potential benefits of an anti aging skin care product, some basic skincare tips to maintain a young, healthy appearance include:

Sun Protection

Carefully protecting your skin from the sun’s rays is one of the most important elements of skincare to prevent signs of premature aging. The sun can cause over-drying of the surface, as well as damage cellular processes that are required in order for the skin to repair itself and maintain its moisture and elasticity.

This can lead to pigmentation changes, a thinning or rougher texture, and an overall less cared for appearance. Caring for your skin in order to prevent sun damage requires the use of an SPF product daily, taking care not to neglect the lips, and take additional precautionary measures such as wearing a wide-brimmed hat, avoiding direct sun during peak hours, and choosing shade whenever possible.

Moisturize

A second key component of anti-aging skincare is the use of moisturizing products appropriate to your skin type to replenish and protect the skin’s precious water reserves. Numerous factors affect our skin’s hydration levels, including perspiration, bathing, deep cleansing, and exposure to harsh climates or extreme temperatures.

Ease your skin’s cares by carefully choosing products that will soothe and moisturize gently and effectively, while avoiding ingredients that would irritate your sensitivities. Oily and problem skin need to stick to water-based products, but more intensive treatment is generally required for dry, sensitive and aging skin. Products that incorporate added nutrients, antioxidants and vitamins provide an extra caring approach if you’ve decided it’s time to gently get tough with your wrinkles.

Lifestyle

Your body works as a complete system, and your skin’s health should be looked at as part of the whole. Several important practices will benefit your skin as well as overall health and well being:

  • Drinking water – get plenty of it. Stay hydrated from the inside out and reap the rewards all over. Adequate fluids help flush out impurities and waste materials which will show in your face’s healthy glow, as well as maintain surface moisture levels
  • Exercise – an appropriate level of physical exertion will boost energy levels, and promote good circulation in the skin and throughout your body. Avoid exercising in extreme temperatures though, and be sure to drink lots of water during and after a workout.
  • Eat well – taking care to avoid junk food and eat lots of fruits and vegetables will ensure your body has the fuel it needs to look and feel its best
  • Rest – fatigue is not pretty, and is hard to hide. Care for yourself by getting sufficient sleep every day and give your body the downtime it needs to restore itself.

The most effective skincare strategy to preventing and reducing unwanted signs of age will incorporate all these elements of a daily routine designed to care, protect, restore and beautify. Show yourself and your skin the care you deserve, and pamper yourself a little. Wash away the stress and cares of the outside world in order to face it again tomorrow, with renewed reserves and a fresh outlook.

No two skins are the same. Are you Asian? Are you in Asia? It all matters and will affect how you care for it. Here are 6 differences that Asian skin has compared to other skins.

1. Prone To Sensitivity

Our skin is said to be prone to irritation as we have a thinner stratum corneum or the outermost layer of skin, compared to other ethnic groups. As a result, Asian skin becomes extremely sensitive to environmental factors and chemicals, which can disrupt the skin’s pH level.

We need to be more careful with what products and treatments we use on our skin as most of us may not react well to harsh treatments such as peeling or acidic chemical solutions.

Asian skin is more prone to sensitivity

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2. Scars More Easily

Because of our thinner stratum corneum, it is also said that Asian skin is genetically predisposed to scar more easily than others. Hence, greater care must be given when one has acne breakout and when one is trying to heal from some skin scarring.

Do not go squeezing that pimple and poking at that acne. Use gentle products like emu oil or Vitamin E to heal the scars.

3. More Issues With Hyper-Pigmentation

All skin contains about the same number of melanocytes but the amount of melanin they produce varies. Melanin is a natural skin pigment that protects the skin from UV damage. Obviously, dark-skinned people produce more melanin and light skin people produce less. While research has indicated that Asians have more photo-protective pigment melanin.

Use sunscreen religiously and use a product containing gentle skin brightening properties from your early twenties. Avoid hydroquinone!

Asian skin is more prone to hyper-pigmentation

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4. Loses Moisture Easily

Asian skin showed the highest levels of Trans Epidermal Water Loss (TEWL), as well as increased levels of permeability. TEWL is the amount of water vapour lost through the skin under non-sweating conditions.

We need more skin hydration and it’ll be good to choose a moisturizer high in water-binding ingredients such as hyaluronic acid.

Asian skin loses moisture more easily

5. Gets Oily More Easily

It is often said that Asian skin has more sebaceous glands and is oilier than Caucasian skin type. This might have to do with the weather as well but it is generally true that most of us are constantly fighting to keep shine away from our skin.

Our skin may get clogged easily and it’ll be good to exfoliate once or twice a week. In addition, do not use harsh products that will strip away our natural skin lipids and make the skin oilier.

6. More Resistant To Aging

While we have a thinner stratum corneum, we also have a thicker dermis that contains greater collagen. This means that our skin shows fewer signs of premature ageing.