You would have thought that after a certain age, hideous zits would be a thing of the past and fine lines would be too far in the future to worry about, but that doesn’t mean perfect skin would come easy. Dark spots, pigmentation patches and dull skin - all come in the way of that beauty fantasy. We knew it was too good to be true! We give you a few super tips to even out your skin tone and combat dull skin.
1. Identify The Cause
They can be caused by a few different reasons. UV exposure is the most common cause, as it leads to a production of excess skin cells that are pigmented with melanin. They cluster together to form a mark that is darker than your natural skin tone by a few shades. Hormonal fluctuations, especially to do with estrogen as you age, during pregnancy or due to birth control pills, can also cause patches of melanin. Burns, acne and psoriasis can also make dark spots occur thanks to trauma caused to the skin. Poor blood circulation as we age is another cause of uneven skin tone and dull skin.
Exfoliating your skin twice a week is an absolute must to wash away superficial pigmented cells as well as the build-up of dead skin cells to give way to fresh, radiant skin. Since your skin renewal cycle slows down after your 20s, exfoliation is key to boost blood circulation and slough away dead skin cells that are making your complexion look dull. A good pick is the Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGen Facial Foam, which contains micro granules that remove dead skin cells and reduce dullness.
3. Get The Most Out Of Your Skin Care
Now that your skin is super smooth thanks to diligent exfoliation, you can do even more for a fabulous complexion by using products that are moisturizing, brightening and firming. It’s important to pick a great skincare product that protects your skin from these problems as you age. Pond’s Age Miracle Day Cream is amazing for providing UVA protection, boosting skin renewal and stimulating collagen production, while reducing spots, dullness and fine lines.
4. The Power Of SPF
Never take the power of sunscreen lightly. Stepping out under the sun’s harsh rays even for a small amount of time without SPF protection can trigger pigmentation. Applying layers of sunscreen before stepping out may sound like a little extra effort, but it will go a long way in preventing pigmentation and stopping existing spots from darkening.
5. Rethink What You Eat
Remember that sugar breaks down collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to dull skin and sagginess. Also, caffeine and alcohol dehydrate the skin, making it look dull and tired. Cut back on the booze, Starbucks trips and cupcakes to help you age beautifully. Make it a point to drink plenty of water, even more if you’re guilty of consuming all these things. Plenty of Vitamin C and antioxidants also contribute to lightening your skin from the inside. Colourful veggies and nuts will help give you glowing skin at any age.
6. Visit Your Dermatologist For Professional Advice And Treatments
Your dermatologist can help you identify the cause of dullness and skin darkening and help you treat it accordingly. He/she can also advise you on professional treatments like chemical peels, microdermabrasion (where fine crystals are used to thoroughly exfoliate, so a fresh layer of skin can grow) and laser treatments to destroy melanin that is embedded in the skin and is causing dark spots.