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November 09, 2016

Dull skin: 3 common causes & easy ways to tackle them

If you're not pleased when you look in the mirror, but you can't quite figure out why - your skin isn't blemished or overly-oily, and generally you take care of it - but it's just lacking that natural 'glow'... the chances are, you're suffering from dullness. My skin is prone to this, so I have to take care to stay on top of it - and luckily, dull skin is usually caused by one of three simple things which are easy to fix:


1) Poor Circulation

Poor circulation can lead to fluid retention, causing skin to appear ‘puffy’ and tired. It’s also the major culprit of under-eye circles (to test this, press your finger under your eye for a few seconds. If the darkness disappears, then reappears when you remove the pressure, it’s probably circulation-related.)

What can you do about it?
Improving circulation and reducing fluid retention in the body overall is best done through healthy eating. Try to limit your consumption of stimulants (like caffeine), alcohol and salt, and increase your intake of water as well as ginger, garlic and metabolism-
organic beauty productsboosting spices like turmeric and cayenne pepper.

To reduce puffiness and dullness in the face specifically, make sure that you’re sleeping with your head slightly elevated (not flat), and treat yourself to a massage morning and night when you apply your moisturiser – this will help to distribute fluid and keep things moving. You can also try adding a circulation-boosting treatment to your regime – try Leahlani’s Kokoleka Ritual Dessert Mask or The Little Alchemist’s Cacao & Banana Face Glow.


2) Dehydration 

Another cause of skin dullness & discolouration is a lack of hydration. When cells (including skin cells) are dehydrated, skin can appear uneven in texture and tone, and dry patches can start to appear. This is your skin crying for help!

organic beauty productsWhat can you do about it?
Firstly, drink more water. You hear it all the time, but have you actually tried it? I guarantee that once you started drinking the recommended 2 litres of water a day, your skin tone, energy levels and general vitality will increase exponentially. It’s such a simple change but such an effective one.

On a more local level, make sure that the skin care you’re using is ‘quenching’ your skin’s thirst, not just covering up the dryness temporarily. Ingredients that increase cellular hydration (called ‘humectants’) include hyaluronic acid, honey and aloe vera. Tata Harper’s Rebuilding Moisturiser and Repairative Moisturiser both contain all three - choose the Rebuilding Moisturiser if your skin is combination or oily, and the Repairative Moisturiser if your skin is dry or you’re looking for an anti-ageing boost.


3) Clogged Pores/Build-up

Makeup, pollution and hormonal imbalance can all contribute to clogged pores – and if you’re not effectively removing build-up from the surface of the skin, it will start to organic beauty productsappear dull and ‘dirty’. 

What can you do about it? 
To restore your natural glow, ensure that you’re using a weekly mask to withdraw impurities and help skin to renew itself. If your skin is sensitive, try Black Robin’s Mallow Out Soothing Clay Masque – it’s made with soothing marshmallow and oat, as well as hibiscus to brighten and correct uneven skin tone. If your skin is oily or you wear makeup regularly/work in a polluted environment and need a regular ‘deep-cleanse’, try Tata Harper’s Purifying Mask.

Eve :)


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