The Easy Step To Wake Up Dull Skin

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Dull skin usually comes late in life. When we’re in our teens and twenties, our skin exfoliates well even by itself, giving us the pinkish, radiant glow of new skin cells. Then comes a time when exfoliation becomes very sluggish. The glow is lost; the radiant, pinkish overtone of new skin is gone. Dry, old cells begin to occupy the skin surface; hence the color change we call dull or ashen.

The good news is that under every dull complexion, there is a layer of youthful new skin.

The key to waking up dull skin is to clean out the pores, increase skin cell turnover, regenerate collagen, and brighten and polish the skin’s surface when you exfoliate. You also need to make sure your skin is properly hydrated, because skin that is plumped up with moisture automatically looks a lot better.

An excess of surface skin cells that don’t shed normally can be the result of sun damage. However, it can also be caused by oily skin preventing natural exfoliation because the excess oil makes skin cells stick to the surface.

Dealing with a loss of radiance can easily be treated with off-the-counter products. The heart of all ‘de-blah’ regimens is home microdermabrasion and peeling, and be sure be combine them with a treatment cream that speeds up cell turnover rate.

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Home Microdermabrasion

If your skin is not sensitive and not too dry, or especially if you have oily skin, you can use a microdermabrasion cream up to twice a week. Those with normal or slightly dry skin can try once a week. If you’re sensitive, stick to once ever two weeks.

Neutrogena Advanced Solutions At Home MicroDermabrasion System
Olay Regenerist Microdermabrasion and Peel System

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Home peels

Some doctors believe that an ideal way to return radiance to the skin is to combine home peeling (chemical exfoliators) with home microdermabrasion (mechanical exfoliators). The active ingredients will tighten pores, improve overall firmness, and bring back the glow are glycolic and lactic acid. Start off peeling no more than once a week and never do a peel on the same day as microdermabrasion. This can easily cause serious irritation.

Lancome Resurface Peel
DDF Radiance 7-Day Peel Kit

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Prescription / Non-Prescription Tropicals

You can use any of the prescription retinoids like Retin A and Renova. These topical agents can exfoliate or remove dead epithelial cells from the skin surface. If your skin cannot tolerate the prescription-strength retinoids, you may switch to retinols, a less effective non-prescription strength, which are available as over-the counter products.

Or you can apply with a glycolic- and lactic-based (AHA) serum with a correct percentage. AHAs produce exfoliation and stimulate the production of new collagen in the dermis. A good over-the-counter AHA products require a AHA concentration of 8% – 10% and pH at 3.5 or higher.

Avoid over-exfoliate your skin with retinoids or AHA/BHA on the same day as microdermabrasion, peel or any non-invasive treatment. This will cause serious irritation.

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Doctor’s or Spa Treatments

Mechanical Exfoliation — Microdermabrasion is a definite yes, once every four weeks.

IPL will wake up the skin. In addition, some doctors report that a few treatments with the Titan will also improve the complexion. Even though the Titan is intended for tissue tightening, the intense infrared light and the resulting collagen stimulation might play a role in brightening the skin.

Chemical peels — A series of four to six superficial peels will help exfoliate.

Lasers — Peeling lasers like the Erbium:YAG or the CO2 will completely resurface blah skin, but with serious side effects. You might want to try Fraxel first.

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Daily Regimen

For a woman with a loss of radiance and dull, blotching skin.

A.M. Preventative

  1. Cleanser, toner, eye cream.
  2. Lightening and brightening serum : to even out skin tone.
  3. Antioxidant cream : antioxidant boost, protects against free radical damage.
  4. Sunscreen.

P.M. Repair

  1. Cleanser, toner, eye cream
  2. Lightening and brightening serum : to even out skin tone.
  3. Anti-aging treatment : to stimulate collagen production and promote cellular renewal while replenishing moisture (if you’re using AHAs or retinols). Apply every other night for the first two weeks in order to avoid dry, flaky skin; then every night thereafter.
  4. Moisturizing cream : to hydrate skin.
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