Dull skin is the exact opposite of what we all really desire: Glowing and radiant skin. Dull skin is like a reoccurring nightmare.

Nobody wants dull and lacklustre skin. However, dull skin is a common problem nowadays. Dull skin is caused due to numerous factors and the exact cause should be identified and avoided.

The good news is that dull skin can be effectively treated with a little bit of care and dedication. So say bye-bye to dull skin and hello to youthful, glowing skin.            

Causes Of Dull Skin

Causes of dull skin

1. Ageing

As we grow old, our skin's ability to regenerate new cells gets slowed down. The collagen production in our skin decreases and so does its youthful glow, elasticity and firmness.

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2. Dead Skin Cells Build Up

Our skin sheds dead skin cells and over time they accumulate on the skin's top layer making it look dull. 

Oil, dirt, grime and uncleaned makeup residue further clog up the skin's pores making it look lifeless.

3. Dry Skin

Dryness is one of the primary causes of dull and flaky looking skin. Dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can make the skin surface look worse. 

Dry skin looks especially dull during winter seasons, so make sure to slap on some good moisturiser.

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4. Harsh Environment

Living in extremely hot or cold areas can affect the skin. The sun's harmful rays damage the skin. Lack of moisture in the air makes the skin dry and dull. 

Exposure to polluted air also adversely affects the skin.

5. Dehydration

Water is life. Lack of enough water intake makes the body dehydrated. Dehydration leads to many health problems. 

Dehydrated skin is lacklustre, dull and even scaly.

6. Lack Of Sleep

Lack of sleep causes tiredness and fatigue which reflects on the skin. Dark circles under the eyes and puffiness are other unwanted side effects of lack of sleep. Tired skin equals to dull skin.

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7. Stress

Stress does not cause dull skin but it definitely affects your appearance making the dullness more pronounced. Stress also leads to acne and pimples. Engage in destressing activities to stay away from dull skin, wrinkles and fine lines.

8. Wrong Skin Care Products

It is important to use good skincare products that not only fulfil the needs of your skin but also suit your skin type.            

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10 Homemade Face Masks For Glowing Skin

homemade face masks for glowing skin

1. Lemon and Honey Face Mask

Mix a few drops of lemon juice with honey and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. 

Honey will make your skin soft and plump while lemon will brighten dull skin.

2. Turmeric and Yogurt Face Mask

Mix fresh turmeric paste/powder with yoghurt or milk and apply it on your face. Wash it off after 15 minutes. 

It will make your skin glow and even out the skin tone. Turmeric also has medicinal properties to keep your skin healthy. 

3. Tomato and Sugar Face Mask

Mix the tomato puree with sugar water and apply it on your face. Wash it off when it dries. 

Tomato clears dull skin while sugar adds a glossy shine.

4. Aloe Vera Face Mask

Simply slather aloe vera gel on your face and rub it in circular motions. Wash it off after it dries. 

Aloe vera heals, soothes, cleanses and moisturizes the skin. 

5. Papaya Face Mask

Mash a ripe papaya and apply the pulp on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. 

Papaya enhances the skin's complexion and also adds a golden glow.

6. Coffee Face Mask

Mix coffee powder with milk and apply it on your face. Wash it off after it dries. 

The coffee mask makes the skin radiant and can also have anti-ageing effects. 

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7. Egg White and Milk Face Mask

Mix egg white with raw milk and apply it on your face. You can also spread a tissue paper on your face and apply the paste through the tissue. 

Wash after 15 minutes to get glowing and firm skin.

8. Potato Face Mask

Blend potatoes and apply the paste on your face or simply rub potato slices on your face in circular motions. Wash it off after 15 minutes. 

Potato lightens the skin and makes it brighter. 

9. Gram Flour Face Mask

Mix gram flour or besan with turmeric powder and milk, apply the golden paste on your face. Wash it off after 20 minutes. 

Besan exfoliates and cleans the skin while turmeric makes the skin glow.

10. Fuller's Earth Face Mask

Clay is wonderful for waking up dull skin. It cleanses impurities, absorbs oil and tightens the skin. 

Mix Multani mitti with orange peel powder and rose water. Apply it on your face and rinse after it dries to get instantly brighter and glowing skin. 

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Skincare Tips For Radiant Skin

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1. Exfoliate

Routinely exfoliating the skin helps to keep it rejuvenated and youthful. Exfoliating removes all dullness and impurities by cleansing the skin thoroughly. It makes the skin bright and radiant.

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2. Moisturize

Make sure to always moisturize damp skin after exfoliating or taking a bath. Moisturizing keeps the skin nourished, supple and smooth. 

Dry skin is a primary cause of dull skin and moisturising is the best solution.

Exfoliating and Moisturising should be done in moderation as overdoing it can lead to excessive dryness or greasiness respectively. Always listen to your skin and act accordingly.

3. Ice

Rubbing cool ice cubes on the skin instantly refreshes it. Ice reduces inflammation and closes up large pores. 

Freeze fruit or vegetable juice to make antioxidant-rich ice cubes and rub them on dull skin to increase blood circulation and get a healthier complexion.

4. Water

Remember to drink enough water to keep your body hydrated. Water flushes out the harmful toxins that get accumulated in the body. 

Hydrated skin is nourished, supple and smooth.

5. Eat Healthy Food

Whatever we consume is reflected in the appearance of our skin. Eat a balanced diet to maintain healthy and beautiful skin. 

Steer clear of excess salt, sugar and processed food. If necessary, take dietary supplements to replenish your body with vital vitamins minerals and essential fatty acids.

6. Sunscreen

Sun exposure can make the skin look dull, dry and patchy. Sun exposure also causes suntan and sunburn which makes dull skin even darker. 

Always wear sunscreen before stepping out under the sun. Cover your skin with scarves or carry sun protection accessories.

7. Sleep

Beauty sleep is real. Our skin regenerates and repairs itself while we sleep. Make sure to get enough rest so that your skin can rejuvenate itself. 

An uninterrupted sleep of 6 - 7 hours is best for the body.

8. Mask

Have fun by treating your skin with revitalising masks. Masks cleanse the skin and enhance its appearance by making it glow. Masks can be bought from the store or even made at home using common ingredients just like I have mentioned in this article.

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