When it comes to targeting specific skin issues, you need to shift your focus to ingredients. Especially when it comes to dealing with something as common as dull, and sallow skin. You will find many solutions for it, but the best route to take is to incorporate specially formulated ingredients in your skincare routine.
For dull skin, unfortunately, there could be many varied reasons causing it, so an all-purpose approach might not work. Which is why we have compiled a list of the top skincare ingredients to use when dealing with dull skin, check 'em out...
- 01. Hyaluronic acid for moisture
- 02. Glycolic acid to exfoliate
- 03. A vitamin E + C to tackle pigmentation
01. Hyaluronic acid for moisture
Dry, dehydrated skin leads to dullness. Thus, using an ingredient that introduces moisture back into your skin is the obvious solution. Hyaluronic acid is a popular skin-plumping agent that can hold 1000x its weight in water. This helps your skin retain water and stay hydrated for long hours. Other hydrating ingredients like niacinamide (which targets blotchiness) and ceramides (which strengthen your skin barrier to lock moisture in) can also get the job done.
02. Glycolic acid to exfoliate
Exfoliating your skin twice a week with a gentle chemical exfoliator can get rid of dead skin cells that cause dullness in your skin. Glycolic acid is a safe way to exfoliate your skin, suits sensitive skin types and does not disturb the pH balance of your skin. Other acids like lactic acid and azelaic acid can also be used for the same.
03. A vitamin E + C to tackle pigmentation
When used together, the highly nourishing vitamin E and antioxidant vitamin C helps deal with pigmentation caused by free radical damage. Vitamin E is recommended to be used with vitamin C (or even ferulic acid) as it helps stabilize the compound and improve its natural production within your skin. Also, while vitamin C looks after your skin's surface, vitamin E goes to work on the deeper layers.
Pro tip: Always keep your skin hydrated from within to keep dullness at bay. Drink enough water during the day, double up in summers and after exercising. Also, always wear SPF to avoid sallowness caused by harmful UV exposure.