Skin Care

How can I brighten up my dull skin?

Grey, faded, lifeless, tired... Nobody wants to walk around with skin that looks dull. But never fear - here are some skin care tips for you to learn the benefits of salicylic acid and how to get rid of dull skin and how to get an even skin tone naturally at home.

• What are some dull skin causes?

Dull skin is linked to slowed down cell renewal and a reduction in collagen; the skin no longer reflects the light and loses its natural glow. But identifying the causes of dull skin is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Firstly, because there is no predisposition to greyish skin. All epidermises can be affected. Then, because there are so many reasons behind it: pollution, smoking, dehydration, stress, fatigue, rich foods, UV, hormone changes, lack of exercise, etc. Instead of combatting each of these factors separately, appropriate salicylic acid products and some well chosen makeup will bring some glow back to our skin.

• Skincare remedies for dull skin

Exfoliation is the first step, to reduce the size of your pores, activate microcirculation, and get rid of dead cells that block pores and generate this dull skin look. Once or twice a week, gently exfoliate your skin before applying a mask that meets your needs: a purifying one for the T zone, moisturising for the cheeks, rejuvenating for around the eyes. Finally, choose skin care that is rich in antioxidants, which combat the free radicals that dull the skin. Special radiance creams and serums, based on fruit acids that fight dead cells and exfoliate the skin, can be used as a cure in the winter. Be extra careful if you have very sensitive skin – read this exfoliation guide to understand how you can exfoliate with aggravating and irritating your sensitive skin.

Start off with cleansing your skin with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Purifying Micellar Water that will dissolve impurities from pollution and makeup, including waterproof mascara, without drying out your skin. This gentle cleanser removes excess oil and sebum making your skin look crystal clear and absolutely clean! It is suitable even for sensitive skin that is easily aggravated.

One of the best remedies for dull skin that suits even sensitive skin is to use salicylic acid for exfoliation. But what is salicylic acid and what does salicylic acid do to the skin? Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that is gentle on the skin and it mildly exfoliates clogged pores and dead skin cells to reveal fresher and brighter skin. To use salicylic acid for dead skin, add the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence to your morning and nighttime skin care routine. Use the facial essence twice every day on freshly cleansed skin to reveal radiant, bright, and crystal-clear skin. The salicylic acid in the Crystal Micro Essence penetrates deep within the skin, up to 10 skin layers deep*, to accelerate skin renewal and refine your skin texture from within Using salicylic acid for skin concerns like dull and lack lustre skin is a common skincare remedy that helps you refine your skin texture and revive your complexion.

Dehydrated skin also looks dull and sallow, so treat your skin to intense hydration by using a hydrating sheet mask at least three times a week. The brightening actives in the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence Sheet Mask hydrates, refines, smoothens, and transforms your skin in just 15 minutes. With one bottle of essence in one mask, the Crystal Micro Essence Sheet Mask has has up to 30x more absorption power** than the normal face mask, which leads to lesser dripping & helps deliver more essence onto the skin for quick results. It accelerates skin renewal, refines skin texture, and minimizes the appearance of pores to give you skin that is radiant and clear like a crystal.

Here is to get the most out of each product -

o Cleanse and prep your skin with a few drops of the Revitalift Crystal Micro Essence
o Next, apply the sheet mask evenly on your face and remove after 15 minutes
o Massage your face in circular motion and pat the excess essence into your skin until it is completely absorbed

• Makeup remedies for dull skin

Even though you now know how to get rid of dull skin using salicylic acid, the changes will not happen overnight. To make your skin tone more radiant instantly, you need to use the right kind of makeup. our tip is to apply a primer, which will smooth out the skin and offer greater hold for your makeup, while adding a touch of glow to your face. This should ideally be used after your cream and before your foundation, but the busiest among us may prefer to mix the primer with the foundation. Once you have applied your foundation, before moving onto blusher or bronzing powder, try dotting some highlighter onto your face (one tone lighter than your natural skin): on your forehead, on your cheekbones, on the nose, on the chin, on the outer corners of the eye These different points attract and retain the light for smooth, illuminated and glowing skin.

Apart from using salicylic acid for skincare and applying the right kind of makeup, remember to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night, exercise for 30 minutes every day, and eat nutritious, anti-oxidant rich meals to get skin that has a healthy glow.

*Within epidermis in the stratum corneum layer
**30X more absorbing capacity as compared to dry tissue weight