5 Ways to Brighten a Dull Complexion

We’ve all suffered from it – dull, dry, lifeless looking skin.  This can be caused by a combination of factors such as dry or cold climates, lack of exfoliation, stress and/or a diet with a limited amount of essential vitamins and fatty acids. 

So, what can you do to achieve a bright, healthy looking complexion year round?  We’ve got five must-dos to incorporate into your skincare routine to help get you glowing!

1.  Exfoliate

Sloughing off dead skin cells is essential to reveal your skin’s inner radiance.  Use a gentle exfoliator that’s formulated with an alpha hydroxy acid or soft brush, like the Clarisonic Pro, at least twice a week.  Avoid using an exfoliant with rough particles as they can damage the skin and allow bacteria to enter the pores, causing more harm than good.   Recommended products:  GM Collins Efozyme and GM Collins Intensive Exfoliating Gel. 

2. Moisturize

Nourish and protect your skin with adequate moisturization.  Natural oils such as rosehip oil and jojoba oil contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that will give you a glowing complexion. 

3. Diet

A lot of the time dull, lifeless skin is the result of poor nutrition.  Be sure to include in your diet foods that contain the proper amount of Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Zinc.  Also consider adding essential fatty acids to your diet, such as coconut oil, olive oil and fish oil.   Try these super foods: avocados, salmon, spinach, tomatoes, berries and walnuts. 

4. Hydrate

Getting the recommended daily allowance of water is extremely important for the overall health of your skin.  In addition to hydrating, water helps to carry nutrients in and toxins out of your skin cells, helping to make your skin look clean and clear.   Don’t want to drink just water? Green tea contains excellent anti-inflammatory properties to help protect the skin cell’s membranes! 

5. Brighten with Makeup

Don’t mask your skin with heavy liquid or cream foundations.  Opt for a mineral based makeup or BB cream to achieve a healthy, bright complexion.