3 Reasons Why Your Skin Looks Dull
So, you’ve emptied your bank account on the latest must have skin care products. Yet, your skin is still looking duller than dishwater. What gives? Sometimes life just isn’t fair.
Well, before you give up entirely and start wandering around in a balaclava (aka Ski Mask) take a look at three very common reasons why your lifestyle might be getting in the way of your skin’s potential.
You’re not drinking enough water
Let’s start with my absolute number one tip to add a little shine back into your coat. Drink more water.
Your skin cells require water to function properly. Water replenishes skin tissue and helps it keep its elasticity. Thereby keeping you looking fresher, for longer.
If you’re not keep yourself well watered you will start to become dehydrated. When you’re dehydrated your body will start to draw water away from areas it considers less essential in order to keep vital functions operating. Unfortunately keeping your skin looking fresh isn’t considered a vital function.
Think of your skin as your garden, to keep those pretty flowers flourishing they need to be watered them regularly. Dehydration is like a hose pipe ban during a drought. To ensure there is enough water for drinking your garden is going to suffer. Those flowers are going to wither and die.
Now, skin probably won’t die but it will certainly wither if you don’t keep hydrated! So keep your body topped up with water and your body will keep providing your skin with sufficient water. A fair deal I think! Don’t you?
You’re sleeping wrong
Considering that we spend a third of our lives in bed, very few of us pay the remotest bit of attention to how we sleep. I don’t mean how long we sleep (I’ll come to that soon), I mean what position we sleep in.
Think about it for a moment. If you sleep on your stomach you’re in effect squashing that lovely face of yours into a pillow for one third of your life! Argh, your poor face!
Of course if you were to choose any one thing to squash your face into for that long, a pillow would probably be a sensible choice. However, while admittedly nice and soft, your feather filled friend probably isn’t as as clean as you imagine.
Unless you wash your pillowcase every morning it’s very likely covered in an almost invisible layer of dead skin, hair, moisturizer, sweat, and depending on your pre-bed cleaning regime – maybe even bits of supper. Urgh!
When you sleep face down you’re in effect marinated your face in this concoction overnight. Hence why sometime you wake up with greasy dull looking skin.
My advice, flip yourself over and sleep on your back. Facing the stars will not only do wonders for your beauty regime it will also likely fix any niggling neck or back pains you may have. Win-win!
Now, it can take a little while to get the hang of a new sleeping position but it will be well worth it when you see a more refreshed face looking back at you from the mirror in the morning.
Related post: How to Sleep Better at Night – 5 Proven Tips
You’re not sleeping enough
Now, we’ve addressed sleeping position let’s talk about the quality and duration of your slumber.
If you’re getting anything less than seven hours a night, every night, you’re doing your health and your skin no favours whatsoever. They do call it getting your ‘beauty sleep’ after all!
While you lie in bed dreaming your body is hard at work doing amazing things. Firstly, sleep keeps you looking young! Yep. When we enter ‘slow wave’ sleep – this being the deep stuff that only appears after you’ve been asleep for a number of hours – the body releases growth hormones. These powerful chemical transmitters tell your body how, when and where to start repairing and rejuvenating itself.
If you don’t get enough slow wave sleep then less repair work will be done. Overtime damage to your skin that could’ve been rejuvenated will get to the stage where it is irreversible. Eye bags that could have been fixed with a few good night’s sleep will become permanent.
Wrinkles that could have been ironed out by a good nap become defined and entrenched. Suddenly you’re a 30 but looking 50. Uh-oh!
Sleep also lowers the levels of the stress hormones cortisol in our system. If we sleep badly the body is unable to regulate these levels. Elevated cortisol levels, amongst other things results in increased inflammation and with that our skin suffers.
If your fella persists in getting up at some ungodly hour in the morning, don’t you feel the need to copy him. Research has shown that us girls require a little bit more time under the covers than our hairy mates. There’s nothing lazy about it, just plain biology.
Being well-rested helps us to keep in shape. It does so by helping us to control our cravings for bad food and reducing our appetite. Amazingly our cells have been shown to be better at converting fat to energy when we’ve had a good night’s sleep. Being overweight has an obvious impact on how healthy our skin is.
Each unnecessary pound adds new things to worry about, from varicose veins, to water retention and stretch marks.
Well there you go beauty fans, three little changes to your lifestyle that could have a miraculous effect on your skin’s health and your overall health. Give them a go – what do you have to lose! Say hello to a good night’s sleep and hello to happy, healthy skin!
This week’s Guest post is by Sarah from SleepAdvisor.org
Well, hello there! I’m Sarah from sunny California and I’m sleep obsessed. I love sleep so much that when I’m not curled up in bed or in my hammock getting a power nap, I’m at my desk writing about the good stuff for the Sleep Advisor blog. My colleagues and I believe it’s our duty to spread the gospel about good sleep to anyone who will listen. Simply put – better sleep equals a happier, healthier and more beautiful life.