Lacklustre Skin: The Causes And The Solutions
Whilst working from home was a necessity during lockdown, many businesses have opted to continue this practice under a flexi-working model, allowing their employees to work from home for a number of days instead of permanently in the office. This comes with some benefits, such as lowered commuting stress and a better work-life balance, however, for many, it has negatively impacted their relationship with their appearance. This is the result of countless hours spent in online meetings, which have been dominated by our obsession with the digital representation of our own faces. Never before have we been confronted with our reflections on such a regular basis. Because of this, those working online have become hyper-aware of their imperfections and, whilst every face is unique, there is a clear front runner for the leading cosmetic complaint – lacklustre skin.
What Causes Lacklustre Skin?
One of the most common causes of a tired, dull complexion is not consuming enough fluid each day. Dehydration decreases the volume of blood to the skin, which can result in a sickly look. When this happens, skin cell turnover is disrupted, allowing dead cells to accumulate on the surface, clogging pores and concealing the skin’s natural radiance.
To put an end to dehydration, introduce more water into your diet. You may find this an easier habit to adopt if you drink at certain times that repeat daily, for example, each time you brush your teeth.
Lack Of Exfoliation
Exfoliating helps to remove dead skin cells and eliminates any dirt that daily cleansing may have missed. With exfoliation, the surface of the skin is smoothed, enabling light to reflect, which results in a brighter complexion.
Improve your natural glow by researching which exfoliator is best suited to your skin and using it weekly. If this is something you are likely to forget, leave the product out on the side or stick a note on your mirror with a reminder of your exfoliation day.
Skin cells repair and regenerate as we sleep. Late bedtimes and shortened hours of sleep will therefore inhibit the skin cells’ ability to perform and hinder collagen production. When toxins and fluids are not drained thoroughly, puffiness can arise, especially around the eyes.
Try to establish a relaxing evening routine and opt for a bedtime that allows you to get at least 7-8 hours. Turning off electronic devices a minimum of 30 minutes before bed and avoiding alcohol and caffeine will help you to drift off.
Applying The Wrong Products
Matte makeup absorbs naturally produced oils that strengthen the skin’s barrier and lock moisture in. Products that contain drying alcohol and harsh essential oils also weaken the skin’s defenses and can lead to dry, sensitive skin. As the skin works harder to replenish its oils, the pores can become clogged, causing breakouts and acne.
Don’t get caught up in the latest ‘must-have’ creams and serums. Persuasive advertising does not always equate to skin-kind products. Do your research before buying and check that the product is suited to your skin type and free from irritating ingredients.
Intensive Solutions For Lacklustre Skin
Correcting the aforementioned causes of lacklustre skin is the first step towards a brighter complexion. If you feel that your skin would benefit from a more intensive treatment, North West Aesthetics offers several procedures that remove layers of clogged skin cells, allowing the skin’s beauty to shine through.
Profhilo® is an injectable treatment with one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid on the market. The gel-like substance is hydrophilic, which means it draws water from the body and retains it. The injectable therefore acts as a hydrator as well as a filler, smoothing away fine lines whilst significantly boosting the skin’s moisture levels.
The treatment also triggers tissue bio-remodelling, which results in collagen and elastin production. These two proteins give the skin its resistance and elasticity, preventing it from sagging. Profhilo® is a must-have treatment for severely dehydrated or dull-looking skin.
Our Laser Resurfacing treatment employs thermal energy to deeply penetrate the skin, removing its outermost layers. This promotes cell renewal, which is vital in keeping the skin smooth and healthy.
Thanks to this procedure, collagen production is stimulated and its levels continue to rise long after the treatment, which helps to firm the skin and diminish the appearance of fine lines. In only a few sessions, Laser Resurfacing treatments reveal fresh, radiant skin.
Obagi® Radiance Peel
The Obagi® range uses prescription-strength ingredients to repair and regenerate the skin. Their Radiance Peel targets deeply clogged pores and exfoliates the skin, removing surface damage such as mild pigmentation. The peel contains salicylic acid, which reduces symptoms of acne and produces fresh, glowing skin after just one treatment.
Unlike other superficial chemical peels, the Obagi® Radiance Peel enables practitioners to easily control the depth of skin it penetrates. This allows the treatment to be uniquely tailored to your skin, regardless of its sensitivity.
Book Your Consultation
To hear more about our treatments that transform lacklustre skin, call our clinic on 01942 909003, or contact us via our website. Our experienced team will be more than happy to answer your questions or schedule a consultation.