Do you see a dry, drab, dull complexion when you look in the mirror? Do you have an unhealthy skin tone? A bright, glowing complexion gives the appearance of youth, health and happiness. When you have a dull complexion or unhealthy skin tone, you may appear tired, unhealthy, worn out, or older than you really are.
Healthy skin is essential to achieving natural beauty, so make sure you have all the basics covered before you even try to achieve a flawless complexion with cosmetics.
Sometimes skin complexion can become dark and dull. This can result due to many reasons such as age spots, sun exposure or the build-up of dead skin cells. There are various products that are available on the market to help brighten the skin, but these products may not work with a single application, so you may need to purchase additional treatments. Thankfully, there are also low-cost steps that you can take to brighten your complexion.
What causes dull complexion:
• stress and tiredness
• lack of essential vitamins
• smoking and drinking plenty of alcohol
• slow blood circulation
• wind, sun, humidity, temperatures
Face Mask For Dull Skin
Achieve a noticeably clear and glowing complexion with this face mask that’s good enough to eat.
Crack the egg on the edge of a small bowl, and allow the egg white to pour into the bowl while you keep the yolk in the shell. Put the yolk and shell aside.
Whisk the egg white until it becomes frothy.
Add 1 tablespoon oatmeal and 1 tablespoon lemon juice to the bowl and mix thoroughly.
Apply a thin layer of the mixture to your face and neck. Avoid your eyes, nostrils and mouth.
Allow the mask to set for 15 to 20 minutes.
Splash your face with warm water to remove the mask.
Rinse your face again with cool water to tighten and close your pores, then gently pat your face dry with a towel.
If your skin becomes irritated while wearing the mask, remove it immediately.
For added glow, moisturize your skin after removing the mask. A drop of olive oil is an ultra-hydrating alternative to store-bought moisturizers.
Always apply face masks to skin that is clean and free of makeup for best results.
Limit your showers to 10 minutes, and keep the water cool to avoid stripping skin of it’s moisture.
Symptoms of Dark Skin
For many of us darkening of the skin doesnt even raise an eyebrow, even though the darkening may be uneven. However, in most cases, darker skin caused by hyperpigmentation is uneven and appears in the form of dark patches on the joints, palms, soles and perhaps even the face. Some of the common symptoms of dark skin caused by hyperpigmentation include:
Uneven light brown or dark brown colored patches on the skin
Appearance of blemishes on the face and other parts of the skin
Differences in skin tone, mainly on the face, neck, throat, elbows and knees
In case your skin is naturally dark due to the presence of melanin then the symptoms may not be noticeable immediately. However, over a period of time, as the discoloration spreads or becomes darker, it is bound to become evident.
Unfortunately, darkening of the skin is not always indicative of hyperpigmentation; there are a few other skin conditions, such as lupus and rosacea too that could lead to a darkening of the skin. Therefore, it could be a bit of the challenge to diagnose the condition accurately, without seeking medical assistance. If darkening of the skin is caused by some other health problems then it is very likely that you will also notice some other symptoms like a rash, swelling, reddening, acne, tiredness and weakness along with the darkening of the skin. It is absolutely essential to consult a doctor in case you see accompanying symptoms like:
Dizziness and fainting
Gastrointestinal problems like nausea and vomiting
Digestive disorders like constipation or diarrhea
Lack of an appetite, accompanied by weight loss
Pain in the stomach and the abdominal area
Flushing of the skin
Causes of Dark Skin
In most instances, darkening of the skin is fairly harmless and is not a major cause for concern. Some of the most common factors that have been known to lead to discoloration or darkening of the skin include:
Heredity factors, where the genes for darker skin are passed on from one generation to the other.
Over exposure to sun light for an extended period of time, especially in case of high sensitivity towards sun radiation
Malnutrition or the lack of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients in the body
Hormonal changes in the body, that could be triggered by factors such as pregnancy or menopause
Use of certain medications, especially oral contraceptives that cause the darkened patches to appear in a typical butterfly pattern.
However, not all causes for dark skin are simple and minor. Some of the conditions that could lead to darkening of the skin may require immediate medical attention and treatment. Some of the more serious causes for darker skin include:
Addisons disease, in which the adrenal glands do not produce the required amount of steroid hormones
Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, where your immune system attacks the bodys tissues and organs
Hemochromatosis, a condition in which your body produces too much iron
Liver-related diseases and disorders, like cirrhosis
Remedies for Dark Skin
When it comes to treating dark skin or discolored patches on the skin, most health experts will advise you to first determine the factors that are causing the problem. In case your skin is producing too much melanin mainly due to simple factors like excess exposure to the sun, you may be advised to use simple home remedies to regain your original skin color. Given below are some of the most commonly recommended natural home remedies for dark skin:
Mix one teaspoon of milk powder, a teaspoon of lemon juice, a teaspoon of honey and half a teaspoon of almond oil, to make a thick paste. Apply this on to the skin and keep it on for around 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing it off with cold water. This not only helps reduce the effects of tanning and skin blemishes, but also gives your skin a natural radiance
Add some plain oatmeal to unflavored yogurt and apply the mixture on to the affected skin. After around 20 minutes, wash the mixture off your skin with cold water. Some tomato juice could also be added to this mixture to increase its effectiveness
Potato has natural bleaching properties, which is why it is excellent for lightening patches and blemishes as well as darkened skin. Cut a potato into thin slices and place them on the affected area for 20 to 30 minutes.
Take a bowl of plain, unflavored yogurt and add a few grated dry orange peels to it. This paste is very effective in getting rid of a tan and should be kept on to the skin for at least 15 minutes, after application.
Mint works wonders in lightening the skin tone and therefore, the paste of freshly ground mint leaves should be applied on to the skin for around 15 to 20 minutes, before being rinsed off.