It’s time to get serious about the signs of aging. Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only issues to contend with, a dull complexion—triggered by external aggressors like pollution, cold weather, UV rays, and smoking—can make you look older, too.
“When your skin’s brightness fades, your complexion starts to look less youthful. The skin loses its clarity and luminosity, darkening the complexion—and this is exacerbated by blotchiness or dark spots,” says Pascale Piquemal, colorimetry expert and head of clinical assessment at L’Oréal Research. And here’s the kicker: People with patchy-looking, dull skin and imperfections like dilated pores or roughness can appear older than their real age.
Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep the signs of aging—a dull complexion included—at bay. Achieve a fresher, even-toned complexion with these simple tips.
You can help brighten the appearance of your skin and even out the overall look of your complexion by incorporating exfoliation into your skin care routine. Our favorite way to gently exfoliate is chemically with LHA—lipo-hydroxy acid. This micro-exfoliator helps to reduce the appearance of dullness by refining the skin and removing any build up of dead skin cells on skin’s surface. Try: Idéalia Radiance Serum.
Pinch Yourself—No, Really!
Refresh your skin with a mini-face massage. It’s easy, free, and will give your complexion a rosy, healthy-looking glow thanks to its ability to boost surface circulation. According to Annic Lefol-Malosse, director of the Vichy Institute:
- Lightly pinch the skin between your thumb and index finger, then turn it gently from right to left, as if you were turning a key in a lock, pressing down slightly on the edge of the skin before letting go.
- Repeat these “pinch-and-turn” movements from your chin to your jawbones, from your cheekbones to your ears, from your nose to your ears, and even on your forehead.
Incorporate Anti-Aging Products into Your Skin Care Routine
No anti-aging routine is complete without a cast of skin care products developed to address the very concerns you’d like to target. Our favorites include: