3 Steps To Brighten Dull Skin

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We all have those moments where we catch our reflection in the mirror and realize our skin looks a little dull. Unfortunately, environmental pollution, day-to-day stress and a blasé approach to your skin-care routine are likely culprits. But, if you want to brighten up that lifeless complexion, here are three steps to add to your daily routine, starting today:

Exfoliate: Your first step is to clean out dead skin cells that clog your pores and make your skin look tired. Choose a pore-clarifying cleanser to use twice a day, and supplement with a gentle exfoliating product that you can use twice a week. The regular exfoliation will help your other products and treatments absorb better into your skin, making them more effective.

Hydrate: Tag-team your skin nourishment with hydrating moisturizers targeted to your skin type, while also eating foods that are known to boost moisture. You can actually get more water in your system by eating raw or steamed vegetables and fresh fruits that are naturally water-rich, like berries, watermelon, cucumbers, beets and celery. Also, add some lemon or cranberry to your drinking water to increase its hydrating properties.

Treat. If post-acne marks are peppering an otherwise pretty complexion, ask your dermatologist about hydroquinone, glycolic or kojic acids to help brighten up your skin. Or consider a series of light chemical peels using salicylic acid to get your skin more even and brighter. For deeper treatment for hyperpigmentation, you doctor may suggestion a fractional laser treatment, which has been shown to break up the discoloration at its source.

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