The Real Reason My Skin Looks So Dull and a Remedy That Worked
You’ve tried different remedies for glowing skin, but your complexion still looks dull or flat. Here is a solution that can help.
In this article, we’ll cover:
- Why your skin still looks dull after exfoliation, peels, and hydration.
- What you can do to improve your complexion.
- Two at-home fixes to try right now.
For years, I used a variety of glowing skin remedies and was happy with my results.
But as I got older, those remedies and fixes didn’t work as well. No matter what I tried, my face lacked that glow or that youthful shine.
So what was missing? Facial Muscle Tone.
Dull skin: Before and After
In the before picture above, my complexion looked gray and dull, even though I exfoliated regularly, using several popular methods, like homemade scrubs, microdermabrasion, and lactic acid peels.
But after I started facial exercises, the underlying muscles firmed up, allowing the skin to reflect light more evenly, giving the face a smooth shine and glow.
Note: Even though I’m about 10 yrs. older in the after picture, my complexion looks better and has improved tone and texture.
Why does my skin still look dull? It could be a lack of muscle tone.
So you try scrubs, chemical peels, even professional laser treatments and still wonder:
Why does my skin still look dull, flat and lacks shine?
While regular exfoliation and general good skin care is important in keeping the skin looking fresh and rejuvenated, after a certain age, it may not enough.
There are all plenty of remedies and procedures to expose fresh smooth skin, but the results can have that “waxy, too smooth finish” if your skin is slightly sagging.
After a certain age, the underlying muscle tone also plays an essential part in giving your face a smoother look.
In other words, you can see the sagging structure behind good-looking skin.
However, adding a simple facial exercise program to your beauty routine can enhance your complexion and firm and lift your face (especially the mid-face area) that imparts a more youthful look.
How exercises can rejuvenate dull skin naturally
The majority of our facial muscles are connected to the skin, which is what allows us to make facial expressions.
So when you smile, frown, or grimace for example, your facial skin goes along with the muscle movement.
With age, our muscles atrophy or shrink in size. When this happens, the skin has less volume to hold on to and starts to sag.
By building up muscle fibers, making them larger and firmer, the overlying skin looks fuller, lifted, and plumper. This allows more light to reflect off the face, giving that “glow” we all long for.
But, that’s not all. Facial exercises can help rejuvenate dull skin in several ways, including:
Enlarged Muscle Fibers for Better Light Reflection:
With regular facial exercises, you build and enlarge muscle fibers, which lifts facial contours, taking the skin with it. Over the course of a few months, you’ll notice firmer, smoother skin.
This allows for better light reflection across the skin, which gives your complexion that healthy shine and glow.
Restore Natural Moisture and Hydration:
Face exercising and massaging helps balance and redistribute sebum, a waxy, oily substance produced in your skin glands. Sebum is mother natures natural moisturizer. It is essential to keep your complexion moist and hydrated.
Healthier Complexion and Color:
People often ask: Why is my face color so dull? Poor circulation is a common issue for a dull colored complexion.
Increased blood flow from facial exercises and massage helps bring a beautiful glow and color to your cheeks. The increased blood flow also brings nutrient rich oxygen for healthier skin.
Naturally Improve skin texture:
Exercises help pump fluid into the subcutaneous layer of the skin, firming up the skin around the contracted muscles. This helps improve the look of crepey, papery thin skin.
Long Term Benefits:
Exercise also helps rejuvenate connective tissue so that collagen and elastin are continuously produced, even as we age. This helps your complexion age slower and look better as we get older.
Which exercise for glowing skin?
Almost any facial exercise can help improve your complexion, just as long as they incorporate two things:
1. Massage: Massaging the face gets blood and oxygen flowing and helps redistribute your natural facial oils.
2. Build Muscle: Any face exercise program that causes you to contract your facial muscles and apply pressure, helps grow muscle fibers, which gives your face a lift and firms the skin.
The sample workout in the video below is a perfect example of a program that massages your complexion while building up muscle fibers in the cheeks and sides of the face.
Does face massage make skin glow?
Yes, a face massage can help too. You can also do a quick morning massage after you wash your face or when applying a moisturizer.
Here is a quick and easy one to try:
The final point: How to get an illuminating complexion
If the most common fixes for dull skin like (exfoliation, peels, or laser treatments) are not providing the results you’d like to see, consider adding facial exercises to help improve muscle tone to your beauty routine.
Give it a few months and see if you don’t notice an improved glow and plumpness in your face, especially around the mid-face/cheek area.
FAQ’s: For Dull Skin
Q: Can face yoga really work?
A: Any face exercise that helps strengthen weak face muscles and increase blood flow to the face can result in smoother, brighter skin. Personally, the face yoga workouts I tried didn’t offer enough muscle resistance to strengthen or muscle fibers. I would search for a program that helps increase size of muscle fibers and massage the skin too. I use the CFF program. You can read more about it here and see my progress over the years …
Q: What exercises make your face look younger?
A: While you’ll see benefits from most face exercises, for a balanced, elegant look, you should follow a program that works all 57 muscles of the face and neck. Overtraining, or spot training, can result in an unbalanced or strange look. Check out the sample exercises steps here at this page…
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