Your skin works hard to act as a barrier that protects you from the environment. Due to the stresses of modern living, the harshness of your surroundings or simply as a natural part of the ageing process, your skin can lose its brightness and its glow.
As a result, you can be left with a dull, grey complexion that makes you look older than you are.
There are a number of factors that can cause bad skin. Ultraviolet rays from the sun or tanning beds can cause significant damage. Known as photoaging, the UV rays break down the skin’s elastin fibres, the protein that gives skin its suppleness and leads it to sag and stretch.
Smoking produces free radicals, unstable and highly reactive oxygen molecules that damage the skin’s cells. It also slows the production of collagen, the protein that strengthens the skin, causing premature wrinkles.
In addition, poor nutrition and drinking too much alcohol can cause dehydration that dries the skin out.
Skin is made up of several layers. The top layer, the epidermis, is responsible for growing new skin cells, which rise to the surface and slough off, constantly replacing the dead skin cells. As you get older, this rate of renewal slows, leaving a build up of dead skin cells that can cause a dull complexion.