Mar 212011
 

Tired of dull skin? Want a vibrant, healthy skin tone? These seven natural ways to brighten dull skin will freshen and plump up your skin from the inside out.

These skin care tips are from dermatologist Julia Hunter, of Skin Fitness Plus in Beverly Hills, CA.

“Your appearance is affected by the internal effects of the foods you eat,” says Dr Hunter. “Your diet affects much more than your weight; it affects your skin, hair, and overall appearance.”

This dermatologist firmly believes that health brings beauty, and that we should optimize both the inside and outside of our bodies to have healthy, vibrant skin. Here are her natural ways to brighten dull skin — all natural, easy, and effective.

How to Brighten Dull Skin – 7 Natural Ways

Know which foods cause skin reactions

Dr Hunter says that some foods can trigger allergic reactions, which sometimes cause swollen and irritated cells in the lining of the gut. Other times, foods can cause full blown skin rashes, contribute to acne, and disrupt sleep. A natural way to brighten dull skin is to pay close attention to how you feel and look after eating certain foods, such as dairy or flour products – especially if you think you have a food allergy. Don’t trust your memory: write down how you feel and and even how your skin looks after eating certain foods.

If you struggle with acne, you may find 7 Adult Acne Treatment Tips helpful.

Stay away from foods that trigger premature aging

Foods age us. Foods that cause dull, dry skin include simple and refined sugars, high glycemic carbs, refined, manufactured foods, hydrogenated fats, and artificial chemical additives. “Those foods negatively impact the functioning of your thyroid gland – the master gland of the body – which ages you,” says Dr Hunter. “Plus, those unhealthy foods make you tired and susceptible to diseases. They also impair the functioning of all the other organs in your body.” A natural way to brighten dull skin is to avoid unhealthy foods as much as possible.

Eat green foods to brighten dull skin

Dr Hunter’s mantra is “Green, green and more green!” To brighten dull skin and improve your skin tone and appearance, eat foods as close to nature as possible – healthy foods that improve aging skin. Eat red meat not more than once a week, and enjoy lean proteins such as turkey, wild fish (not farm raised because they don’t have the same nutrients), black beans, red beans, wild or brown rice (not white), and nuts.

Brighten dull skin by eating healthy oils

Olive oil, hemp, flaxseed, borage, black currants, raw coconut and omega-3’s from fish all help “juice” up the skin and brighten dull skin. Avocado, nuts, and wild salmon are healthy foods improve skin tone, and reduce wrinkles and rashes. If you struggle to eat healthy foods, read What Are Nutrients? 5 Easy Ways to Add Nutrients to Your Diet.

Drink water to improve your skin’s appearance

“We all dry up as we get older, which contributes to fine lines and helps gravity. We must drink water, and it’s best to drink one or two liters per day,” says Dr Hunter. She recommends adding a green tea bag or green powders to water, or drinking organic whole leaf aloe juice (one to two ounces per day). Green tea and aloe juice decrease aging, laxity, and brown spots — and also increase clarity and skin tightness all over your body. This will help with dry, dull skin problems.

Do you live in a dry climate? Read How to Protect Your Skin in Dry Weather and Cold Climates.

Avoid inflammation – it makes you look old

“Food causes inflammation, which causes disease and aging,” says Dr Hunter. “Other things also contribute to inflammation, such as pollution, sunlight, radiation, stress, medications, and chemicals. Inflammation and glycation are the chemical processes that change our appearance.” She lists several effects of inflammation on your skin: dark circles under and around our eyes, brown “age” spots, rosacea (abnormal blood vessels), thin skin, hair loss, bags under your eyes, crinkles, wrinkles, rashes, jowls, and loose eyelids. The less inflammation in your body, the healthier your skin will appear.

Brighten dull skin with natural collagen

“Aging is collagen failure,” says Dr Hunter. “People who restrict their calories decrease their inflammation, so they age less quickly. People who take many and varied antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and who keep their hormone producing organs functioning at a robust, healthy level age much less quickly. In fact, they seem to stop aging.” Aging is a natural cause of lifeless, dry skin. While you can’t stop aging, you can eat less and thus brighten your skin tone.

And if you don’t moisturize your skin every night and every morning, you must start now! Try the Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Daily Moisturizer.

What do you think of these natural ways to brighten dull skin? Comments welcome below…

To learn more about Dr Julia Hunter, visit Skin Fitness Plus.

  2 Responses to “Dull Skin, Be Gone! 7 Natural Ways to Brighten Dull Skin”

  1. Thanks, Brandy…I think we underestimate the importance of water on our skin’s appearance!

  2. This is such a very insightful post, all the information you’ve given are just right on. I agree with you when you said that drinking lots of water can absolutely improve our appearance.

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