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I'd appreciate your help on how to revive tired looking skin and brighten dull face
complexion. I'm a young woman in my mid 20s and have fairly good skin. I rarely get
pimples except a few zits on my cheeks just before my period. I don't smoke or drink
and try to get as much sleep as I can but my face still looks really dull, lifeless
and tired in the morning. So what can I do to improve it naturally without wearing
tons of makeup? – Kristie, North Dakota.
5 Quick Fixes to Revive and Brighten Dull Tired Skin
You are on the right track by not smoking and drinking, and getting sufficient sleep
every night. However, that's really not enough if you want a fresh, bright-looking
skin complexion that glows beautifully. I am not talking about the latest or the
most expensive skin rejuvenating products on the shelves but rather simple things
that you can do at home to perk up sluggish skin and restore a rosy radiance to lackluster
How to Make Skin Look Less Tired?
1. The fastest and easiest way to instantly wake up tired looking skin in the morning
is to splash your face with cold water, or take an ice cube and rub it over your
face for a few seconds. The reason is that cold water as well as ice stimulates blood
circulation, which will temporarily invigorate fatigued skin. As an added bonus,
this also helps to tighten large skin pores so your face appear much smoother and
Alternatively, put your toner or moisturizer, or eye cream (great for reducing puffiness
around your eyes) in the refrigerator before you go to bed. Then apply on your face
to refresh tired looking skin in the morning.
2. Exfoliation should also be a regular part of your skincare routine if you want
to brighten sallow skin. Scrub your skin 3 times a week to remove dull rough skin
texture and reveal younger, brighter looking skin that is supple and silky soft to
I would suggest you use a facial scrub that contains natural skin brightening ingredients
such as milk (lactic acid), papaya (papain), mulberry (arbutin) or licorice extract
(glabridin), to name a few. I also like this super energizing MORNING BURST Facial
Scrub from Clean & Clear. It has Vitamin C and Ginseng, known to invigorate, stimulate
and rejuvenate weary skin naturally.
If you like to experiment with homemade face scrubs, mix a small palmful of dead
sea salt with several drops of olive oil or virgin coconut oil and a few shavings
of fresh ginger root. Ginger sends a warming energy below the skin to stimulate blood
circulation and boost lifeless tired skin. Perfect on cold winter mornings.
3. A face mask made with mint will greatly improve fatigued and stressed skin. Mint
has a soothing and cooling effect that energizes and gives life to your skin in a
matter of minutes.
Together with the refreshing goodness of cucumber, this cucumber-mint face mask will
surely revitalize and jump-start that tired, dull-looking skin in the morning. Mash
1 cucumber (cut into pieces first) in a food processor and then strain. You should
get about ½ cup cucumber solids.
Place cucumber solids in a microwave safe bowl and add just a bit of water. Microwave
on high until slightly warm to touch, about 2 minutes or so. Stir in ¼ cup finely
chopped fresh mint leaves and microwave on medium for a few more minutes.
Remove and let cool completely before applying on your face. Wash off with cold water
after 15 minutes.
If your face is on the oily side, try this clay mint mask. Clay tightens pores and
soaks up excess oil from your skin for a fresh, clean look.
Mix 2 tablespoons Clay powder with 1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint leaves.
Add just enough water (or rose water) to make a smooth spreadable paste.
Apply on face and relax. Wait for the clay-mint mask to dry completely, about 15-20
minutes. Remove using a clean warm wet wash cloth and warm water. Finish with a splash
of cold water to invigorate tired skin.
4. It is no secret that a unhealthy diet that's high in fat and low in skin-boosting
nutrients contributes to pasty-looking skin so I am not going to bore you with too
many details on how to eat your way to beautiful skin and delay visible signs of
aging on your face.
Just remember to consume plenty of dark green leafy vegetables (good sources of iron
to prevent pale skin, brittle nails and dark eye circles) along with oily fish like
salmon and tuna (omega 3 fatty acids to nourish and moisturize dry skin). Snack on
Vitamin E rich almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds to keep your skin vibrant and
5. Pay attention to how much fluid you drink every day since your body needs to receive
adequate hydration to maintain healthy plumping looking skin. If you don't drink
enough water, your skin cells can become really dry and shrivel up, leading to premature
wrinkles and dullness. Therefore, make sure to drink about 8 glasses of clean pure
Avoid caffeinated beverages since caffeine interferes with the body's absorption
of vitamins and minerals like Vit C and iron, both strongly linked with dewy hydrated
complexion and a rosy glow.
If you really need caffeine to get you through the day, limit yourself to no more
than 2 small cups of coffee, tea or other caffeine containing beverages a day. And,
gulp down an extra glass of water with each cup of caffeinated drink.
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Aside from coffee grind and brown sugar, what else is good to exfoliate skin? Find
out gentle exfoliating face scrub ingredients from your kitchen that can keep your
skin baby smooth and radiantly bright.