Overcoming Skin Dullness Through Proper Nutrition
There are two possible reasons why your skin looks dull most of the time; one is poor blood circulation, and two, there is just too many dead cells on your skin’s epidermis.
The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis (top layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the hypodermis (bottom layer). The first two layers, the epidermis and the dermis, are what determine your skin’s health and how it appears from the outside.
It is in the dermis where your skin’s connective tissues are mostly situated. These include the sebaceous glands, sweat glands, fat cells, collagen, elastin, blood vessels, and nerves.
If you have dry and flaky skin, it could mean that your dermis is not producing enough moisture. And if your skin looks pale, it could signify that the blood vessels are not functioning properly by supplying your skin with sufficient oxygen and other essential nutrients. That creates that youthful glow is actually what’s reflected on the epidermis.
Your skin, (particularly the dermis, which plays the biggest role in giving your skin a healthy glow) needs an adequate supply of blood, especially since it is the largest organ of the body.
Now this can only be possible if you have a healthy circulatory system. One way to improve blood circulation all throughout your body is by getting a good amount of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber, which are mostly found in seafood like salmon and tuna, and most fruits and vegetables.
The condition of your epidermis is also a determining factor on how your skin looks. It is in this layer where melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, are located and when these cells are overexposed to the sun, spots can develop on the surface of the skin. Furthermore, the epidermis is where dead skin cells are formed. These dead cells fall off over time (which then turns to ninety percent of your household dust) but are then gradually replaced by new ones.
New skin cells are formed underneath the epidermis, and eventually, these skin cells rise to the surface to replace old ones. Sometimes dead skin cells become too thick and make your skin look white and flaky, or even develop a yellowish appearance.
To slough off these dead cells and help your skin achieve its natural beauty, you can try either of two things:
One is by having a well balanced diet, and the other is through exfoliating your skin using skin care products. You need to be careful though as excessive cleansing can damage your epidermis and allow your dermis to be exposed like a wound.
Another role of the dermis is to produce younger cells regularly to help the skin maintain its glow.
In order for the it to function to its full capacity, it needs to receive proper nutrition that can be acquired from certain foods. Important nutrients include vitamin A, vitamin B12, and folate, which are usually found in mushrooms, wheat germs, and yeast. All these resources encourage mitotic cell division. What’s more, they also help increase the skin’s cell production rate, which leads to a younger looking complexion that is more radiant and beautiful.