Why You’re Losing Your Glow (And How To Get It Back)

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With the sun in full-effect, we all have a one-track mind when it comes to glowing skin: Basically, we want it. However, achieving optimum radiance isn't always as easy as we think, and some aren't born with naturally glowing complexions. In fact, many of us struggle with dull skin that has either always been present or has developed over time. If you're pondering the causes, the truth is, there could be a variety of factors contributing to your lackluster complexion—but they can thankfully all be turned around. If you're looking to get your glow back or improve it, keep on reading.

This one goes without saying. If you're not up to par with your H2O, then it's going to show through your skin. You should focus on drinking the recommended eight to 12 glasses of water every day if your skin is losing it's natural radiance.

If you're not catching up on your zZz's, be prepared for dull-looking skin. When your body is tired, your skin won't get the proper blood flow or oxygen needed to look vibrant. This will result in inflammation, dark circles and, you guessed it, a lackluster mug.

By now you should know the benefits of exfoliation. But did you know that not exfoliating could result in a duller appearance? By sloughing away the dead skin cells sitting on your top layer, you're allowing a healthy-looking, fresh dermis to be exposed.

Environmental aggressors (smog, pollution, UV rays, etc.) can have the biggest—and most negative—impact on our skin. The worst thing about them is that they're entirely out of our control, and we can only do so much to protect ourselves from them. Pollution breaks down collagen, so it's important to cleanse and keep up with your skincare routine as much as possible. Don't forget to wear SPF every day and try to incorporate nourishing vitamin C into your daily regime, as well.

Stress is not just an internal battle. It can make its way to your external if you're not careful. The tension in your skin is inevitably noticeable, so you should do your best to promote healthy blood flow. Apply some cooling compresses to your face to ease up the tension. You can also give yourself a quick massage by rubbing your temples, orbital bone and jaw line for a few seconds.

If you're not dehydrated from the inside, your skin could just physically be dry. Double-up on the moisturizer, or remember to apply it daily if you're not diligent about it. Applying your moisturizer twice a day is essential for that much-desired glow.