Recharge your skin
Traversing through work, workout sessions, travel, and sometimes, late nights can drain our complexion . It’s not always the lack of sleep doing us in; it’s sluggish cells. Luckily, new science can help. Here’s your plan for a refreshed face.
YYou don’t need to be energy-drained from erratic weather or jet-lag or burning the midnight oil to wind up with tired skin. The telltale signs of an exhausted complexion— saggy, dull, dry, sallow, and wrinkled—mimic the look of sleep-deprivation but actually occur when the mitochondria (the energy centers of cells) run out of juice and need to be recharged. You can factor in stress, your age, and drinking too much alcohol, which can all drain the mitochondria’s power, but the biggest culprit is environmental toxins. “Tired skin is on the rise because we live in a more polluted environment that’s swarming with free radicals that damage skin,” says Dennis Gross, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Skin cells have only so much energy. If there are harmful molecules in the atmosphere, cells use up all that energy fighting them off. Eventually they become too fatigued and surrender. That’s when damage occurs. Cells can also become too spent to bang out their daily to-do list, like building collagen and shedding dead skin, and then you get that dull, dry, drawn look. Fortunately, there’s an ingredient out there that can erase each symptom. Try these top tired-skin cures.
Now you can perk up skin with more than an icy splash.