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How to Combat Skin Fatigue

Skin fatigue is exactly what it sounds like: skin that looks tired and lifeless. It happens for a number of reasons — there’s rarely just one underlying cause of fatigued skin. A combination of several lifestyle factors may result in dull, tired-looking skin, such as chronic stress, sleep deprivation, poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, or environmental factors like secondhand smoke, pollution, or UV damage.

Skin fatigue is basically your skin’s way of telling you that something is off, that it’s not quite getting the care it deserves.

The Link Between Skin Aging and Skin Fatigue

There are two types of skin aging: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic aging is the kind that takes place naturally due to genetics and time. Extrinsic aging, however, is controllable. This is the type of aging that can speed up the natural, intrinsic changes due to external factors like excessive sun exposure or a high-sugar diet. Skin fatigue is basically an indicator of extrinsic aging.

Signs of Skin Fatigue

Is your skin fatigued? Below are some of the telltale signs:

  • Age spots
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • Dryness
  • Dullness
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Rough texture
  • Translucence (thinness)
  • Uneven complexion

These signs of skin fatigue may be undesirable, but they don’t have to be permanent.

Tips for Reversing Skin Fatigue

In todays charged-up society, many of us make sacrifices to keep up with day-to-day demands. Maybe this means skimping on sleep, abandoning your skin care routine, eating less-than-ideal convenience foods, or failing to use sunscreen. All of these factors can contribute to skin fatigue. Carefully examine your lifestyle for habits that may be problematic for your skin, and then implement these strategies to relieve skin fatigue and restore your healthy, glowing complexion.

1. Eat cleaner.

Consume more whole, plant-based foods that will supply your skin with needed nutrients from the inside out. Opt for antioxidant-rich foods — like berries, leafy greens, citrus fruit, green tea, and moringa — that help fight free radicals that cause extrinsic aging. Also, get plenty of plant-based protein from beans, whole grains, as well as nuts and seeds to help strengthen and repair your connective tissues.

2. Drink up.

Promote skin radiance by drinking at least 64 ounces of water each day. Keep a water bottle on your desk or set a reminder to drink a glass before each meal to make sure you’re getting enough.

3. Manage stress.

Start saying “no” to obligations that cause you undue stress or anxiety. You might also try initiating a self-care routine that includes relaxing techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and gentle yoga.

4. Get enough rest

Skin cells turn over at night, so be sure you’re getting enough sleep to help your body do its job of renewing tired skin. Aim for seven to nine hours per night. Improve your ability to fall asleep by shutting off electronics at least an hour before bed, lowering the temperature in your sleep environment, and taking a warm bath or shower prior to bed.

5. Exercise regularly.

Physical activity stimulates blood flow to carry nutrients to your skin cells. Exercise also promotes the release of endorphins, which help relieve stress. Schedule at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.

6. Use high-quality organic skin care products.

Use sunscreen daily to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Exfoliating your skin two to three times weekly can also help remove dead skin cells that clog pores and unveil the newer, younger-looking skin beneath. In addition, be sure to moisturize immediately after cleansing and toning to promote long-lasting hydration.

For natural skin care, we like the plant-based approach of Well Within Beauty.

Photo: Ivan Gener

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