A guide to rescue your lifeless skin
Does your skin look dull and lifeless? Are you losing the glow of your skin? Tired, stressed and lustreless skin can leave you more stressed and hence you enter a vicious cycle of stress and withered skin. Dull skin can be due to many factors, both intrinsic and extrinsic. Long working hours, polluted environment and work stress can take a toll on your skin and cause pre-mature ageing. An unbalanced diet, lack of some vital vitamins and malfunctioning digestive system are the intrinsic factors affecting the health of your skin. It is very important to identify the cause and hence take timely action.
In this article, we try to explain the various reasons for lifeless skin. We have also designed a blood test package that covers key nutrient deficiencies and certain body abnormalities that cause dull and lifeless skin. By getting this test done, you may uncover a deficiency that may be causing the loss of glow of your skin. Free home collection can be arranged. Call us now on 09811166231 to book your lifeless skin package or book online on the links given at the end of this article.
We cover the following in this lifeless skin rescue guide for India:
- What is dull skin or lifeless skin?
- What are the causes of dull skin?
- What can you do to improve your dull skin?
- What is the cost of specially designed LabsAdvisor lifeless skin package?
- How can I book my lifeless skin package?
What is a Dull Skin or lifeless skin?
Dull skin is basically a skin that has lost its liveliness and brightness. Skin which is dry and rough, has age spots or uneven tan is identified as dull skin. Dull skin will make you look tired and old.
What are the causes of dull skin?
Dull skin is typically a result of poor blood circulation and dehydration. Anything that deprives your skin of oxygen and nutrients will lead to poor skin. Many factors come into play to cause dull skin condition. These factors can be Environmental factors, Hereditary factors, Psychological factors and Biological factors.
1. Environmental factors:
Air pollution: Pollution is problematic for your lungs as well as your skin.
- Dust can clog pores and cause the growth of bacteria which in turn lead to acne.
- Chemical pollutants can affect the skin’s natural protection and repair system causing pre-mature aging. Harmful chemicals can breakdown skin’s natural oils that hold moisture of the skin and keep it supple.
Sun exposure: the ultraviolet(UV) rays of the skin is the major cause of
- Our skin has a natural guard against harmful UV rays called as melanin. By raising the amount of melanin (dark pigment) in the skin, it is better able to absorb UV radiation and protect the skin from DNA damage. but over exposure to the sun can cause hyperpigmentation and uneven tone.
- Texture changes. Sun exposure causes wrinkles and thickening of the skin. It also results in freckles.
- Moles are small black or red coloured raised spots caused by sun exposure.
- Skin cancer. Spending long hours in peak sun light can lead to skin cancer.
Cold and wind: the cold and windy conditions of winters often result in itchy, dry skin. cold winds steal away the moisture of your skin leaving cracked and flaky skin.
2. Hereditary factors
Genes are made up of DNA that tells the cells how to make proteins. The proteins in turn affects the structure and function of the body. Genes have a significant influence on skin because skin is made up of so many proteins. For example, collagen is a protein which forms basic structure of your skin. Melanin which gives colour to your skin is also protein. Hence, hereditary plays an important role in determining the complexion and texture of your skin.
3. Psychological and lifestyle factors:
Stress can show up on your skin, nails and hair in a way that you won’t like. Following are the signs of stress taking toll on your skin:
Dark circles and under eye bags. Stress can keep you from getting enough beauty sleep.
Acne Stress causes your body to produce cortisol and other hormones, which initiates sebaceous glands to produce more oil. Oily skin is prone to acne and other skin problems.
Stress can aggravate skin problems like eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. It can also trigger hives, itchiness and fever blisters.
Smoking and Drinking Alcohol
Nicotine causes narrowing of the blood vessels that can limit oxygen-rich blood flow to the very small vessels in the face or other parts of the body. Thus, wounds take longer to heal and you’ll have scars that are bigger and redder than non-smokers. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which displaces the oxygen in your skin leaving skin dry and discoloured. Cigarette smoking also depletes many essential nutrients, including vitamin C, which helps protect and repair skin damage.
Alcohol has a diuretic effect, which puts you at greater risk of dehydration. When you are dehydrated, less water is available to moisturize your skin, leading to skin that appears rough, flaky and is more prone itching. Alcohol can also flare-up skin conditions like rosacea and psoriasis. When you drink in large quantities spider veins appear at your skin surface.
Eating junk food and food high in sugars damage your skin. Sugar in your blood stream attaches to proteins to form harmful molecules called advanced glycation end products. This glycation end-product damages collagen and elastin proteins. Once damaged, collagen and elastin become dry and brittle, leading to wrinkles and sagging of skin. Also, unhealthy and junk food are low in essential vitamins and minerals.
4. Biological factor
Due to some allergies or auto-immune disease your stomach is not able to absorb nutrients from the food properly. Hence the body gets deficient in the nutrients causing various deficiency diseases. Lack of intake or absorption of some vitamins also reflect on your skin. These nutrients are:
Vitamin E: The primary function of Vitamin E is as an antioxidant. Antioxidants are substances that protect our body from the damage caused by harmful molecules called as free radicals.Vitamin E blocks free radicals from the body, which play a large part in the ageing process. By fighting off free radicals, you can dodge wrinkles and keep the skin youthful-looking.Because the digestive system requires fat to absorb vitamin E, people with fat-malabsorption disorders are prone to become this vitamin deficient than people without such disorders.
Iron and Ferratin: Iron is an essential mineral required by your body. Your body requires Iron to make haemoglobin which is an essential part of blood cell. When Iron levels are depleted your skin begins to lose its normal colour and go pale. Another dermetological effect of Iron deficient is Pruritus. You get extremely itchy skin reddening of the affected area.Reversing the iron deficiency helps reduce the itchiness.
Folic Acid: Folic acid, with other important antioxidants, helps in eliminating toxins from the body, which can reduce acne on the face. Proper amount of folic acid in our body helps in keeping our skin moisturised and healthy. It also gives the skin a natural glow.It helps in reducing the signs of skin ageing. Thus, folic acid helps in keeping you look young.
Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin that keeps your nervous system healthy. It helps in the production of DNA and RNA of the cells .It is responsible for the smooth functioning of several critical body processes. Vitamin B12 is also important for cell reproduction and constant renewal of the skin. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause acne, sensitivity to sunlight, dryness, cracked lips, wrinkles and an uneven complexion.
What can you do to improve your dull skin?
- Exfoliate your skin: you should follow the skin regimen of clean, exfoliate and moisturise. Exfoliation is necessary to slough away dry and dead skin build up. Use gentle exfoliator to avoid skin irritation or inflammation.
- Moisturize your skin regularly: you should moisturize your skin at least twice or thrice daily. if you have dry skin problem, you should use medicated moisturizer and apply it frequently.
- Avoid smoking and drinking Alcohol: Avoiding smoking will not only benefit your lungs but also improve your skin. Avoid alcohol to prevent your skin from losing moisture.
- Eat balanced and Healthy diet: Avoid food with high sugar content. A diet with lots offruits and vegetables will meet your daily requirements of vitamins and minerals. Fresh fruits keep your skin hydrated.
- Destress and have a good night sleep: Add at least 20 minutes of exercise in your daily routine to de stress your body. You can meditate or practice yoga. Do not compromise on your required sleeping hours. it is important for repair and regeneration of tissues.
- Get a health check-up: If you feel that following above routines does not improve your skin condition, you need to look for the other responsible anatomical factors. May be your liver is not able to store vital vitamins and minerals or your stomach lining is not able to absorb nutrients from food. You might be deficient in vitamins or your iron level could be low. Finding the root cause and taking due actions can reverse all the damage caused to the skin.
LabsAdvisor lifeless skin package contains all the tests normally prescribed by dermatologists for skin problems. This package includes following six blood tests:
1. Vitamin E: The level of vitamin E in the plasma or serum after a 12 to 14 hour fast indicates the individual’s reserve status. the concentrations of vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) in your serum depend on the liver, which stores the nutrient after it has been absorbed by the small intestine. The blood test requires overnight fasting.The reference range of vitamin E in adults is 5.5-17 µg/ml. In children, it is 3-18.4 µg/ml. Read more about Vitamin E test Click Here
2. Serum Iron (Total Iron): Total Iron test screen for iron deficiency. A serum iron test measures how much iron is in your serum. Serum is the liquid left after the removal of red blood cells and clotting factors from your blood.
Serum iron, Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC) and Transferrin saturation are usually ordered together. Click here to know more.
3. Serum ferritin: A ferritin test is used to evaluate a person’s current iron stores.it is also measured by a simple blood test.Normal ferritin ranges are: 24 to 336 nanograms per millilitre in men. 11 to 307 nanograms per millilitre in women.
4. Folic acid: A folic acid or vitamin B9 test measures the amount of folic acid in the blood.The normal reference range of folic acid in the blood is between 2.7 and 17.0 nanograms per ml.
Excessive folic acid levels usually aren’t problematic, but they may indicate a deficiency of vitamin B-12. Your body needs vitamin B-12 to use folic acid properly, so if vitamin B-12 levels are low, folic acid remains unused.
5. Vitamin B-12: Your body doesn’t naturally produce vitamin B-12. It comes from animal products like meat, fish and dairy. People who are at risk for vitamin B-12 deficiency are mostly strict vegetarians, vegans, older adults and diabetics. Some people with celiac disease or gastric surgery are also deficient in vitamin B12 due to malabsorption. A vitamin B-12 test is a simple blood test which require you to fast for 6-8 hours. Know more about Vitamin B12 deficiency Click here.
6. Liver function test: Liver stores vitamins and minerals. if liver does not function properly, it may cause deficiency diseases. Liver function test is a blood test done to measure specific enzymes and proteins in your blood. Test showing either higher or lower-than-normal levels of these proteins or enzymes can indicate a problem with your liver. Click here to Know more about liver function tests.
What is the cost of specially designed LabsAdvisor lifeless skin package?
|Lifeless Skin Panel||LabsAdvisor Min. Cost of Lifeless Skin Panel in Delhi / NCR||Market Price of Lifeless Skin Panel|
|Lifeless Skin Panel Cost in Delhi||₹ 4340||₹ 10250|
|Lifeless Skin Panel Cost in Noida||₹ 4340||₹ 8580|
|Lifeless Skin Panel Cost in Gurgaon||₹ 4340||₹ 8580|
How to book the lifeless Skin Package?
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