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10 Ways to Prevent Tired Skin

Find out how to prevent and rejuvenate tired looking skin with our lifestyle and skincare tips.

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What is tired skin?

Tired skin, also referred to as skin fatigue or dull skin, happens when skin loses its youthful composure, leading to a dull appearance, emphasised wrinkles, and the appearance of enlarged pores. Learn more about what causes tired skin, the best moisturizer for tired looking skin and the ways to address it.

More About What Tired Skin Is:

In essence, skin becomes tired when it cannot regenerate quickly enough, which subsequently emphasises the ageing process. Whilst tired skin is an inevitable part of life, its effects can be accelerated by a variety of lifestyle factors, including stress, exposure to air pollution, and a poor skincare routine.

  • Common factors of tired skin include:
  • Dark circles
  • Puffy eyes
  • Fine lines
  • Dull appearance
  • Tired look
  • Enlarged pores
  • Dry skin
  • Emphasised wrinkles

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Stress, in particular, massively contributes towards tired skin due to activating the hormone, cortisol, which reduces blood flow around the body and depletes the skin’s collagen levels. Over time, this breakdown of collagen will emphasise the appearance of wrinkles and reduce the skin’s ability to reflect light, making it seem less youthful.

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What Causes Tired Skin?

Have you ever thought ‘my skin looks tired and old’? There are many things that could be causing this. Whilst age is perhaps the most obvious factor, there are a number of other reasons why your skin may be looking tired - some of which can be controlled, but others unfortunately can’t. If you’ve ever woken up one day and wondered why your skin doesn’t reflect the eight or so hours spent in slumber, then one or more of these factors may be the culprit:

1. The environment: 
If left unprotected, skin can suffer from the harsh effects of bitter winds, poor air quality, and low humidity. Plus, any exposure to UV light, whether from the sun or an artificial source, can damage your skin, so it’s crucial that SPF is incorporated in your skincare routine throughout the year.

2. Poor diet: 
Given that your skin repairs and regenerates from the nutrients found in food, a poor diet will often be reflected by tired skin. As with most food-related issues, it’s best to steer clear of salty, overly processed foods which retain fluid and hamper the skin’s ability to remain shiny.

3. Dehydration: 
A low water intake tends to make skin appear thin and lacklustre, and is especially prominent in winter months. What’s more, poor hydration may accentuate acne scars, which further dulls the skin.

4. Smoking: 
Aside from already well-documented adverse health effects, smoking can wreak havoc on your skin’s sheen. Coupled with stress, smoking will damage your collagen levels, making skin appear aged and wrinkly.

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5. Sleep deprivation: 
Similar to the effects of stress, a lack of sleep can raise cortisol levels which, in turn, reduce your blood oxygen content and breakdown collagen, leading to dull, aged skin.

6. Cleansing: 
Especially relevant if you’re living in a bustling metropolitan area, the skin’s pores can become blocked with dirt, dust and pollution if regular cleansing isn’t part of your routine.

7. Lack of exercise: 
Poor cardiovascular health can lead to a whole host of other health issues. As with stress, a lack of exercise reduces blood flow around the body, therefore inducing the same effect as cortisol.

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How Can You Prevent and Rejuvenate Tired Skin?

Aside from managing stress, incorporating exercise, and avoiding cigarettes, there are a number of extra lifestyle changes that can be incorporated to prevent and repair tired skin. Here are a few solutions for tired skin:

1. Eat a balanced, healthy diet: If your diet includes lots of highly-salted or processed junk foods, aim to reduce and replace them with foods containing lots of antioxidants, such as citrus fruits and berries. In particular, any fruits or vegetables high in vitamin C, such as avocados and kiwis, will help to promote healthy, youthful skin.


2. Sleep for at least 7 hours daily: Whilst 8 hours’ sleep per day is widely believed to be the ideal amount, 7 hours will be just enough to retain your skin’s natural glow and prevent dark circles. For when 7 hours isn’t possible, we’d recommend Florena’s Illuminating Facial Oil to brighten the skin.


3. Wear SPF: Though the sun’s bright rays can be more harmful during the summer months, skin is susceptible to UV damage throughout the year, which is why it’s best to incorporate SPF into your daily skincare routine.

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4. Cleanse thoroughly: Whilst it’s best to wear SPF all year round, it’s equally as important to remove it along with the day’s grime before heading to bed - otherwise, your pores will become clogged and appear tired. We recommend using Florena’s Milky Cleanser which will gently, but effectively remove dirt and makeup built up during the day, to leave your skin looking fresh. 


5. Exfoliate: An essential part of thorough cleansing, exfoliation will remove excess grime from pores, leaving a smooth and polished effect on your skin, which also sets up your skin to retain more water from moisturizer.


6. Moisturise: Moisturising daily will protect your skin’s thin top layer, helping to keep skin looking firm and hydrated - this one’s extra important during the winter months, or if you’re prone to dry skin. We recommend using Florena’s 24h Hydrating Day Cream to lock in moisture and maintain your skin’s smooth appearance.


7. Use a retinoid: Derived from vitamin A, retinoids can stimulate collagen growth by acting as an exfoliant, which works by revealing new skin cells whilst also thinning out the delicate top layer. In turn, the skin will reflect more light, producing a natural glow. 

8. Exercise: Not only is it fantastic for alleviating stress, regular aerobic exercise will increase blood flow around your body, helping to promote healthy collagen levels. If your glow appears to have vanished, a daily 30-minute bout of exercise may work wonders for you.


9. Avoid long and hot showers: It’s well known that regular showers with hot water can lead to dry and tired-looking skin, and this is due to water sapping away more moisture as it evaporates. Try to reduce the time spent in hot showers or baths and, if you’re feeling extra brave, jolt the temperature right down for 30 seconds at the end. Not only will this reduce the drying effect, but it will also open up the capillaries beneath your skin, increasing blood flow around the body.


10. Use a face mask once a week: Not only do face masks help you relax at the end of a busy week, they add moisture back into the skin, leaving it looking bright and radiant. It can be difficult to search for the best facial for aging tired skin - for at-home treatment, we recommend Florena’s Firming Face Mask, which will plump and firm your skin, creating a soft feel. Partner it with Florena’s Regenerating Facial Oil to further hydrate and rejuvenate your skin.

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Whilst the above solutions may help to reduce and prevent tired skin, it might be worth consulting a dermatologist if you seek more drastic results. For instance, in-office procedures can be undertaken to reduce brown spots, resurface the skin, and improve its ability to reflect light.

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Best Moisturizer for Tired Looking Skin

Moisturising is key for maintaining healthy, youthful-looking skin. In particular, moisturizers that contain fermented ingredients are especially effective, and can increase the skin’s ability to retain moisture thanks to creating a harmonious pH balance with the help of micro-biome friendly vitamins.


Florena’s range of fermented skincare moisturizers are certified COSMOS Natural by the Soil Association, and contain at least 99.46% ingredients of natural origin.


For more info on the full range and how your skin can benefit from its use, head here.