How to Brighten a Dull Complexion

Exfoliating for a Brighter Complexion

Once you've improved your diet, you want to make sure that your healthy skin shows. One way to boost your skin's healthful appearance is by exfoliating, the process of removing dead skin cells.

Your skin has several layers. The outermost layer, called the epidermis, consists of five sublayers. The outermost of these, known as the stratum corneum, is actually dead. The dead skin cells found in this layer protect the healthy, living cells underneath. Usually, the dead cells fall off and replenish about every two weeks [source: King]. Exfoliation helps remove those cells instead of allowing them to build up.

The average person should exfoliate twice a week. However, older skin does not renew as quickly, so too much scrubbing can do more harm than good. In contrast, heat increases oil and sweat production, which speeds up the accumulation of dead cells and requires more frequent exfoliation [source: Health].

You can find many types of skin scrubs and exfoliants at your local drugstore and in other stores. You may wish to try one of these products, but you can also exfoliate by taking a clean, damp washcloth that has a rough or bumpy texture and apply your preferred skin cleanser, gently rubbing the surface of your skin. You can also soap up exfoliating gloves and rub your hands over your face as though you were washing. If you use exfoliating gloves, be sure to rinse and dry them thoroughly so they don't trap dead skin cells or develop mold or bacteria. Avoid using sponges because they also will hold onto dead cells and breed bacteria [source: Health].

Now that you've improved your diet and worked off extra dead skin cells, continue reading to learn about the benefits of moisturizing.