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“You look tired” is the last thing we need to hear, especially when we’ve tried so hard to camouflage the effects of stress, lack of sleep, or anxiety from our loved ones and coworkers.

We’re often betrayed by dull, sallow skin that’s speckled with dark spots, which, unfortunately, welcomes those dreaded, unsolicited comments about our appearance.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Ahead, we’ll share the most common reasons behind dull skin and our top secret for that everlasting glow.

The most common causes of dull skin

1. You don’t protect your skin from the sun

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If you aren’t already slathering on sunscreen daily, here’s a reminder of why you ought to.

The sun depletes our skin’s levels of essential fatty acids and natural hyaluronic acid, which can lead to dullness. Not to mention, prolonged sun exposure also creates the age pigment called lipofuscin, a brown-yellow material.

2. You aren’t getting sufficient sleep

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Sleep isn’t just crucial for your body, but it’s key to healthier, more radiant skin too. That’s because cell regeneration occurs during our sleep, and that lack of sleep will play a role in poor skin regeneration, resulting in dull, tired-looking skin.

3. You don’t eat a balanced diet

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The proverbial saying “you are what you eat” rings true here. The quality of food you eat and the types of foods you consume can affect the health and look of your skin.

If you aren’t quite sure where to start, it’s best to incorporate more foods into your diet that are high in fatty acids, such as fish, walnuts, and flaxseed.

Fatty acids are essential for healthy skin as they boost cell production below the skin’s surface, so it reinforces the skin barrier and reduces inflammation.

4. You don’t pair your facial with the right skincare products

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If your skin is prone to dullness and dark spots, there’s a chance that brightening products are a staple in your routine. However, if you’ve tried all sorts of formulas on the market but have yet to reap any visible results, consider a brightening facial treatment.

And before you retort by saying facials don’t provide lasting results, hear us out. How long your glow lasts all depends on the aftercare. If you aren’t using the right skincare products after your session, your results will certainly be short-lived.

Thankfully, we’re here to reveal your perfect match!

Experience clear, glowing skin with this brightening treatment

Astalift Specialized Triple Nano-Ceramides Brightening Facial

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Give your regular skincare routine a much-needed boost with Astalift’s Specialized Triple Nano-Ceramides Brightening Facial. The 85-minute treatment even comes with a relaxing shoulder, neck, and scalp massage, so you’ll feel completely at ease during your session.

You’ll experience deep pore cleansing and skin brightening, thanks to the advanced Japanese technology that utilises Triple Nano-Ceramides and Nano AMA+ to reinforce your skin’s defences, protecting it from an onslaught of environmental aggressors.

High-purity Tri-functional Collagen will also penetrate into targeted layers of the skin to encourage natural cell renewal for a clear and glowing complexion, so there’s no need for uncomfortable extractions or steaming.

Rest assured, the treatment doesn’t use any harsh agents or employ uncomfortable heat technologies, so sensitive skin can breathe easy.

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Here’s what your session would look like:

Step 1: Skin analysis and prep

Before your beauty therapist begins, she’ll perform a computerised Skin Diagnostic Examination to analyse your skin type and condition.

While this facial treatment is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, you can achieve your desired results by customising it even further with enhanced whitening, hydrating, or soothing effects!

After the analysis, the therapist will come up with a treatment that’s tailored to your skin needs. She will then proceed to remove your makeup, cleanse your skin, and trim your brows in preparation for the following steps.

Step 2: Gentle exfoliation

To allow the following products to penetrate deeper into your skin, your therapist will use an advanced, low-frequency AMS (Aqua Micro-Jet System) Technology to gently exfoliate your skin.

It combines powerful jets of fine mist with controlled suction to loosen dirt, debris, and clogged pores, deeply cleansing your skin and sloughing off dull layers of dead skin cells to reveal healthier, youthful-looking skin.

Step 3: Relaxing massage

Here’s where you get to really relax. Enjoy a face massage that extends to your neck and shoulders so you can loosen up. The massage promotes detoxification and blood circulation too, which is excellent for the skin.

Step 4: Brightening treatment

To boost your skin’s moisture levels and brighten your overall complexion, your facialist will administer a skin-conditioning Cryotherapy. This cold therapy treatment uses cryogenically cooled air to expose the skin surface to sub-zero temperature whilst stimulating skin receptors.

This way, it safely reduces inflammation and puffiness as it bolsters collagen production and tightens the appearance of large pores.

Your facialist will follow this step with your choice of Elastomer Mask. Take your pick from Soothing Chamomile, Whitening Deep Sea Mud, or Hydrating Sweet Orange!

Step 5: The finishing touches

As you unwind with the Elastomer Mask on, your therapist will perform a rejuvenating scalp, neck, and shoulder massage to soothe your senses and re-energise an overworked body.

Finally, your therapist will apply a customised selection of Astalift skincare products to protect your skin and keep you looking fresh and radiant!

You’ll see visible results from the very first session. To maintain your results, you can head down for the Specialized Triple Nano-Ceramides Brightening Facial once a month for six or more sessions.

Enjoy Astalift's 85-min Specialized Triple Nano-Ceramides Brightening Facial at a special first trial price of S$39 (U.P. S$128)

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How to enhance and prolong the effects of your facial treatment

Astalift White Jelly Aquarysta

If you can’t seem to hold on to that post-facial glow, the culprit could be your regular skincare lineup. To give you a lasting glow, pair the Specialized Triple Nano-Ceramides Brightening Facial with Astalift’s White Jelly Aquarysta.

You’ve already heard us wax poetic about Astalift’s Jelly Aquarysta, a ceramide-packed moisturiser that counters the effects of ageing.

Now, we’d like to introduce you to the White Jelly Aquarysta, a leave-on skin conditioner the not only strengthens your skin’s defenses, but also repairs barrier function, brightens your complexion, and clears your skin.

It’s great for all skin types, especially if you’re looking to address ageing concerns, dryness, sensitivity, dullness, and pigmentation.

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The moisturiser contains Triple Human-type Nano Ceramides, small ceramide molecules that penetrate deep into the layers of the skin to quench its thirst and rebalance its water and oil levels, so your skin will feel soft and plump.

Besides that, Super Nano-Antioxidants are the stars in the moisturiser. A blend of Nano-Astaxanthin, Uncaria Gambir Extract, Horse Chestnut Extract, and Bilberry Leaf Extract fight off damaging free radicals from the environment to keep your skin protected, moisturised, clear, radiant, and healthy.

Simply apply Astalift’s White Jelly Aquarysta on your skin after cleansing and before toning. Scoop up an adequate amount with the spatula that comes with it (about 1cm in diameter), and spread it evenly on your face and neck.

Astalift White Jelly Aquarysta retails for S$164 (40g, S$157 for refill) and S$241 (60g, S$234 for refill) on their website and at Astalift stores at NEX and Plaza Singapura.

Astalift NEX
Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #01-70, Singapore 556083
Contact: 6481 3937
Operating hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10 – 9pm (Sat & Sun)

Astalift Plaza Singapura
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, #01-62, Singapore 238839
Contact: 6238 6386
Operating hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon to Fri) | 10 – 9pm (Sat & Sun)

This article is brought to you by Astalift.