Most of us would love to have healthy, luminous skin, and we often buy make-up which will help us achieve this glowing look. Yet in reality it's much harder to achieve, and you may your complexion looks dull and drab, lifeless or pasty. You might think you have it sorted when it comes to caring for your skin and be frustrated that it doesn't look as healthy as you think it should. But actually, when you look at your diet, your lifestyle and your skincare routine then you might soon realise what’s gone wrong – and just how you can remedy it.

1. Pollution
After UV exposure, pollution is the most harmful thing to your skin. This is because free radicals in the air accelerate premature ageing, especially on the face, hands and neck. Free radicals are highly unstable molecules which target and damages healthy cells in the body. Pollution causes skin to look dull because dust, dirt and smog can clog pores and free radicals. Also free radicals deplete oxygen from skin cells and decrease collagen production, leading to fine lines, and dry rough patches. Unlike UV exposure, there is very little you can do to limit your exposure to pollution so after cleansing make sure to always use a toner to completely rid your skin of impurities. We recommend the Daily Orbit Energising Essence which is infused with antioxidants and helps neutralise the harmful effects of pollution.

2. Poor Diet
If your diet is full of fatty, sugary, processed foods then your skin is probably looking less than radiant. The sugars our body processes from carbs goes directly to the skin making tone uneven and giving it an overall dull appearance. Try eating more foods with essential fatty acids which are found in common foods like fish, nuts and seeds, and avocado. These foods nourish our skin from the inside, but if you follow a low-fat diet you’re probably not getting enough of them and your skin might look dry. Smoking and drinking alcohol will also rob your skin of its natural glow, so try to cut down on both bad habits.

3. Sun Exposure
You may attribute a tan to a healthy glow, but in reality the sun causes damage to skin and accelerates the ageing process. If you spend a lot of time in the sun but don’t apply proper protection then this could lead to fine lines, wrinkles, rough texture, dry, flaky skin and pigmentation. No matter how much time you spend in the sun, you should always make sure you apply (and reapply) sunscreen throughout the day. In fact your should be wearing a minimum SPF30 year round in order to protect your skin from harmful UV rays, which can penetrate and damage the skin even on a cloudy day.

4. The Wrong Skincare
With the amount of products out there it can be difficult to work out which ones you really need to include in your routine, and you may be skipping some vital steps. If you use wipes to remove your make-up but don’t use a cleanser afterwards then your skin looks dull because you probably haven’t fully removed all the make-up and impurities from your skin. If you don’t exfoliate on a weekly basis then you’re skin’s probably lost its healthy glow as well. As we age cell turnover slows down and this leads to a build-up of dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. This makes your complexion look dull and lacklustre, so make sure to use an exfoliator once a week – or more if your skin is oily.

5. Lack Of Sleep
Sometimes we skimp on sleep because we feel like we don’t need it, and while you can go one night without enough sleep after a while the late nights and early mornings will take a toll on your skin’s health. Sleep is vital for healthy, glowing skin because overnight your body is repairing the damage from the day and rejuvenating cells. If you stay awake your body can’t function in the same way because it’s using that energy to keep you awake. Try to get into a routine, going to bed and waking up the same each evening and morning. Not only will you find it easier to drift off but your skin will also look much healthier.

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