How to Warm Sallow Skin

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Sallow skin appears dull and yellowish, making your complexion seem lifeless. It can also make you seem older than you really are. Whether it's caused by aging, the harsh elements of the weather, sun damage or smoking, having sallow skin can take a toll on your self-image. Correct and "warm up" sallow skin with a few beauty basics.

  • Apply a foundation or highlighter with pink undertones. Pink wakes up sallow skin and gives it a glow.

  • Add warm-toned highlights to your hair to warm your complexion. Ask your hair stylist which shades would best complement your skin tone and features.

  • Improve your diet to beautify from the inside. Eat blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and plums, all of which are high in antioxidants and combat free radicals, which can dull and damage skin. Choose healthy fats like fatty-fish (tuna and salmon are good), nuts, and olive oil; these contain omega 3 and omega 6, which protect skin cells.

  • Get enough vitamin B1 (thiamin) in your diet. Thiamin increases blood circulation and can make your face appear more rosy. Take a multivitamin if you are falling short.

  • Be active. Exercise improves your circulation and oxygen flow, giving your skin a glow. Aim for at least 30 minutes a day. You don't need to join a gym. Walking at a brisk pace in the open air does just fine.

  • Hit a trusted spa for a facial. Choose a beautician who has experience working with dull skin, and tell her if you have sensitive skin.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your skin does not improve, see a doctor. Sallow skin could be a sign of illness such as anemia.
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