Dull skin got you down? A lackluster complexion is greatly influenced by the amount of nutrients and oxygen that your skin receives and is exposed to on a daily basis. The most common contributors of a dull complexion include smoking (which causes collagen breakdown), excessive alcohol intake (which dehydrates your body and deprives skin of essential vitamins), and a poor diet. Did you know that salty and processed foods enhance tissue swelling because of fluid retention, which effects ideal light reflection? Next time, skip the French fries, and instead reach for antioxidant-rich blueberries, cranberries, red beans, and healthy fats like avocados. To further enhance your skin's radiance, stick to a regular exfoliation schedule. The most common cause of dullness is dry skin. Remember to keep the process gentle on your skin to avoid causing inflammation or irritation, but definitely take advantage of shedding the dry, lifeless skin from your skin on a daily basis.