Amidst the growing number of positive coronavirus cases, every day and people still working from home, stress and tiredness have both become part of our daily lives. And mostly, for women balancing both home and work-life situations have taken a toll on the skin. Well, take a proper look at yourself, if your skin is looking a bit yellowish and dull these days with puffy eyes and dry skin, you might be a facing certain skin condition called Sallow Skin. But fret not, as it is totally treatable by understanding the root cause and making some changes in the daily lifestyle.

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So, What Exactly Is Sallow Skin?

Sallow skin can be defined as a type of condition where your skin has lost its natural radiance and complexion and turned pale, yellowish or brownish. Sallow skin is often misconstrued as olive skin. But while olive skin is considered natural and healthy, sallow skin looks more dull, tired and sickening. 

Although the characteristics of sallow skin are similar to that of ageing skin, i.e. increasing dryness, wrinkles, fine lines, blemishes and thinness, but it can actually happen at any age and even in the early twenties and is mostly due to an underlying health condition.

What Are The Causative Factors Of Sallow Skin?

Sallow skin can happen due to both external and internal factors. Let’s know more about these underlying health anomalies:

Nutrient deficiency: A deficiency of vital nutrients like Vitamins A, C, E, K and B12 and minerals can make your skin look sallow and wrinkled by interfering with the healthy functioning of the body cells. Also Read: 7 Ultimate Vitamins To Nourish Your Skin And Hair

Anaemia: This health condition restricts the distribution of oxygen to the body cells and interferes in the cell regeneration process, thus making the skin look pale and yellowish. Also Read: Anemia: 5 Awesome Natural Remedies To Boost Your Iron Levels

Stress: This affects both physical and mental well-being. A stressed body releases cortisol which causes weight gain or loss, lack of sleep, and dry and sallow skin

Sleeplessness: Lack of sleep can also take a toll on the skin by preventing normal repair and regeneration, thus making the skin look dull and aged.

Smoking: This unhealthy habit also causes premature skin ageing ultimately leading to a lustre-less complexion.

How To Manage Sallow Skin?
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Although some of the factors like nutrient deficiency or anaemia can be improved by having a healthy diet and consuming fruits and vegetables, factors like smoking needs to be stopped slowly to improve skin health. Even stress and sleeplessness can also be managed with a change in the sedentary lifestyle and taking proper care of the skin.

Apart from lifestyle amendments, follow this 3-step beauty regimen, religiously to effectively treat Sallow Skin and remove the various signs of ageing:

DIY Skin Care Recipes For Sallow Skin

Step 1: Cleansing

Cucumber And Honey Cleanser


½ cup cucumber zest

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp lemon juice


Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

Use a cotton ball to apply it all over the face.

Keep it on for 10 minutes.

Wash off with cool water.


The essential nutrients and antioxidants in cucumber work well on the pimples and dark spots by reducing them. Honey soothes irritated skin, whereas lemon juice prevents inflammation and skin infection and in turn brightens and rejuvenates the skin. Use it every day to get maximum results on treating sallow skin.

Step 2: Exfoliation

Chocolate and Coffee Face Scrub


3-4 tbsp melted dark chocolate

2 tbsp of coffee (grounded)

2 tbsp plain yogurt

1 tsp lemon juice

1 tsp of jojoba oil or any essential oil of choice


Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.

Apply the mixture all over the face.

Gently massage in circular motions.

Keep it on for 15-20 minutes.

Wash off with cool water.


This face mask is suitable for all skin types. The presence of lemon juice and yogurt removes dirt, and unclogs the facial pores, reducing chances of acne or pimples. Addition of coffee grounds and molten chocolate helps in absorbing excess oil, removes blackheads and whiteheads, sheds away dead skin cells and provides a soft, smooth glowing appearance.
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Step 3: Moisturisation And Sun Protection

Aloe Vera Gel and Shea Butter Sun-Block Moisturiser


1-2 cups of aloe vera gel

2-3 tbsp zinc oxide powder

10 tbsp beeswax

4-5 tbsp almond oil

1-2 tbsp shea butter 

2 tbsp of jasmine oil

4-5 drops of rosehip seed oil or sandalwood essential oil

2 vitamin E capsules


Melt shea butter, almond oil, and beeswax in a double boiler.

Once it comes to boil, switch it off and allow it to cool down.

Crack open the vitamin E capsules and add the vitamin E oil and other essential oils to the melted cream and mix it thoroughly in a blender.

Cool completely and add the zinc oxide powder and mix to get a homogeneous creamy consistency.

Pour in a pump bottle and store in the refrigerator for future use.


This miraculous product offers both skin nourishment and protection from sunlight. The presence of aloe vera gel is extremely beneficial for sallow skin. The blend of Shea butter and almond oil moisturises dry skin, treats acne and reduces wrinkles and blemishes. The addition of vitamin E oil and other essential oils not only reduce oxidative damage of the skin and prevent skin infections but also slows down skin aging and imparts you a smooth glowing skin. Apply this half an hour before stepping out to get maximum protection from the harmful sun rays.