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What does it mean to have sallow skin – does it need special care?

cremas naturales para piel cetrina

Dark-black skin or also called olive skin.

One thing we must all accept at one time or another in our existence is that aging is just another stage of our journey on this earth. No matter how many products you use, supplements you take, therapies you treat yourself to… We all must and can be able to embrace the fact that our skin is going to fade, like the flowers as spring ends, or the leaves as autumn leaves behind.

However, taking care of yourself, pampering yourself and liking yourself is also important. And treating the skin with love and respect is part of it. We will all end up, to a greater or lesser extent, with fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin and loss of elasticity… However, there is a condition that few of us know about and many of us find it difficult to identify: sallow skin, or olive skin. Its main cause is aging and it is crucial to be aware of it, because it needs special care and can be mitigated.

What is sallow skin?

When a person suffers from sallow skin, it is most likely that when he or she looks in the mirror, the skin on his or her face will have a yellow or brownish tint. This happens because the skin’s natural complexion changes: as you age, chains of sugar molecules attach to the skin’s proteins and, over time, cause a yellowish tint.

Olive skin can also take on a brownish hue, and tends to be dry, flaky and dull.

It is usually suffered by people with lighter skin, and its cause is related to aging, continuous exposure to the sun and poor skin care habits.

sallow skin

Other causes may be:

  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Smoking
  • Inadequate dietary intake
  • The
  • Stress

Treatment for sallow skin

The sallow skin should be treated holistically. This means:

  • Opting for a Mediterranean diet with an abundance of vegetables, fruits and legumes, whole grains and seeds…
  • Drink the necessary amount of water for your body according to your physical activity, sweating level, metabolism… (it can vary from 2 to 3 liters).
  • Have a good sleep hygiene, with a minimum of 7 hours of deep rest every night (unless genetically, your body is able to function properly with less hours).

In addition, exfoliating the skin with a natural, high-quality, sustainable and cruelty-free product helps promote cell renewal, removing scarred and discolored skin cells and revealing healthy cells.

Another factor to consider is incorporating antioxidants into your beauty routine. Antioxidants are a very powerful alternative when it comes to addressing skin care problems, including symptoms such as:

  • Unclogging of the pores
  • Reduction of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Activation of cell renewal
  • Correction of skin discoloration

Therefore, the type of cosmetics you use on a daily basis can have a very favorable, neutral or even negative impact on the treatment of this condition. Therefore, we are going to advise you on what is most suitable to buy to treat olive skin.

Products to prevent and care for sallow skin


serum for sallow skin

All of Saper’s natural and organic products will help you to improve expression lines and smooth wrinkles.

TheCollection Line, for example, with its vegetable oils and aloe vera juice, improves collagen and elastin production.

Anti-aging and anti-wrinkle line
line, on the other hand, is also formulated with high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid, which provides filler from the inside to the deepest layers of the skin.

A gentle, yet nourishing daily exfoliation with Nourishing Cleansing Balm is a habit to incorporate into your beauty routine to prevent and care for olive skin. In this way, superficial impurities disappear leaving a renewed and nourished skin.

To this you can add a deeper weekly exfoliation with our
Detox Exfoliating Mask
which, with its bioactive anti-aging principles such as gardenia and rice powder, slows down stress-related aging and helps repair and prevent damage caused by pollution and aging. The exfoliating argan particles remove dead cells and help complete regeneration.

exfoliating detoxifying face mask for sallow skin

Once your face is clean, we recommend our Rosehip Regenerating Serum Rose Hip Serum which, with its first cold extraction oil and certified organic production, nourishes, revitalizes, softens blemishes, evens skin tone and corrects photoaging. It has a high nourishing and regenerating power (that is why it is usually recommended for dry or mature skin).

As you can see, you don’t need a lot of products or big changes to gradually prevent or take care of sallow skin. A little twist in the way you take care of yourself (nutrition, sleep, hygiene) will fill you with joy and brighten your life.


About the author
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Victoria Sánchez
Soy una apasionada de la cosmética natural y ecológica, y creadora de la marca Saper Organic Skincare en 2011. Máster en Cosmetología y experta en evaluación y seguridad del producto cosmético. Mi objetivo es la belleza, la salud y la sostenibilidad del planeta. Para ello busco siempre los mejores ingredientes e investigo formulaciones de cosmética vegana, obteniendo los mejores resultados para la piel, cuidando siempre del medio ambiente.
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