I don’t think I’m alone when I state that one of the last words I would want anyone to use when describing anything about my appearance is “dull”.
Be it my hair, nails, or worst of all my skin…a dull appearance is just not something I want to project.
Dull skin is categorized by looking tired, aged, and in some severe cases, even lifeless!
Suffering from dull skin sucks because it basically requires you to wear makeup to liven up your appearance, and let’s face it…most of us do not want to wear makeup everyday!
The good news?
Getting your dull skin under control is actually pretty easy compared to solving other skin issues.
It basically just requires a healthy amount of exfoliating to scoff off dead skin cells, as well as clarifying skin to promote a clean, even-toned appearance.
Of course, while exfoliating and proper cleansing will work wonder for fixing dull skin, it takes more than that to create a healthy complexion.
To get your dull skin back on track and looking fab, take a look at the list of products I’ve compiled that have been proven to help make your skin healthy and glowy!
Best CLEANSERS for Dull Skin
1. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash
Relying on AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids) and natural fruit enzymes like pineapple, papaya, and pumpkin, this cleanser purifies skin to help promote an overall radiant complexion, without over drying skin.
2. Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
This cleanser is truly multifaceted in that it not only purifies and rids skin of dirt, oil, and debris like a traditional cleanser, but it also functions like an exfoliator and gentle peel!
If you like your routine to involve as few steps as possible, consider incorporating this product for a speedy routine that won’t compromise results.
3. Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser
This cleanser from Aveeno is a cult favorite because of it’s ability to not only clean the skin, but refine tone and texture as well.
Because of it’s moisture-rich soy extract, skin is left looking smooth, soft, and radiant!
Being non-comedogenic, oil-free, soap-free, and hypoallergenic, this product is gentle enough for just about anyone!
Best EXFOLIANTS for Dull Skin
1. Origins Modern Friction™ Nature’s Gentle Dermabrasion
This remarkable exfoliant by origins has women swearing off microdermabrasion and reaching for this instead!
Using rich starch cushioned in cream, this product refines texture by polishing off dead and dull skin cells, leading to an overall improvement in skin tone, fine lines, pore size, and radiance.
The lemon oil illuminates the skin while aloe soothes it and guards against irritation, inflammation, and flakiness.
2. St. Ives Exfoliate & Nourish Facial Oil Scrub
Offering major bang for your buck, this scrub by St. Ives harnesses the power of coconut and grapeseed oil to moderately exfoliate the skin.
Use it at minimum three times a week for skin that is noticeably more radiant and smooth.
3. First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Polish
Using shea nut shell powder and willow bark extract, this scrub by First Aid Beauty relies on natural and biodegradable ingredients to gently buff away dead, dull skin, revealing skin that is radiant, smooth, and more even toned.
Best TONERS for Dull Skin
1. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner
This toner exfoliates with a mild AHA and BHA complex and nourishes skin with willow extract and apple water which are easily absorbed through a gentle peeling process.
Through consistent use of this product you can expect to see skin that is more radiant, smoother, and brighter.
2. LANEIGE Essential Power Skin Toner for Normal to Dry Skin
This toner works best on skin that is normal to dry because it helps to replenish moisture with a vitamin-rich birch sap extract and hydro ionized mineral water.
Besides locking in moisture, you can expect this toner to also whisk away dull, dead skin cells and leave your skin looking more radiant and smooth.
3. Pixi Glow Tonic with Aloe Vera & Ginseng
The Glow Tonic By PIXI exfoliates the skin with a 5% Glycolic and oxygenating formula, while hydrating and soothing with aloe vera and ginseng.
This toner is also awesome for firming and tightening aging skin. With regular use, you can expect to achieve a radiant complexion and smoother skin.
Best MOISTURIZERS for Dull Skin
1. Biossance Squalane + Probiotic Gel Moisturizer
This lightweight gel moisturizer by Biossance is comprised of squalane and uses probiotic technology to create healthier-looking skin.
By acting as a barrier to reduce moisture loss, this daytime moisturizer is able to minimize the effects of daytime stressors on the skin, leading to a brighter and healthier complexion!
In fact, 85% of those who used this product for 28 days agreed that skin looked more dewy and supple, while 91% agree that their skin looks healthier.
2. CLINIQUE Turnaround Overnight Revitalizing Moisturizer
This moisturizer is meant to be worn before bed and enhances skin’s radiance through the promotion of cell turnover and the locking in of moisture to help smooth, plump, retexturize, and illuminate skin.
3. L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Moisturizer
Because our ability to produce new skin cells slows as we age, we tend to lose our youthful, rosy complexion.
This moisturizer by L’Oreal aims to restore skin’s natural rosy-ness by exfoliating a daily buildup of dead skin and enhancing skin’s natural rosy tones.
As a result of using this product, you can expect skin that will appear more rosy, smooth, hydrated, and supple.
Best SERUMS for Dull Skin
1. Drunk Elephant C-Firma™ Day Serum
This revolutionary serum packed with Vitamin C, ferulic acid, and Vitamin E, promotes a more radiant complexion through intensely hydrating the skin, combatting the effects of photo aging, and diminishing the appearance of dark spots, lines, and uneven skin tone.
By using enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, the skin is able to easily absorb this product’s hydrating formula.
This serum also stimulates skin’s ability to defend itself from UV damage. If you want an essentially all-in-one kind of serum, look no further.
2. Dr. Dennis Gross SkincareC+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum
This gel serum is chock full of skin loving ingredients like Vitamin C, collagen amino acids, and niacinamide to support the production of collagen, add radiance to the skin, minimize the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and dark spots, and smooth out any texture.
3. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum
This powerful serums encourages a return to the youthful appearance of skin by smoothing out texture and promoting radiance.
Those who used the serum for 8 weeks saw clinical results of a 52% improvement in radiance and a 57% improvement in texture.
Best ACCESSORIES for Dull Skin
1. REN Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask
This cult favorite peel mask utilizes a cocktail of AHAs to create a multi-action exfoliation that eliminates dead skin cells to dramatically reveal an improved radiance, skintone, firmness, and texture.
The AHAs also work to increase the natural production of collagen and reduces hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and acne scars to unveil a more even tone complexion.
2. Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Oil
This brightening oil is formulated with real rose petals and super C which helps to increase the skin’s absorption of vitamin C by 1000 percent while also supporting natural collagen synthesis.
Korres also utilizes a plant derived extract called Camapu to deliver anti-thermal aging and anti-inflammatory benefits.
This formula absorbs easily into the skin and delivers a dewy and enviable glow.
3. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial™
Like an at-home facial, this innovative mask offers a deep exfoliation treatment without the redness, peeling, or irritation using a high-quality blend of AHA’s and BHA’s.
Babyfacial™ works to dramatically boost overall radiance, refine pores, and smooth texture.
The soothing complex of antioxidants and chickpea flour work to brighten and reveal a glowing and more baby-soft complexion.
Have you tried any of these products before?
What did you like or not like about them?
Also, if you have a product(s) you swear by to bring a healthy glow back into your skin please let me know in the comments below so I can give it a try!