Dull skin can make you look tired and old, even when you're well rested. When your skin has a layer of dead skin cells on the surface, your skin doesn't reflect light as it naturally would with new, healthy skin. By beginning a skin care regimen that includes exfoliating and keeping your skin moisturized, you can foster the look of healthy, bright skin. When skin care isn't enough, your dermatologist can help you find ways to uncover brighter skin with clinical treatments.
Invest in a good quality exfoliating scrub that contains fruit acids, glycolic acid or abrasive beads that help slough away the dead cells on the surface of the skin. Dead skin cells don't reflect light well, instead making your skin look dry and dull. Mandy Epley, master aesthetician at Glow Skin Spa in New York City, tells "Teen Vogue" magazine that exfoliating twice weekly will help to keep skin looking bright. Opt for a daily cleanser that contains fruit acids to help keep dry, dull skin at bay between exfoliating.
Apply an oil-free moisturizer several times daily. Dry skin can often take on a dull, chapped appearance that can make you look tired. Apply moisturizer each day, even if your skin doesn't feel dry. Look for one labeled "noncomedogenic" so you know it won't cause breakouts, even with frequent applications.
Wear sunscreen every day. Sun damage can make your skin look discolored and dull, so it's important that a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or above becomes part of your daily skin care regimen. If adding a sunscreen sounds like too much of a bother, look for a daily moisturizer with a built-in sunscreen to help streamline your morning routine.
Wear a tinted moisturizer instead of a thick and heavy foundation. A tinted moisturizer will help your skin's natural color and texture to shine through while adding light reflecting minerals to keep your skin looking bright. Heavy foundations and powders can dull the skin and give it a matte appearance, which can actually make you look older.
Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if lifestyle and cosmetic remedies don't seem to be helping your dull skin problem. Your dermatologist can suggest a number of skin care procedures to be done in the office to help speed skin cell turnover and reveal more youthful skin. Microdermabrasion and chemical peels are two treatments that can help you see a difference in the tone and texture of your skin, Joshua Wieder, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the University of California, Los Angeles, tells "Good Housekeeping" magazine.