DULL SKIN: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Understanding the condition and ultimately finding out 'How to improve Dull Skin'

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DULL SKIN: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Dull skin is often described as skin that has lost its brightness and looks grey in appearance. As we age, this can become a common skin complaint.


Apart from the natural ageing process, other factors such as exposure to the sun and certain lifestyle choices such as smoking and poor diet can lead to tired-looking, dull skin.


The term ‘dull skin’ or ‘lacklustre skin’ usually refers to tired-looking, dry skin which has lost its natural glow. Pigmentation and wrinkles caused by sun damage can have this effect, causing the skin to lose its elasticity and fullness. Dehydrated skin can also look dull, as can dark circles, thread veins and age spots.


How can I brighten dull skin?

Although there isn’t really one single cause for dull skin, it can be reduced by adopting a daily skincare regime and introducing professional skin treatments. The best face creams for dull skin are those which contain ingredients aimed at brightening the complexion and improving radiance. Adding a serum and exfoliator to your routine is a good place to start. Look out for these ingredients:

  • Retinol
  • Glycolic acid
  • Vitamin C
  • AHAs
  • Hyaluronic acid

Why does my skin look so grey?

Usually, the causes of dull or grey skin are superficial (tiredness, dry skin, pigmentation) and can be treated topically. If your skin is very grey or blue in colour, and you are feeling unwell, the cause of your dull complexion could be medical. If you believe this is the case, seek medical advice immediately. 


Ensuring your skin is well hydrated, cleansed and exfoliated, is essential for keeping dull skin at bay. If you’re looking for natural remedies to achieve this, try the following:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Drink eight glasses of water per day
  • Don’t smoke
  • Protect your skin from sun exposure
  • Eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds
  • Moisturise daily with a natural oil, such as coconut oil
  • Exfoliate twice weekly with a homemade sugar scrub, made with two parts coconut oil to one part sugar
  • Splash your face with cool water with a little-added lemon juice to brighten and refresh

Skin peels

There are a number of skin peels designed to brighten and refresh dull skin. The treatment involves applying a non-toxic chemical to the surface of the skin to encourage cell turnover and exfoliation. As dead skin cells are removed, skin appears clearer and more radiant. 


This exfoliating treatment is ideal for treating dull skin. It is performed using a mechanical device which simultaneously buffs away unwanted imperfections using microcrystals and ‘vacuums’ the top layer of skin. The superficial depth of skin removal helps promote new skin cells and collagen production; resulting in plumper, brighter skin. 


Microneedling uses small needles to cause tiny punctures in the skin. These small contact points encourage the body to create a wound-healing response and renew the skin cells. As your skin repairs, the production of collagen and elastin is triggered to give an almost immediate plumping effect. Skin appears brighter and younger looking. 


HydraFacial is a multi-step treatment that uses patented technology to cleanse, exfoliate, extract and brighten the skin. During the treatment, dead skin cells and impurities are removed and the skin is hydrated with antioxidants and peptides. Unlike other treatments, HydraFacial can be had as often as weekly or monthly to achieve a fast and long-lasting result.

Laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing uses a specially crafted beam of thermal energy that gets to work deep into the layers of your skin. Unlike peels or abrasive skin exfoliation, these laser beams of heat precisely target and vaporise areas of damaged, dull skin. By creating injury to the old skin, the body works to create new skin with fewer wrinkles and blemishes.


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