‘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.
What Causes Dull Skin?
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.
Natural remedies for dull skin
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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.