Ever look in the mirror and think that your skin just looks blah? First, same. Second, you're probably dealing with dull skin, and luckily there is a way to perk it up. "Dull skin is a bit of an all-encompassing term for skin that doesn't look healthy," New York City–based dermatologist Dhaval Bhanusali, MD, FAAD, says. "Some reasons include a pile up of dead skin cells, debris from the day (like pollution), or even dehydration."
If it's one of the first two causing your dull skin, he recommends exfoliating products that contain salicylic or glycolic acid. If your skin is dehydrated (i.e. it feels tight), he recommends using hyaluronic acid–infused products. "Hyaluronic acid helps retain moisture better than any other ingredient," he says. Lastly, try incorporating products rich in vitamins C and E into your routine, she says. These can help brighten your skin, especially if your dullness issue is pigmentation-related.
Keep reading to see the products we recommend for brightening dull skin.
A lightweight moisturizer that blends hyaluronic acid with the veggies you'd find in a green juice (kale and spinach) for a nutrient-rich hydration boost for your skin.
This vitamin C– and salicylic acid–laced treatment leaves skin looking seriously glowy after just one use (and it happens to smell amazing).
A powerhouse trio of lactic, glycolic, and salicylic acid not only makes skin look brighter but also clears pores and improves its texture.
Use this non-drying toner twice daily to reap the benefits of skin-brightening glycolic acid and grapefruit extract.
Glycolic acid plus probiotics is the combo you didn't know your dull skin needed. They work together in harmony to slough away dead skin cells. This product gets bonus points for also including hyaluronic acid.
I'd 100% recommend popping this sheet mask—which is saturated with vitamin C and green tea—in the fridge for a few minutes before applying. The cool temperature feels great as the potent serum goes to work.
Douse your skin in this serum, which is 20% vitamin C (aka super-potent stuff). It both brightens and helps with fine lines and wrinkles.