How to Transform Dull Skin Into Glowing, Dewy Instagram Skin

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.