How to Get Rid of Dull Skin Quickly

Blog written by Sdara Skincare.

Does your skin lack radiance, look lackluster, have dark undereye, appear darker than unusual, or generally look dull? You are probably worried and wondering what might be causing this. The good news is that there are multiple ingredients and easy ways to help get back that healthy glow.

What Causes Dull Skin?

Multiple factors can cause your skin to be pale or dull, ranging from poor skincare routine to the accumulation of dead cells. Below is an overview of the major causes of dull skin and how to make your skin glow.

Buildup of Dead Skin Cells

Typically, your skin naturally renews itself after several weeks. This occurs when the epidermis sheds dead cells to make way for new cells. At times, the dead cells do not shed as they are supposed to, and they end up building up on top of your skin. This eventually dehydrates your skin, causing it to be flakey and dull.


If your body is dehydrated, it is more likely that your skin will also be dry. Dehydration mainly decreases blood circulation to the skin, and eventually makes your skin lose radiance. Therefore, it is essential to remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other non-sugar and caffeine-free beverages.

Lack of Exfoliation

One of the best ways to get rid of the dead skin cells and dirt that form on the top layer of skin is through exfoliation. You can exfoliate your skin either chemically or manually.

For manual exfoliation, you can use a tool to scrub dead skin cells from the face, while in chemical exfoliation, you can use a mild acid to wash away the dead skin cells. Removing the dead skin gives room for the new cells to establish themselves, and this brightens your skin.

However, if you wish to exfoliate your skin regularly, it is vital that:

  • You use gentle methods on the face
  • Clean the face before exfoliating
  • Avoid the delicate skin on the lips and around the eyes

Lack of Moisturizing

According to Kenneth Howe, M.D., a dermatologist at Wexler Dermatology, dryness is one of the major causes of lackluster face skin. If your skin is dry, it is more likely to crack on the surface, causing dead skin to collect, and this eventually causes dull skin. Moisturizers are vital, especially for individuals with a dry skin type. Using a moisturizer at least twice a day will help moist your skin and prevent the surface from cracking.

Unhealthy Eating

The food we eat may have a direct impact on our skin. Some food and beverages that harm your skin include processed and packaged food, alcohol, drinks with refined sugar, and unhealthy oils. To nourish your skin, you can focus on lean proteins, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes.

Environmental Factors

Environmental factors such as exposure to harmful UV rays, low humidity, and air pollution can dull your skin. UV rays damage your skin by breaking down essential proteins in your skin. 


Aging is an irreversible part of life. As you grow old, your skin also ages, and one of the signs of aging skin is dullness. Although you cannot control the aging process, you can use a skincare routine that nourishes and hydrates your skin.

What Deficiency Causes Dull Skin?

Besides the above factors, other physiological changes in our body play a significant role in brightening our skin. For example, the Vitamin B complex and C are responsible for maintaining healthy skin.

Vitamin C is a vital nutrient in tissue repair. It also promotes collagen production, which thickens the dermis, diminishes fine lines, and enables your skin to retain a youthful look. Lastly, Vitamin C is an antioxidant which shields your skin cells from harmful free radicals produced by UV rays. Vitamin C deficiency causes the skin to be dull, dry, and sagging.

There are different classes of Vitamin B. The best B vitamin for the skin includes B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B7. These vitamins are vital to the skin as they:

  • Contain anti-aging properties
  • Play an essential role in maintaining glowing skin
  • Improve the skin condition
  • Help with retaining water and leaving your skin hydrated
  • Prevents your skin from developing rashes, dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, and eczema

How Can You Prevent Dry Skin?

You can prevent your skin from becoming dull in the following ways:

  1. Selecting the right dull skin products
  2. Wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen
  3. Staying hydrated
  4. Cleansing your makeup before retiring to bed
  5. Maintaining healthy lifestyle habits
  6. Eating a healthy diet

How Do You Treat Dull Skin?

To treat your dull skin effectively, you must understand your skin type. Is it dry skin or oily skin?

For dull dry skin, one of the best ways to treat it is through routine exfoliation. This, however, requires you to be a little extra careful with the cleansing method. You can use formula with natural ingredients such as Lactic and Glycolic Acids as they do not irritate. Also, do not forget to moisturize your dry skin with a hydrating moisturizer throughout the day.

The most effective way to treat dull oily skin is to avoid soaps or formulas that may overly dry the skin. Drying your oily skin ultimately prompts it to produce more oil, leaving it dull.

How Can You Brighten Up Your Dull Skin?

There are multiple ways that you can use to brighten up dull skin, and they include:

  • Regular exfoliation 
  • For an instant glow, you can use an illuminating moisturizer
  • You can use the hydrating facial mask to refresh the skin
  • You can apply a hydrating moisturizer rich with emollients or humectants

What Ingredients Help Dull Skin?

Some of the best ingredients to use for dull skin include:

  • Niacinamide
  • Glycolic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Retinol
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Ceramides
  • Hyaluronic Acid


A skin with that ineffable radiance is hard to define. Although having dull skin is not the worst thing in the world, it is essential to observe a good skincare routine to keep your skin glowing. Contact us today to learn more about your skin or which product you should use.


Contributing Writer: Amy Kaloydis