What Causes Dull Skin? How to Brighten Skin

What Causes Dull Skin? How to Brighten Skin

If you’re into beauty products, you’ve probably noticed a major trend towards bright, dewy, glowing skin in the last few years. No matter what you call it, dull, lifeless skin is definitely not on trend, so if you suffer from dull skin, you’re going to want to read this blog post about how to brighten skin!

Skin brightening is actually pretty easy and you get an incredible return on your investment because bright, glowing skin is healthy skin. Whether you’re getting groceries or walking the red carpet, we have some great ideas about how to brighten skin (here’s a hint: vitamin C is your new best friend!)


Main Takeaways: From heredity to diet to too much sun, many different factors contribute to dull skin. Thankfully, there are just as many ways to brighten skin!

Good to Know: Vitamin C is one of the best and easiest ways to brighten skin, whether through products or foods.

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What causes dull skin?

Before we talk about how to brighten skin, let’s talk about what causes dull skin. From genetics to lifestyle, here are some of the issues that cause dull skin:

Dryness - Dry skin types are especially vulnerable to dullness in part because moisture is a big part of what gives skin that glow. Without hydration, skin tends to look dull and flaky (and flakiness definitely doesn’t make skin glow).

Sun exposure - You may be thinking “But, sun makes my skin look healthy and bright!” Well, yes, it does--at first, but a lot of sun exposure can have the opposite effect, drying out skin and causing it to peel. Over a really long time, excess sun exposure can make skin look leathery.

Poor diet - It really is true that what we put in our bodies shows up on our skin. If you eat a lot of artificial junk full of sugar and fat, it’s going to show on your face, whether that means troubled skin or general dullness. Foods that cause inflammation--like sugar, alcohol, and processed meats--are particularly hard on skin so do your best to stay away from them.

Dirty skin - If you just use a quick make-up wipe to clean your face, you’re still leaving dirt and grime in your pores, and clogged, dirty skin looks dull. Make sure your skin is clean and you’ll instantly restore at least some of its glow!

Smoking - We know cigarettes come with a health warning, but if they came with a true picture of what smoking really does to your skin, no one would ever buy them. Nothing will suck the moisture out of your skin faster than smoking. When you smoke, your blood vessels narrow, which is what causes that dry, dull look so unless you really want dull skin, don’t even think about lighting up!

Lifestyle - No sleep, too much work, and a lot of stress can really wreak havoc on skin, especially over a long period of time.

Heredity - The truth is, some people just have dull, lackluster skin and while you can’t really do anything about the kind of skin you have, there are plenty of tricks to make your skin look like it practically glows!

How to Brighten Skin

Skin brightening is actually pretty easy--with a few lifestyle changes and some tricks of the trade, your skin can look like you just came from the facialist!

Moisturize - We cannot stress enough how important it is to hydrate and moisturize your skin to get rid of dullness! When skin loses moisture, it loses its glow--restore it by using a hydrating, brightening moisturizer like our Crème de la Cream natural moisturizer. Delivering just the perfect amount of moisture, it’ll visibly reduce your fine lines and wrinkles, making skin look more hydrated and luminous!

Apply serum - If there’s a secret sauce to making skin glow, it’s serum. Our Nectar of the C natural vitamin C serum has a 10% concentration of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, a form of vitamin C which is more stable, less likely to cause irritation and is known for its ability to brighten and even skin tone. Not only that, but it will reduce the appearance of dark spots, which can really make skin look dull.

Incorporate vitamin C into your diet - Speaking of vitamin C--a great starting point for getting rid of dull skin is the supermarket. Foods rich in vitamin C like oranges, grapefruit, leafy greens like spinach, bananas, kiwis, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, and even potatoes, are all rich in vitamin C so load up on them next time you’re shopping!

Use a humidifier - While really intense humidity may feel awful, it’s actually great for your skin because it helps your skin stay hydrated. Environmental factors like arid climates, or winter weather can really dry out your skin, so keep it hydrated with a humidifier. There are some great, inexpensive portable ones out there so no need to break the bank on this!

Exercise - Have you ever noticed how great your skin looks after you exercise? That’s because when you get your blood flowing and you get your heart rate up, your skin starts carrying nutrients and oxygen through your body. We know it’s a pain to go to the gym, but we promise your skin will thank you for it!

Stop smoking - There are a lot of reasons to stop this, but your skin is one of the best ones we know. The best part is that you won’t even have to wait that long to see an improvement--just give it a couple of weeks and we bet you’ll see your skin starting to look a lot brighter!

Exfoliate - It really is amazing just how beneficial exfoliation is. By exfoliating the skin, you’re getting all that dead, dull skin off your face and just as importantly, allowing moisturizer to really sink in and hydrate your skin. A great way to exfoliate is with our Prince Charcoal natural detox mask. Made for all skin types, it draws out impurities while simultaneously renewing and restoring your skin. Best of all, it does it without drying out your skin!

Toner - One of the easiest ways to make skin look dewy and refreshed is to use a toner. Our Rose and Shine rose water toner will not only hydrate and smooth your skin, it will minimize the look of your pores. It will also help control your oil so you don’t get a little too glowy! (By the way, even though we recommend using it twice a day, there’s no reason you can’t treat yourself to a few little extra spritzes, especially during the summer!)

Use a highlighter - Using a highlighter can be intimidating if you’ve never done it before or if you’re just not that great with make-up, but we promise it’s incredibly easy! Whether you use a stick, a powder, or a cream, a little highlighter on the cheekbones, the nose, and chin will give your skin that glowy, dewy look!

We hope this gives you some good ideas about how to brighten skin and get rid of that dull, lifeless look. No matter how dull your skin is, you can have it looking bright and healthy in no time!