What Causes Dull Skin? How to Brighten Skin

What Causes Dull Skin? How to Brighten Skin

Have dull skin? Wondering what causes dull skin and how do you fix it? Well, good news– brightening dull skin is actually a pretty easy fix. Glowing skin is healthy skin, and we know exactly how to get rid of dullness. Keep reading to learn how to get glowing skin in a few simple steps.


Main Takeaways: From your diet to too much sun, there are many different factors that 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.

Recommended Products: Crème de la Cream Brightening Moisturizer, Nectar of the C Vitamin C Serum, and Prince Charcoal Detox Mask.


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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, as their skin is lacking oil to keep their skin moisturized. Without proper moisture, skin tends to look dull and flaky.

Sun exposure - You may be thinking that the tan you get from laying out under the sun is giving you a healthy “glow”. It may appear so at first, but overexposure to the sun and its harmful UV rays can have the opposite effect, drying out skin and causing it to peel. Over time, excess sun exposure can make skin look leathery.

Poor diet - Your skin is an organ of elimination, ridding of toxins through its pores. if you consume unhealthy foods, especially those high in sugar and fat, your skin will show it. Foods that cause inflammation--like sugar, alcohol, and processed meats--are particularly hard on skin.

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

Smoking - 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.

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

How to Brighten Skin

Skin brightening is actually pretty easy--with a few lifestyle changes and some tricks of the trade, you can absolutely obtain a glowing complexion.


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 brightening moisturizer like our Crème de la Cream. Fortified with vitamin C, peptides and hyaluronic acid, it works to restore moisture, plump your skin, and leave it looking luminous.

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Treat With Serum

A vitamin C serum is your skin’s best brightening friend. Nectar of the C 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.

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Incorporate Vitamin C Into Your Diet

Speaking of vitamin C, a great starting point for getting rid of dull skin is a visit to the supermarket. Foods rich in vitamin C– like oranges, grapefruit, leafy greens like spinach, bananas, kiwis, strawberries, kiwis, tomatoes, and potatoes– are all rich in vitamin C and work to restore your skin from the inside out.

Use a Humidifier

Environmental factors like arid climates or winter weather can really dry out your skin, so keep it hydrated with a humidifier.


Have you ever noticed how great your skin looks after you exercise? When you get your blood flowing and you get your heart rate up, your skin starts carrying nutrients and oxygen through your body.

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Stop Smoking

Is there really anything else we need to say about this? If you smoke, you already know how awful it is for you, including your skin.


By exfoliating the skin, you’re removing the dead, dull skin from the surface. This will allow your moisturizer to absorb as it should, making it more effective. A gentle way to exfoliate is with our Prince Charcoal detox mask. Made for all skin types, it draws out impurities while simultaneously nourishing your skin with activated charcoal, clay, glycolic acid, and a host of botanical skin-boosting ingredients.

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One of the easiest ways to make skin look instantly dewy and refreshed is to use a toner. Our Rose and Shine rose water toner will hydrate and soothe dull skin with a simple spritz and can be used any time of the day.

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Use a Highlighter

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.

No matter how dull your skin is, you can have it looking bright and healthy in no time.