Dull Skin: What It Is, What Causes It, And How To Brighten It

Written by Aaron Guldager — July 30, 2018

Dull Skin: What It Is, What Causes It, And How To Brighten It

Does it seem like your skin has lost its normal glow? You probably have a case of dull skin. While it can be disheartening to look in the mirror and see pale, dull skin, there are plenty of things you can do to reclaim your skin’s radiance!

In this post, the beauty experts at SiO will explain everything you need to know about dull skin. We’ll cover what exactly it is and what causes it, and then we’ll reveal eight easy tips for brightening dull skin to achieve a gorgeous, youthful glow.

What Is Dull Skin?

Dull skin is exactly what it sounds like: skin that has lost some of its color and brightness. If your skin just seems a bit lackluster, you’re probably dealing with a case of dull skin.

The more scientific explanation of dull skin has to do with the way light reflects off your skin and into your eyes. When your skin cells are healthy and vibrant, the light bounces off your face like a mirror, making your skin appear bright.

However, if your skin isn’t healthy, less light will bounce off your skin cells. This may result in pale, dull skin.

To better understand dull skin, it might be helpful to think about a bowl of berries. When the berries are fresh off the vine, they have a special shine to them. But when they sit for a few days, they become dehydrated and lose the radiance they once had.

The same sort of thing can happen to your skin. Dull skin is the result of skin cells that need a little bit of extra TLC. Let’s have a closer look at the causes of dull skin.

What Causes Dull Skin?

woman looking in mirror while applying product to her face to treat dull skin

While there are a number of factors that can contribute to dull skin, some are more common than others. Here’s a list of the primary causes of dull skin.


In the world of beauty, aging is pretty much the root of all evil. As you age, it’s easier for your skin to become dehydrated and dry, leading to things like dull skin.

If that isn’t bad enough, collagen production also slows down as you grow older, so it’s easier for wrinkles like crow’s feet and smile lines to form.

If you want to get serious about fighting the effects of aging, try SiO Beauty’s wrinkle-smoothing patches! In dermatologist-led clinical trials, SiO Beauty patches have been shown to boost moisture and reduce the depth of wrinkles in as little as one night of use!

Sun Damage

Another common contributor to dull skin is sun damage. Although many women think that the sun gives their skin a healthy glow, the opposite is actually true.

The sun’s UV rays damage your skin cells and can even lead to serious illnesses like melanoma. Damage from UV rays can also make your skin appear worn out and dull.


There are a number of lifestyle choices that can cause dull skin. Here are a few examples:

  • Smoking cigarettes and using other tobacco products
  • Eating too many unhealthy foods
  • Sleeping less than six hours per night
  • Getting too little exercise 
  • Drinking alcohol to excess
  • Not drinking enough water 

All of these choices can lead to unhealthy, dull skin. If you want to achieve smooth, radiant skin, you’ll need to adopt a holistic approach to improving your body’s health. To fight dull skin, start living a healthier lifestyle now!

Dehydrated Skin

A final cause of dull skin is just good, old-fashioned dehydration. When your skin cells lack the moisture they need to remain healthy, there’s a good chance your skin will appear dull.

While there are many factors that can lead to dehydrated skin, there isn’t always a distinct cause. Sometimes dehydrated skin just happens. It might be the weather, or a slight illness, or just inadequate water content in your skin cells. All of these conditions can lead to dull skin.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to renew your skin’s beautiful, natural glow.

8 Simple Tips To Brighten Dull Skin

If you’re ready to brighten up your dull skin, we’ve got eight simple tips just for you!

1) Exfoliate (The Right Way)

We all know that exfoliating clears away dead skin cells and makes your skin appear brighter. But are you exfoliating the right way?

Always exfoliate using natural face exfoliators, rather than harsh synthetic exfoliators like microplastics. Exfoliate once or twice per week if you have normal skin or two to three times per week if you have oily skin.

You can also try using a homemade exfoliating mask to brighten up dull skin.

woman with eyes closed preparing to apply cleanser to face

2) Pick Your Products Carefully

Choosing skin care products with the most beneficial ingredients — and avoiding the ones with harmful ingredients — is absolutely essential.

To brighten dull skin, use products with vitamin C, peptides, niacinamide, and alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid. Avoid products with alcohols, parabens, phthalates, and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS).

3) Moisturize Often

Most of us already understand how important it is to moisturize. But if you have dull skin, it’s even more essential to moisturize frequently!

Apply moisturizer at least twice per day — once in the morning and then again in the evening. If you can find time to put a little extra on once or twice more throughout the day, that’s even better!

4) Use Serum

Serums are a great way to provide your skin cells with loads of vitamins and other beneficial ingredients, which helps to liven up dull skin. 

To make sure you’re getting the most out of your serum, look for one with hyaluronic acid. This little miracle molecule attracts and retains moisture, which helps to keep your skin plump.

Occasionally, use a serum with retinol. We say “occasionally” because the prescription version of retinol (retinoic acid) is amazing for decreasing fine lines, but it can seriously dry out your skin. However, the over-the-counter varieties can take up to 10 weeks to work.

If you want fast, non-drying results, then amp up your wrinkle-fighting game by wearing SiO Beauty patches tonight! Just apply them before you go to bed (or even for a few hours during the day as a pick-me-up), get your beauty sleep, and then wake up to smoother, younger-looking skin!

5) Try Face Masks

There are a ton of DIY face masks that can be made with household items and used to brighten up dull skin. Here are some of the ingredients you can use in a homemade face mask:

While each of these ingredients will provide slightly different benefits, they will all give your skin cells a boost of hydration and help fight dull skin.

daisies and a dish of yogurt on a bed of cucumber slices

6) Rest Up

Not getting enough sleep can lead to skin problems and increase your stress levels. And increased stress levels can, in turn, also cause skin problems and even more trouble sleeping. Don’t get caught in this vicious cycle!

If you’re feeling stressed out, make time for relaxing activities. Whether it’s yoga, reading a book, or soaking in a hot bath, give yourself some personal time to unwind.

It’s also crucial to get plenty of beauty sleep. Try to get at least six hours of sleep per night. Seven to eight hours is ideal. Staying relaxed and well-rested will help to prevent dull skin and give you a healthy, radiant appearance.

7) Eat Well

Your diet affects virtually every aspect of your health, including the health of your skin. If your diet contains lots of junk food, fast food, and sugary drinks like soda, then your eating habits might be contributing to dull skin.

Change things up by eating superfoods and switching to an anti-aging diet. In general, try to eat as many fruits and veggies as possible. Instead of red meat, include healthy fats like nuts, beans, avocado, and salmon in your diet. Finally, make sure to drink plenty of water.

8) Wear SiO Beauty Patches

Last (but definitely not least!) start wearing SiO Beauty’s hydrating patches to brighten up dull skin and fight the effects of aging. SiO Beauty patches are made from a super high-quality, medical-grade silicone that boosts hydration in your skin and plumps fine lines and wrinkles.

The result? Brighter, healthier-looking skin in as little as one night.

SiO Beauty has all your beauty needs covered, with patches available for your brow, neck, and lip region, as well as the sides of your eyes and mouth. SiO Beauty patches can even take care of those stubborn wrinkles on your hands, knees, and elbows!

If dull skin is bringing you down, just follow the tips we’ve provided above and start wearing SiO Beauty patches tonight! Your skin will be glowing like the sun before you know it.