Skin Concerns

How to Revive Dull-Looking Skin

How to Revive Dull-Looking Skin

Glowing skin is the key to a healthy, youthful-looking appearance – but as the natural skin cell renewal process slows with age, skin can start losing its luster. Fortunately, adding a few simple steps to your regular skincare routine can help revitalize dull-looking skin. Read on to discover what causes dullness and how to get glowing skin for a renewed and radiant-looking complexion. 

What is dull skin? 

Dullness occurs when skin loses its natural vibrancy and begins to look flat, or even feel rough and bumpy. 

Why does my skin look dull? 


Dry and dehydrated skin often looks dull and lackluster. Keeping skin moisturized will help promote a plump and healthy-looking appearance. 

Slow skin cell renewal 

As the natural skin cell renewal process slows with age, dead cells accumulate on the skin’s surface. This layer leaves skin looking dull and tired, as light can no longer reflect off the skin and cast a healthy glow. 

Environmental stressors 

Environmental aggressors can stimulate an overproduction of melanin (the pigment that gives skin its color), causing hyperpigmentation and dark spots to appear, leaving skin looking uneven.  


Poor diet, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, and stress can all affect the health and brightness of skin. Bad habits (including failing to cleanse the skin properly or leaving makeup on overnight) can also clog the pores and hinder skin’s natural renewal process, creating a dull appearance. 

How to get glowing skin  

  1. Always remove makeup
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    Always remove makeup

    Sleeping in makeup can trap dirt beneath the skin and hinder the skin’s overnight repair process. To support skin’s natural renewal process, start your evening skincare routine by removing makeup with a gentle cleanser or micellar water.  

    No7 Radiant Results Micellar Cleansing Water is infused with micellar particles to help draw even the most stubborn waterproof makeup away from the skin. Apply onto a cotton pad, then sweep over the face, lips and eyes.   

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  2. Use an exfoliating and brightening face wash 
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    Use an exfoliating and brightening face wash 

    Regular exfoliation promotes a youthful-looking glow by gently removing dead surface cells and revealing the brighter, healthier-looking skin beneath. Using a gentle exfoliating cleanser every day can help to support skin’s natural renewal process, for a smoother and more radiant appearance.  

    No7 Radiance + Daily Energizing Exfoliating Cleanser is a brightening face wash that is gentle enough for daily use. Blending natural apricot seed with fruit extracts and brightening Vitamin C, it helps to buff away dead skin cells and daily impurities, while visibly improving the appearance of skin’s tone and texture. Gently massage into a damp face and neck to achieve radiant-looking skin in just 1 use. 

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  3. Embrace Vitamin C serum  
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    Embrace Vitamin C serum  

    Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin C helps to reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation, making skin tone look more even. With continued use, Vitamin C can lend skin a vibrant and healthy glow.  

    No7 Radiance + 15% Vitamin C Serum creates the appearance of a lit-from-within glow. It instantly transforms the look of dull, tired skin, improving skin texture and tone and reducing the appearance of dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Apply once a day after cleansing and toning to reveal skin’s natural radiance for a dewy, youthful-looking glow.  

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  4. Rehydrate with a moisturizer
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    Rehydrate with a moisturizer

    When skin is dehydrated, it looks flat and dull. Applying a nourishing moisturizer can help to maintain hydration levels and lend skin a plumper and brighter appearance. The best brightening face cream will be formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and brightening Vitamin C, keeping skin looking supple and youthful.    

    No7 Radiance + Vitamin C Daily Brightening Moisturizer is a fast-absorbing gel-cream moisturizer that harnesses the power of Vitamin C. After just one use, dull-tired skin looks brighter and more radiant, and feels nourished and revitalized. 

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  5. Lock in hydration with hyaluronic acid 
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    Lock in hydration with hyaluronic acid 

    The key to a hydrated and dewy-looking complexion, hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, helping to prevent moisture loss and transform the appearance of dull, flat and lackluster skin.      

    Designed to help plump the appearance of skin, No7 Advanced Ingredients Hyaluronic Acid & Camellia Oil are formulated with different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid and camellia oil to deliver instant and long-lasting hydration. Apply once a day for a hydrated and healthy glow. 

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  6. Apply glycolic acid once a week 
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    Apply glycolic acid once a week 

    A chemical exfoliant, glycolic acid helps to buff away dead surface cells and support the skin’s natural renewal process. Used 2-3 times a week, it works to clarify, refine and even skin tone, lending skin a natural, healthy glow.  

    Powered by 15% pure glycolic acid, No7 Laboratories Resurfacing Peel 15% Glycolic Acid is an effective yet gentle 5-minute wash-off treatment that helps to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface and even out skin tone. Use 3 times a week on non-consecutive nights to leave skin looking radiant.  

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  7. Use a brightening face mask  
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    Use a brightening face mask  

    Face masks run complementary to your daily skincare routine. Choose the right one and it can provide a highly concentrated dose of the key ingredients needed to improve the appearance of dull, lackluster skin.  

    Blending AHAs and PHAs with soothing licorice, No7 Laboratories RESURFACING Skin Paste helps refine skin texture and visibly reduce the appearance of pores and hyperpigmentation. From first use, skin appears brighter and more even. 

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To find out more about how to get glowing skin, read our article about the benefits of brightening face serums: The Best Brightening Serums for Radiant-Looking Skin:

The Best Brightening Serums for Radiant-Looking Skin


The Best Brightening Serums for Radiant-Looking Skin

Improve the look of dull, lackluster skin with these brightening serums.

2021-06-04 09:26:08By No7 Beauty

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