The best skincare brands for dull skin [review 2021]

Hannah Wilson

Dreaming of a glowing complexion, but finding your skin looks like it’s fast asleep? Despite striving for dewy-looking skin, it’s all too easy to find that our skin is instead dull, grey and lifeless. Luckily, there are skincare products out there designed to get that sparkle back and boost skin’s radiance. But how do you know which brand to turn to? 

That’s where we come in. Here at Face Dr, we’ve got years of experience in the skincare world working with the latest products. Our clients come to us to get that glowing skin we all dream of, so we know a thing or two about the best way to do it. 

Here, we’ve rounded up our favourite skincare brands with products designed to banish dull, tired-looking skin and instead re-energise skin for that glowy look. 

Our top brands for dull skin include: 

  1. ZO Skin Health 
  2. AllSkin Med 
  3. Kiehl's 
  4. La Roche-Posay
  5. SkinCeuticals 
  6. Obagi 
  7. iS Clinical

If you’re looking for the best ingredients to banish dull skin or how exactly to build products into a skincare routine, we’ve covered that, too. 

Before we dive into why exactly these five brands make the cut, let’s talk about what dull skin is exactly. 

 

What is dull skin? 

 

 Woman using face mask

 

Dull skin isn’t a medical diagnosis, but instead a concern many of us have at some point in our lives. It’s often described as skin that looks tired, lifeless, grey, dull, flat or just not healthy and glowing. 

Many things can cause skin to become dull. A few common causes include: 

  • A build-up of dead skin cells 
  • Dehydration 
  • Poor diet and lifestyle 
  • Environment—like dry air or pollution 
  • Sun damage 
  • Using the wrong products 

 

 

What are the best skincare brands for dull skin? 

 

Though it can sometimes feel like even the brightest of highlighters can’t save dull skin, there are actually plenty of products out there that can help. Here are a combination of our tried and tested favourites we recommend to our clients, and some more great brands with products to get that complexion glowing again. 


1. ZO Skin Health 

 ZO Skin Health products

 

Founded by world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi, ZO Skin Health is a must-try brand for those with dull skin. The brand has a whole collection of products designed to brighten the look of skin, exfoliate away dullness and revive tired complexions. To help you decide which of these products to use, our experts at Face Dr can create a tailor-made skin brightening program with the perfect ZO products as part of our free skincare consultation.

Products to try: 

Prices start from: £36 


2. AllSkin Med

 

AllSkin Med

 

With active ingredients and patented skincare technologies, AllSkin Med is a go-to choice for powerful skincare products. The brand promises results whilst still being gentle on delicate skin. AllSkin Med has everyday essentials like a cleanser and sunscreen and targeted products, some of which are perfect for those of us with dull skin. Try the Pigment Correction Serum which is designed for dull and sluggish skin. With ingredients to exfoliate and tackle discolouration, this serum can clear up and revive grey complexions. 

Products to try: 

Prices start from: £15 


3. Kiehl’s

 

 Kiehls

 

With products designed for dull and tired skin, Kiehl’s is a go-to brand for anyone looking to brighten their complexion. Choose between brightening serums, energising masks and moisture-boosting night creams. Natural ingredients and botanical extracts are used to tackle skincare concerns while being gentle on sensitive skin. Try the Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask for a gentle exfoliating and illuminating effect. Plus, the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution is a customer favourite for those with discolouration or grey-looking skin. 

Products to try: 

  • Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask
  • Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution

Prices start from: £19.50 


4. La Roche-Posay

 

 man with skincare product on skin

 

With products focused on dry, dehydrated and uneven skin tones, La Roche-Posay can help to tackle many concerns, including dull skin. Many of the brand’s products are made with antioxidant-rich thermal spring water from the town of La Roche-Posay in France. They’re known for being gentle on skin while delivering results. Try one of the brand’s serums, either the vitamin C serum, which is made to boost skin’s radiance, or the Effaclar Serum, designed to clear up blemishes and promote a healthy and clear complexion. 

Products to try: 

  • La Roche-Posay 10% Pure Vitamin C
  • La Roche-Posay Effaclar Serum 

Prices start from: £12.50 

 

5. SkinCeuticals

 

 woman spraying face with skincare product

 

SkinCeuticals has products especially designed for uneven skin tones, dehydrated skin and blemish-prone complexions, all of which can affect those of us with dull skin. The brand has everyday essentials like cleansers, toners and sunscreens, as well as powerful treatments. Try SkinCeuticals’ vitamin C serum, which is designed to tackle discolouration and brighten the skin, and the clarifying clay masque for a weekly deep cleanse. 

Products to try: 

  • SkinCeuticals Clarifying Clay Masque
  • SkinCeuticals Serum 10 

Prices start from: £28 

 

6. Obagi

 

 Obagi skincare

 

Obagi uses powerful ingredients in their clinical-quality products. There are ranges dedicated to hydration, exfoliation and tackling skincare concerns like dry skin, rough skin and signs of ageing. Try Obagi’s line of products with vitamin C which can banish greyness and revive a tired-looking complexion. There are serums of varying strengths depending on your skin type and a microdermabrasion mask which exfoliates while providing a potent dose of the brightening ingredient. 

Products to try: 

  • Professional-C Microdermabrasion Polish + Mask 
  • Professional-C Serum 20% 

Prices start from: £28 

 

7. iS Clinical

 

 iS Clinical

 

iS Clinical uses pharmaceutical-grade ingredients that pack a punch. As well as a resurfacing cleanser you can add to your everyday routine to boost radiance, the brand has treatments like serums and masks. Try the Active Serum that uses Willow Bark and Bilberry leaf extracts to exfoliate, brighten and even out the skin tone. 

Product to try: 

  • iS Clinical Cleansing Complex 
  • iS Clinical Active Serum 

Prices start from: £24 


 

Time to wake up tired skin 

 

Those are our seven favourite skincare brands for brightening dull skin. Now it’s time to choose which products to use to transform your skin. If you need help deciding what’s best for you and your skin, why not get expert advice? 

Here at Face Dr we offer free online skin consultations where you can get tailored advice. A member of our team will analyse your skin and recommend products to help with your exact concerns. They can also answer any questions you may have about other ways to brighten your complexion, or any other skin concerns. 

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