Ditch Dull Skin for Good with These 10 Quick-Fix Products
by Andrea Dashiell
If your skin has been looking dull and lifeless, it’s time to brighten it up. Give one of these at-home products a try, and get luminous skin in no time.
Feel like your skin’s been a little lifeless lately? Environmental pollutants, sun damage, stress, and even diet can cause once-radiant skin to fade into lifeless, dull skin over time. Thankfully, however, there is no shortage of products designed specifically to help you get your glow back. Here are a few of our faves.
1. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel ($84)
The extra-strength version of this longtime favorite works wonders on dull skin with stubborn issues (old acne marks, blackheads, fine lines) and delivers a fresh, glowing complexion after30 days.
2. Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum ($90)
This super-light gel serum utilizes a variety of alpha hydroxyl acids and natural plant ingredients to dissolve dead skin cells for a brighter complexion.
3. REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial ($48)
An active formula including 10 percent vitamin C makes this water-activated facial a quick road to luminous skin. It takes only a minute!
4. Sonia Kashuk Radiant Boost Restorative Facial Oil ($15)
This ultra-hydrating moisturizer blends nine different oils (sweet almond, vitamin E, bergamot oil, and others) with powerful antioxidants and stabilized retinol to do double duty: increase your skin’s radiance and protect it from aging free radicals.
5. Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask ($42)
If you’re anxiously awaiting your next Pumpkin Spice Latte, kill time with this powerful exfoliating mask! You’ll end up with fresh, luminous-looking skin and a delicious coffee. Win-win!
6. Boots No7 Beautiful Skin Energising Mask ($17)
This unique peel-off gel cream mask provides nourishment from vitamins C and E as it goes on and takes dead skin cells with it as it’s peeled off.
7. GlamGlow FlashMud Brightening Treatment ($69)
After three uses of this potent 20-minute treatment, 93 percent of people in one consumer study said their skin looked brighter, and after nine uses 100 percent said the same.
8. Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening and Protecting Moisturizer ($24)
This spot-fading lotion delivers deep hydration—and a glow to match—without leaving a heavy, greasy residue.
9. Philosophy Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel ($70)
Mandelic, phytic, and azelaic acids join forces in this easy-peasy at-home peel to improve skin tone and clarity. Just swipe the presaturated pad over your face once a week in the evening and wake up feeling refreshed.
10. Garnier Skin Renew Clinical Dark Spot Overnight Peel ($11)
If past breakouts are haunting your complexion in the form of dark spots or scars, this drugstore buy can lighten and brighten at a price that won’t break the bank.