What causes dull looking skin & which treatments can help you reclaim your glow?

Dull skin can have a sallow, unhealthy appearance, and generally doesn’t leave us feeling our best. It can also begin to feel rough in texture when left untreated.


So what causes dull & tired looking skin?

Everything from pollution and the sun to the natural ageing process and our day to day lifestyles can lead to dull, tired skin. Here are our top three tips for prevention and treatment to help you maintain or reclaim your glow:


Sunbathe Wisely

UV damage is one of the main reasons your skin looks dull. So what about vitamin D deficiency then? Studies show that to increase our vitamin D level we need to expose our arms and legs to the sun for about 15 minutes daily. Conclusion? When on holiday try to always wear a hat and keep your head in the shade. When it comes to sun cream – use it all year round – not only in the summer! At the end of the day, even the best dull skin treatment or products will be useless if you don’t protect your skin from UV damage.


Introduce Retinol 

This active ingredient not only contains amazing anti-aging and brightening properties, but can also strengthen your skin and treat acne. It’s very important to use medical grade retinol in the correct concentration that suits your skin type. Don’t worry if you’re not sure which product is best for you – we can help you to choose the correct one for your skin type during a consultation. It’s important to hold off using retinol until after your summer holiday as it can increase the skin’s sensitivity to sun after treatment.


Choose Chemical Exfoliation Over Physical 

Exfoliation is key! It ensures dead cells are swept away, revealing smoother, brighter, more refined skin. You can forget about expensive ”tools” like brushes, hot cloths, harsh scrub and  even Microdermabrasion. Choose chemical exfoliation over the physical one by adding (for example) some AHA serum or glycolic acid based product into your skin care regimen. Chemical exfoliators penetrate deeper into the skin and can be a great option for skin that has deep congestion, is more resistive, or can’t tolerate being scrubbed.


Recommended Treatments

Looking for advanced clinical treatment options for persistently dull & tired looking skin? These treatments will not only give your skin a glow but target deeper layers and stimulate collagen production in the process. 


At Gild Clinic we use SkinPen the only FDA approved electric microneedling device  This treatment increases blood flow, cell turnover and collagen production of the skin. It is a great ‘all round’ treatment for ageing skin, scars and wrinkles.


Have you just got back from your dream holiday and feel like your skin is dehydrated and need some nutrients? If the answer is ”yes” then this is a perfect treatment for you. Mesotherapy is a liquid ‘cocktail’ that infuses the skin with essential vitamins, minerals and collagen stimulating ingredients.

Bespoke Alumier Facials

Bespoke choice of products based on your skin’s needs. Each 60 min facial includes skin analysis, gentle skin peels and our skin specialist advice on home skincare regime. A fantastic all year round treatment rejuvenation option.


About the author

Maja is a highly skilled lead aesthetic practitioner and trainer who specialises in skin rejuvenation treatments.