The best products for dull, tired skin
Picks that’ll have you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in no time
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Content Producer / April 28 2021
Skin been looking a little lacklustre lately? We’re right there with you sis.
When your skin is not so chuffed about the seasonal changes or lack of sleep, you’re stressed and you need a consecutive series of nanna naps just to keep yourself looking fresh, that's when you need to bring out the big guns.
These heavy-hitters are about to shape up your skin care routine and inject a bit of life back into your dull, tired complexion. Prepare yourself for a swift, brightening slap of serums, moisturisers, essences and everything in between because we’re overhauling that visage of yours Extreme Makeover style. So get ready to move that proverbial bus and get ready to reveal your best skin yet.
Here are seven products that are the key to combating a dull and tired complexion.
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Brightening Treatment 2.0
Estée Lauder’s triple ferment complex and vitamin C are the hero ingredients in this rapid-effect serum. Calming, brightening, plus protection of the skin’s natural barrier is what’s on the menu after you add this little guy to your routine. Age spots, acne marks, sun spots and dark spots are all under fire too – even toned, radiant skin here we come.
CAUDALIE Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Glycolic Essence
Let this daily brightening essence slough away your dead skin cells and reveal a more even-toned, radiant complexion. Swipe Caudalie's signature grape water-enriched, glycolic and white peony-infused special sauce all over your skin and enjoy maximum brightening as well as moisturising, hydrating and soothing properties.
JOANNA VARGAS Eden Instant Lift Face Mask
If there’s anyone we trust to give us our best skin, it’s got to be celebrity facialist and skin care guru Joanna Vargas. Slap one of the esthetician’s glow-boosting face masks on for 15-20 minutes and you’ll be left with a glowy, red-carpet face that’d rival any one of Vargas’ A-list clients. Don’t waste that excess goodness either; pat the wrinkle-smoothing and skin-lifting serum into skin for max product absorption.
LANEIGE Lip Glowy Balm
Shiny, smooth and supple are all words that are going to be used to describe your smackers after applying a healthy swathe of this glossy balm.. Packed full of lip-loving fruit extracts and available in four fruity fragrances, we’re making this count as one of our 5-a-day. No one tell our GP.
CODEX BEAUTY LABS Brightening Moisturizer
Dull, dry and uneven skin types rejoice – this one’s for you. CODEX BEAUTY LABS patent-pending, potent AntuComplex™ formula keeps skin at it’s very best, with brightening, hydrating and pore-refining properties. This moisturising pick is also a mighty defender against nasties, minimising UV damage and protecting skin from pollutant particles.
PAI SKINCARE The Impossible Glow Bronzing Drops
We know what you’re thinking – how is bronzer supposed to help dull skin? But bear with us. Not only does this illuminating pick leave skin beautifully bronzed, but it’s also formulated with a slew of skin care-inspired ingredients like hyaluronic acid, sea kelp extract and lactic acid, helping it to promote a healthy, glowing complexion in the long run. We love a beauty pick that does double-duty.
PETER THOMAS ROTH Potent-C™ Power Scrub
The best brightening ingredients in the skin care game are all on your team (or at least they’re in this face scrub). We’re talking key players like vitamins E and C as well as ferulic acid, all coming together to combat that dreaded dullness. Black jojoba spheres and white aluminum oxide physically exfoliate away impurities, while brightening vitamin-C beads, conditioning and nourishing gold jojoba, and white cocoa butter beads burst on contact with skin delivering all those potent actives right where you need them.
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Girlfriend and beautyheaven.