Maintain your Complexion’s Radiance – How to Prevent Dull Skin

May 26, 2017 • Look Good / Skincare

If you’ve got dull skin, what can you do?


You will find no shortage of skincare products that promise to restore radiance to dull skin. But if your skin hasn’t completely lost its brightness yet, there are steps you can take to ensure your complexion remains healthy-looking. Often, understanding what causes dull skin and embarking on a suitable skincare regime can help you maintain your glow and prevent dull skin from emerging.



Exfoliating weekly is the most effective way to keep skin from looking dull, plus, it’s easy and inexpensive. You can use loofahs, exfoliating gloves, body brushes and pumice stones, but be careful to scrub gently so as to not irritate your skin. Exfoliating cleansers with alpha hydroxy acid are also effective, as they gently dissolve compounds that bind dead skin cells to pores without harshly ripping them away. If you’re concerned about having a tired complexion, remember to avoid products that can dry out the skin or make it hard for skin cells to get oxygen. Steer clear of products that contain isopropyl petroleum (rubbing alcohol), isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate and mineral oil.


Avoid Smoking and Secondhand Smoke

Yes, you will hear this a lot – but for good reason. In addition to the myriad of damaging effects on your health, smoking also strips your skin of its youthful, healthy vivacity. Repeated contact with firsthand and secondhand smoke will damage healthy skin, causing it to look prematurely old and sallow. So stay away from cigarette smoke – it’s much easier to prevent the negative side effects that smoking has on your appearance than try to reverse the damage after it occurs.



A good exercise routine stimulates blood flow, which is vital to maintaining a glowing complexion. And by pumping up blood flow, you also help your body to function properly. Nutrients will be evenly distributed all over your system, which will help keep your body healthy and your skin bright.



Dry skin can appear dull, so make sure to moisturize regularly with a lotion suitable for your skin type . Using moisturizing creams, especially after taking a bath or a shower, can prevent parched skin and imparts a soft, dewy look. Water-based lotions are generally appropriate for mildly dry skin, but if your skin is quite dry, apply an oil-based moisturizing lotion twice every day. Avoid taking long, hot showers, as hot water draws moisture from the skin and removes the skin’s natural layer of protective oil, drying it out.


Eat Well, Stay Hydrated                                              

To make sure your skin doesn’t lose its vibrancy, keep away from processed and fatty foods. Eat a balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables are beneficial to the appearance and health of your skin, and will help protect it from free-radical damage. Foods rich in vitamins A, C and E in particular are particularly noted for improving the skin’s appearance. Furthermore, make sure to drink at least six glasses of water daily, as the body needs to receive adequate hydration to maintain healthy-looking skin. Avoid or limit caffeinated beverages since caffeine interferes with the body’s absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C and iron, both strongly linked to a hydrated complexion and rosy glow.

What if it’s Too Late?

Although maintaining a radiant glow and never getting dull skin in the first place is ideal, sometimes we don’t have the time or ability to do so. But that doesn’t mean there is nothing you can do. There are various options for treating dull skin and regaining the radiant complexion you desire.

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34 responses to “Maintain your Complexion’s Radiance – How to Prevent Dull Skin”

  1. Nisha says:

    Hi, I have no time at night and morning to do skincare but I need something quick as my skin is so dull, with a lot of pores, getting darker day by day, oily and dry both.

  2. Georgia says:

    Skin care doesn’t necessarily take long Nisha. Wash your face in the shower with cleanser 6x a week and exfoliater 1x a week, and moisturise when you get out of the shower. That’s less than a minute added to your routine and will really help your skin.

  3. Asia says:

    Hello, I have so many dark, large pores on my legs is exfoliating at least everyday ok if I’m not aggressively scrubbing my skin.

    • FOREO says:

      Hi Asia, please note that you don’t need to exfoliate your skin every day, just to be safe and avoid irritation. We recommend exfoliating 3 times a week as it’s most effective! 🙂

  4. Levona says:

    Hi I have dry skin and a acne problem I don’t know what to do anymore please help

    • carly says:

      Hey Levona, Sorry to hear of the struggle! If the acne problem is persistent its best to see what the route cause is and see a dermatologist.

  5. Naira says:

    Hey! I have combination skin and tanning on my chin area so i need a quick treatment as my skin gets dull very soon .. I need your recommendation and the products i should use please help

    • carly says:

      Hi Naira! Thank you for your post. Sure thing apart from the Lunas that help with cleansing the skin on a much deeper level I would recommend the UFO device which has a range of masks to help target dull skin with its active ingredients whilst also using the state of the art LED technology. Check out the range on and any questions drop Customer Care Team an email.

  6. Falkun says:

    Hi.. I’ve very dull skin n not evn fresh look.. My eyes are getting darker above n below as well my skin.. My skin is sensitive n oily.. What should i use?? Plz tell me proper things which i should use

    • carly says:

      Hi Falkun, No worries we recommend that you follow these tips and if you ever need a helping hand with devices then maybe the IRIS eye massage device to help get the blood flowing around the eye area or the Luna 2/3 for sensitive skin to help brighten up your cleaning routine without compromising your skins sensitivity! Check out the full range on and you have skin a free skin test section also that would help point you in the right direction. Hope that helps!

  7. Laura says:

    I have a darker complexion on my face compared to my body…what can I possibly use to even out my complexion nd keep my face looking radiant. What skin care routine can I do

    • carly says:

      Dear Laura, We recommend skin brightening treatments like what is mentioned along with good exfoliation however its also best to discuss with a dermatologist to see what is recommended regarding skin pigmentation.

  8. Summit says:

    Hi there I am 28 but looks like 32 my skin is dull and looks very bad I used to smoke 50 cigarettes in a day and I didn’t eat properly from last 5 years I already quit smoking 7 months ago I m running everyday drinking water but there is not much difference on my face why should I do please tell me thanks

    • carly says:

      Wow firstly, good on you! You have made a big change in your health and that is great to hear! Things take time and some damage that has been caused from a poor lifestyle may not be easily reversed. That being said you can improve your skin immensely in incorporating a good skincare regime! I would recommend that you check out to become familiar with our devices and products and if you need any further assistance please just drop an email to our Customer Care Team who can assist you further. Keep up the good work and don’t give up 🙂

  9. Michele says:

    I am turning 50 and was told that I am looking old and tired. Pls help.

    • carly says:

      WOW! That is not very nice. Well you have come to the right place for some kick back action! Skin is a reflection of our health so I would recommend follow these tips but also work within with a good diet, exercise and self love!

  10. Damila says:

    I don’t even know where to start from. Like, I have been battling with dry skin, dull skin colour, acne, pimples, and the worse is that I am just 22 and I look 40 already. Pls how can u help.

    • carly says:

      Dear Damila, Sorry to hear this! Sounds like you need to try these tips! I would recommend that you take a look at at some of our devices that could give your skin the boost it needs! We have everything from the ESPADA to help with Acne to the UFO with great facemasks that would help with most skin woes! We hope this helps 🙂

  11. Temuishang Charanga says:

    I have acne pimples and in the day my face become oily and dullness I Iam 19..please help me?

    • carly says:

      Dear Temuishang, Thank you for your post and we hope this article helps you. Please check out our other articles regarding Oily skin as this may shed some light on the next steps to tackle excess oil. We also would recommend seeing a dermatologist who maybe gives you some insight into the reason behind your skin issues and how to address it. You may be interested to know that we have some great devices to help in your skincare routine to deeply cleanse the skin. Such as our LUNA 2 for Oily Skin. Good luck 🙂

  12. Anon says:

    I already exfoliate, wear sunscreen and moisturize as well, but why do i still have dull looking complexion?

  13. ziara says:

    this is very informative blog .thanks for sharing .

  14. mirah says:

    Hi I think my skin are dull and my skin tone also, before this I use many type of product but the result are still the same, how can I prevent it?

    • carly says:

      Hi Mirah, Thank you for your post and I would recommend that you try this out first and see how it goes and if you need further assistance then please contact our customer care team on FOREO.COM to assist you further to see what device will suit your skin best.

  15. Jaspreet says:

    I used to have so many pimple on my face and but i get rid of them from last year using tomatoes and ceanser .but still it is not clear and its not glowing . Please tell me something. I really want a clear and glowy sking . I have sensitive skin and i eats so many fruits and drink water but not big difference

    • carly says:

      Hello, thank you for reading our post! Our Espada device is designed to help with the described issue of pimples. Please contact our FOREO Customer Care where you can receive more detailed instructions from our agents 🙂

  16. Manu says:

    1 year back, my skin was white, glowing and soft but now it’s darker, dull and look like tired. What should I do?

    • carly says:

      Hi Manu, Sorry to hear that your skin is not as glowy as it used to be! Please feel free to follow the steps and see if that helps! Good luck 🙂

  17. Akash says:

    Hey I don’t know why but my face is looking kinda dull and greyish type or maybe be brown I need some tips how could I get my glowing face back

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