Dull Skin

Tackle dull skin head on to reveal a brighter you.

What is Dull Skin?

Dull skin is one that lacks radiance and lustre. Dull skin may appear tired, flat and lifeless, and older looking than it actually is. The skin may feel rough, dry and dehydrated and be accompanied with other concerns such as enlarged pores, uneven skin tone and fine lines.


You’ve probably got some questions, but before you get in touch, we’ve answered the most common ones here.

  • What causes dull skin?

    There are a number of factors that can contribute to dull skin, from ageing, lifestyle and environment factors. As the skin ages, the rate at which we exfoliate dead skin cells, also known as the cellular turnover decreases. The reduced exfoliation and build-up of dead skin cells will result in a dull looking complexion. Skin that is dehydrated will also lack lustre, it will appear dry and flaky and may worsen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If there is a poor circulation to the skin, this may be due to general ageing, health or lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity and stress, this can further contribute to dull skin. Factors such as smoking will damage the blood vessels resulting in reduced blood and oxygen flow to the cells, other factors such as obesity and stress may result in a constricting to the blood vessel, while poor nutrition can affect the health of the blood vessels reducing their ability to deliver blood, nutrients and oxygen to the skin cells.

  • How can I improve my dull skin?

    One of the first steps to improving dull skin is to make regular exfoliation part of your skin care routine. The use of either exfoliating scrubs or chemical exfoliators such as glycolic or salicylic acids with gently remove dead skin cells, this will improve the skin cell turn over when used regularly to reveal brighter looking skin. Skin hydration and the correct products for your skin type are important, however be careful not to over moisturise as this will lead to poor exfoliation of the skin. As part of your daily skin care regime ensure you incorporate a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30. This will further help prevent dull skin and future protect your skin from the signs of premature ageing. Good diet and nutrition is a key element to preventing dull skin, having a well-balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants alongside good hydration is key to optimum skin health. Further lifestyle choices such as quitting smoking, avoiding excessive sun exposure and pollutants, while getting a good 7-9 hours sleep each night and managing stress will all be positive contributing factors.

  • What treatments are effective for dull skin?

    Treatments can be very effective for dull skin if you are looking for a more rejuvenated complexion.

    1. Hydrafacial – HydraFacial is an effective treatment for putting the life back into your skin. This treatment provides a combination of cleansing, deep exfoliation, extraction, hydration, and antioxidant infusion finished with light therapy to deep clean and rejuvenate and brighten the skin helping you to achieve an instant glow.
    2. Chemical Peels – The Blue Peel Radiance and ZO Stimulator peel are effective. This will involve an application of a peel to the skin which will gently exfoliate the upper layer of skin cells revealing a much brighter, rejuvenated complexion
    3. ResurFace: This is an effective treatment for dull skin and deeper skin resurfacing. The treatment will cause tiny columns of thermal damage. The skin will start to peel and exfoliate over the following days, the skin cell turnover will improve and collagen will be stimulated for deep resurfacing results and a skin that has a much clearer and brighter complexion.
    4. Profhilo: This revolutionary ‘beneath the skin’ hyaluronic acid moisturiser has one of the highest concentrations of hyaluronic acid and is a great treatment for skin that is dull and lacks lustre. This skin bio-remodelling injectable treatment has a stimulating effect on the dermal cells, aiding in the production of new collagen and elastin resulting in increased firmness and elasticity in the skin. It not only improves skin texture and tone by effectively stimulating the production of collagen and elastin, it also nourishes dermal cells to boost skin hydration and radiance, leaving skin beautifully glowing. Profhilo® delivers great results on its own or in combination with other aesthetics treatments.

    Following your consultation your practitioner will advise the best treatment for optimal results. We will ensure you have a good understanding of how the treatment will benefit your skin, including benefits, any downtime expected, duration and costs.

  • Will dull skin return following treatment?

    In order to prevent dull skin from returning it is important that lifestyle measures are addressed such as skin care practices, diet, hydration, smoking and sun exposure.

  • How can ZO Skin Health help to support my skin?

    ZO Principles of Skin Health Restoration specifically focus on restoring skin’s strength and optimizing cellular functions to provide the best treatment outcomes and achieve overall skin health restoration. Skin should be fortified to renew, protect and strengthen itself to maintain healthy skin for life. ZO has your skin health covered with its clinically proven, medical skin care brand. ZO Skin Health products are specifically designed to be the best skin care for dull, ageing skin by addressing both the visible signs and key triggers of ageing at every phase. Only the highest quality active ingredients like retinoids, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Niacinamide, glycolic acid, lactic acid and more. Following a consultation the best regimen that works to brighten your skin, improve its texture, repair your skin barrier and restore a healthy, youthful appearance to your skin will be prescribed.

  • How does the The Advanced Nutrition Programme support my skin?

    Healthy skin starts on the inside, for optimal results this needs to be fed daily with skin specific nutrients. To help improve the appearance of compromised skin whilst supporting skin elasticity, firmness and collagen production experts recommend supporting the skin with supplements from the Advanced Nutritional Programme (ANP) supplement range alongside a healthy diet. Traditional skincare is turned inside out with the innovative, award-winning range of evidence-based skincare supplements. While topical skincare only treats 50% of the skin on the surface, ANP potent nutritional blends feed your skin from within for a proven, 100% skincare approach, your skin will certainly thank you for it. Following your consultation we can advised a complete nutritional approach to optimise your skin health.

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