A Celeb Esthetician Says This Is the Best Skincare Regimen to Treat Dull Skin
It's officially fall, and we don't know about you, but our complexions are experiencing some serious aftershocks post-summer and not in a bronzed, glowing, and hydrated kind of way—more in a half-poached, dull, and clogged kind of way. Welp.
We're currently in the process of curating our fall and winter wardrobes to perfection (give us all the boots, sweaters, and denim, please), and we're equally keen on whipping our downtrodden complexions into tip-top shape. Stubborn and radiance-hampering dullness is currently Undesirable No.1 as far as our skin issues go (come fall, Harry Potter references are quite necessary), so we reached out to esthetician and founder of StackedSkincareKerry Benjamin to lend a helping hand. Below, she's answering all of our burning dull-skin questions in addition to prescribing the ultimate daily skincare regimen to kick skin drabness to the curb in favor of a clear and radiant result. Keep scrolling! Clogged pores everywhere need this content.
According to Benjamin, lack of exfoliation is the number one cause of dullness thanks to the buildup of dead skin, which also makes it harder for our products to absorb and penetrate effectively. And, you guessed it, that just makes dullness woes that much worse.
To finish, Benjamin rinses the mask off thoroughly before applying a layer of the StackedSkincare TCA Multi-Acid Face Peel ($150). By using a few different exfoliation methods that are still super gentle, the skin is left brighter and far more glowing.
Sorry, but yes. As Benjamin explains, as we get older, the speed and efficiency of our cell renewal process decrease significantly, so the need for more regular exfoliation (plus hydration!) is paramount to beat and prevent a dull complexion.
"Since we are producing less oil and our collagen production is decreasing, more exfoliation and hydration is super important," Benjamin tells us. "Maintaining plump, radiant skin requires a good hyaluronic acid serum and a great moisturizer with an occlusive to seal in hydration. Versed has a really nice Hyaluronic Serum, called Hydration Station ($20), which I use under the brand's Skin Soak Rich Moisture Cream ($18), cocktailed with their Found the Light Powder With Vitamin C ($20)."
"It's important to include products with ingredients that will speed up your cell turnover including acids, vitamin A, and growth factors, which will all help with dullness," confirms Benjamin.
So what can you skip? According to Benjamin, toners are less important where dullness is concerned—as long as you're choosing a high-quality cleanser that keeps your complexion's pH balanced, a toner is just an extra step that's only draining your wallet.
Keep scrolling for the exact morning and evening skincare regimens Benjamin prescribes to treat dull skin.
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