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If your skin is lifeless, it’s likely not just because you’re tired. It could be that your top layer, or the the stratum corneum, is not exfoliating correctly, which leads to build-up of dead skin cells and overall dullness. To help regain that bright, glowy quality, boost skin regeneration at night by exfoliating, hydrating, and delivering a few key ingredients with this cleanser before hitting the sack.
Korres Wild Rose Daily Brightening & Refinishing Buff Cleanser, $28, available at Sephora.
To help rid the skin of excess dead cells, Dr. Palm suggests using a brush and a salicylic acid cleanser to help break down the cell-to-cell barrier and lift the top layer of skin. She warns not to overdo it, though; aggressive exfoliation can cause skin to become oily, irritated, and acne prone. So, don’t cleanse with a brush more than once a day.
Foreo Luna 2, $199, available at Foreo.
One of our favorite acne cleansers? This gel formula from Burt's Bees. It contains salicylic acid and willow bark extract to sweep bacteria and grime off your skin, while primrose extract hydrates it.
Burt's Bees Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser, $10, available at Burt's Bees.
The skin’s surface isn’t its the only possible dullness factor; often, dull skin isn’t getting hydrated properly, either. After cleansing, apply products that will hydrate and brighten, such as peptides (which can help with the overall smoothness of the skin) and enzymes (which can help break down dull skin, rejuvenate, and give your complexion a glow).
Om Aroma & Co. Pumpkin Seed Renew Serum, $58, available at Om Aroma & Co.
Finally, Palm suggests practicing patience. Stick with your face-brightening nighttime routine for a few weeks. It will often take that long to see true results if you're using over-the-counter products — and even longer (two to three months) if you're using prescription-strength topicals.
Verso Skincare Night Cream, $100, available at Sephora.