Do you feel like your skin is looking a little tired lately? Dull and lackluster skin can make you look older than you are, and it’s not a good look.

Luckily, there is something that you can do to restore your skin to its glowing best.

In this blog post, we share what can cause our skin to lose its luster, and identify 5 self care approaches to restore and maintain your skin’s beautiful and youthful glow.

What causes dull tired skin?

There are many different causes of dull, tired-looking skin. Some of the obvious culprits are of lifestyle, diet, and lack of proper skincare. Usually we must deal with a combination of one or more of those causes.

Lack of Hydration

When we’re dehydrated, our skin can start to look dry, tired, and lackluster.

Solution: Increase water intake.


Life’s challenges often settles on us as stress. The costs to our overall health can manifest in a myriad of ways. For our skin it can cause redness, irritation, and puffiness.

Solution: Increase water intake, restful sleep, and beneficial supplements.

Build-up of Dead Skin Cells

When our skin is tired and dull, it’s often because we have a build-up of dead skin cells on the surface. This can make our skin look rough, dry, and aged. 

Solution: Exfoliation.

Good Habits Are Ineffective

If you’re following a good skincare routine and your skin is still looking tired, it might be time to make some nutritional tweaks to give your skin the boost that it needs. 

Solution: Adaptogens.

Let’s dive into the 5 steps to turn your skin from dull & tired to glowing and vibrant

Step 1: Increase Water Intake

One of the most important things that you can do for your skin is to drink an adequate amount of water everyday.

Water is essential for all aspects of health, including skin health. This simple habit of increasing water intake can combat dry, tired, and dull skin.

Drinking plenty of water can also help to reduce the effects of stress on our skin but you can also rehydrate in more ways than just drinking water. 

Water-rich foods are also a great way to hydrate the skin from the inside out. They are also packed with essential vitamins and minerals that we need to improve our overall health.

Step 2: Restful Sleep

Restful sleep is when you feel like you have slept deeply and peacefully throughout the night. You should feel well-rested when you wake up.

Achieving restful sleep happens when your body can successfully reach deep sleep states that help restore your mind and body..

Why is restful sleep important for glowing skin? 

Restful sleep is important for glowing skin because when you are well-rested, your skin has a chance to repair itself from the damage of the day.

When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin does not have an opportunity to renew and restore itself which leads to dull, tired-looking skin. 

If getting restful sleep is a challenge there are a few lifestyle and nutrition changes that may help:

  • Exercise during the day.
  • Meditate before bed
  • Block blue light and any junk light with blue light blocking glass, especially when working on a computer.
  • Avoiding sugar and caffeine during the day can make a big impact in how well you sleep.
  • Supplements can aid in relaxation. Consider adding kava or blue lotus tea to your diet. CBD is also an effective method to relax the body.
  • Melatonin is popular sleep aid that has been found to be effective. You should be aware long-term use of melatonin may have hormonal repercussions. However, it may be a good solution for you when all else fails.

Step 3: Supplement collagen, omega-3s, and antioxidants

Collagen is essential for keeping our skin looking healthy and youthful. Unfortunately, collagen production can be reduced when we experience stress.

This is because stress increases the production of cortisol, which is a hormone that can break down collagen. The longer this happens the harder it is to reverse. 

Omega-3s are found in many superfoods to help restore your skin’s health. These fatty acids are essential for maintaining moisture levels in the skin and they can also help to reduce inflammation. 

Antioxidants are another important nutrient for glowing skin. These nutrients help to protect our skin from damage caused by free radicals, which can lead to premature aging. 

When your skin is tired you should look at consuming collagen-rich foods with high omega-3 content like bone broth, salmon, tuna, mackerel, sea moss, and anchovies.

Alternatively, you can supplement your diet with collagen peptides or hydrolyzed collagen in the form of tablets or powders which will help to boost collagen levels.

Step 4: Exfoliate

A build-up of dead skin cells on the surface can make our skin look rough, dry, and aged.

Exfoliating regularly can help to remove this build-up of dead skin cells and reveal brighter, glowing skin.

There are a few different ways that you can exfoliate your skin:

Use a physical exfoliator, which will mechanically remove dead skin cells with ingredients like jojoba beads or sugar crystals. 

Or you can use an enzyme chemical exfoliator, like an AHA or BHA, which uses enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells. 

Choosing the right exfoliation method requires understanding the specific causes of dullness for your skin.

If you have dry skin, you’ll want to use a gentle physical exfoliator that won’t strip away too much of your natural oils. 

If you have oily skin, you’ll want to use a chemical exfoliator that will help get rid of the excess oil without over-drying your skin.

My personal goto is a lactate acid exfoliator. Lactate acid is a gentle exfoliator that is derived from milk. It is a natural exfoliator that helps to remove dead skin cells and leave the skin glowing. 

Lactate acid is also a non-abrasive exfoliator, which means it won’t damage or irritate the skin. It is perfect for those with sensitive or tired skin, and it can be used on all skin types. 

Lactate acid is also an effective exfoliator because it helps to stimulate collagen production.

Collagen is essential for keeping our skin looking healthy and youthful, so by stimulating collagen production.

Once you’ve exfoliated, it’s important to moisturize your skin to help seal in the moisture that you’ve just brought to the surface. This will help keep your skin looking healthy and glowing longer. 

Solution 5: Adaptogens

Adaptogens improve the body on a deep level by managing stress hormones, which improve the body’s response to stress and can lead to better skin among other health benefits.

There are a few different adaptogens that can help to stop free radical damage caused by high stress or lack of sleep. 

These include:

Rhodiola Rosea 

Rhodiola Rosea benefits are thought to include reducing stress, fatigue, and anxiety. It is also an antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from free radical damage. 


Ashwagandha is another adaptogen that helps to reduce stress and anxiety. It is also an antioxidant that can help to protect the skin from free


Ginseng is an adaptogen for skin that helps to improve skin elasticity and firmness.

Lion’s Mane

Lion’s mane reduces inflammation, boosts cognitive function, and helps to improve nerve function. Lion’s mane is also an antioxidant that helps to protect cells.

All of these adaptogens have been shown to help protect the skin from free radical damage. They can also help to improve the overall appearance of the skin. The best part is these adaptogens are not localized to just treating skin.

Bonus Tips

Make sure to thoroughly clean your skin with micellar water and a gentle cleanser before bed. 

Sleeping in your makeup can age you by clogging your pores and preventing your skin from repairing itself properly.

When you sleep in your makeup, dirt and oil accumulate on your skin, which can cause breakouts and other skin problems.

Additionally, sleeping in your makeup can also cause wrinkles and fine lines. 

The Steps to Beautiful

Begin by taking inventory of your lifestyle, diet, and skincare routines then follow the 5 simple steps:

  1. Increase hydration by drinking a healthy amount of water. Remember, other healthy beverages and foods that contain a good deal of water should be added to your diet.
  2. Increase restful sleep to help reduce stress and improve overall health.
  3. Replace collagen that has been stripped away by stress and poor diet. Focus on consuming foods that are high in omega fatty acids and antioxidants to increase moisture levels in your skin and reduce inflammation
  4. Exfoliant to eliminate the build-up of dead skin cells and stimulate collagen production.
  5. Increase your body’s ability to respond to free radical damage caused by high stress or lack of sleep with adaptogens.

If you follow these simple steps, you should see a significant improvement in the appearance of your skin.

Dull, tired skin will be replaced by glowing, healthy skin.

And remember, these steps are not only good for your skin but they are also good for your overall health!

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