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10 Best Products To Beat Dull And Lacklustre Skin

Cancelled facial appointments are not an excuse to not put our best face forward. Our round-up of 10 products here will make sure your skin always looks 100.

The problem of dull skin arising from those missed appointments with your facialist is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the lacklustre skin you’re experiencing during this period. Your skin may even lack moisture, causing it to secrete more oil, which leads to congestion, clogged pores and the formation of blackheads and whiteheads.

Our cheeks and chin may also be more prone to breakouts and acne since we wearing a face mask whenever we step out of our homes. And for those constantly pulling all-nighters with work, you are likely to develop stressed, dull and tired-looking complexions from the fatigue. But don’t stress. To combat these woes, here are the products that will help to give lacklustre skin a boost of energy and life.

Dior Capture Totale High-Performance Treatment Serum-Lotion, $113
With lacklustre skin, it is important to reactivate and strengthen skin cells so that they can work optimally on their own and to enjoy the benefits of skincare products effectively. This two-in-one product gives you the lightweight texture of a lotion with the potent benefits of a serum. It is also formulated with a Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy Technology which comprises four different flowers to restore the regenerative powers of stem cells found in our skin.   Stem cells represent 0.2 per cent of our skin cells but are extremely valuable as a single stem cell can help generate millions of new cells to help the skin heal quicker and regenerate faster to prevent signs of ageing. Lipo-3x, a new lipopeptide derived from bio-fermentation is used to deliver the Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy Technology deep within the skin for effective results. Cle de Peau Beaute La Creme, $875
Sometimes using a powerful, all-in-one cream is the best way to give your skin life. This is the sixth version of the ever-iconic La Creme and comes made with more than 60 ingredients to treat every skin problem you can think of – from fine lines to sagging skin to dullness and even dehydration. It also incorporates the highest percentage of its Skin Empowering Illuminator Complex to enhance the skin’s nighttime mechanism to better regenerate and repair while we snooze. Just how potent is this cream? A pea-sized amount is enough to treat your entire face. Laneige Radian-C Cream, $68
While most brightening products focus on evening out skin tone and boosting radiance, this aims to do exactly that while ensuring skin gets sufficient moisture to improve the overall complexion. A Radian-C Super Blend Technology (made up of vitamin C and E, as well as a patented brightening ingredient known as Melaslov) targets hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone through a two-prong approach.   First, it rejuvenates and strengthens melanocytes, which is responsible for slowing down melanin production. Next, it boosts the action of the gene (miRNA-125b) responsible for skin’s radiance so that your skin can prevent dullness on its own. Vitamin C and E work together to provide antioxidants and promote healthy skin cell growth while delivering non-stop hydration. Bonus: The cream can protect the skin from blue light, which we are constantly exposed to when working from home. Chanel Sublimage La Lotion Lumiere Exfoliante, $195
Multi-tasking products are must-have when we are strapped for time or too tired to indulge in a 10-step skincare routine. But a more concise routine doesn’t mean we leave out crucial steps. This lotion does not just hydrate and boost radiance and luminosity, it also gently exfoliates to remove the buildup of dead skin cells that not only causes duller skin but also leads to congestion and clogged pores. It is also rich in sugars and minerals to boost hydration, stimulate cell renewal, and even out complexion for more radiant, luminous skin. Kiehl’s Vital Skin-Strengthening Super Serum, $79
A never-ending to-do list and constant work are just some of the things that can cause stress, which will aggravate one’s complexion. This serum combats these problems by strengthening the skin’s resilience so that it is better able to withstand such stressors. Two key ingredients that work their magic here are the 11kDa Hyaluronic Acid – which hydrates and strengthens the uppermost layer of the skin which is said to be the most susceptible to damage – and an Adaptogenic Herbal Complex which nourishes and acts as a supplement when our body feels down. Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream, $165
This moisturiser aids in reactivating skin’s nerve cells to self-regenerate. This will aid in improving skin’s responsiveness to skincare. A Kurenai-TruLift Complex was created based on a new skin-science discovery to boost resilience and elasticity for a firmer, plumper, and healthier-looking complexion. My Clarins Clear-Out Blackhead Expert (Stick + Mask), $40
After two months of not visiting your skin clinic (and not getting our monthly extraction or peel), it is likely our complexions will form a build-up of dead skin cells, which leads to congestion, acne and lack of radiance. This two-in-one purifying and exfoliating mask helps to tackle congestion and well as blackheads to remove impurities and reveal a clearer complexion. Organic moringa extract, bamboo powder, and green clay help absorb excess oil, eliminate shine and detoxify. Strawberry tree extract minimises pores and controls excess sebum production while tamarind fruit acids and organic meadowsweet extract naturally slough away dead skin cells. Dr. Jart+ Vital Hydra Solution Capsule Ampoule, $33 for a pack of six
If your serum or cream is not enough to treat your dehydrated complexion, you might want to try an ampoule. Ampoules are more potent and fortified with higher levels of active ingredients, which is why most of them come in one-time-use packaging. Infused with a Hyaluronic Complex, these ones are made up of five different sizes of hyaluronic acid to provide intense hydration, as well as a seaweed secretion extract to intensely hydrate. Think of this as a super hydrating one-time use treatment (sams the sticky or tacky feeling post-application) to achieve plump, softer, and smoother skin. Sigi Skin Dream Capsule, $82
If you’re looking for a quick yet effective skincare routine, opt for overnight sleeping masks – they are super fuss-free since you don’t have to wash them off and they deliver the same benefits of any hydrating sheet mask without the hassle of putting it on and taking it off. Besides hydrating complexions, this is formulated with bakuchiol to tackle acne, treat skin ageing, and provide antibacterial properties. Huxley Oil Essence;Essence Like, Oil Like, $59
This has a consistency of a serum with the benefits of a facial oil to really hydrate skin without leaving it feeling too oily, heavy or greasy. This fast-absorbing oil-in-essence contains antioxidant and vitamin-rich acai berry and Sahara cactus oil to deliver long-lasting hydration and fight premature ageing.