Putting your best face forward starts with glowing, radiant skin. The remedy for sallow skin and a dull complexion can be treated with the help of the right products and consistency when it comes to a skin care routine. To reap the benefits of beautiful results, consistency is an absolute must. A dull or ruddy complexion may give the overall appearance of a tired look. Brighten up and banish ruddiness with a few key products.

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Cleanse your skin with a mild glycolic cleanser. Glycolic acid works to gently turn over dead skin cells while cleansing your skin. Glycolic acid targets fine lines and wrinkles while simultaneously keeping breakouts at bay. For acne- and wrinkle-prone skin, glycolic acid can be a match made in heaven. When used over time, glycolic acid can help give skin a more even texture and skin tone. Cleanse your skin both morning and evening. Always remove makeup before bedtime.

Buff away dead skin cells with a gentle exfoliant. While your skin is still damp, apply a dime-sized amount of exfoliant to your face and gently scrub with your fingertips. Exfoliation is important for improving the overall texture of the skin. This process can help remove dead skin and reveal a brighter complexion. Choose an exfoliant with particles that are soft and void of sharp edges that can leave tiny cuts on the skin. Exfoliate once or twice a week.

Apply vitamin C serum to your skin both morning and evening. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps reduce sun damage and acne scarring. The nourishment your skin will benefit from by applying vitamin C serum is very important for gaining a more radiant complexion. Vitamin C may also be labeled ascorbic acid. A serum formula is light in consistency, so your skin can easily absorb it.

Apply sunscreen with a sun protection factor of at least 30 every day. Apply this on top of vitamin C serum even on days that may appear to be overcast. Don’t be fooled — ultraviolet rays are still at work even on days when the sun may appear to be hiding behind the clouds. A generous application of SPF 30 or higher each day will protect your skin from sun damage and help keep your skin glowing for many years to come.


  • You can jump-start the process with a series of professional peels and use at-home peels to maintain and improve on results.

  • Alpha-hydroxy peels may contain glycolic or lactic acid. An alpha-beta peel will also have salicylic acid-the beta hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy acids are water soluble only, while beta hydroxy acid is oil soluble, which allows it to penetrate into pores. If you have no pore issues-blackheads, whiteheads, clogs–you can use an alpha-only peel.

  • Look for peels or creams with alpha hydroxy acids listed in the top 3 ingredients to get the proper concentration. Beta hydroxy acid can be listed in the middle or even toward the bottom of the list and still have an effective concentration.

  • Lavender is opposite to yellow on the color wheel and can give sallow complexions a healthy glow and brighten up dull olive tones.

  • Warming liquid primer in your hand for a moment makes it easier to mix.

  • In addition to normalizing sallow skin, lavender correctors/concealers can help hide yellow bruises, seriously dark under-eye circles and dark spots on bronze skin.