Dull Complexion

What is it?

A dull complexion is distinguished by a grey or even olive colour that tints the skin. It gives the skin a lack of homogeneity and poorly reflects the light. The lack of brightness tends to make the face look tired and aged.

Did you know?

At age 30, the complexion begins to blur and darken. Therefore, actions must be taken to keep the skin healthy and give it a second wind!

What are the causes?

Here are the main causes of this condition:

Blood Circulation

The microcirculation of blood is a vital process for the life of the skin. It allows the cells to be provided with all the nutrients essential to their proper functioning, in addition to oxygenating them and releasing them from the body’s waste. Fatigue, stress, pollution and tobacco are some of the factors that contribute to altering blood circulation, thereby causing a deterioration of the skin’s cells. Consequence: the complexion becomes irregular, dull and grey.


The complexion owes its colour to the presence of pigments called melanin. Mainly due to the aggressions of the sun, melanin accumulates abundantly on the surface of the skin. Stains and other irregularities make their appearance and the complexion is blurred.

Dead Skin

A dull complexion can also be due to an accumulation of dead cells on the surface, which prevent proper light reflection, a healthy oxygenation of the skin and an adequate penetration of cosmeceuticals – preventing them from doing their job well.

How to prevent?

Specialized products

Choose creams and serums that will help promote skin radiance; that contain active ingredients such as vitamin C, which help illuminate the complexion by regulating the excess of melanin and which will decrease the intensity of discolorations. The use of exfoliating and moisturizing masks is also recommended.


Morning and night, cleanse your face with suitable products to remove any traces of makeup and dirt that could weaken your skin barrier. Doing so protects your skin and prevents water from evaporating.

Evening cleansing is especially important, since intensive regeneration of the skin occurs overnight. At 1:00am, the multiplication of the epidermis cells is maximal, promoting the natural repair of the skin and greater permeability. The skin is then able to absorb the active ingredients of serums, creams and other specialized products used.


Exfoliate your face once or twice per week, to remove dead and dry cells accumulated on the surface and to activate blood microcirculation. With each change of season, it is recommended to have a deep exfoliation by glycolic acid peels or Microdermabrasion in the clinic.


Drink 1-2 litres of water per day to keep the skin supple and radiant. You should also drink hot water with lemon, which will promote the elimination of toxins and other wastes from the skin.

Physical activity

Perspiration allows the pores of the skin to be decongested and rid of the toxins stored there. Better blood circulation will also result from engaging in sport.

To avoid!

-Unprotected exposure to the sun, which promotes the formation of spots and discolorations.
-Tobacco, which asphyxiates the skin, blocks the microcirculation of blood, and causes a sebum retention that creates blackheads.
-Alcohol, which increases dehydration of the skin and provokes the formation of diffuse redness.

How to treat?

Glycolic Acid Peel

A glycolic acid peel is a rejuvenating treatment that chemically exfoliates a thin layer of dead skin to reduce the appearance of discolorations and restore radiance to the complexion. The use of natural glycolic fruit acid works both on the surface and penetrates the deeper layers of the skin to dissolve the fatty molecules that allow dead and dry cells to adhere to the skin.

At the change of season, a session is recommended to maintain a radiant complexion.

Diamond-Tip Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion mechanically removes dead stratum corneum cells (the outermost layer of the epidermis) with a small applicator tip coated in diamond crystals. It helps renew skin by speeding up the skin-regeneration process, unclogging pores, and refining skin’s texture. This 1-hour rejuvenating treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin and helps to reduce the appearance of discolorations on the surface of the skin.

At the change of season, a session is recommended to improve the quality of the complexion.

Oxygen serum infusion

Oxygen serum infusion deeply moisturizes and revitalizes the skin. The slightly pressurized oxygen promotes the diffusion of active ingredients contained in the high-end Functionalab serums used, acting instantaneously against the effects of aging and natural dehydration of the deep layers of the skin.

In addition to glycolic peels or Microdermabrasion, this moisturizing treatment is recommended at the change of season to maintain a luminous complexion.



Our pulsed light platforms correct the imperfections of the complexion such as pigment spots, in addition to decreasing some vascular disorders. Photorejuvenation is an effective treatment to give the skin a uniform complexion of youthful appearance.

For maximal benefits resulting from this treatment, a few sessions may be required, and annual maintenance is recommended.

Complementary products

Ellagic C+ Serum

Sérum Ellagic C+

Thanks to its unique blend of 20% vitamin C in a stable ethylated form, vitamin E and 2% ellagic acid, this topical formula offers eight times the protection of pure vitamin C against sun damage! It also helps to brighten the complexion for softer and brighter skin.

Glycolic Acid 5% Night Cream

Crème de nuit 5%

This complex of glycolic acid and botanical ingredients exerts a gentle, skin-smoothing and exfoliating action. Used regularly, it reduces the appearance of wrinkles, smooths skin texture, and boosts radiance.

Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50

Ecran solaire minérale

This light-weight, 100% mineral sunscreen with a wide-spectrum SPF 50, protects the skin against photo damage caused by UVA and UVB rays. Enriched with moisturizing argan oil and vitamin E, this powerful screen ensures a daily antioxidant defense and prevents the appearance of visible signs of premature aging of the skin.

Produits Functionalab

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