How to Revive Dull Skin

It’s that time of the year when our skin starts to look a bit dull, tired and loses its glow. Winter will do that. But the radiance can be restored with a few simple tweaks to our skincare routines.


We shed skin cells every single day. Which, you know, gross. As we get older, the cell turnover slows down. And that is what is making our skin look dull and lacklustre. Given the weather conditions and the central heating in winter, a priority for most of us remains to hydrate our skin. But we shouldn’t forget to exfoliate. A gentle chemical exfoliant will remove the dead skin cells and make our skin look refreshed and rejuvenated. While chemical exfoliation is a glorious thing, try not to over-do it. If your skin is dry and sensitive, a couple of times per week will be enough.

Ishtar products to try

Try our Ultralase 10 Mandelic acid serum. It is a leave-on treatment with 10% Mandelic acid and a pH of 3.5. Ultralase 10 targets uneven skin tone and texture, helps fade hyperpigmentation and stimulates deep cell renewal.

Add a shot of vitamin C

The fact of the matter is – vitamin C is a fab antioxidant proven to work. Yes, it protects the skin against free radical damage and improves collagen production. But it also evens out skin tone and helps fade sun damage. Almost instant brightening effect. Vitamin C should be a constant part of our skincare routines.

Ishtar products to try

Try our Perfect & Glow Vitamin C serum. Formulated with 2nd generation Rovisomes, it contains Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and releases the active ingredient within the layers of the epidermis. Perfect & Glow combines vitamin C with SOD (Superoxide Dismutase), a potent antioxidant that reduces oxidative damage. Peptide P3 is another ingredient worth highlighting. It is a peptide referred to as a non-acidic alternative to skin resurfacing. Perfect & Glow protects, brightens and plumps up the skin.


Keeping your skin well moisturised all year round is the key to that healthy glow. Even more so in the winter time so remember to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise.

Ishtar products to try

Hydro-Magic Collagen Catalyst with NMF (Natural Moisturising Factors) and Tripeptide-5 provides an instant surge of hydration while kick-starting collagen production. Use it as a serum before your normal moisturiser.

Skin-Biotica Daily Defence Serum with botanical glucosides and prebiotics soothes the skin and helps restore disrupted moisture barrier.

Try one of our moisturisers to seal it all in.

Hydra-Plus Cream with Beta Glucan is suitable for drier skin types and boosts natural Hyaluronic acid levels in the skin. It also improves the skin’s natural repair functions.

Multi-Ceramide Concentrate is a light fluid with skin-identical lipids and sterols that improves hydration, protects against environmental stressors and soothes irritated skin. It can be used as a serum step or as a moisturiser.

Time CODE Anti-aging Moisturiser regulates moisture in the skin, helps soothe inflammation and minimises fine lines and wrinkles. It can be used both in your morning or evening routine.

Don’t neglect your cleansing routine

Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean we should skip on our regular cleansing routine. Look for a gentler cleanser that won’t dry out the skin and leave it tight and uncomfortable.

Do a facial massage

A facial massage is a fantastic way to get the circulation going. Try one of these techniques to get the blood flowing and help with the lymph drainage. You can massage your skin in the first step of your routine if you use a cleansing balm or cleansing oil. Likewise, if you use facial oils you can do your facial massage then.

Roberta Striga