3 Causes of Uneven, Dull Skin and What to Do About Them

Fixing uneven and dull skin with Serves You Bright Face Cream, girl in mirror practicing brightening skin routine for dark spots and hyperpigmentation

If a glance in the mirror reveals uneven skin tone, dullness, dark spots (aka hyperpigmentation) or an overall lackluster/ashy complexion, it can be overwhelming to think about where to start correcting. In order to fix a problem, you’ve got to get to the root of it. So if your skin is less than bright, here’s what’s to blame:

3 Causes of Uneven, Dull Skin


Blame it on Mother Nature, your hormones influence your skin tone because they control oil production in your skin. Too much oil and you’re more likely to experience acne, which often leads to uneven texture and dark spots as breakouts fade away. Too little oil and skin becomes overly dry, flakey, and dull. Plus, pregnant women are prone to melasma, a condition that alters skin pigment, particularly on the forehead, nose, and cheeks.

The Sun

UVA/UVB rays are the ultimate baddies when it comes to your complexion. They’re the biggest culprit of hyperpigmentation and premature aging (not to mention skin cancer) and cause free radicals, which can further alter the melanin production of your skin and make it look blotchy.


Your chic, urban lifestyle is great for the latest gallery stroll and pop-up restaurant, but not so much for your complexion. Particles and gasses from air pollution mess with your skin and can increase the appearance of dark spots by contributing to free radicals (a one-two punch if you’re also exposed to sun damage) and increasing the size of pores.

So how do you win the battle against uneven skin tone and hyperpigmentation? The key to brighter skin might not be what you think. Here’s a run down of our go-to brightening routine:

How to Pamper Your Way to Brighter, Radiant Skin

BFF: Best Face Forever™ Exfoliating Face Wash

We’ve said it a hundred times and we’ll say it again: exfoliating is an essential step to any pampering routine because it removes dull, dry skin, which helps your complexion look fresh and (more importantly) helps other ingredients work deeper in your skin. BFF does it with eco-friendly, scrubby beads derived from sugarcane, plus peppermint and grapefruit extracts and is gentle enough for all skin types.

Never Grow Up™ Face Serum

Give free radicals the boot with antioxidant loaded Never Grow Up. Just how many antioxidants, you ask? This lightweight daily face serum is loaded with a powerful combination of 22 collagen-boosting botanicals, plus powerhouse brightening ingredients vitamin C, niacinamide, and lactic acid, to even skin tone and boost radiance for all skin types when used both day and night.

Serves You Bright™ Face Crème

Further boost skin’s barrier function with Serves You Bright as your daily moisturizer. Loaded with vitamin C (the number one ingredient for brightening skin), it also boasts an impressive record against free radicals . This non-pore-clogging number is comprised of a sustainably sourced shea butter and cocoa butter base to make quick work of lingering scars while helping balance overly oily or dry skin.

Block It Like It’s Hot™ SPF 30 Face Crème

Wishing for brighter skin? Block It Like It’s Hot is the #1 product you need. In fact, if you’re not wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, there’s not much point in putting anything else on your face to combat dark spots because they’ll just keep coming back. We love ours because it also contains antioxidant vitamin C for 2-in-1 brightening action in a lightweight formula that feels great under your primer and/or makeup.

Shop the Brightening Routine

For skin that’ll be brighter in no time, revitalize your dull and uneven complexion with pampering! Looking for more bright ideas? Shop all brightening skin care here.