Hot Right Now: Brightening Skincare

Brightening Skincare

Bright, luminous skin helps the complexion look healthier, more youthful and more rested—something we’re all looking for. Resurfacing a dull complexion, brightening with plant extracts and protecting skin against sun damage is a great way to reveal (and keep) your best skin yet.

This year, so many brightening products have popped up in the beauty industry—most likely a response to our obsession with glowing skin and the influence of Asian skincare practices and ingredients in North America. I’ve rounded up some great serums, moisturizers, exfoliators and more to help brighten your skin instantly and over time.

  • 1 of 9 Lancôme Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturizer
  • Lancôme Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturizer
  • Lancôme Énergie de Vie Liquid Moisturizer, $55

    This new “liquid moisturizer” delivers the hydration of a cream in a lightweight serum texture to energize and refresh the complexion. As part of Lancôme’s Énergie de Vie collection radiant, glowing skin, this antioxidant-infused liquid will help to fight the signs of aging, fatigue and stress.

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 2 of 9 Fresh Peony Brightening Moisture Cream
  • Fresh Peony Brightening Moisture Cream
  • Fresh Peony Brightening Moisture Cream, $72

    This multitasking moisturizer is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate, shea extract to protect against pollution and peony and licorice root extracts to brighten the complexion.

    Available online at fresh.com.

  • 3 of 9 The Body Shop Drops of Light Essence Lotion
  • The Body Shop Drops of Light Essence Lotion
  • The Body Shop Drops of Light Essence Lotion, $22 CA

    Essences are gaining huge popularity in North America and this new formula is great for brightening skin, treating dark spots and evening out the skintone. It’s enriched with red algae and vitamin C, two ingredients known for their skin-brightening properties.

    Available in Canada at The Body Shop.

  • 4 of 9 L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads
  • L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads
  • L'Oreal Revitalift Bright Reveal Peel Pads, $20

    These derm-inspired peel pads are pre-soaked with a powerful 10% Glycolic Complex solution to buff away dead skin cells and reveal a bright, luminous complexion afterwards. They can be used every night to resurface skin and even help to diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and uneven texture.

    Available online at ulta.com.

  • 5 of 9 Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream
  • Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream
  • Olay Eyes Illuminating Eye Cream, $30

    Brightening the eye area can instantly make the entire complexion look more luminous and this dark circle-fighting eye cream is a great place to start. It helps to diminish the look of dark circles in about two weeks and also instantly brightens the eye area with light-reflecting pigments.

    Available online at ulta.com.

  • 6 of 9 First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer
  • First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Illuminating Moisturizer, $34

    This brightening moisturizer utilizes sodium hyaluronate, a new smaller molecule form of hyaluronic acid, to plump, hydrate and smooth the skin. It’s also infused with brightening pigments to instantly give a healthy, luminous glow to the skin. Instant gratification and long-term results—a winning combo!

    Available online at sephora.com.

  • 7 of 9 THEFACESHOP White Seed Brightening Serum
  • THEFACESHOP White Seed Brightening Serum
  • THEFACESHOP White Seed Brightening Serum, $41 CA

    This serum is formulated with a compound of known brightening ingredients like White Lupin Seed, White Daisy Flower extract to brighten dull skin for a clear, luminous look.

    Available in Canada at THEFACESHOP.

  • 8 of 9 Garnier Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
  • Garnier Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
  • Garnier Clearly Brighter Daily Moisturizer SPF 15, $15

    Formulated with antioxidants, gently-exfoliating LHAs and SPF 15, this daily moisturizer helps to brighten, resurface and protect skin daily.

    Available at ulta.com.

  • 9 of 9 Burt's Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser
  • Burt's Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser
  • Burt's Bees Brightening Daily Facial Cleanser, $10

    This makeup-removing cleanser helps to brighten the skin every time you wash your face with the help of clinically-proven Daisy extract. It’s a great natural option to brighten the skin!

    Available online at ulta.com.

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