It’s a fact. We all want bright, glowing skin. Unfortunately, as we age and live a hurried lifestyle, the beautiful bright skin we had in our youth can sometimes be fleeting. The good news is that we don’t have to be stuck with dull, lackluster skin. Choosing the right skin care products can bring back that bright skin that we so love. Bonus — makeup that brightens skin while you are wearing it is an awesome choice.
How to get brighter skin:
Probably the most important part of your skin care regimen is cleansing. So be sure to choose a cleanser that has brightening qualities. Adding in a cleansing brush that deep cleans helps your treatment products penetrate better.
Try: DDF Brightening Cleanser $39
A blend of six natural skin brighteners in a foaming glycolic and salicylic gel to help noticeably minimize uneven skin tone and target age spots. Excellent for face and body as part of an overall hyperpigmentation program. Also effective in helping minimize post blemish discoloration. Licorice scent.
Try: Clarisonic Mia2™ Skin Cleansing System $149
Clarisonic’s patented sonic technology gently removes the impurities traditional cleaning methods leave behind, cleansing six times better than your hands alone. In just 60 seconds, its sonic action removes impurities from pores so that creams, serums, and moisturizers are more effective. And with regular daily use you’ll notice a reduction in dry patches, oily areas, and blemishes.
Serums that contain natural brightening ingredients are ideal for your mission of brighter skin. For dull skin a serum that If you have dark spot or hyperpigmentation, try a serum that targets lightening those spots.
Try: Altchek MD Brightening Serum $30
Brighteners enhance skin renewal for increased radiance. Fruit Acids gently exfoliate for refined skin clarity, texture and tone. Stabilized Vitamin C boosts skin radiance and resilience. Botanical Extracts soothes and calms irritated skin. Antioxidants help skin resist environmental damage.
Try: Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum $60
Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of sun spots and age spots. Hydroquinone fades existing dark spots, age spots, and freckles while hexapeptide-2, an advanced skin-lightening peptide, prevents future damage by helping stop pigment formation. Glycolic acid exfoliates to remove dead skin cells, encouraging active ingredients to penetrate more quickly for fast-acting results.
No matter your skin type — dry to oily — it’s imperative to moisturize. A moisturizer that works to improve discoloration while hydrating your skin is a plus when trying to achieve brighter skin.
Try: Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream $38
This cream is formulated with a range of ingredients that moisturize and brighten the complexion. Wild rose oil, a natural source of vitamin C, helps repair the look of fine lines and skin discolorations. Imperata-cylindrica extract, derrived from a desert plant, is known for its ability to provide continuous moisturization by regulating the moisture equilibrium of the skin.
Ridding skin of its top dry, dehydrated top layers improves radiance while allowing treatment products to penetrate more effectively.
Try: First Aid Beauty Radiance Pads $30
A daily treatment pad that exfoliates, tones, and brightens. These Facial Radiance Pads contain just the right amount of lactic and glycolic acids to make them safe and effective for daily use, even for people with reactive skin. Cucumber and Indian gooseberry tone the face, while lemon peel and licorice root leave the skin bright and glowing. First Aid Beauty’s facial radiance pads are free of harsh chemicals and colorants.
Your efforts to keep bright, radiant skin are negated if you neglect protecting your skin from the number one culprit for damaged skin — the sun.
Try: Fresh Peony Brightening UV Shield SPF 50+ 1 oz $50
A highly effective three-in-one formula proven to significantly brighten and hydrate the complexion while providing a powerful shield against UV rays and pollution. An exclusive brightening complex derived from peony and licorice root extracts and vitamin C glucoside is proven to reduce and prevent the appearance of dark spots and even skin tone, while shea extract offers antioxidant protection against damage caused by pollution and helps to soothe the skin.
Osmosis Restore Internal Immune Repair $110
Osmosis Pur Medical Skincare Restore Internal Immune Repair is a unique formulation that boosts the skin’s immunity and delays the signs of aging for healthy skin. Sweet wormwood extract, derived from a potent herb, reduces inflammation and gets rid of toxins.
Try: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Smooth & Radiant: Peel + Brighten $48
Smooth & Radiant: Peel + Brighten fights the three most prevalent signs of visible aging: fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, and uneven skin texture. It uses a patented blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids for younger-looking skin with no recovery time. It smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while reducing pore size, eliminating dullness, improving clarity, and evening skintone. While clearing imperfections and decreasing excess oil, it works to minimize the look of scars, creating a youthful-looking complexion in as little as 14 days.
A weekly treatment that boosts the benefits of the products you are using daily is a must-do.
Try: Jurlique Purely Bright Facial Treatment Mask $54
This powerful formula minimizes the look of dark spots and discolorations, and improves skintone and texture for more luminous skin. Made from environmentally-friendly, sustainable wood pulp fibers and cotton linters, its hydrophilic (water-loving) properties allow the mask to perfectly fit to facial contours. A great weekly boost to your skincare routine, this soothing mask works in as little as 10 minutes to produce radiant, healthy-looking skin.
Can you imagine going through your day wearing makeup that keeps on “brightening” while you work? Yup!
bareMinerals bareSkin® Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 $29
A breakthrough tone-correcting mineral foundation and skincare serum in one.
Created with exceptional purity in mind, this ultrathin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish, and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance—it’s like nothing you’ve ever felt before.
Try: Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder $25
A transparent, weightless powder to set undereye concealer, brighten dark circles, and diminish signs of visible fine lines. This transparent white setting powder brightens, lightens, and boosts luminosity. Formulated with light-reflecting micronized pigments, this super-soft weightless powder delivers a soft radiant finish, never settling in fine lines, accentuating shadows, or building up on skin.