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Best Brightening Cleansers To Cleanse Your Way To Luminous Skin

Beyond removing makeup, cleansers also get rid of dirt, sebum, and dead skin cells, Here, the best brightening cleansers to add to the rotation for a clear and unified skin tone.

There are several factors affecting why our complexion becomes dull and susceptible to pigmentation. From overexposure to UV rays, lack of sleep or just plain ol’ hormonal fluctuations, the list goes on (and on). However, there are many ways we can combat these problems, including melanin-targeting serums, skin-renewing peels and the most basic of all – brightening cleansers.

Cleansing is one of the most basic things you can do for your skin —  along with applying sunscreen and moisturiser. And even though it’s just two minutes in the bathroom, twice a day, its benefits are far-reaching. Beyond removing makeup from your skin, cleansers also get rid of dirt, sebum, and dead skin cells. If these are left to accumulate, they can cause the skin to look dull and feel rough. Moreover, if your cleanser has anti-inflammation properties, it can also soothe skin irritation which, if untreated, can cause your body to respond by producing melanin haphazardly as a defence mechanism. Here, the best cleansers to add to rotation for a clear and unified skin tone.

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Fresh Peony Brightening Foam Face Cleanser, $64
This formula changes into a unique bouncy, velvety foam that effectively removes impurities and protects the skin against environmental irritants – all while brightening the complexion. Rinse it off to reveal skin that’s refreshed, clarified, and more even-looking. Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Cleansing Foam, $57
Achieve inner radiance with this luxurious creamy lathering cleanser from Shiseido that protects the skin’s moisture level. It’s newly-reformulated and now boasts of ultra-fine microparticles that remove dead surface cells to help boost clarity and radiance. Shu Uemura Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil, $125
Shu Uemura’s iconic cleansing oil formula is now enriched with Japanese Binchotan and bilberries to dissolve dead skin cells and draw out impurities lodged deep within pores for a clarified and refined complexion. It is also infused with tea ferment for added brightening properties.   Allies of Skin Fresh Slate Vitamin C & Enzymes Brightening Cleanser + Masque, $59
Made with water-activated Vitamin C and fruit-derived enzymes, this cleanser goes to work the minute it’s applied on damp skin. Instantly, dead skin cells are eliminated while unevenness and dark spots are reduced over time. You can also use this as a mask to neutralise redness and calm inflammation for a unified skin tone. Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, $27, Sephora
Formulated with glycolic acid, this potent yet gentle foaming cleanser sweeps away dead skin cells and gradually refines pores and retexturises skin for a smoother, more radiant appearance. It is also fortified with a blend of soothing botanicals like camomile and sage to rebalance and hydrate skin. It can also be used as a body wash to help those with body acne. Caolion Magic Black Powder Sparkling Wash Powder, $45
When mixed with water, this cleansing powder forms a rich lather that penetrates into pores to get rid of excess sebum, dead skin cells, as well as traces of dust and pollution. It also contains malic acid, a type of AHA, which refines skin texture and improves skin’s ability to retain moisture so your skin feels squeaky clean but never dry or tight. DrGL Cleanser Lightening Plus, $198
Potent enough to combat pigmentation on the body yet gentle enough for the face, this top-to-toe cleanser utilises a powerful formula to even out skin tone. Comprising of lactic acid and licorice root extract, it speed ups cellular turnover and inhibits the production of excess melanin. Plus, it also contains hyaluronic acid to replenish moisture so skin is smoother, softer and more even toned. Erno Laszlo White Marble Treatment Bar, $62
With a three-pronged action, this foaming cleansing bar works by gently exfoliating dull skin, fighting excess melanin production and protecting skin against further damage. A patented fruit acid complex thoroughly cleanses while gradually sloughing off dead skin cells that have accumulated on skin surface; a unique nano-encapsulated LumiWhite complex effectively penetrates skin to combat melanin production right at the source while shea butter infuses skin with moisture and nutrients. With each cleanse, expect skin to look more and more luminous over time. Lixirskin Electrogel Cleanser, approx. $42, Net-a-Porter
Specially developed to target dull skin caused by pollution, this cleanser has a slight negative charge to attract positively charged particles of dirt, toxins and free radicals to draw out these impurities that asphyxiates a healthy complexion. You can also apply a thin layer over cleansed, dry skin and use it as a detoxifying mask for deeply purified skin. Innisfree White Pore Facial Cleanser, $20
Formulated with Jeju tangerine peel extract, this facial cleanser infuses skin with citrus flavonoids to combat irregular skin tone. In addition, it also has orange capsules to gently exfoliate and lift dead skin cells and white clay to absorb excess sebum and purify pores for a clear and radiant complexion.