The Brightening Serums You Need For A Radiant Glow
#1: Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum, $114, Sephora
This vitamin C day serum works hard to defend the skin against pollution, environmental stressors and the effects of free radicals. With its antioxidant complex of l-ascorbic acid, ferulic acid, vitamin E and other enzymes, it dissolves dead skin cells lying at the surface of the skin while replenishing moisture in the skin. It’s said that continuous usage will reveal a significant reduction in unwanted dark spots and wrinkles.
#2: Soleil Tujours After Sun Rescue + Repair Brightening Serum, $139, Sephora
Made with the brand’s exclusive blend of red algae, vitamin C, vitamin E and bisabolol called EcoSunComplex, this serum is said to boost SPF, reduce UV-induced DNA damage, prevent loss of firmness, increase skin smoothness and decrease wrinkle depth. This will be the saviour of your skin especially after a long day out in the sun as it repairs and rescues irritated skin.
Comprising of not only one – but two – types of vitamin C, this Tatcha serum fights against irritants and pollution that the skin is subjected to on a daily basis. It’s a quick-absorbing serum that comprises of seven superfruits that help to resurface dull, uneven skin, together with Japanese angelica root extract that diffuse hyperpigmentation, spots, discolouration and scarring.
This vitamin C serum contains not just any kind of vitamin C, but the gold standard form of it that’s also known as THD ascorbate. What makes it so superior? It’s highly stable and oil-soluble, thus it’s able to be absorbed quickly into the skin to tone, clarify and brighten it. Plus, phytosterols in it help to reduce the redness and skin sensitivity.
#5: Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum, $115
Similar to how our bodies need a recharge whenever we’re feeling tired, the same applies to our skin when it’s weary. This unique gel-serum combines vitamin C with a unique complex of CoQ10, superoxide dismutase, carnitine and niacinamide to recharge tired skin. At the same time, it builds collagen and brightens it to reveal firmer and brighter skin.
#6: Fresh Peony Instant Brightening Face Serum, $109
Infused with light-reflecting pearls, this hydrating, silky serum from Fresh is said to not only be able to soften skin texture but also correct uneven skin tone for an instantly illuminated complexion.
#7: Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $128, Sephora
When it comes to this night serum, your skin is definitely about to get the TLC (we mean, tender loving care) it so rightfully deserves. A brightening serum that gently exfoliates dead skin and resurfaces dull skin, it improves the absorption of the following products that you’re about to layer onto the skin. It’s undoubtedly an AHA/BHA blend that includes glycolic, lactic, tartaric, citric and salicylic acids, but it’s one that’s mild enough so that you don’t have to face harsh side effects likes dryness or sensitisation. And that’s thanks to the horse chestnut, bearberry and white tea that work to calm and soothe the skin.
#8: Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum, $268
Formulated with white ginseng saponin and white ginseng polysaccharide extracts, this hard worker helps skin achieve a more radiant and youthful glow.
#9: Skin Inc My Daily Dose of Glow Wonder Serum, $98
This features a cocktail of powerful ingredients such as chlorella extract and vitamin A to brighten and firm skin.
#10: Shiseido White Lucent Microtargeting Spot Corrector, $155
This intensive serum minimises the appearance of dark spots and helps even out skin tone.
#11: SK-II Cellumination Aura Essence, $397
The key ingredient for this skincare product? Pitera, which is infused with genoptics aura complex to reduce visible spots, leaving your skin looking brighter and more radiant.
#12: Clarins White Plus Tri Intensive Brightening Serum, $130
This combines a cocktail of whitening plant extracts to achieve a healthy glow. It also slows down the production of melanin to ensure a radiant complexion.