Skin-brightening products no longer just clarify the complexion, but also contain anti-ageing ingredients. Gladys Chung highlights the latest.
PHILOSOPHY BRIGHTEN MY DAY ALL-OVER SKIN PERFECTING BRIGHTENING AND HYDRATING EMULSION
$75 for 50ml, from Philosophy counters.
A lightweight, oil-free moisturiser that claims to reduce the appearance of dark spots, as well as refine pores. Blended with algae extract and vitamins C and B3.
SONIC RADIANCE BRIGHTENING SOLUTION BY CLARISONIC
$355, from Sephora stores and Clarisonic counters.
A complete skincare set for brighter skin. Exfoliate with the Clarisonic Aria and Radiance Brush Head, which also helps to deep cleanse and reduce the appearance of enlarged pores. A complementary Skin Illuminating Cleanser promises to brighten skin and add radiance.
Once skin is cleansed and exfoliated, nourish it with the Skin Renewing Essence Boost to smoothen and hydrate. Finish with the anti-dark spot Brightening Activator Serum.
DIORSNOW WHITE PERFECTION ANTI-SPOT & TRANSPARENCY BRIGHTENING SERUM
From $150 for 30ml, from Dior counters.
Contains extracts from the resilient edelweiss flower grown near the Swiss mountains. Besides reducing the appearance of dark spots, it also promises to give the skin a glow and improve its texture.
CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE INTENSIVE BRIGHTENING MASK
$165 for six masks, from Cle De Peau Beaute counters.
A two-piece mask to deal with various skin concerns. The top part is made to treat dullness around the eyes and oily T-zones, while the bottom part deals with uneven skin tone and texture, as well as sagging. They come with curved edges to better mould to the face.
ESTEE LAUDER CRESCENT WHITE FULL CYCLE BRIGHTENING SPOT CORRECTING ESSENCE
$168, from Estee Lauder counters
A watery formula made with antioxidants, skin-soothing ingredients and liquorice to reduce the appearance of dark spots, sallowness and uneven skin tone.
SHISEIDO VITAL- PERFECTION WHITE CIRCULATOR SERUM
$196 for 40ml, from Shiseido counters
Made for massages, this unique serum comes in a gel texture. When rubbed on the skin, it turns into a lotion. Contains white lily and beach bud extract to treat dark spots, a sallow complexion, dullness, uneven skin tone and wrinkles
LANCOME ABSOLUE PRECIOUS CELLS WHITE AURA SERUM
$395, from Lancome counters
A concoction of Lancome's anti-ageing molecule Pro-Xylane, vitamin C and peony root extract to brighten and firm skin, as well as fight inflammation.
FOR BELOVED ONE MELASLEEP WHITENING ETHYL ASCORBIC ACID SURGE CREAM
$85 for 30ml, from Sephora stores
A skin-brightening cream that turns into hydrating water droplets when applied on the skin. Good for oily skin
CHANEL LE BLANC BRIGHTENING CHEEK MASK
$125 for six sets, from Chanel counters
A sheet mask for brightening and plumping the cheek areas. Contains two-year-old Akoya pearl extract from Japan, Chanel's patent-pending TXC molecule, glycine and pink berry oil.
INNISFREE WHITENING PORE SYNERGY SERUM
$54 for 50ml, from Innisfree stores
Each bottle contains 82 per cent of organic tangerine peel essence - rich in vitamins C and E - from Jeju island. It promises to tighten pores while evening out skin tone
IOMA WHITE REVELATION BRIGHT PEARL ESSENCE BRIGHTENING MOISTURIZING SERUM
$250 for 40ml, from Ioma counters
The anti-ageing and brightening ingredients in this formula - apricot kernel oil, edelweiss extract, vitamins A, C and B3 - are kept fresh in capsule beads and wrapped in hyaluronic acid. When applied on the skin, the beads break to release the ingredients
COSME DECORTE CELLGENIE CREAM WHITE
$117 for 30g, from Cosme Decorte counters
This cream supposedly clarifies and firms skin as it moisturises. Made with the whitening tranexamic acid, and camellia leaf and coffee arabica seed extracts
This article was first published on May 15, 2015.
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