We all know what a strategically positioned highlighter or a brush of bronzer can do (and love). That lit-from-in-the-glow that goods can offer instantly was the subject of several articles and make-up lines — and for good reason. It can transform you into an effervescent goddess, distract from imperfections, and, perhaps most importantly, make it look like you really did get a full night of beauty sleep. But what if you could wake up with naturally radiant skin instead of making the glow with a makeup?
Join luminous serums, the secret to having the perfectly toned skin we all dream of. Such powerful foods also contain powerful antioxidants, such as vitamin C, to help diminish dark spots, improve the texture of the skin and create a luminous overall complexion. You will never have to rely solely on makeup to cover imperfections and provide the glow you want by adding this one step to your routine (after cleansing but before moisturizing). It’s no wonder with statements like these that almost every company has a stake in the brightening domain. We’ve rounded up favorites for every price point to help you pick which serum will be your new Holy Grail.
Keep on reading to see through brightening serums are the best of the best.
Alchimie Forever Pigment Lightening Serum
The serum is filled with rejuvenating active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid and vitamins C and E to balance out skin tone and minimize signs of ageing which also contains a slew of skin-calming ingredients. This combination improves the quality of the skin on all fronts — delivering not only a brightening effect but also a dose of hydration.
Tata Harper Concentrated Brightening Serum
Tata Harper’s serum is considered as one of the best at the higher end of the continuum. This lightweight serum is full of natural ingredients promising to reduce the appearance of dark spots and give a luminous look to the skin, which is healthy even for the most sensitive types of skin. Yeah, it’s precious, but it’s only because pure ingredients are used that really work.
The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Serum
This drug, coming in at under $10, packs a big punch without breaking the bank. It is formulated with an alpha arbutin concentration of 2 per cent, a potent skin brightener considered to be more gentle than its equivalents. The ingredient is supported by hyaluronic acid and released slowly for enhanced delivery which distinguishes it from other brightening serums.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic
Without that offer from SkinCeuticals, no list of our favorite serums would be complete. We have repeatedly sung its praises. It’s a mystical mix of vitamins C and E, as its name implies, plus ferulic acid that transforms and improves skin tone both instantly and over time, leaving an impeccable glow behind it.
Caudalíe Vinoperfect Radiance Serum
The key to this cult-favorite serum is its active ingredient, viniferin, which comes from grapevine sap and has been scientifically shown to be 62 times more effective than vitamin C in brightening processes. This lightweight serum has recently been named America’s number one favorite evening skin product, so you can rest assured it’s not lacking in effectiveness at all.
Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum
Brightening, firming, and anti-aging, the serum does everything. Dr. Dennis Gross’ answer to the brightening craze is this highly potent serum that helps sustain collagen and combat vitamin C damage from the sun. We love it’s formulated without any toxic minerals or heavy metals so you can feel confident about using it for full impact every day.