11 Skincare Products to Brighten Your Dull Skin Instantly

by Claudia Tan
LIFESTYLE  |  April 18, 2018
  • Ditch your highlighting palettes for these super effective brightening skincare products. They will bring out your natural glow without any makeup - promise.
    1 / 12 Ditch your highlighting palettes for these super effective brightening skincare products. They will bring out your natural glow without any makeup - promise.

    Suffering from a lacklustre complexion that even your makeup cannot salvage? Things are going to look a whole lot brighter for your skin with these 11 skincare products.

    (Also read: Brightening skin care tips)

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  • Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalising Cream ($41 for 50ml)
    2 / 12 Innisfree Jeju Pomegranate Revitalising Cream ($41 for 50ml)

    Jam-packed with antioxidants, pomegranate has long been considered a wonder fruit when it comes to health, skin and hair care. That’s why you won’t go wrong with this cream infused with pomegranate. Use Innisfree’s Jeju Pomegranate Revitalising Cream as the last step of your night-time skincare routine and let it do its work while you catch up on beauty sleep. You will wake up to fresh and radiant-looking skin by morning.

    (Also read: Get Healthy and Radiant Skin Without Sun Damage)

    Photo: Innisfree

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  • Kanebo Smoothing Serum ($98 for 100ml)
    3 / 12 Kanebo Smoothing Serum ($98 for 100ml)

    If you’re not a fan of exfoliation because it feels harsh on your skin, try this exfoliating serum. Unlike most serums that you pat into your skin, Kanebo’s Soothing Serum works as a gentle exfoliant. All you have to do is soak your cotton pad with the serum and lightly glide it over your face. The circular motion will gently remove loose skin cells and impurities to leave your skin brighter and smoother.

    (Also read: I Used a $1,800 Serum For a Month And This is What Happened)

    Photo: Kanebo

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  • The Moisturizers Co. Brightening Moisturising Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins ($98 for 50ml, themoisturizers.com)
    4 / 12 The Moisturizers Co. Brightening Moisturising Cream with Arbutin and Vitamins ($98 for 50ml, themoisturizers.com)

    This brightening and moisturising cream is the best seller of homegrown brand – The Moisturizers Co. Its main ingredient arbutin is a natural whitening agent that brightens and nourishes your skin within a single application. It is also formulated with lipid-rich oils and vitamins A, C and E for clear and radiant skin. You will love how easily it is absorbed by your skin so it doesn’t cause any stickiness. Plus points for its light and invigorating citrusy scent.

    Photo: The Moisturizers Co.

    (Also read: The Best Moisturising Products For Oily/Combination Skin)

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  • Herbivore Brighten Instant Glow Mask ($84, Sephora)
    5 / 12 Herbivore Brighten Instant Glow Mask ($84, Sephora)

    This all-natural mask is formulated with pineapple and papaya enzymes that will gently exfoliate your skin. What’s more, it’s also infused with micro Brazilian Tourmaline gemstones to brighten your complexion. Apply a thin layer over your face and you will feel a tingling sensation – it is working to exfoliate and give you smooth, radiant skin. We are also obsessed with the super Insta-worthy, minimalist jar that the mask comes in.

    (Also read: Want Instantly Clear Skin? 10 Best Things to Do Right Now That Don’t Cost Money)

    Photo: Herbivore

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  • Pixi Rose Caviar Essence ($39 for 45ml, Sephora)
    6 / 12 Pixi Rose Caviar Essence ($39 for 45ml, Sephora)

    For those who love all things floral, this essence is for you. We were especially drawn by the little pink specks suspended in clear gel. Pixi’s Rose Caviar Essence is concentrated with flower oils to nourish and hydrate your skin. For those with oily skin, you will be glad to know that this essence is not greasy at all and will leave your skin feeling soft and supple. The antioxidant-rich blend of ylang ylang, rose geranium, and sunflower will restore your skin’s brightness and radiance.

    Photo: Pixi

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  • Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask ($81 for 45ml, Sephora)
    7 / 12 Wei Rice Sprout Express Glow Illuminating Mask ($81 for 45ml, Sephora)

    Using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and modern day technology, Wei has come up with a one-of-a-kind mask in a tube. It also comes with a pair of tweezers for easy application. The Express Glow Illuminating Mask uses rice, traditionally used by Asian women to achieve porcelain-like complexion, to deliver long-lasting moisture to your skin. It is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C to target dull skin. Pro tip: Don’t throw out the leftover product in the tube, you can use it as a face serum later.

    (Also read: Tried-and-Tested: Beauty Writer Dawn’s Favourite Hydrating Sheet Masks)

    Photo: Wei

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  • Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion ($23.90 for 170ml, leading drugstores)
    8 / 12 Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion ($23.90 for 170ml, leading drugstores)

    Unlike typical lotions, the Hada Labo Arbutin Whitening Lotion has a clear, liquid-like consistency. You can streamline your skincare routine with this as it serves to tone and moisturise your skin at the same time. Formulated with arbutin, it is able to reduce the appearance of dark spots. It also contains hyaluronic acid that delivers intense hydration to your skin. Free from fragrances, alcohol and mineral oils, it is suitable for sensitive skin.

    Photo: Hada Labo

    (Also read: These Foundations and Tinted Creams Have SPF Protection to Shorten Your Makeup Routine)

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  • Hello FAB Ginger & Tumeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask ($52 for 118ml, Sephora)
    9 / 12 Hello FAB Ginger & Tumeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask ($52 for 118ml, Sephora)

    Suitable for all skin types, this jelly mask will give your skin a boost of hydration. It is infused with healing ginger and tumeric to restore your skin’s elasticity and suppleness, and of course, vitamin C – the key ingredient in many brightening products. Even if you are not a fan of ginger, the scent is extremely subtle and pleasant. Tip: Store it in the refrigerator for a super cooling sensation upon application.

    Photo: First Aid Beauty

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  • Astalift White Bright Lotion ($64 for 130ml)
    10 / 12 Astalift White Bright Lotion ($64 for 130ml)

    You may know Fujifilm for their cameras. But do you know that it is also the brain behind Astalift’s skincare products? Using nanotechnology, Fujifilm was able to shrink AMA, a plant-based beauty ingredient, to one-500th of its original size so that you can reap all its benefits with just a little bit of product. With hydrating, anti-ageing and brightening properties, it is no wonder this lotion is Astalift’s star product. Its lightweight consistency also ensures fuss-free application and can be the perfect base for your makeup.

    (Also read: Add This Anti-Ageing Food To Your Diet)

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  • For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Essence ($78 for 30ml, Sephora)
    11 / 12 For Beloved One Flawless Brightening Ethyl Ascorbic Acid Essence ($78 for 30ml, Sephora)

    Priding itself on its R&D efforts, For Beloved One has a formula that promises to stabilise your skin’s natural ability to suppress inflammation and soothe redness. Despite being formulated with acids, it is suitable even for sensitive skin. Ethyl ascorbic acid evens out and brightens skin tone whereas brighenyl, a brightening ingredient prevents melanin (a pigment that causes formation of dark spots) from forming. It also contains carnosine that will protect your skin from environmental pollutants – great for those who are frequently outdoors.

    (Also read: Getting Wrinkles Already? Time to Add Anti-Pollution Beauty Products to Your Regime)

    Photo: For Beloved One

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  • Canvas Brightening Concentrate ($132.20 for 40ml, www.canvasbeauty.com.sg )
    12 / 12 Canvas Brightening Concentrate ($132.20 for 40ml, www.canvasbeauty.com.sg )

    A little of this product goes a long way. Canvas’ Brightening Concentrate is infused with brightening ingredients like licorice root and vitamin C to for you to get glowy and luminous skin. It also contains chamomile that’s great for soothing irritated skin. The rich, earthy scent with a hint of sweet floral undertones makes you want to apply more product than you should.

    Photo: Canvas

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