Best Brightening Serums to Restore the Glow in Your Skin

by Joyce Cheo
LIFESTYLE  |  March 25, 2019
  • Bid goodbye to dull skin and say hello to a clear and luminous complexion.
    1 / 9 Bid goodbye to dull skin and say hello to a clear and luminous complexion.

    Skincare is a big business in Asia. According to British research company, Euromonitor, the skincare industry in Asia is worth nearly $85 billion in 2017, up nearly 20 per cent from just three years ago. And one of the top concerns amongst Asian women? Battling dull skin and getting rid of dark spots. Here, eight most concentrated brightening elixirs to get you that glow you desire:

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  • Lancome Absolue White Aura Regenerating Whitening Serum ($420 for 30ml)
    2 / 9 Lancome Absolue White Aura Regenerating Whitening Serum ($420 for 30ml)

    Combining the regenerative powers of Absolue’s Grand Rose extracts and brightening active, Actyl-C, this silky serum is readily absorbed by the skin to fight dark spots and unevenness. Over time, the complexion looks brighter and more even-toned.

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  • Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum ($136 for 30ml)
    3 / 9 Tatcha Violet-C Brightening Serum ($136 for 30ml)

    With two forms of vitamin Cs and AHAs from seven fruits, you can count on this serum for its brightening, protective and renewing benefits. With each application, skin is bathed in antioxidants and gentle resurfacing AHAs so it becomes brighter, more resilient, smoother and softer to the touch.

    (Also read: Here’s Why You Should Use a Vitamin C Serum)

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  • Clarins White Plus Tri-Intensive Brightening Serum ($130 for 30ml)
    4 / 9 Clarins White Plus Tri-Intensive Brightening Serum ($130 for 30ml)

    Acerola extract is the key in this glow-inducing formula. Rich in vitamin C, it combats melanin right at the source to reduce the uncontrollable synthesis of this pigment. With regular use, dark spots are gradually diminished as your complexion looks clearer and more translucent.

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  • Allies Of Skin Vitamin C 35% Rebuilding Serum ($185 for 30ml)
    5 / 9 Allies Of Skin Vitamin C 35% Rebuilding Serum ($185 for 30ml)

    Featuring an impressive 35 per cent concentration of two forms of vitamin C combined, this waterless formula also packs powerful antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase and gluthathione. When absorbed into your skin, this powerful cocktail not only regulates melanin production, it also repairs photo-damage, neutralises free radical damage and protects the skin against pollution for a plump and radiant complexion.

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  • Kanebo Illuminating Serum ($280 for 50ml)
    6 / 9 Kanebo Illuminating Serum ($280 for 50ml)

    Formulated to take a three-pronged approach in brightening, this serum controls melanin proliferation, protects skin against further pigmentation and improves cellular renewal to diminish the appearance of existing spots. Plus, it has a lightweight and luxurious texture that glides over skin to leave it silky smooth.

    (Also read: 9 Fast-Absorbing Serums Suitable For Oily Skin)

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  • Pixi Overnight Glow Serum ($36 for 30ml)
    7 / 9 Pixi Overnight Glow Serum ($36 for 30ml)

    For those with a dull and rough complexion, consider this your heaven-sent solution. Formulated with glycolic acid to renew skin while you sleep, it helps to fade spots, lines and tighten pores. Plus, it is also fortified with cucumber and aloe vera extracts to soothe skin and prevent irritation. Expect to wake up to smoother, brighter skin every morning.

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  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting ($93 for 30ml)
    8 / 9 Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum Complexion Correcting ($93 for 30ml)

    With Viniferine at the heart of this formula, it helps reduce the appearance of existing dark spots, including acne scars, to reveal a more even-toned complexion. This lightweight serum is also boosted with vitamin E, glycerin and squalane to nourish dryness and plump skin all at once.

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  • Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum ($145 for 30ml)
    9 / 9 Kate Somerville +Retinol Vita C Power Serum ($145 for 30ml)

    Made with two of the most widely recommended ingredients by dermatologists, it’s inevitable that you’ll have high hopes for this serum. And you won’t be disappointed as both vitamin C and retinol work in synergy to resurface, rejuvenate and repair the complexion. You don’t even have to worry about irritation or dryness as this serum is also enriched with soothing botanicals and hyaluronic acid to keep skin calm and plump.

    (Also read: 8 New Brightening Products You Need to Try for Radiant Skin)

    Photo: Kate Somerville

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