Products To Brighten & Glow
Black and white with a boost of color: I’m having a love affair with clean, sleek packaging — and formulas that actually work. Today’s theme is all about products that brighten and glow. Serums are essential for a brighter complexion, but so is vitamin C and, my personal favorite, enzyme exfoliators. And, during the summer months – when sun and swim can seriously dehydrate and deplete the skin – extra attention must be paid to rehabbing the complexion with formulas that nourish while brightening.
Here are some current product picks that brighten the skin and leave the complexion glowing:
Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster ($49) and 10% Niacinamide ($42) – I decided to try the Paula’s Choice Boosters after a rave review from Christina Kassi of Beauté Défilé (read her #shelfie here, and if you don’t follow her on Instagram, you’re missing out on some of the best product-picture-porn on the web!). The idea behind the boosters is that you can add them into your favorite serum for an extra dose of vitamins and antioxidants to target very specific skin concerns (although you can certainly use them on their own as well). I’m all about customizing my formulations so I chose the vitamin C booster and the niacinamide to try first – vit c lightens, tightens, and brightens, and niacinamide is equally beneficial for enlarged pores and acne-prone skin and sensitive skin types – but there are a host of other boosters that increase hydration, skin texture and tone, and other benefits.
Leland Francis Black Rose Cleansing Gel ($29) – Honestly, I fell prey to the pretty packaging. All of their products are sleek-looking and formulated with incredible ingredients. This cleanser detoxes with charcoal but nourishes and protects with oils like castor oil (which I love for oily skin), rose oil, and bergamot oil. Not to mention it looks great next to your sink.
Joanna Vargas Supernova Serum ($295) – I recently had a facial at the new(isn) Joanna Vargas spa at Sunset Tower in Los Angeles. My skin was beaming when I left. This serum is the Holy Grail product in her range: it’s a retinol that helps with fine lines, skin texture and tone, pore size, etc., but it also heals and soothes with ingredients like chamomile. Use it daily (I use it at night) and you’re one step closer to that coveted glowing complexion.
Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask ($48) – I’m a new recruit to this line (read my review on the Lapis Oil and Blue Tansy Mask here), and I’d heard great things about the Glow Mask. Enzymes and rice powder gently exfoliate dull, tired skin to reveal a more youthful, glowing complexion. While this mask will help with overall tone, Blue Tansy is my choice for acne-prone/ oily skin, but I do love this one as a less aggressive complexion booster (it’s more apt for sensitive skin types).
Verso Enzyme Peel ($90) – Enzymes and acids (AHA and PHA) combine to create a powerful-yet-gentle peel. Bye-bye dead skin, clogged pores, lackluster tone; hello glow and radiance. You only have to leave this peel on for 1-3 minutes, so it’s incredibly easy to incorporate into your existing routine. No excuses!
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum ($185) – I love how April, the founder, takes such care in her formulations. This multitasking serum needs no introduction as it’s won a bunch of awards and is often touted as one of beauty editors’ favorite serums, but I was just introduced to it after my beauty tools chat with April – if you haven’t read it, you must!. So far, it’s delicious — my skin is liking it, too. It brightens, nourishes, heals, calms, and repairs skin texture and tone, and it’s 100% organic. *Note: Because I am incredibly acne-prone, I’ve just been using this serum on my neck and décolletage.
Tuel Eye Corrector Antioxidant Firm & Lighten Gel ($58) – While I don’t get puffiness, I do get dark circles. And I love an eye gel — even more-so, an eye gel that does more than just hydrate. This one uses licorice to brighten the darkness, but it also leaves the area plump and pretty.
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