It's that time of year when we look at the best products to brighten and illuminate the complexion. Enter our edit of the best brightening serums and skin essences.
Whether you have skin dullness, discolouration or pigmentation, these are the products that will transform your complexion and get it glowing, plumped-up and healthy.
Which are the best brightening serums for the skin?
- SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum for Normal/Dry Skin
- Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum
- Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum
- La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum
- Garnier 3.5% Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Brightening and Anti Dark Spot Serum
- Bioderma Pigmentbio Brightening Vitamin C Face Serum Anti-Dark Spot
- Balance Me Vitamin C Brightening Eye Serum
- ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum
- Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum
- Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum
10 brightening serums to help your complexion glow
1.SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum for Normal/Dry Skin
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum for Normal/Dry Skin4.56 Stars 36 Reviews£165.00Formulated with a base of 15% pure vitamin c, a natural brightening ingredient, 0.5% ferulic acid and 1% vitamin E, high in antioxidants, the SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Antioxidant Vitamin C Serum helps to create a more radiant-looking complexion. Packed with protective vitamins and plant-extracts, the serum helps to shield the skin from external aggressors, allowing you to maintain a natural, healthy glow. The lightweight formula doesn’t feel heavy on the skin, offering the perfect boost before applying your usual moisturiser.
2.Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening SerumMurad’s Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum is designed to minimise the look of dart spots for a more even and brighter finish. Blended with gold-stabilised vitamin C as part of a Vita-C complex, the formula also uses glycolic acid that works to gently remove dead skin cells to reveal a new and healthier layer of skin. The dual chamber pump ensures that the concentrated solution stays fresh for longer for maximum efficiency.
3.Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating SerumEnriched with a refreshing tea fragrance, the fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum contains a blend of niacinamide, vitamin B3, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, that work in harmony to create a more youthful-looking, plumper visage. The milky serum smooths into the skin, adding a natural luminosity and minimising the appearance of pores for a more consistent skin tone and texture.
4.La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 SerumKnown for their no-nonsense approach to skincare, this Pure Vitamin C10 Serum from La Roche-Posay does what it says on the bottle to help deliver a visibly brightened complexion. Rich in both pure Vitamin C and hyaluronic acid, the serum melts into the skin to add a gorgeous glow whilst also restoring moisture. It also contains exfoliating salicylic acid to gently slough away dead skin cells, while thermal water delivers essential minerals into the skin for a healthy radiance.
5.Garnier 3.5% Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Brightening and Anti Dark Spot Serum
Garnier 3.5% Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Salicylic Acid, Brightening and Anti Dark Spot Serum4.6 Stars 52 Reviews£12.99Powered by 3.5% vitamin C, the Garnier Vitamin C Serum helps to refresh and replenish the skin, helping with dullness and dark spots. Salicylic acid in the formula removes impurities, excess oil and dead skin, while niacinamide deeply hydrates and lemon extract brightens for an all-round more illuminated complexion that feels softer and smoother.
6.Bioderma Pigmentbio Brightening Vitamin C Face Serum Anti-Dark Spot
Bioderma Pigmentbio Brightening Vitamin C Face Serum Anti-Dark Spot3.8 Stars 10 Reviews£26.00Brighten and balance the complexion at the same time with Bioderma’s Pigmentbio Brightening Vitamin C Face Serum. The advanced formula targets the causes of dullness at cell level, working to reduce inflammation and promote healthy melanin production for a more radiant skin tone. Infused with vitamins C and E, as well as glycolic and salicylic acid, the formula sheds dead skin cells whilst maintaining healthy hydration levels, offering up to eight hours of moisture.
7.Balance Me Vitamin C Brightening Eye SerumSpecifically targeting tired and dull under eyes, the Balance Me Vitamin C Brightening Eye Serum is blended with light-reflecting mica particles that work to plump, smoothen and brighten the delicate skin. Helping to also reduce the appearance of fine lines and puffiness, the caffeine-infused serum sinks quickly into the skin, perfect for a quick wake up call for the skin on busy mornings.
8.ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerumESPA's Optimal Skin ProSerum is ideal for those with sensitive complexions thanks to its botanical-based formula. It contains echium oil and sunflower concentrate to help replenish ceramides and lost moisture within the skin's cells, as well as strengthen the skin's natural barrier to prevent further damage and irritation. Turmeric and omega oils help to brighten and keep the complexion plumped-up and glowing.
9.Caudalie Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance SerumMade with 97% natural-origin ingredients, Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Complexion Correcting Radiance Serum adds luminosity and reduces unwanted uneven patches on the skin. Blended with the brand’s Viniferine patented complex, 62 times greater than vitamin C, the serum offers powerful brightening benefits as well as a delicate scent of mint, watermelon and citrus.
10.Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night SerumDeeply replenishing but lightweight on the skin, the Allies of Skin Mandelic Pigmentation Corrector Night Serum gives your base a boost of brightening hydration in an instant. The serum contains 11% mandelic acid, along with lactic and salicylic acids and peptides which refine the look of pores and uneven pigmentation. Hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and fatty acids in the formula help to plump and moisturise the complexion, locking in long-lasting hydration, while naturally-derived bakuchiol reduces the visibility of fine lines, leaving the skin looking fuller and firmer.
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