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10 of the best brightening serums and essences

10 of the best brightening serums and essences
Team LF
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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?

  1. SkinCeuticals Serum 10
  2. Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
  3. Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum
  4. La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum
  5. NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate
  6. Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum
  7. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement
  8. ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum
  9. Paula's Choice Peptide Booster
  10. A'kin Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C

10 brightening serums to help your complexion glow

  • 1.SkinCeuticals Serum 10

    SkinCeuticals Serum 10
    4.44 Stars 9 Reviews
    Formulated with a base of 10% L-ascorbic Acid (also known as Vitamin C) and ferulic acid, the SkinCeuticals Serum 10, helps to brighten the complexion and add radiance for a healthy glow. The fast-absorbing formulation doesn't feel heavy on the skin and instead leaves it feeling smooth. Thanks to its blend of potent antioxidants, the serum helps to shield against external aggressors and pollution to keep the skin healthy and soft.
  • 2.Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

    Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
    5 Stars 3 Reviews
    Caudalie's Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence is made from a blend of natural ingredients and botanicals extracts to brighten the complexion. Glycolic acid helps to slough away dead skin cells, improve skin tone and texture, and brighten the complexion. Grape water is also infused into the formula (as with all of Caudalie's products), which helps to hydrate, soothe and calm inflamed skin for a beautifully plump and radiant finish.
  • 3.Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum

    Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum
    5 Stars 3 Reviews
    The recipient of many beauty awards, Su-Man's Velvet Skin Brightening Serum has been specially formulated to renew the complexion and add gorgeous luminosity and radiance. Formulated with a blend of brightening botanicals, including Dragon's Blood extract, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, omegas and tranexamic acids (a super trending ingredient), the serum melts into the skin upon application and leaves it glowing. If you have any dark spots or pigmentation, this serum also works wonders!
  • 4.La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum

    La Roche-Posay Pure Vitamin C10 Serum
    3.91 Stars 45 Reviews
    Known 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.NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate

    NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    NARS isn't just a leading makeup brand, they also make incredible skincare products too, including this Optimal Brightening Concentrate. Made with noni fruit extract (Miranda Kerr is a huge fan) and Vitamin C, the serum visibly brightens the complexion to reduce signs of pigmentation and fatigue. Free from common chemical nasties, including parabens, alcohol and synthetic fragrance, it's a great brightening serum for those with sensitive skin.
  • 6.Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum

    Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum
    5 Stars 2 Reviews
    Dermalogica's Biolumin C Serum is a cocktail of brightening ingredients designed to visibly illuminate the complexion. Lactic acid helps to remove dirt, dead skin cells and impurities, while chia seed oil and Sophora Japonica Flower Extract soothe and moisturise to create glowing and healthy skin. Suitable for all skin types, this Vitamin C serum also helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles and leave the complexion looking smooth and refined.
  • 7.Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement

    Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Supplement is perfect if you have ageing skin in need of a brightening boost. Rich in grape and white birch extracts, the serum helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, while also helping to clarify and brighten the complexion. We love to use this in the morning as it helps to plump-up the skin and keeps makeup in place for longer.
  • 8.ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum

    ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum
    4.33 Stars 3 Reviews
    ESPA'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.A'kin Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C

    A'kin Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C
    5 Stars 1 Reviews
    Want to get your glow on without compromising on clean ingredients? Then you will love A'kin's Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C. Rosehip oil is loved by celebrities and supermodels for its ability to intensely hydrate and add radiance, while the addition of the Vitamin C helps to brighten further, reducing the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation. Cruelty-free, it's also suitable for vegans and will leave your complexion glowing and gorgeous.

Suffer from sun or age pigmentation? Read more about our best Vitamin C serums, which help to refine texture and uneven skin tone. For more information about face serums, read our “what are face serums?” edit

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