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10 of the best brightening serums and essences

10 of the best brightening serums and essences

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. Lumene Nordic C Valo Glow Boost Essence
  4. Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
  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. Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Advanced Brightening Night Capsules

10 brightening serums to help your complexion glow

  1. SkinCeuticals Serum 10
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    SkinCeuticals Serum 10

    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.

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  2. Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence
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    Caudalie Vinoperfect Concentrated Brightening Essence

    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.

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  3. Lumene Nordic C Valo Glow Boost Essence
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    Lumene Nordic C Valo Glow Boost Essence

    Brand Lumene has been getting increased attention in the press thanks to their natural and glow-inducing formulations. We love their Nordic C Valo Glow Boost Essence, which is a super concentrated serum designed to energise and brighten the complexion. It contains the brand’s infamous Arctic Cloudberry and Arctic spring water, which collectively help to hydrate and shield the skin against environmental aggressors.

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  4. Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop
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    Dear, Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop

    Newly launched at lookfantastic, Dear, Klairs is a Korean beauty brand guaranteed to change the way you view skincare. Their Freshly Juiced Vitamin Drop contains 5% pure Vitamin C, which helps to eliminate signs of discolouration and pigmentation and instead leave the skin even, healthy and glowing. It also contains extracts of grapefruit, yuzu and centella asiatica to smooth and refine the complexion.

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  5. NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate
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    NARS Optimal Brightening Concentrate

    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.

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  6. Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum
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    Dermalogica Biolumin C Serum

    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.

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  7. Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement
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    Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement

    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.

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  8. ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum
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    ESPA Optimal Skin ProSerum

    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.

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  9. Paula's Choice Peptide Booster
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    Paula's Choice Peptide Booster

    Anyone with uneven skin texture or skin ageing will love Paula’s Choice Peptide Booster. A super smooth and silky lightweight gel that melts into the skin upon application (leaving behind no greasy residue), it contains a cocktail of peptides and amino acids to brighten dull skin, eliminate discolouration and give the appearance of a smooth and refined complexion.

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  10. Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Advanced Brightening Night Capsules
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    Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Advanced Brightening Night Capsules

    Delivered in easy to use dosages, the Elizabeth Arden Skin Illuminating Advanced Brightening Night Capsules are perfect for transforming the complexion as you sleep. Rich in radiance-enhancing extracts such as Vitamin C and niacinamide, the serum helps to clarify the skin and promote a more youthful-looking tone and texture.

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Amelia

Amelia

Skincare Specialist

I am a big believer in the idea that beautiful Make Up begins with a superb skincare regime. I like to enhance my natural beauty rather than cover up and I am always on the lookout for great products which really work. When I am not writing about all things beauty, I like to do Yoga and I make an amazing brownie. It is all about balance!