The glowy, dewy skin trend is still going strong and has shown no signs of stopping in 2020. As brands continue to introduce new products that promise brighter, more luminous skin, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth investing in. And that’s what we are here for!
Whether you have been meticulously building your brightening skincare regimen for a while, or are brand new to the game, here are the latest brightening products to add to your routine to get that dewy, glowy-from-within look.
b.glen QuSome White Essence
b.glen believes that brightening ingredients only work when they can really penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin, which most are unable to. That’s why they have come up with the QuSome® technology, which optimises the penetrability of ingredients, so you can get the most out of their products.
Out of their offerings, the b.glen QuSome White Essence is the most well-loved amongst Singaporeans for its brightening effect and moisturising power.
This smooth and rich gel uses the QuSome® technology to stabilise and encapsulate the brightening ingredient Arbutin and deliver it deep into the skin for maximum efficacy. It also contains calming Nicotinamide and nourishing Fermented Rose Honey to keep your skin looking more supple and radiant instead of dull and tired.
With consistent daily use for 45 to 60 days, you can expect visible brightening effects on dark spots, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. The essence can also help prevent future formation of dark spots for long-term even and glowing skin!
b.glen QuSome White Essence retails for SGD73, available exclusively on b.glen’s website.
Sisley Phyto-blanc Le Concentré Pure Bright Activating Serum
Dark spots are one of the major signs of ageing, and if you are looking for an solution to combat those stubborn spots, you can’t go wrong with the Sisley Phyto-blanc Le Concentré Pure Bright Activating Serum.
The inspiration for the product came whiteness of the palms of our hands, scientifically called palmoplantar whiteness, caused by a melanin production inhibitor named protein DKK1. In researching this protein, the scientists at Sisley have discovered the active ingredient Egyptian Myrobolan, which can give a similar lightening effect to the overall skin tone by reducing the melanin production.
The serum also contains other powerful active ingredients – Pea peptide extract, Hexylresorcinol, Wild thyme extract and Vitamin B3 – which target all stages of the melanin production in the skin to visibly reduce dark spots.
Sisley Phyto-blanc Le Concentré Pure Bright Activating Serum retails at SGD430, available at all Sisley counters islandwide.
CHANEL Sublimage La Collection Lumière
If you want to completely revamp your skincare routine to specifically targeting dull complexion and hyperpigmentation, consider the CHANEL Sublimage La Collection Lumière for a comprehensive, does-it-all brightening solution. Previously only consisting of the SUBLIMAGE L’essence Lumière, the collection is now complete with two additions: the SUBLIMAGE La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante and the SUBLIMAGE La Crème Lumière.
The exfoliating lotion SUBLIMAGE La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante contains AHAs to stimulate skin cell renewal and Vanilla Planifolia water to give the skin an antioxidant boost. The natural anthyllis extract will help even out the complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots.
Follow it up with the SUBLIMAGE La Crème Lumière, which also contains Vanilla Planifolia and natural anthyllis extracts, for further radiance-boosting action.
CHANEL Sublimage La Lotion Lumière Exfoliante and La Crème Lumière retail for SGD195 and SGD594 respectively. They will be available at all CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty boutiques from 28 February 2020 and all CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty Counters from 6 March 2020.
LANEIGE Radian-C Cream
Get that much coveted Korean spotless skin with the new LANEIGE Radian-C Cream, formulated with LANEIGE’s patented Radian-C SuperblendTM technology and supercharged with three powerhouse brightening ingredients: vitamin C, vitamin E and Amorepacific’s patented ingredient MelasolvTM.
This intensely moisturising cream delivers a complete brightening solution with its ability to lighten both visible spots and non-visible ultrafine spots, to give you the luminous and even skin tone that your favourite K-celebs possess.
Decorté Whitelogist Bright Concentrate
Scientists at Decorté believe that blemish correction has to be tackled at the roots and through intensive research
The new Whitelogist Bright Concentrate is the result of intensive research done by scientists at Decorté to tackle blemishes and hyperpigmentation at the roots. It contains the whitening active ingredient Kojic Acid, which has been discovered to be able to directly target blemish-producing cells and suppress the production of melanin.
The serum is formulated with a unique Bright Concentrate Complex, containing Angelica Acutiloba Extract, Jujube extract and Grape Seed extract to improve penetration and moisturise the skin at the same time.
Decorté Whitelogist Bright Concentrate retails for SGD210 (40ml), available from 1 March 2020 at all Decorté stores islandwide.
DIORSNOW Ultimate UV Shield
Sunscreen is perhaps one of the most important products in a brightening routine, as exposure to UV rays will undo any brightening effect from your other skincare products and even cause further damage to your skin.
The DIORSNOW Ultimate UV Shield boasts an SPF 50+ PA++++ with broad spectrum protection against UVA and UVB. It also helps prevent the oxidative stress from blue and infrared light, for a complete protection against photo-ageing.
What’s even more exciting about this sunscreen is that it comes in a breathable, lightweight formula that doesn’t feel stuffy or sticky on your skin.
DIORSNOW Ultimate UV Shield retails for SGD90 (30ml), available at all Dior counters islandwide from March 2020.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Accelerated Clarity Renewing Ampoules
If you have been a fan of Kiehl’s most popular serum, Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, you will be glad to know that they are following up this best seller with the new Clearly Corrective Accelerated Clarity Renewing Ampoules to complete your brightening skincare regimen.
The ampoules contain a powerful blend of glycolic, lactic and phytic acids to boost cell renewal and combat texture issues such as enlarged pores. When used together with the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, the ampoules are clinically proven to give you brighter skin, a reduction in dark spots as well as improvement in the size of your pores just after 14 days.
Each ampoule is individually packaged to preserve potency and ensure that you use the correct dosage of active ingredients for optimal results.
Clearly Corrective Accelerated Clarity Renewing Ampoules retail for SGD155 (1ml x 28 vials), available at all Kiehl’s stores islandwide from mid-March onwards.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum
Vitamin C, one of the most effective ingredients for brightening, is the star in Elizabeth Arden’s new addition to their Capsule Serum line: the Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum.
Each capsule contains a dosage of vitamin C that is 178 times more potent as well as more stable than traditional vitamin C to deliver optimal skin brightening and dark spot correction. The serum also contains ceramides to protect the skin from moisture loss and maintain the look of glowing, radiant skin all day long.
Elizabeth Arden Vitamin C Ceramide Capsules Radiance Renewal Serum retails for SGD81 (30 capsules) and SGD153 (60 capsules), available at all Elizabeth Arden counters islandwide.
L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence
The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence is a no-nonsense, effective skin-brightening essence. It contains ingredients well known for their brightening properties such as salicylic acid and sulfonic acid to gently exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells to reveal a clearer and more luminous complexion.
The watery, lightweight texture absorbs very quickly into the skin for an instant and long-lasting boost of hydration.
The L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Crystal Micro-Essence retails for SGD35.90 for 130ml, and SGD22.90 for 65ml. You can find it at Watsons, Guardian, major super/hypermarkets, selected department stores, Lazada and Shopee.
b.glen C Serum
If you have ever used a Vitamin C serum, you probably are all too familiar with the sight of your serum turning from a clear liquid to a yellow-ish colour. That’s what happens when Vitamin C is oxidised when exposed to air, heat or light, which means its effectiveness has also been greatly reduced.
With the b.glen C serum – a highly concentrated 7.5% L-ascorbic acid solution – that would no longer be an issue thanks to their QuSome® technology, which stabilises the pure Vitamin C and increases its absorption into the skin.
When you apply the serum, you will feel a warm sensation, which is a sign that the serum is penetrating into the deeper layers of the skin and working its magic!
Once absorbed, the vitamin C in the serum will help boost collagen production, increase skin turnover rate while protecting your skin from UV damages such as dark spots, wrinkles and fine lines for an overall brighter, more youthful and even complexion.
The b.glen C Serum retails for SGD67, available exclusively at b.glen’s website.
Lancôme Clarifique Dual Essence
If you think that essences are just glorified water and don’t do much for your skin, the Lancôme Clarifique Dual Essence is here to prove you wrong.
The new product from Lancôme is formulated with 97% clear essence with French beech bud extracts and 3% essence with grapeseed oil to stimulate skin surface and accelerate cell renewal. The two powerful ingredients are activated when you shake the bottle to mix them up. And thanks to the patented in-bottle whisk that helps to create micro-bubbles, you can expect the activated formula to absorb even more easily and feel exceptionally comfortable on the skin. Your skin will become visibly brighter and smoother just after one week.
You can look forward to skin that’s more refined, brighter, more translucent, with less visible pores.
Lancôme Clarifique Dual Essence retails for SGD140 (150ml), available in Sephora (both online and in stores islandwide), and at major departmental stores (Metro, Paragon, Robinsons, Tangs, Takashimaya, Isetan, OG, BHG) from 27 February 2020.
ést.lab LumiWhite Exfoliating Scrub
Exfoliation is the key to a brighter and more even complexion, which is why ést.lab has recently relaunched their popular LumiWhite Exfoliating Scrub with an enhanced formula for an even stronger brightening effect.
It now contains vitamin C, a powerhouse brightening ingredient to help reduce hyperpigmentation and even out the overall complexion. The existing ingredients such as Jojoba Exfoliating Beads, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) and Panthenol (Vitamin B5) have also doubled in amount to further strengthen its exfoliating action.
ést.lab LumiWhite Exfoliating Scrub retails for SGD78, available on ést.lab’s eShop and at all Estetica Beauty Studios islandwide.