We all want clear and radiant skin. But, for a lot us, the challenge to achieve that bright, glowing look begins with battling dark spots and hyperpigmentation. To deal with these issues, skin brightening products will become your best friend (And we know you've probably tried dozens at this point!)
But, before we dive into what ingredients and products will help you achieve that brighter complexion, we have to answer one obvious, yet important question:
"What is skin brightening?"
Let's start with the basics.
Bright skin is less hyperpigmentation and scarring, and more even complexion and reduced fine lines.
So, when you're looking for a skin brightening product, it needs to be a pro at multitasking. (Spoiler alert: Not many are, but we know a few. 😉)
"What ingredients will give me lighter, brighter skin?"
The main ingredients to look out for (yes, check the ingredients!) are Vitamin C, Glutathione, Kojic Acid and Glycolic Acid.
Category: Prevents pigment
How it works: Vitamin C keeps skin bright by preventing inflammation and blocking pigment production. This stops skin from forming dark marks and hyperpigmentation after trauma (i.e. sun damage ☀️ or acne scarring) which gives the appearance of a dull, uneven complexion.
SKN Tip: Use in the morning (Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it offers skin protection against sun and environmental pollutants.)
Product to Try: Skin Toning Elixir by 4URSKN
Category: Reduces pigmentation
How it works: Kojic Acid is primarily used to lighten visible sun damage, hyperpigmentation, age spots or scars. Some of its benefits include:
- Scar lightening
- Antibacterial properties
SKN Tip: Though Kojic Acid. products are mainly used on the face and hands, you can use it on almost any area of your body.
Product to Try: Kojic Acid Soap by 4URSKN
Category: Exfoliates skin
How it works: Glycolic acid works to exfoliate the skin, speed up cell turnover, and boost collagen production. It helps to clear pores, smooth fine wrinkles, improve skin tone, fade dark marks and sun damage, and hydrate skin for a more youthful appearance.
SKN Tip: Work up to using it every day. Start with just a few times per week.
Product to Try: Light & Bright Body Scrub by 4URSKN
Category: Evens skin tone
How it works: Glutathione is a natural antioxidant that works magic on your skin. With glutathione products you can see:
- Overall lighter, brighter skin tone
- Even skin tone with reduced dark spots
- Reduced blemishes
- Diminished acne scars
Glutathione is known for giving you a youthful glow and smooth, even skin.
SKN Tip: Pair it with Vitamin C for the ultimate brightening duo!
Product to Try: Glutathione Facial Oil by 4URSKN
Skin Brightening Tips and Tricks
Here's a tip: When using a brightening product, make sure you keep moisturized and don't over-exfoliate. When you find a new miracle product, I know you want it all over you, 24/7. But over-exfoliating can upset your skin barrier, so be mindful of how often you're using an intense product. And moisturize DAILY to keep your skin barrier juicy and happy.
And here's a trick: Take before and after photos! Staring in the mirror won't make the change obvious (though if you're using 4URSKN products it will be 😉.) Take a photo before you start on your brightening journey. Take another after a couple weeks. And another after a few months. Patience is a virtue. And slow and steady always wins the race.