Everyone — both men and women would love a bright, glowy, and luminous complexion. Sometimes all you need is plenty of water consumption or just have a naturally balanced diet for that all-natural glow. But apart from these home remedies and facial treatments, skincare indeed helps boost your radiance and these new brightening skincare products may help your journey to luminous skin an easy one.

If you’ve just hopped on to the brighter skin bandwagon, a quick search on Google for ‘brightening skincare products‘ may have whitening ones within the search results too. Then comes the question — what’s the difference between brightening and whitening?

Brightening addresses certain skin concerns, such as sun spots, acne scars, and just to give your skin that healthy glow without drastically changing your skin tone. As for whitening, it brings your skin tone up to another level (how much difference it promises depends on the products’ ingredients).

Whiteners tend to be more harsh compared to brighteners, but that doesn’t mean it’s harmful on the skin nor is it suitable for all skin types. Common whitening ingredients include: Hydroquinone, Melanozyme, Azaelic acid, Kojic acid, mulberry, licorice root, vitamins A and C, and papaya. And like any other skincare ingredients, excessive use is almost never beneficial for the skin.

The list below contains six new brightening skincare products that will effectively brighten your skin — minus the chemicals and bleaching. This is not a ‘no pain no gain’ situation.

1
Fresh's Peony Instant Brightening Face Serum

As skin ages, the complexion becomes uneven with more pronounced sun spots. This serum from Fresh targets dull, uneven skin and contains highly concentrated ingredients such as peony, hyaluronic acid, and white lily flower extract. All of these ingredients combined will brighten and seal in moisture for bright, supple skin.

Fresh Peony Instant Brightening Face Serum, RM310

2
L'Occitane's Reine Blanche Illuminating Lotion

This illuminating lotion goes deep within the skin and brightens it from within. The gel-like texture goes on smoothly and doesn’t weigh down the skin — making it a perfect product for layering. It also helps to refine the skin’s texture for a healthier and glowing complexion.

L’Occitane Reine Blanche Illuminating Lotion, RM138

3
Lancôme's Blanc Expert Double Ampoule

You may not see it, but there are numerous environmental stressors in the air and they affect our skin greatly. This powerful treatment contains two ampoules, one for day and another for night. For the daytime, the ampoule promotes the dissolution of melanin grain, while the ampoule for night contains gentle exfoliants for brighter skin the next day.

Lancôme’s Blanc Expert Double Ampoule, RM390

4
Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanse

If the skin is not thoroughly cleansed, any skincare products that go on top of the skin is ineffective. This exfoliating daily cleanse ensures that your skin is free of pollution, dirt, and residue while refining the skin’s surface texture for a noticeably smoother appearance.

Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanse, RM135

5
Laneige's White Dew Sherbet Cream

This cream does not only brighten the skin but also keeps the skin moisturised and cool all day long even when exposed to heat and sunlight. The sherbet texture lowers the skin temperature by at least 3°C. It uses Makimousse, a polymer with excellent water retention capacity that has a water absorption capacity 400 times higher than a general polymer.

Laneige White Dew Sherbet Cream, price unavailable

6
Chanel's Le Blanc Huile Healthy Light Creator Oil

Made out of 98 per cent naturally-derived ingredients, this is Chanel’s first brightening facial oil and has three targets: to amplify radiance, boost vitality, and nourish skin. The exceptional ume flower is used to create a 3-in-1 experience — revitalise, regulate, and restore.

Chanel Le Blanc Huile Healthy Light Creator Oil, price unavailable

Jolin Lee
Contributor
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.