The Best Ingredients To Include In Your Skin Care for Brighter Skin.

The Best Ingredients To Include In Your Skin Care for Brighter Skin.



When it comes to skincare, it can be frustrating to work so hard to get rid of concerns like acne or signs of aging, just to wake up and have your skin look and feel dull. It’s common for many people to have dull, dehydrated, or just non-glowy skin, especially if you’re not incorporating the right mix of ingredients in your skincare routine- day and night. There are a handful of ingredients that have been proven to help brighten dull skin-you might recognize some as being useful for other skin conditions such as acne and signs of aging as well. Be sure not to mix too many ingredients, or double up on those that don’t work well together. Check out our blog on The Dos and Don’ts of Mixing Skincare Ingredients for a refresher on what can be used together!


Vitamin C

Category: Prevents pigment and Brightens skin

How It Works: Vitamin C keeps skin bright and clear by preventing inflammation and blocking pigment production. This stops skin from forming marks after trauma (e.g. post-acne pigmentation or sun damage) which gives the appearance of a dull, uneven complexion. 

Pro Tip: Use in the morning (Vitamin C is an antioxidant so also offers skin defence against pollutants) and avoid mixing with retinol, AHAs, and BHAs.  

Extra Info: Vitamin C trend started by Kim Kardashian


Glycolic Acid

Category: Speeds up Skin cell turnover 

How it works: Glycolic acid works by breaking down the dead skin cells in the top layers of skin. As the dull, dead skin cells are removed, they are replaced by fresh, new ones. This makes the skin appear clearer and brighter, and over time helps to fade the appearance of scars and pigmentation. 

Top tip: Use in the evening after cleansing and before applying serums and moisturiser. Avoid using retinol or vitamin C immediately after. 

Extra Info: Did you know, it takes 28 days for Skin Cell to Rejuvinate, however as we age, it starts to become longer, hence skin care routine is very important to begin in the 20s to keep our skin bouncy.



Category: Speeds up cell turnover 

How it works: Upon application, retinol breaks down into retinoic acid, which increases cell turnover in the upper layers of skin and triggers cell regeneration in the base layers. As each renewed layer comes closer to the surface, skin appears brighter and clearer, and marks or scars increasingly fade. 

Top tip: Apply in the evening, avoid layering with AHAs, BHAs, and vitamin C, and always wear SPF the morning after application. 

Category: Speeds up cell turnover 

Extra Info: While Retinol is most recommended, it is very hard on your skin, so it is better to use in the evening to let the skin repair.


Lactic Acid

Category: Speeds up cell turnover

How it works: Similarly to glycolic acid, lactic acid dissolves the upper layers of dead skin cells, kickstarting a process of renewal that means fresh new cells come to the surface and make skin appear brighter. Lactic acid has larger molecules that glycolic acid, so doesn’t penetrate as deeply and is less likely to irritate skin. 

Top tip: Use in the evening after cleansing and before applying serums and moisturiser. Avoid using retinol or vitamin C immediately after. 


Azelaic Acid

Category: Prevents pigment 

How it works: A natural skin brightener derived from wheat, azelaic acid has anti-inflammatory properties, so is particularly effective at treating redness and uneven skin tone caused by conditions such as acne, rosacea, and melasma. It cleverly only targets excess melanin, so won’t lighten healthy skin. 

Top tip: Azelaic acid also has antibacterial properties and helps to clear dead skin cells, so is an ideal ingredient in a skincare routine for acne-prone skin. 


Alpha Arbutin

Category: Prevents pigment 

How it works: A safer (yet still very effective) alternative to hydroquinone (a popular skin brightening ingredient that has been banned in the UK), alpha arbutin is a natural ingredient that reduces skin’s melanin (pigmentation) production. It’s particularly effective at fading the appearance of dark spots left behind by sun damage and breakouts. 

Top tip: use with vitamin C for maximum benefits. 


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