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What does skin "brightening" mean?

What does skin "brightening" mean?

Brightening can seem like a vague term. We're here to make it all make sense so you can better protect your skin. Here's what you need to know.

What are skin brightening products?

Skin brightening products target discoloration caused by sun damage, acne, and inflammation. They do not change the color of your skin: rather, they lessen dark spots. These spots form when your skin's regular production of melanin is increased, normally through UV exposure. Skin brightening products are great to use on a daily basis and, depending on the formula, can provide additional benefits such as increasing cell turnover.

Ingredients to look for

Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that should be applied daily to boost your SPF. It should be combined with Vitamin E for maximum benefit.

Where to find it:

  • Shop Vitamin C in our soon-to-be-released Phoenix 15% Vitamin C + E Serum

Apple - Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, which can help to combat the effects of free radicals, helping skin to look healthier and younger. Apple has also shown brightening and hydrating effects on skin.

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Arbutin  - A natural skin brightening agent that helps lessen dark spots in skin. It also has shown results in decreasing skin’s melanin production, which helps with hyper-pigmentation, and evens out skin tone.

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Glutathione - A peptide that occurs naturally in the body, glutathione is also a strong antioxidant that has shown results in lessening dark spots and brightening skin’s overall appearance.

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PomegranateThe antioxidants in pomegranate can help fade dark spots and have brightening effects on skin. Pomegranate is also rich in Vitamin C, which can help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

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