Harper's BAZAAR Singapore|May 2020
When your Instagram feed is bombarded with posts of bare-faced, blemish-free beauty influencers with hashtags such as #IWokeUpLikeThis, #GlassSkin and #NoFilter, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of believing that your less-than-glowy skin is in dire straits. The truth is that we all have good and bad skin days; if it’s not a pimple, it’s enlarged pores or blotchiness. Put down that high-powered magnifying mirror and stop scrutinising every inch of your face. We’re here to show you how you can achieve the best version of your skin.
For a radiance boost, add a serum to your basic cleanse-tone-moisturise routine. Typicallyformulated with active ingredients in higher concentrations, a serum targets specific concerns such as dullness and pigmentation. A brightening serum, in particular, can do wonders if you’re gunning for the envy-inducing luminous complexion of Aussie beauty Cate Blanchett.
Brightening serums work by inhibiting the overproduction of melanin, which can lead to hyperpigmentation, and by breaking down existing pigmentation and gently exfoliating the top layer of skin to instantly reveal brighter, healthier-looking skin. Decorte’s Whitelogist Brightening Correcting Serum With Kojic Acid is a fine example of a two-pronged approach. Anchored by star ingredient, kojic acid, it inhibits the production of tyrosinase, an enzyme that stimulates the melanocytes or melanin-producing cells, while reinforcing the skin’s ability to break down and disperse melanin clusters.
SkinCeuticals’ Discoloration Defense Serum ups the ante by throwing tranexamic acid into the mix. This powerhouse ingredient counters inflammatory triggers such as sunlight and hormonal changes, and is especially effective on UV-induced spots and melasma—one of the more difficult forms of hyperpigmentation to treat.
Concerned about age spots or sunspots? Look to serums with alpha-hydroxy acids. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Accelerated Clarity Renewing Ampoules, with a blend of glycolic, lactic and phytic acids to boost skin cell turnover, promises brighter, clearer skin in28 days. Bonus: It also tackles complexion woes such as uneven texture and enlarged pores.
Wrinkle White Essence, $74, ORBIS
Re-Nutriv Ultimate Radiant White Brightening Youth Serum, $490, Estée Lauder
Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter, $150, Clinique
Diorsnow Essence of Light Pure Concentrate of Light Brightening Milk Serum, $230,
Dior Discoloration Defense, $159,
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