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Best Brighteners

Using the latest in cosmeceutical research, these multitasking treatments provide a complete solution to helping brighten and illuminate your skin. With powerful peptides, vital vitamins and active AHAs, you’ll achieve a more luminous complexion.

These top-five products (pictured), from the natural to the cutting edge, are packed with many of the different ingredients that have the ability to lighten and brighten skin.

Advanced formulas such as chlorogenic acid – which smooth skin and make it more luminous – work alongside products formulated to deliver a hit of peptides as well as idebenone, an important feature when it comes to reducing the appearance of uneven skin tones.

Skin experts say that vitamin C, a natural antioxidant used in brightening products, reduces inflammation and gives a radiant effect to the skin.

Bright future

Skin brightening products do much more than just making your complexion lighter, brighter and fresher looking – they can also serve to reduce the appearance of age spots and give your skin a more youthful, dewy and plump appearance. Your skin tone is largely determined by the amount of melanin, or the pigment, in your skin.

Lightly does it

When you are outside in the sun, your skin produces more melanin to protect itself from the sun’s radiation. People who have darker skin tones have more melanin. Also, as you age, concentrated spots of melanin can create age spots. Skin brightening products work by focusing on the production of melanin in skin cells.

What to look for

Vitamin B3, also known as niacinamide, and licorice extract have anti-inflammatory properties. Glycolic acid (a form of an AHA) is a good exfoliant and a natural skin brightening agent.
Products with lactic acid are also recommended for people with sensitive skin.

It pays to be sun smart

Bear in mind that it’s not worth using these products unless you are using and reapplying sunscreen daily.
One day in the sun can reverse all of the skin brightening work. Exfoliating is also key to achieving desired results. All of these products are more effective if you get them to penetrate the skin.

Expert advice

International director of education and business development at US CosmeceuTechs Tracy May Harriott is an expert on gaining skin clarity. “Skin brightening antioxidants will give you more even-looking skin, reduced visible sun damage/brown spots and prevention of pigmentation,” she says.

Seasonal starters

Serums are thinner and good for oil-prone skin or may work with a combination of products because they are not too heavy. Creams are much richer, adding more moisture to the skin and are thus best for normal and dry skin. One particular product might be more comfortable for a certain season.

HydroPeptide Even Out (bottom) and Elizabeth Arden PRO Brightening Peel Pads. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

PRIORI Idebenone Complex Even Tones, DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Recovery Brightening Night Cream and Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Brightening Serum. Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

PRIORI Idebenone Complex Even Tones, DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Recovery Brightening Night Cream and Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Brightening Serum.
Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

Elizabeth Arden PRO Brightening Peel Pads ($79) The lactic acid and brightening complex in these multitasking pads normalise the appearance of uneven skin tones. Resurface your skin at home with these professional strength peel wipes.

HydroPeptide Even Out ($99) This hyperpigmentation corrector is a potent mix of peptides, vitamin C, green tea and other ingredients – together, they work to reduce pigmentation activity. This super serum works to even out skin fast.

PRIORI Idebenone Complex Even Tones ($119)
This formulation with powerful de-pigmenting Idebenone helps even out skin tone and brighten dark spots.

DECLÉOR Aroma White C+ Recovery Brightening Night Cream ($120) Enhanced with shea butter and liquorice extract to soothe; packed with vitamin C to brighten.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Skin Brightening Serum ($160)
Add radiance and even skin tone with this fast-acting serum which blends
antioxidants, AHA retinoids and chlorogenic acid.

See our Salon Guide for details on where to purchase these top-five products for skin brightening.

 

 

 

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Anti-ageing

Safeguard your skin against ageing using professional products based on science-backed ingredients and therapies. Add these potent formulas to your daily beauty regime and farewell fine lines and other visible signs of skin ageing.

These top-five products (pictured) were chosen because of their scientific combination of ingredients, including peptides, AHAs, vitamin A and DNA enzymes, a revolutionary skin protection technology to reduce the effect of damage associated with premature skin ageing. Other key essential ingredients include SPF protection, a must in every anti-ageing routine, as well as antioxidants.

From powerful serums to repair and reduce the appearance of fine lines to intensely hydrating moisturisers, these five favourites will reveal a firmer, more youthful appearance.

Ageing action

Humans have always been fascinated by anti-ageing. The quest for new pharmaceutical technologies in today’s professional skincare products shows noticeable results long term. To address anti-ageing concerns or delay the signs of ageing, try these latest anti-ageing products to see a clear difference and improved skin health.

Damaged cells

“Antioxidants are still the wave of the future in skincare anti-ageing therapy,” says scientist Joe Lewis. “Damage accumulation from oxidative stress is the fundamental cause of ageing, and antioxidants are our defence against oxidative stress.
A wrinkle is born as a result of oxidative stress. Like it or not, we are slowly oxidising.”

Complex formula

Lewis says to look out for anti-ageing products that revolve around the Idebenone Complex, “which has been shown to correct oxidative stress on a cellular level, helping to block multiple pathways of cellular free-radical mediated damage, thereby allowing the cell the time for cell repair and rejuvenation.”

Full body focus

“One important aesthetic trend is the awareness of treating anti-ageing for the entire body. More people are investing in treatments beyond the face that focus on protecting and perfecting the body,” says Neal Kitchen, VP of strategy and development at HydroPeptide.

In our genes

Another trend, according to Dr Neal Kitchen, is epigenetic research and how it applies to our skin health. “This is a very hot and important trend for the future of anti-ageing. Understanding how our genetic material is regulated and how it changes as we age will be critical to future innovation,” says Kitchen.

Your regimen

Be proactive in taking care of your skin, say our skincare experts. Many people embrace the mantra of eating well and exercising to keep a healthy body and prevent disease as they age, but often treat skin care as reactive. Be proactive in protecting your skin and developing a regimen with the right products for your skin. For expert advice, see your trusted skincare professional.

From left to right: HydroPeptide Power Lift, PRIORI Cellular Recovery Serum, Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector, (top) Elizabeth Arden PRO Age Defying Serum and True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF30+ Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

From left to right: HydroPeptide Power Lift, PRIORI Cellular Recovery Serum, Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector, (top) Elizabeth Arden PRO Age Defying Serum and True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF30+ Photography by Sevak Babakhani.

 

PRIORI Cellular Recovery Serum ($119)
The combination of enzymes and vitamins in this “booster” activate the anti-ageing properties of other products while encouraging cells to self-heal. Reduce signs of past skin ageing by adding this to your daily regimen.

HydroPeptide Power Lift ($140)
Use this rich cream to take advantage of the multi-performance peptides, pineapple ceramide and Chilean boldo tree extract – all essential in anti-ageing and moisturising.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Age Defying Serum ($180)
The proprietary ingredients and antioxidants in this serum work fast to improve skin texture, radiance and tone. Reverse the signs of ageing with this power serum.

Elizabeth Arden PRO Triple Action Protector ($99)
This formula provides three levels of skin protection: sunscreen, an antioxidant complex and a DNA enzyme complex, powerful ingredients to defend skin.

True Solutions All Day Moisture SPF30+ ($60)
Combining a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a moisturising base that soothes and helps protect skin from the elements, this cream has a tint for light, but long-lasting, coverage.

See our Salon Guide for details on where to purchase these top-five products for anti-ageing.

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