The Picks: Brightening Skin Care

New freckles from the Summertime? Pigmentation from acne? Botanical brightening and lightening products not only contain safe ingredients without the toxic skin bleach hydroquinone, (which is banned in Japan and Europe) they also are very effective in lightening freckles, sun damage, and post inflamatory hyperpigmentation left behind from acne.

To receive the best results I recommend concentrated, potent leave on serums or resurfacing brightening treatments instead of products that are only on the skin for a short time like a cleanser. Here are my botanical lightening and brightening picks!

OSEA Brightening Serum // $60

For all skin types. This is a great day serum under moisturizer and sunscreen. A powerful blend of organic algae, ferulic acid, and pure vitamin C brighten, while nutrient-rich Japanese flowery knotweed, matsutake mushroom, and bearberry give you an instant, lit-from-within glow

100% Pure Brightening Serum // $46 

For all skin types. All over brightening effects from natural, gentle ingredients like bearberry, kojic acid, sake, fruit acids, licorice, vitamin C, lemon juice, and strawberries.

100% Pure Dark Spot Remover // $40

For all skin types. Especially for those who want to lighten any dark pigmentation spots. 

Osmia Organics Brightening Serum // $50

For all skin types. This is more of an oil consistency and makes a good night time facial oil serum. Organic Argan and Camellia Oils are the bases for this fantastic smelling brightening serum. Botanical actives such as gotu kola, algae and wheatgrass help soothe irritation and enhance tone. This sublime serum is also enhanced with Papaya, Pumpkin, and Mushroom Extracts to help the skin maintain a luminous appearance.

Herbivore Botanical Brighten Instant Glow Mask // $48

For all skin types. Featuring gentle Fruit Enzymes, rice powder, and micronized Brazilian tourmaline gemstone. This mask illuminates and energizes skin and exfoliates gently and naturally, giving skin a fresh new glow.

Naturopathica Sweet Cherry Brightening Enzyme Peel // $56

All skin types, except sensitive. This exfoliating mask helps brighten and smooth sun-damaged skin. Sweet Cherry Puree is a vitamin-rich anti-inflammatory while resveratrol helps brighten and even skin tone.

Old Orchard Apothecary No. 5 Passion Fruit & Hibiscus Pebble Mask // $32

Passion fruit seed oil contains high levels of vitamin A, known to promote collagen production and prevent lines, wrinkles, and sun damage. Hibiscus, known as ‘thebotox plant’, helps to firm, lift, improve elasticity and contains alpha-hydroxy acids to improve the appearance of scars and dark spots.

LILFOX Chlorophyll + Tourmaline Brightening Mask // $68

Mineral rich French green sea clay purifies while chlorella, spirulina, and matcha green tea deliver antioxidants to cells for a deep cleansing weekly treatment to reveal clear and bright skin. Brazilian Tourmaline crystals allow the nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants to penetrate deep into the skin. Both Spirulina and Chlorella applied topically have been found to increase microcirculation and after repeated consistent applications, have been found to decrease pigmentation on the skin.