The Bright Stuff- Products to Brighten the Skin

Skin care beauty

During my
pregnancy I got some dark pigmentation on my skin, nothing too drastic
but I wanted to try even my complexion out and brighten it so I looked
like I wasn’t dying. I’ve been using these four products for quite a
while now and my skin definitely looks brighter but it’s a constant battle with
being a new parent and having chronic pain.
Body Shop Vitamin C Microdermabrasion: I’ve reviewed this product previously and it still
remains one of my favourite exfoliators. I love the orangey scent of
this and every time I use it, which is once or twice a week, my skin is
super-smooth and brighter. One of my favourite skin care products.

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Facial Wash 50ml:This
is new to me and the full size (200ml) is just a wee bit expensive at
£29 so I thought I’d go with the travel size for £8.50. Another product I
really love, I’m just not sure I’m willing to pay the price for this.
It’s about the only face wash that doesn’t dry my skin out, in fact my
skin is always lovely and smooth after use. This is a gentle, non-
abrasive resurfacing (or exfoliating) product. It contains something
called Galactoarabinan which gentle removes dead skin cells, and
Brazilian Babussu Oil to moisturise. It also contains white truffle and
Poria cocos to sooth and support the skin’s natural flora. I’m guessing
it’s ingredients like these that push up the price. Because it’s a
resurfacing product you’re advised to wear a high SPF to protect your
new skin from sun damage. The only thing I don’t like about this product
is the smell, it reminds me of shampoo. Other than that I’m quite
impressed with this, my skin definitely looks brighter after use. I’d
repurchase if it wasn’t so pricey so I think I’ll look for a cheaper

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Paul & Joe Brightening Serum: I
bought this in the sale for £14 I think, again this isn’t a cheap
product at £28 although I do think this will last a while. This is
described as a serum but it’s more like a cream, a very smooth silky
cream that sinks in quickly and leaves the skin smooth. This is the only
product I’m not completely sold on. I don’t notice that much of a
difference with this which is a shame because look how pretty the
packaging is. Paul & Joe always have the most amazing packaging.
Despite me not being sure about this products brightening qualities this
is a really nice product otherwise. It smells beautiful with a gentle
orange blossom type scent and when used in the morning provides a really
good base for applying makeup. I’m not sure I’d repurchase this, I
think I’ll look for a similar but more effective product when I use this

Boots Botanics Cleansing Toner All Bright :This
is by far the cheapest and currently on offer at just £2.49 so I reckon
it’s definitely worth a go, although if you have really sensitive skin
I’d do a patch test first as this can be a bit strong initially. This
was a real surprise for me, I wasn’t expecting much from this product
but it works really well and from the first use too. My skin was
instantly brightened and much smoother. It can feel tightening on the
skin due to the natural AHAs from hibiscus flower. The hibiscus AHAs act
as a gentle exfoliator and like the Elemis product you need to be
careful in sunlight. I’d definitely repurchase and also try other
products in this range.

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Do you have any brightening product recommendations? 



    • July 10, 2014 / 12:17 pm

      thank you! It's a brilliant bargain buy xx

  1. July 10, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Another fab and useful post! I have the Boots one in my stash but have yet to use it….I shall try it out tonight. Thanks xx

    • July 10, 2014 / 2:46 pm

      thank you so much, i appreciate that. Let me know how you get on with it xx

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