The best-in-class skincare products you need for the ultimate brightening routine

You can't "glow" wrong with this loot of luminising lotions and potions that will bestow brilliance and clarity to your complexion.


We're going to give it to your straight up, no chaser: Snag the following fab five products and you're virtually guaranteed brighter – and better – skin. 

Full disclosure: We were generously gifted swag from SK-II for reviewing purposes; each item on the list was given a good eight weeks to work their magic on our mien. 

OK, now that we've got that bit of business out of the way, let's jump right in! 

1.     SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

SK-II’s Facial Treatment Essence is quite simply an indispensable illuminating essential. The secret? You've got Pitera™ to thank, a fermented bio-ingredient that's a treasure trove of over 50 micro-nutrients that combine to confer just about any and every beauty benefit imaginable. Pat it in as the essential first step post-shower and expect it to condition your skin, lock in moisture from within, ramp up radiance for crystal-clear skin, strengthen your skin’s barrier function AND hasten recovery from the assault of external aggressors over time for all-round healthier skin. 

Another rad reason why it's a must-buy in our books: It sinks into skin in seconds, and is so very versatile in application to boot. Slap saturated cotton pads on your cheeks for a hike in hydration before a Very Important Event, for instance, or press it into your freshly cleansed face at night to amplify absorption of your subsequent serums and salves. 

2.     Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

Exfoliation is mandatory for a mochi-soft mien. This leave-on moisturiser tosses in a host of good stuff that brightens and tightens: Papaya extract dissolves dead and dull skin cells, while alpha-arbutin promises to forestall the formation of freckles that would otherwise besmirch your face.  Tip: Stash a jar in your office cubicle and dab a dollop over dry patches to seal in your um, juices. (Yep, you can use this over and under foundie without fear of it mucking up your makeup.)

3.     SK-II GenOptics Aura Essence

The power-packed GenOptics Aura Essence is a curated concoction of SK-II's aforementioned Pitera™, plus a bounty of brighteners the likes of Prunus extract, D-melano P3CTM and Inositol, all of which are scientific breakthroughs that work in tandem to repair UV damage and halt melanin production for incomparable incandescence. The cool bit? This supercharged preemptive treatment addresses both existing brown blemishes as well as the underlying "clouds" of hyperpigmentation before they've even had a chance to show up on your skin's surface.

Another fab feature is the nifty auto-fill dropper, which dispenses a precise dose of the milky essence that you can dot onto your cheeks, chin and forehead before working it in with your fingertips. We love its gorgeous glide and subtle sheen, which drapes like a dream under makeup and locks it in place all day.

4.     Supergoop! 100% Mineral Sunscreen Mist SPF 30

We'll repeat this, ad nauseam if need be: Sunscreen is absolutely non-negotiable if you want spot-free – not to mention melanoma-free – skin. Reapplication can be a real pain in the you-know-where, especially if you're a busy #BossLady negotiating the rungs of your career ladder, so this baby is a veritable godsend: Simply spritz over makeup every two hours or so for round-the-clock protection against the rapacious rays of the sun. 

5.     SK-II R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion

Look, we can't say enough good things about the R.N.A. Power Airy Milky Lotion, which is a bona fide star in SK-II's stable of stellar salves. The luxuriously lightweight consistency cocoons your complexion in (yep, you guessed it) Pitera™ and the eponymous Radical New Age Complex, the latter of which combines humectants and firming agents for soft and supple skin. 

This is pretty much one of the best moisturisers for oily skin, especially if you loathe the suffocating stickiness of conventional creams – its fabulously fresh and featherweight texture is pure pleasure to apply in warm weather. And because your skin is happily hydrated, energised and plumped up with nourishment, you'll emanate that coveted lit-from-within luminosity that is a hallmark of "good" skin. 

But don't take our word for it: Check 'em out for yourself, and good luck getting your glow on!

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