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Superb Skin-Brightening Creams

Brightening creams are great for getting rid of small sun spots and for evening out blotchiness and skin tone. They shouldn't be mistaken for bleaching creams, which are harsher to your skin and can be harmful to your body. (Did you know that you shouldn't use bleaching creams that contain hydroquinone, or you can do damage to your liver?) Here are three safe brightening creams that will give your skin an even, radiant glow.

Made with Chinese herbs, Nefeli Skin-Brightening Cream ($70) comes in two variations: night and day cream. The day cream contains ingredients to counter irritations caused from environmental damages. If used daily, the cream prevents any redness and keeps your skin calm and even-toned.

For two more brightening creams,

Suki Complexion Brightening Cream ($45) is a rich, penetrating formula that lightens and brightens up the face, targeting dark circles, liver spots, and discolorations.

It contains high doses of vitamin C, rose wax, organic roses, organic oils, and shea butter to help stimulate collagen production and suppress sun damage. Massage one or two pumps onto your neck and face, and just wait for all the goodness to absorb.

Clarins Bright Plus HP Repairing Brightening Night Cream ($56) is a repairative brightening cream that deeply nourishes dry and stressed skin. It lightens sun spots, prevents the formation of new ones and it leaves skin looking radiant, rested, and beautiful!

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xmargarida xmargarida 8 years
SwissLine also has a great complete skin lightening line for pigmentation! My favourite is the Daytime Protector it contains SPF 27 i swear by it!
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
This is really interesting-- thanks for writing this review.
ChristineLW ChristineLW 8 years
besides the lumedia, skinceuticals also has a brightening serum that is hydroquinone free as does philosophy. i have tried them all and like the lumedia the best. get it from and they often send a free gift!
sofi sofi 8 years
yeah, I think we need to elaborate a little on the hydroquinone because still prescribe it the most as the best skin lightener. Can you pass along the research you've seen bella? I always knew you needed to take precautions, but it hasn't slowed down dermatologists from prescribing.
emalove emalove 8 years
These sound great! I also like Lumedia's Facial smells kind of funky but it works nicely. It's a little pricey, but I think it's a good product.
totonlaura totonlaura 8 years
I need one all those trips to Rosarito Beach have taken its toll on my skin.
terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Yeah, most recent research says hydroquinone is safe in small doses. The damage that comes from usage was caused by lab animals ingesting large amounts.
kimmebug kimmebug 8 years
Hydroquinone can be used in small amounts over a period of 3 months, then stopped for 3 months. It can harm your liver if used too much. I don't think you can really say "Shouldn't" if it's something that just cannot be used too much.
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 8 years
Ok - this is the one I'm talking about: I love that brand. They have awesome stuff. And all natural is the only way to go for me. :)
trace-face62028 trace-face62028 8 years
So something like this would probably even out my skin tone a bit? I have freckles - which I don't dislike really, but some are darker than others and I'd like them to be just a TAD less noticeable. I don't wear foundation because I do have nice skin and I don't like wearing tons of makeup, but something to even out the spots would be nice. $70 is pretty steep though. They have something at Whole Foods by Nature's Gate Organics which is a skin brightening serum. I think it's about $20-30. That's more in my price range. :P
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