Vegan and Cruelty-Free Skin Brightening Serums — For those days when your skin needs a little pick-me-up!
It happens to the glowiest of us—One dreary winter morning, we pad into the bathroom in our slippered feet, and we’re greeted by a troubled grey-complexioned character staring at us in the mirror. It’s not a clichéd scene from a horror film—the strange face in your mirror is your own!
But don’t fret—dull complexions can happen even if you eat a kale salad for dinner the night before and get a blissful eight hours of sleep. Blame Old Man Winter. Blame the freezing cold bathroom floor. Whatever you do, be sure to give your skin a little extra pampering before heading out the door, and you’ll be good to go.
Begin by washing your face with a moisturizing cleanser. As you’re washing your face, gently exfoliate with a soft washcloth, moving the cloth in small, upward circles. Pat dry, and apply your favorite toner. While your skin is still damp, apply a skin brightening serum. As you apply the serum, pat your skin with the tips of your fingers. This will stimulate circulation (good for glow) and improve absorption of the product. Finish with tinted moisturizer and a flick of mascara. Complexion transformed.
Antioxidant dew contains 24 active ingredients, including Hawiian sea algae, rose extract, and apricot kernel oil, which combine to restore balance to unhappy skin. Antioxidant Dew is highly moisturizing, so it may be used alone or with a combination of other serums and lotions.
Hyaluronic acid is the star of this serum. This primary ingredient is excellent for restoring skin’s moisture to give skin a plump, youthful appearance. Add vitamin C and Ubiquinone (CoQ10), and you’ve got one serious skin-immunity boosting blend. (Note: This serum must be used before bed, rather than in the morning, since some ingredients may oxidize under exposure to UV light and be rendered less effective.)
We love the beauty-giving benefits of rosehip seed oil: it firms skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and pigmented acne scars, and provides conditioning fatty acids. This rosehip serum is ideal for any skin type, but especially those with dry, sensitive, or mature skin.
For a truly radiant complexion, try Tata Harper’s prize-winning Concentrated Brightening Serum. Shown to reduce pigmentation in only a few days, this serum also improves the appearance of fine lines and increases skin’s elasticity. It boasts a plethora of natural ingredients including summer snowflake bulb extract (this sounds kind of magical, no?), daffodil bulb extract, and radish root extract.
Kahina Giving Beauty’s lightweight Brightening Serum combines ECOCERT white lily, Japanese wakame seaweed, argan oil, maritime pine, and green tea to even skin tone and bolster skin’s immunity. The pretty-smelling serum may be applied immediately after cleansing and before moisturizing.
Photos: Hendrik Johnsson via Flickr, Kypris, Sally B’s Skin Yummies, Pai Skincare, Tata Harper Skincare, Kahina Giving Beauty