13 Best Skin Brightening Serums for a Lit-From-Within Glow

Shine on.

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Maybe it's the lack of vitamin D, maybe it's the clogged pores from laying on my couch pillows all day, but my skin has this dull pallor I haven't been able to shake. Clearly, my complexion is in need of a major tune-up to bring back a lively glow—one that will convince me that I'm not slowly morphing into Nosferatu with every passing day working from home. Brightening products, serums specifically, can add an illuminating boost to any routine regardless of your skin type. And if you're prone to dark spots, acne scars, or uneven skin tone, they can be especially helpful for bringing your skin back to baseline. After swapping favorite formulas, like Vitamin C-infused serums, with fellow editors for years and attending endless beauty launches, I've hoarded an arsenal of exfoliating formulas that help shed the dead skin cells and dry patches I'm prone to developing on my skin. Here, the very best formulas for bringing some much-needed light back to a dull visage.


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Taylore Glynn
Taylore Glynn

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.