Seven Skin Products that Will Brighten Dull, Sad Skin

At every price point, there are effective products that will even out skin tone and clear up sun spots
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1. Shiseido White Lucent All Day Brightener
This lightweight cream is great for women with mild discolorations. It contains 4MSK to combat melanin production and also works as a subtle face highlighter. $57 

2. Chanel Le Blanc Brightening Moisture Lotion
Use this lotion day or night to help prevent and reduce dark spots. It’s the consistency of a serum, so is best for combination skin. $67.50

3. Amarte Aqua Lotion
Another light formula that contains something called purified nano-sulfur, which brightens and purifies skin. It has a nice citrus scent and is good for oily complexion. $75

4. La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Emulsion
The bottle looks like something out of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, and the fancy lotion inside contains peptides to revitalize and protect skin from city environments. $300

5. Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Creme
What could be bad about diamonds? This silky cream also has pearls. And truffles. And 24-karat gold. It’s perfect for superdry skin. $350

6. Dolce & Gabbana Aurealux Cream
Best for women who want plumping, the Aurealux has ingredients such as vitamin B3 and Italian olive oil to strengthen. It smells a bit perfumy, if you’re into that kind of thing. $129

7. Guerlain Blanc de Perle Refreshing Hydrating Cream
The big draw here is the extract of the Uwajima pearl, found off the coast of Japan. It works well on both sun spots and age discoloration. $132

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