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Ingredients to brighten your skin

Ingredients to brighten your skin

Having a bright and glowing complexion is a skincare goal we hear extremely often as Skin Therapist’s. But how easy is it to achieve this? We share our top ingredients to achieve radiant, healthy-looking skin.


Glycolic Acid

Derived from Sugar Cane, Glycolic Acid is common in cleansers and exfoliants for its ability to slough off dead skin cells and speed up cell turnover, which commonly slows down after the age of around 25, leading to a duller complexion. It is great for brightening the complexion overall as well as lightening areas of hyper-pigmentation (dark spots), whilst smoothing rough textured skin and minimising the appearance of fine lines.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the most essential vitamins you can ingest when it comes to brightening the skin from the inside out, but did you know that the skin is the last organ in the body to get any benefit from the foods we eat? That’s why it’s so important to apply essential vitamins topically to ensure they are readily available for the skin to benefit from.

Along with vitamin C being a potent antioxidant, it plays a huge role in keeping our skin healthy by maintaining and repairing damage to skin and cartilage, producing collagen, wound healing, reducing uneven skin tone and promoting overall brightness.

Hyaluronic Acid

A hydrated skin is a healthy-looking skin and Hyaluronic Acid is the most important ingredient to achieve this. This clever ingredient binds up to 1000 times its weight in water. It has a swelling effect on our skin cells which makes the skin appear plumper to diminish the appearance of fine lines and maintain skin fullness. Hyaluronic Acid can be found in many products but is most commonly found in serums and moisturisers.


Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B3 and is a key Vitamin to maintain your skins health. It is really a jack of all trades when it comes to benefits and is a coveted ingredient for its skin brightening properties. It helps to protect the skin from damaging free radicals, which are big culprits in skin dullness. It also inhibits melanin formation which is the enzyme responsible for hyper-pigmentation to keep uneven skin tone to a minimum.

Fruit Enzymes

There are many different enzymes found in fruit, most typically in citrus fruits such as pineapple, papaya, and mango. They gently exfoliate skin cells from the surface to dissolve a build up of dead skin cells ensuring brighter, smoother skin is at the surface. They also provide benefit to other products in your routine such as serums and moisturisers as they can penetrate the skin properly instead of sitting on top of a build up of dead skin cells. All skin types can benefit from enzymes, even sensitive skins! And they are commonly found in exfoliant formulations.


NEW! From Dermalogica - introducing the Daily Brightness Boosters

Containing 3 of our most glow-worthy products packed full of ingredients to brighten the skin is our newest skin kit. This skin kit contains travel size products which provide you with around 2-3 weeks of products to use, great to use if you have a special event on the horizon or as an introduction to a new brightening product to enhance your current skincare regime.

Available here: daily brightness boosters — Dermalogica NZ

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