The 17 Best Brightening Serums for a Lit-From-Within Glow

Shine on.

The 17 Best Brightening Serums for a Lit-From-Within Glow
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Maybe it's the lack of vitamin D, perhaps it's the clogged pores from laying on our couch for far too much of the day, but our skin has a dull pallor we haven't been able to shake. Whatever the cause, our complexions need a major tune-up to bring back a lively glow—one that will convince us that we're not slowly morphing into Nosferatu with every passing day. Brightening products, brightening 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, the best skin-brightening serums 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, we've amassed a skin-brightening arsenal that helps shed the dead skin cells and dry patches that often develop on our skin. If you can relate, keep scrolling for the very best radiance-boosting formulas to restore some much-needed light back into a dull visage.

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.