Lighten Up


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Turn on the bright lights! while many women want to evade victorian era pale a la Queen Elizabeth’s chalky complexion, whitening products are populating vanities. Proclaiming to facilitate a porcelain doll faux glow, brightening booty—illuminating creams, serums, powders, et al—runs the gamut. As we enter the cusp of fall, and prepare for slightly cooler climes, enhance your complexion with a couple of tools highlighted below to diminish the look of sunspots, hyperpigmentation and acquire a coveted angelic glow.

Suggested illuminating agents include Cle de Peau Beaute’s (not pictured) 2015 Concentrated Brightening Eye Serum ($120, is dull-taming French dame comes sprinkled with CDPB’s signature Illuminating Complex™ of natural silk and pearl. Other names busting out bright beauties include Le Metier de

Beaute, yet another respected French marque. Its Eye Brightening & Setting Powder ($36,, available in “Refresh” and “Revive,” is as close as you’ll get to under-eye perfection: its micronized pigments set concealer and illuminate the entire eye area for a radiant, soft matte ˚ nish that lives up to Le Metier’s mantra: “the craft of beauty.”

Historically, rice has long exhibited its reputation as a precious Japanese beauty secret. Said to house seven gods, Rice Force wisely bottled the almighty ancient grain into Whitening Clear Essence ($100, Moana Lani Spa), a healing serum infused with vitamin C and Rice Power Extract No. 23: a combo that restricts skin melatonin, active oxygen (the culprit behing blemishes and dull complexions), and pigmentation lesions to balance and brighten. SK-II, another Far East import, builds upon the glistening powers of its active complex. Soft Aura Bright (SK’s signature fermentation-derived Pitera™, Pixel-White™, ume plum extract, etc.) enhances luminosity and clarity in Cellumination AuraBright ($160, Nordstrom).

Korea’s holistic marque Sulwhasoo manifested Snowise EX Brightening Serum ($200, Comprised of the Tri-White Complex™ (white ginseng for age spots, white cloud grass for infrared heat damage), Snowise enhances circulation and resilience and blocks UV light, oxidation and collagen harm for clearer skin.

Eclectic Danish darling Kjer Weiss introduces an organic Highlighter ($56, in a pink champagne cream, making cheekbones look

candlelight-bathed in one graceful stroke. Allure magazine’s “Best of Beauty” award winner fuses minerals, sweet almond and jojoba seed oils, Brazilian palm leaves and beeswax to sprinkle sultry, radiant ~ ashes of light across your face. Eminence, a Hungarian house of handmade, organic skin care, touts its best-selling Bright Skin Masque ($66,˚ e Kahala Hotel & Resort), which soothes pigmentation imperfections via stonecrop, antioxidants, bear-berry extract and licorice root. Inside, GigaWhite™ synergizes with BioComplex™ to protect against UV damage, and condition and forgo uneven tone.

Under oath to “illuminate, brighten, tighten,” Intraceuticals’ ( Opulence stock is the solution to those seeking a sunny lift. To commence the three-step, paraben-free line: 1. Revive: with Daily Serum ($149); 2. Replenish: with Hydration Gel ($89); 3. Protect: with Moisture Brightening Cream ($69). All Opulence goods come specially formulated for hyper-pigmentation and dull, dry skin.

And for an American commodity created by plastic surgeons, Image Skincare (Pure Joy Day Spa; touts a new generation of skin-lightening ingredients: Iluma. Pigmentation, sunspots and melasma, be gone! Iluma’s Intense BrighteningEye Creme and Intense Brightening Exfoliating Powder (prices upon request) are laced with Vectorize Technology™ for a luxuriously luminous anthology of innovative potions. NYC maquillage maven Estee Lauder’s (T Galleria Hawaii by DFS) Crescent White Series, too, is a trio of shimmering characters. EL’s lunar-inspired Full Cycle Brightening crop—Moisture Creme ($83), Moisture Treatment Lotion ($60), Spot Correcting Essence ($132)—outshines dark spots and promotes self-brightening repair via au naturel botanicals for a glittering, translucent glow. And for a Hawai‘i-bottled, ultra-luxe assemblage, JK7’s Eye Cream ($690, is an all-natural assemblage made right here on O‘ahu’s North Shore at the Sullivan Estate and Spa. Calming, moisturizing and heavily anti-aging, the line nourishes by fusing arnica, eyebright, German chamomile; pumpkin, mangosteen, rose and other precious, Earth-derived ingredients to give skin an under-eye touch of golden light.

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