While today’s extensive range of brightening and highlighting makeup can work some serious magic on a dull complexion, no amount of product can fully mask lackluster skin. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best products to deliver luminosity and radiance to your skin in just one step, giving you a glow from within you won’t want to cover with makeup.
This velvety-whipped texture features three forms of hyaluronate—hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid filling spheres and prohytal+ (blue agave extract)—and three forms of AHAs—glycolic, citrus and mandelic acids—to not only awaken dull and tired skin, but also to retexturize skin and and hydrate it layer by layer.
Packed with 20-percent glycolic acid, rose water and vitamin A, these ultra-gentle yet effective pads exfoliate skin while also plumping, nourishing and healing it to reveal a glowing, youthful-looking complexion.
This transforming cleanser-meets-toner hybrid gently cleanses skin and rinses away as a fresh, milky toner to keep skin soft and bright. With a spotlight on bee venom and salicylic acid, blood circulation is increased, fine lines and wrinkles are plumped and radiance is restored in one easy step.
This brightening oil contains the ingredient “Super C,” a stabilized version of vitamin C that, according to the brand, increases your skin’s absorption of ascorbic acid by 1,000 percent, delivering an intense brightening and anti-aging effect to skin. This multitasking brightening booster can be worn alone or along with serums and moisturizers for a youthful glow anytime.
Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Wrinkle Recovery Peel ($88 for 16 packets)
A one-step version of the brand’s iconic peel, these foolproof pads are a form of liquid retinol designed to reduce wrinkles and restore firmness while accelerating skin renewal and recovering collagen for a brighter, retextured complexion.
This 3-in-1 makeup remover, clay mask and cleanser works wonders for dull, dry skin. Apply as a mask before cleansing skin, let it sit for about three minutes, add water and watch it transform into a foaming lather, removing every trace of dirt and makeup while imparting a true glow to otherwise lackluster skin.
Foreo LUNA 2 ($199)
This revolutionary cleansing brush goes beyond standard cleansing by delivering both facial cleansing and anti-aging skincare to reveal glowing skin beneath. The facial cleansing side exfoliates dead skin cells, unclogs pores and removes 99.5 percent of dirt and oil, while the reverse anti-aging side uses lower-frequency pulsations to visibly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a luminous, radiant complexion in just two minutes a day.
This intensely hydrating yet weightless formula targets signs of aging and dehydration while glycolic acid evenly exfoliates skin to promote its natural renewal for a brighter look.
This all-encompassing gel acts as a skin care system by embodying a serum, balancing lotion and cream in one pump. With just one use, ingredients like hyaluronic acid, T3 oil and emollient oils (from jojoba seeds, olives and shea butter) leave skin feeling firm, supple and glowing for hours.
This powder-to-foam treatment wash harnesses the power of enzymes, vitamin C and rose hip seeds to polish and brighten even the most delicate skin types while also reducing redness and discoloration. A nickel-size amount of this powder is all it takes to impart a bright glow to a dull complexion.