Dull Skin? Here Are the 11 Best Brightening Products Under $20

My skin care emergency usually varies between two issues: either I have a deep-set painful pimple (that brings its crew along) or an extremely dull, dark complexion that even makes its way around my eyes to make me look tired day in and day out. Sound familiar? Here, 11 products that range from sheet masks to overnight treatment that are sure to bring you and your skin out of your gloomy state, stat. The best part? They're all less than $20

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Borghese fango ESSENZIALI ENERGIZE Sheet Mask ($7)

This no-fuss sheet mask (it actually stays put on your skin and allows you to move around, unlike many sheet masks) is infused with mango and pomegranate extract to naturally energize, brighten and wake up tired, dull skin. 


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OLAY Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser ($10)

This creamy cleanser is hydrating and exfoliating at the same time, working to revel your brightest, smoothest skin (and removing every speck of makeup) after one wash. 


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Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer ($15)

Nongreasy, lightweight and quick to absorb, this bottle packs a serious punch against sun damage (it offers SPF 15) and dull skin as lipohydroxyl acid exfoliates and vitamins C and E brighten for younger-looking skin all around.


4/11

Lumene VALO Overnight Bright Sleeping Cream ($20)

Powered by hyaluronic acid and vitamins A, C and E, this overnight cream evens skin tone, brightens dark spots and refreshes skin while you snooze for a whole new meaning to the term “beauty sleep.” 


5/11

Dr. Jart+ Dermask Micro Jet Brightening Solution ($9)

This super thin sheet mask (the fibers are thinner than one strand of hair!) sports powerful peptides and antioxidants that dive deep into skin to deliver brightening, smoothing and youthful effects in just 20 minutes. 


6/11

Botanics All Bright Cleansing Toner ($7.50)

Natural hibiscus contains natural alphahydroxyl acids that work to brighten a sallow complexion and visibly shrink enlarged pores in this plant-derived toner that’s safe for even the most sensitive skin types. 


7/11

Little Barn Apothecary Bamboo + Fresh Mint Clearing Mist ($16)

Maybe the easiest way to get brighter skin, this mist is designed to be sprayed right after cleansing. Once it settles, brightening and blemish-clearing licorice root, witch hazel and spearmint work their magic for better skin, naturally.


8/11

InstaNatural Vitamin C Skin Brightening Serum ($15)

Whether it’s discoloration, uneven skin tone, dark spots or a dull complexion, this vitamin C, hyaluronic acid– and niacinamide-packed serum tackles it all, plus minimizing lines and wrinkles and hydrating skin. What could be better?


9/11

L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads ($20)

These plush pads are much thicker than your usual peel pad (so they feel softer on the skin) but deliver serious brightening and anti-aging results with the help of 10 percent glycolic acid. Plus, they’re large enough to cover your face, neck and chest for an overall more luminous, youthful glow.


10/11

Vichy Laboratories Double Glow Peel Mask ($20)

The perfect quick fix for the girl on the run, this tiny jar packs a serious punch against dullness in just five minutes: First, chemical AHAs gently remove dead skin cells before crushed volcanic rock exfoliates to reveal brighter, smoother skin. 


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Burt’s Bees Brightening Eye Treatment ($20)

If your eyes are the darkest area on your face, listen up: Puffiness is soothed, dark spots lightened and wrinkles lessened in this 99-percent natural formula that sports ingredients like apricot kernel oil, sunflower seed oil and shea butter to brighten and lighten up the eye area sans any irritation.