As skin changes over time, so does its needs. Take your pick of the brighteners best suited for you.
Angelababy/ Priyanka Chopra/ Li Bingbing
In your 20s
Collagen production is at its optimal levels, so skin looks and feels firmer. The main concern for twenty-somethings? Oiliness and adult acne. Look for anti-inflammatory products and scar-lightening solutions.
Start your routine by gently removing makeup and impurities with the L’Occitane Illuminating Foaming Cleanser, $52 (200 ml).
Supercharge skin with the Mt. Sapola Arbutin Xetract, $22.90 (50 ml). Naturally derived plant extracts inhibit melanin and lighten spots.
The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Healthy Brightening Serum enhances glow with North Atlantic Red Algae extract.
The two-step CNP Doctoray White Peel, $58, aids with dullness and texture with its white peeling emulsion, as well as post-peel pH balance pads that soothe.
The Bliss Triple Oxygen Radiant Protection Energizing Serum, $106, houses highly stabilised vitamin C which helps improve the texture of skin and protects it from pollution.
The Fresh Peony Brightening Moisture Face Cream, $110, is a multi-tasking moisturiser with peony root extract for a luminous appearance.
In your 30s
As the first signs of ageing start to creep in, skin is more susceptible to blemishes, spots and pigmentation. Reach for targeted spot treatments, and supplement your skincare routine with boosting essences.
The Elizabeth Arden Visible Whitening Smoothing Cleanser, $57 (125 ml), is gentle and helps to purify skin of surface dirt and melanin with its melting beads.
A blend of French Damask rose, Rose of Jericho, hollyhock, vitamin B and hyaluronic acid in the Crabtree & Evelyn Damask Rose Brightening Serum, $62 (30 ml), quenches skin.
With powerful Luminous Kelp, the SK-II Genoptics Spot Essence, $199 (30 ml), targets hidden harmful microRNAs that give rise to stubborn dark spots that form deep within skin.
Free from parabens, artificial pigments or mineral oil, the Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence_EX, $80 (40 ml), is gentle and effective for all skin types.
To accelerate repair of sun-induced damage, the Eucerin White Therapy Night Cream, $48.90 (50 ml), is enriched with Glycyrrhetinic Acid and Dexpanthenol to fight hyperpigmentation.
Beauty starts from within. The Orbis Precious White Capsules, $61 (120 tablets), contains ingredients like collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, royal jelly, sage and wild rose extract to support the recovery and elasticity of skin.
In your 40s
If you’ve noticed your face has gotten drier, it’s time to protect it with ultra-nourishing creams and lotions. Dehydrated skin may give way to more pronounced lines, spots and wrinkles, so it’s time for total defence.
Bring out skin’s youthful radiance with the Mary Kay MelaCEP Plus Luminous System Foaming Cleanser, $55 (100 ml).
Add clarity with the Yves Saint Laurent Blanc Pur Couture Brightening Dark Spot Corrector, $159 (30 ml). It helps to reduce pigmentation and dark spots.
Feed thirsty skin with the Impress Granmula Lotion N, $350 (150 ml). The blend of geranium robertianum, bitter orange peel and super eldar extracts provides high levels of hydration and will transform the look of sallowness.
The MTG Plosion, $399, is a spray device that contains dual chambers that hold serum on one side and carbonic acid - which purportedly helps the serum to penetrate deeper into the skin’s dermal layers.
Improve skin’s resilience with the Sulwhasoo Snowise Brightening Serum, $268. It contains White Ginseng saponin, a whitening ingredient that suppresses melanin production.
The best-selling Sisleÿa Global Anti-Age formula is reinvented as the Sisley Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge, $590. It has a silky, luxurious texture that addresses signs of fatigue like dullness and the slackening of skin.