Apply vitamin C for overall brightness Vitamin C is one of the most popular ingredients in brightening products because it not only works to lighten the hyperpigmentation you already have, it also helps prevent further spots. "It's a great antioxidant," says Miami dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD. "But it's very unstable, so you have to strategically pair it with other ingredients." The recently-launched Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $49.50, contains a new, more stable version of "activated" vitamin C coupled with white birch and peony extracts to maximize skin brightening. For a potent dose, try Lumene Vitamin C+ Radiant Beauty Drops, $21.99, with lingonberry seed oil.
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