Botanicals work for improved texture and tone There are dozens of plant-derived skin-brightening ingredients out there -- and more will probably be discovered in coming years. Shiseido White Lucent Intensive Spot Targeting Serum, $125, contains a blend of yomogi and angelica root extracts -- Japanese botanicals that have been shown to speed up cell turnover and break down melanin. "The serum helps diminish dark spots, age spots, and acne marks, and even out skin tone," says Shiseido scientist Kiyoshi Sato. Clinical data shows results can be seen in as little as two weeks.
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