The sand in our beach bag and leftover rosé in the fridge aren't the only reminders of what a glorious summer it's been. Even if you've been super diligent about applying SPF, the sad truth is that the past few months of fun in the sun may have very well taken a toll on your skin—we're talking spots, dark marks and otherwise annoying complexion imperfections. So as the seasons change, give your skin a reset with these nine skin brightening products, perfect for undoing summer damage. (Just remember, keep using your sunscreen!)
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Malin+Goetz Brightening Enzyme Mask, $55
Pomegranate and pumpkin enzymes pull double duty in this new mask, not only dissolving dead, discolored skin, but also delivering a hefty dose of antioxidants (always a good thing). Botanical alpha hydroxy acids add an extra brightening boost. Bonus points for the refreshing gel texture...and the fact that it works in just five minutes.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow AHA Resurfacing Night Serum with Hydrating Honey + Gentle Flower Acids, $58
This nighttime newbie packs an impressive 14 percent blend of alpha hydroxy and beta hydroxy acids, which work together to gently exfoliate your skin, upping the radiance factor and decreasing the look of pores. But don't worry, it also contains the brand's proprietary Echinacea GreenEnvy honey and hyaluronic acid for added hydration, so your skin never feels stripped. Apply one or two pumps of the night serum all over your face at bedtime, two to three times per week.
The brand's latest launch, this peel delivers pro-level exfoliation at home. Credit a combo of enzymes, lactic acid and fruit alpha hydroxy acids, though unlike many other at-home peels, it also contains soothing ingredients so you don't have to worry about any unsightly irritation. To kick-start your brightening routine, use it three days in a row, then cut down to once a week as maintenance.
Perfect when you need a quick fix, this brightening booster contains salicylic acid to leave skin clearer and more radiant. Also nice: The addition of peptides and antioxidants for long-term anti-aging benefits...and the affordable price tag.