The secret to making your skin glow without the help of the sun? A vitamin C-packed, fruit acid-rich, hydrating, and renewing product. We’ve rounded up the best masks, serums, and creams that will make your skin so bright, it’ll rival your summer glow.
Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask ($55)
Want to fight fine lines and brighten your complexion? The four acids—lactic, citric, glycolic, tartaric—in Ren’s 10-minute mask do both.
SK-II Brightening Derm Revival Mask ($160 for 10)
SK-II’s cloth masks are soaked in a mix of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to instantly renew, hydrate, and brighten your face.
Renee Rouleau Vitamin C and E Treatment ($64)
If vitamin C tends to irritate your sensitive skin, try Renee Rouleau’s formula. The light lotion-meets-serum formula fades dark spots and brightens skin while being incredibly gentle.
Lancome Energie De Vie Dullness Relief and Energy Recharge Daily Cream ($55)
Inspired by the effectiveness of Asian botanicals, Lancome’s daily moisturizer hydrates and softens skin while brightening, thanks to numerous root extracts.
Murad Environmental Shield Advanced Active Radiance Serum ($89)
Help reverse signs of environmental damage—brown spots, dryness—with the powerful complex of vitamin C, ectoine, and alpha hydroxyl acids in Murad’s daily serum.
Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum ($85)
Peter Thomas Roth’s serum harnesses the brightening properties of the Amazonian camu camu fruit: the berry is incredibly high in vitamins A, C, D and E.
Philosophy Microdelivery Triple Acid Brightening Peel ($69 for 12)
Philosophy’s weekly brightening peel makes skin fresh and radiant, thanks to a three-berry formula and mandelic, phytic and azelaic acids.
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation ($45)
If your main goal is to fade brown spots, try Ole Henriksen’s formula. The oil-free, lightweight lotion has licorice extract and vitamin C, plus a calming blend of sandalwood, geranium, and chamomile.
Physicians Formula Aging Dark Spot Corrector and Skin Brightener ($22)
Our top drugstore pick? Physicians Formula’s serum evens skintone and fades dark spots with a peptide blend, extracts, and a unique ocean complex.