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Bright Horizons: Origins Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum

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I get a lot of compliments on my complexion but, truth be told, my skin would look way better had I taken the necessary precautions when I was younger. See, when it comes to blemishes, I’ve always been the type who couldn’t leave well enough alone. In my pubescent years (which seem eons away at this point! lol), my mom would catch me trying to pick at any emerging pimples, and she’d yell for me to stop, at times even slapping my hand away. And, even though mama knew best, I just couldn’t stand to look at any pimples on my face, and so I’d sneak into the bathroom, lock the door, and squeeze those unwelcome bumps with a frantic vigor. The sad part is that, while I derived some instant gratification from popping these suckers, I was oftentimes left with dark brown spots that no astringent or blemish treatment could erase. Talk about vanity run amok.

Aside from great moisturizers and cleansers, then, I’m always on the hunt for serums and treatments meant to address uneven skin tones and diminish the appearance of dark spots, scars, and discolorations. Thus far, only a few products have truly met my expectations — among them Origins’ A Perfect World Antioxidant Moisturizer With White Tea and Awake’s Nano White Lotion. Imagine how happy I was, then, when I discovered the new, incredibly effective Origins Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum, which specifically caters to people with dull or uneven skin.

This lightweight serum, which includes a mix of botanical ingredients, relies on a six-step process to clarify and brighten the skin. First, it relies on rosemary extract to ward off any skin stress agents that could lead to the formation of future dark spots. Second, ingredients like peony root extract, burnet extract, Japanese basil leaf and chamomile all soothe the skin — which is incredibly important since stress can lead to irritation which, in turn, can increase unnecessary melanin production. Next, yeast extract works to break apart existing spots so that the color seems more evenly distributed and hence less visible to the eye. Scutellaria root extract and apple extract protect the skin from future discoloration by regulating the melanin production at the cellular level. Sunflower seed extract and Cucumber extract repair the skin’s moisture barrier, locking in hydration, which also helps to prevent any further discoloration. Lastly, a gentle desquamator derived from Salicylic Acid helps to slough off the top, darkened layer of skin and reveal a newer, fresher layer.

I’ve had amazing results with this product. I use it in the morning and evening time, before moisturizing, and I’ve noticed that, in just over a month, my skin tone looks way more even. Some of the smaller dark spots around my chin actually look like they’ve shrank a bit, which pleases me to no end. It’s a new staple in my beauty routine — I think I’d even feel a little lost without it!

Origins Brighter By Nature Skin Tone Correcting Serum, $39.50. Visit Origins.com

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