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12 Brightening Creams That Work So You Won't Have to Hide in the Dark

Bright skin for brighter days.

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Dull, hyperpigmented and uneven skin can be quite a damper on your mood. Whether you're looking to reduce the appearance of age spots or simply to improve the overall radiance of your skin, brightening creams can certainly make enough of a difference to help you shine. Here are some of the best ones in Malaysia to get you started on your journey to bright, glowing skin.


RM 45

The Biotique Advanced Ayurveda Bio Coconut cream is purely made of natural ingredients. Using innovative technology from Switzerland, it helps to fade hyperpigmented spots on the skin. The main ingredients are pure virgin coconut, dandelion and manjishtha, which, with regular use, leads to visible and significant brightening of the skin.

SUNDAY RILEY Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream

RM 91.00
2. SUNDAY RILEY Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
Best for hyperpigmentation - suitable for combination skin

This cream is perfect for those with combination skin types. Containing both the hydrating elements of hyaluronic acid as well as the skin-smoothening and exfoliating properties of papaya enzymes, this keeps the skin at its optimal moisture level. Simultaneously, alpha-arbutin acts to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmented spots, creating a complexion that is visibly more radiant.

MAMONDE Pure White Ultra Active Cream

RM 150.00
3. MAMONDE Pure White Ultra Active Cream
Best Korean skin brightening cream

Korean skincare products tend to place a lot of emphasis on radiant and hydrated skin. This cream by Mamonde is no exception, employing the help of white magnolia buds to retain and repair the skin's moisture barrier while also lightening the skin tone, effectively reducing the appearance of dull skin, and giving it a natural glow that contributes to younger-looking skin.

SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer

RM 91.00
4. SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer
Best Vitamin C face cream - without hydroquinone

SUNDAY RILEY's C.E.O. C + E Antioxidant Protect + Repair Moisturizer is equipped with the help of ingredients such as vitamin C, lime pearl extract and exopolysaccharides to fight against external  pollutants. Vitamin C in particular, helps to brighten the skin tone and deliver anti-oxidant protection against premature skin aging. The result is hydrated and youthful skin, without the use of parabens, sulfates, phthalates or hydroquinones.

Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Eye Cream 15ML

RM 26.9
5. Simple Regeneration Age Resisting Eye Cream 15ML
Best cheap drugstore brightening eye cream - for sensitive skin

Thankfully, you can make your skin shine without paying the price of diamonds. This eye cream by Simple shows your skin, particularly the fragile area around the eyes, much needed love to keep it looking young and refreshed. The four nourishing ingredients, such as anti-aging green tea, skin refining mushroom extract, and soothing Oat-beta Glucan and allantoin help to reduce puffiness while various vitamins act to keep the skin sufficiently hydrated.

FRESH Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream

RM 219.00
6. FRESH Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream
Best brightening moisture cream - suitable for dry skin

Fresh’s Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream uses a unique Super 7 Complex consisting of 7 powerful anti-aging ingredients: lotus flower extract from Laos to fight free radicals that causes wrinkles, blue-green algae to reduce the appearance of premature aging, hibiscus and fig fruit extracts to preserve optimal moisture levels, vitamins C and E to protect and soften skin, and vegetable glycerol to retain moisture. All in all, these ultimately lead to soft and healthy skin.

IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream Oil-Free Matte with SPF 40

RM 178.00

This CC cream was developed with the help of plastic surgeons, resulting in a product that is not only full coverage and lasting, but also protective of the skin. It offers a whopping SPF 40 broad-spectrum sun protection, and also features other skin-loving ingredients like detoxifying charcoal, oil-regulating colloidal clay, blemish-busting tea tree as well various anti-aging agents such as collagen, niacin and many others. Plus, it has a pretty wide range of shades to choose from.

PHILOSOPHY Renewed Hope In A Jar Gel Cream For Oily Skin

RM 169.00

This cream by Philosophy has been specially created with oily skin types in mind. With a light gel-cream texture and oil-free formula, the product glides effortlessly over the skin and delivers ingredients that aid in skin renewal such as skin conditioning amino acids. These don’t only hydrate but also exfoliates the skin for a softer and smoother appearance. A triple blend of alpha hydroxy acids also reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines. 

VMV Hypoallergenics Re-Everything Face, Hand & Body Lotion 185ml

RM 248.00

This anti-aging cream seems to work for all purposes. Its formula is packed with antioxidants from green tea and rice phytic acid, and not only eliminates skin spots but brightens the overall complexion of the skin too. Skipping all potential irritants like fragrances, parabens and allergens, this cream suits  and thrives on all kinds of skin conditions.

Neutrogena Fine Fairness Overnight Brightening Cream

RM 60.78
10. Neutrogena Fine Fairness Overnight Brightening Cream
Best overnight brightening cream

There is no way to run from the city's stress and pressure, however, you can stay away from dull and tired skin that's caused by it with this brightening cream from Neutrogena. The cream is designed to tone, moisturise and improve your skin texture while you're asleep.

Its Healthy White Complex is made out of White Lily Extract, Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 to target dark spots and brightens your skin tone. Additionally, this cream is infused with vitamins, to regenerate and rehydrate skin cells, boosting your skin barrier to promote translucent fair skin.

VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Illuminants+ Cream: Primary Brilliance Treatment

RM 432.00

Melasma is a common type of hyperpigmentation involving dark patches on the skin. This treatment cream from VMV Hypoallergenics uses Kojic acid, a powerful skin brightening agent that is gentler on the skin compared to hydroquinone, to lighten dark spots and areas of redness. At the same time, vitamin C, green tea and rice phytic acid repair damaged skin and aid in cell renewal.

Eve Lom Brightening Cream

RM 541.00
Best face cream for skin pigmentation
Eve Lom
12. Eve Lom Brightening Cream
Best face cream for skin pigmentation

Eliminate dark spots, dull skin and premature ageing with Eve Lom’s Brightening Cream. The key ingredient, Dermapep, is a strong brightener that inhibits the production of melanin to prevent the formation of dark spots. It also contains Chinese root extract, Abyssinian oil and rose otto oil that helps fight free radicals, lift and nourish the skin for younger and softer skin.

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