Skin-brightening products can take a few weeks to take effect and, sometimes, you just want some instant gratification. Apply this primer before foundation – its golden tone and light-reflecting pigments soften the appearance of dark spots.
£21, Bare Minerals, boots.com
This gets to work slowing the production of melanin, one of the main causes of pigmentation, and also reduces acne scars and uneven patches. Ultra-pure Icelandic water, herbs and berries help to de-stress and stabilise the skin.
£39.50, Skyn Iceland, marksandspencer.com
The celebrity’s favourite dermatologist believes effective skincare should be accessible to all, hence his high-performance range of products at high-street prices. This cream contains nine powerful ingredients that tame melanin production over a period of four weeks.
£18.99, Dr Nick Lowe, boots.com
Instead of focusing on melanin as the key cause of pigmentation, Lancôme believes that it is actually cells in the dermis that are to blame for dark spots and an uneven complexion, and has tailored its findings to three skin-tones.
£69, Lancôme, available nationwide
Dr Weil believes that skin-irritation activates melanin production, which then leads to pigmentation patches. He’s employed the fruit of the Rosa Roxburghii bush, native to Asia, which is packed with anti-irritant properties as well as anti-oxidant vitamin C.
£46, Dr Andrew Weil for Origins, origins.co.uk
This multi-talented serum employs botanical actives to slow down the maturation of the melanin that leads to age spots, apple extract to lock in moisture, and a collection of plant proteins to increase cell turnover and soften skin.
François Nars believes that make-up looks at its best when applied to glowing, hydrated skin. He has combined powerful vitamin C with algae extract, Polynesian seawater, and light-active micro-prisms to even out skin tone.
£50, NARSskin, uk.spacenk.com
First, apply the almond, oat and honey scrub to slough off dull, dead skin. Next, apply a lemon gel, which is packed with fruit acids to refine and firm the texture of the skin. Finally, a chamomile mask plumps and soothes.
£30 for 6 sachets, Ole Henriksen, johnlewis.co.uk
Under-eye circles can bring even the brightest of complexions down a notch. This serum uses mulberry root extract to brighten the surface of the skin and a cooling applicator to stimulate circulation, resulting in perkier peepers.
£28, Clinique, clinique.co.uk
The perfect pick-me-up to reach for any time you feel that your face is flagging. While the formula’s tightening and lifting effect wakes up a tired complexion, pearlescent spheres give an instant, brightening hit.
£12, Soap&Glory, boots.com