Even, luminous skin is one of the most frequent requests on beauty wish lists. While lots of skincare claims to brighten, few active ingredients are sufficiently targeted to make a meaningful impact on the effect of years of sun exposure or to counteract the genetic tendency towards hyperpigmentation. Dr. Noëlle Sherber found these two products to be an ideal pairing since they’re a delight to apply and deliver visible results when combined… we think you’ll love these bright stars, too.

This serum is a true French beauty secret, and is Caudalie's most popular product internationally for good reason. Drs. Sherber and Rad recommended it in Vogue as an ideal anti-inflammatory fix for sunburn since its powerful antioxidants minimize DNA damage from UV exposure and its alcohol-free and oil-free formulation never stings even the most sensitized skin. Caudalie's clinical study demonstrated an 83% decrease in pigmentation of dark spots in the 60 subjects they studied who applied this product over 3 months. The active ingredient, viniferine, is a patented antioxidant sourced from grapevines.  It pairs perfectly with Caudalie Cell Renewal Night Cream overnight, and Dr. Sherber recommends mixing it into SkinMedica Lytera 2.0 for a serum synergy of brighteners.

This serum is a true French beauty secret, and is Caudalie’s most popular product internationally for good reason. Powerful antioxidant viniferine, sourced from grapevines, minimizes DNA damage from UV exposure. The milky alcohol-free and oil-free formulation never stings even the most sensitized skin. The silky serum is fast-absorbing and deeply active in the skin rather than many antioxidants that only act on the skin’s surface. Caudalie’s clinical study demonstrated an 83% decrease in pigmentation of dark spots in the 60 subjects they studied who applied this product over 3 months. Dr. Sherber recommended this product in Vogue (“After Burn,” April 2013) when discussing how to repair skin damage after sunburn: “To help prevent future wrinkles and dark spots, Sherber suggests applying a topical antioxidant daily until the sunburn is a distant memory. She keeps Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum in her fridge as it has ‘potent antioxidants from grapevines in a nonstinging, gentle milky formulation.'”

Lytera 2.0 is a state of the art brightening serum that demonstrated improvement in dark spots and uneven pigmentation as soon as 2 weeks with benefits becoming more dramatic at 12 weeks in clinical studies.  It features tranexamic acid, a non-hydroquinone non-retinoid active ingredient that has been garnering global interest as a topical brightener after improvement was noted in patients who received it systemically to stop bleeding due to surgery or trauma.  This formula combines it with phytic acid and niacinamide for a synergistic pigment lightening effect, and has the added advantage of incorporating ingredients that are considered to be in pregnancy-safe teratogenicity categories so this is a good option for those looking for a treatment option for melasma or sun spots while pregnant.  Lytera was tested with twice-daily full face application and we recommend this for best results, in combination with broad spectrum sun protection, although this can also be applied in combination with other skin brighteners once your skin acclimates to your regimen.

Lytera 2.0 is a state of the art brightening serum that which won a 2018 InStyle Best Beauty Buy award, for which Dr. Sherber is on the expert panel, as “Best Discoloration Treatment.” The non-hydroquinone serum features tranexamic acid, a non-retinoid active ingredient that sparked global interest for pigment lightening after improvement was noted in patients who received it intravenously to stop bleeding in surgery. This sheer gel combines it with phytic acid and niacinamide for a synergistic effect, and is categorized as pregnancy-safe. Dr. Sherber explains, “Lytera 2.0 was tested with twice-daily full face application and demonstrated clinically and statistically significant improvement in dark spots and uneven pigmentation as soon as 2 weeks, with benefits becoming more dramatic at 12 weeks in clinical studies. This product should always be used in combination with broad spectrum sun protection, ideally with a mineral sunscreen to protect against visible as well as UV light for the best defense against hyperpigmentation. I often recommend mixing this with Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum for adding antioxidant protection and boosted brightening power: my patients love the results and experience of combining these two superstar products!”