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Lightening vs Brightening

At the studio, clients emerge with complaints of uneven skin tone, blotches, acne scars and hyperpigmentation around this time of year.

There are a few, normal causes for these conditions.

  • Sun damage

  • Aging

  • Blemishes

  • Genetics

Regardless of your specific concerns, most people need a little lightening and brightening, right now.

Don’t be fooled

Lightening and brightening are very different! ✨ Let’s talk about their differences and the problems they help solve.

Beauty at the Lake Brightening Blog


Think of brightening as an increase of healthy glow and radiance.

Dull, dry, lackluster skin needs brightening and is usually caused by a buildup of dead cells on the skin’s surface (lack of exfoliation.)

Ingredients like:

• Vitamin C

• Retinol

• Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids will brighten your skin and allow your complexion to beam!

In need of some serious brightening? Learn about the Laurel Brightening challenge, here.


Lightening reduces pigmentation, lightens discoloration and evens skin tone by treating hyperpigmentation.

Lightening products reduce the melanin pigmentation which is responsible for the color in your eyes, hair, and skin. These products are best used for a limited period of time.

Melanin inhibitors like:

• Kojic Acid

• Arbutin

• Vitamin C and

• Retinol are used to treat hyperpigmentation and lighten your skin.

Looking for a brightening DIY? Watch Alexandria explain her favorite at home treatment below:

Needing the ultimate brightening treatment? Our Platinum HydraFacial paired with a derma plane and the Brightenol booster is bound to leave you fresh, glowing and ready for a face-forward spring!

Schedule, here: SCHEDULE ONLINE

See you, soon.

Beauty at the Lake

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