There are two ways to know if a cleanser can brighten your skin. First, if it literally says "brightening" on the label; or, second, if it has any of these ingredients: kojic acid, vitamin C, or niacinamide.
Because we understand that it can be tedious to look at each label, we decided to round up the best ones we have tried and loved! It's time to bid dark spots, uneven skin tone, and dull complexions goodbye with our list of highly effective facial cleansers.
1. Kojiesan DreamWhite Anti-Aging Soap
Kojic acid is your best bet if you want to brighten your skin tone and fade acne marks! This bar also has collagen and elastin to maintain the skin's elasticity and youthful appearance.
KOJIESAN DreamWhite Anti-aging Soap, P78, Watsons
2. Tony Moly Clean Dew Foam Cleanser in Lemon
The vitamin C in this cleanser clarifies and brightens a dull complexion.
TONY MOLY Clean Dew Foam Cleanser in Lemon, P278, SM Megamall
3. The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam
With rice and soapwort extract, this foam cleanser aims to brighten your complexion with every lather.
THE FACE SHOP Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam, P350, Glorietta
4. Etude House Moistfull White Cushion Cleansing Foam
This one is best for those with sensitive skin because it is free from parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, talc, and artificial color. That said, it does have brightening (niacinamide) and moisturizing (rose canina flower oil and lavandula angustifolia oil) ingredients your skin will love!
ETUDE HOUSE Moistfull White Cushion Cleansing Foam, P628, SM Megamall
5. Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser
Here's a gentle cleanser that lifts dirt and makeup in one go. It also has Fruit Acid Complex that dissolves dead skin cells and brightens a sallow complexion. Jojoba Oil acts as a light moisturizer..
BURT'S BEES Radiance Facial Cleanser, P850, Rustan's The Beauty Source
6. The Body Shop Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Facial Wash
This creamy facial wash leaves your pores clean and soft. It also doesn't strip off your skin's moisture!
THE BODY SHOP Drops of Light Pure Clarifying Facial Wash, P895, Lazada
Fancy a facial on the regular? This cleanser has White Birch and Peony extract to purify the pores, and Pearlstone (an ingredient derived from volcanic ash) to naturally exfoliate the skin.
KIEHL'S Clearly Corrective Exfoliating Cleanser, P1495, Greenbelt 5
8. Origins Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Bright Illuminating Cleanser
Check out this skin-perfecting cleanser that has light-infusing complex to lift dead skin cells and grime, creating a radiant glow.
ORIGINS Dr. Andrew Weil Mega-Bright Illuminating Cleanser, P1950, SM Makati
9. Murad Essential-C Cleanser
Get a derma-worthy treatment right at home with this potent Vitamin C-enriched cleanser. Expect dark spots and discoloration to be gone with daily use!
MURAD Essential-C Cleanser, P1950, Rustan's The Beauty Source
10. Peter Thomas Roth 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser
This cleanser means business: Glycolic acid works to clarify the pores, dislodge dead skin cells, and brighten your skin.
PETER THOMAS ROTH 3% Glycolic Solutions Cleanser, P2100, Freyja Glorietta
*This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.