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Can I use a cream to brighten my complexion?

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The question

I would like to find a cream to brighten up my face. Do you have a suggestion that doesn't require a visit to the doctor?

The answer

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If you're looking to brighten up your complexion at home, you need to incorporate exfoliation into your skin-care routine. Getting rid of dead skin regularly will help remove layers of buildup that often make your complexion look tired and dull. You may think you don't have the time, but you don't have to make it a daily event, as excessive exfoliation can end up irritating your skin.

A great weekly treatment is Philosophy's Microdelivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel. The premoistened pads will also brighten any discoloration caused by sun damage.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV. Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

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