The Brightening Serum You Need In Your Morning Routine

I saw this meme a while back and it had a picture of Nick Carter from the 90’s with his typical boy band blonde mushroom hair and it read “If your boy crush had this haircut - it’s time for an eye cream” and nothing has ever resonated with me more. Also, it reminded me of how long ago middle school was and how much I loved plastering my school binder with magazine cut outs of the Backstreet Boys from Tiger Beat magazine. Please tell me you did that also and know what I’m talking about so I don’t feel like a total dinosaur….OK the point of my story is that it got me thinking about being in my thirties and the importance of skincare. You guys know I’m all about my skin these days and am constantly on the hunt for ways to straight up Benjamin Button my skin’s aging process. I made a new addition to my morning routine, and while this serum won’t bring back your middle school boy-crush days, it just might make your skin look like it did back then.


As I mentioned before, I’ve started using the CEO serum in the morning. A little while back, I wrote a post about the FAB Skin Lab Resurfacing Liquid that I use and a few of you asked if this has replaced it. The FAB Skin is an exfoliant of sorts, while this is just a good old serum, so they actually have two completely different purposes. I am still just as obsessed with the Resurfacing Liquid and I continue to use it at night. If you want to read more about the difference between the two, I linked the post here.

This new Sunday Riley serum is the first thing I put on my face in the morning. I use about 2 pumps after coming out of the shower in the morning, before I moisturize and apply my sunscreen. I give it a few seconds to absorb into my skin, which it does very quickly, before moving on to the rest of my routine. It smells so amazing, like a burst of oranges, and is a great pick-me-up in the morning. Something about the smell of oranges just really energizes me and wakes me up. I’m always skeptical of products that have “instant results” or people who say they saw a difference overnight….it’s just not realistic. Good things take time, people. But I will say that after applying this stuff on my skin for about a month now, I can definitely see and feel a difference. It’s my secret for looking like I just had a facial and a really long night’s sleep….even though it’s been way too long since I’ve had either!

I started using the Sunday Riley CEO Rapid Flash Brightening Serum after reading about it’s ingredients and a bunch of reviews about it online. I’m always cautious when incorporating new products into my routine because it takes a very delicate and precise balance to keep my skin happy and healthy. The CEO Brightening Serum is packed with Vitamin C, which is essential for our skin’s production and maintenance of collagen. The antioxidants in Vitamin C also help neutralize free radicals that can cause damage over time and result in sagging and wrinkled skin. While I like to think I’m still a while away from sagging skin, it’s never too early to start taking care of your skin. There are plenty of ways to increase your Vitamin C intake, but topical application directly to your skin will maximize results and help you keep that youthful glow.


I’ll admit it’s a little on the pricier side for it’s size - $85.00 for 30mL, but well worth the money in my opinion. If you’re struggling with dark spots and dull skin and looking for a simple solution, I would highly recommend using this in addition to a moisturizer and see how it works for you. If you want to be sure before making the investment, go to Sephora and ask them for a bunch of small samples and use it for a couple weeks. Sephora’s return policy is also pretty great if you happen to purchase it and then find that it’s not for you. The other great news is that this product is made for all skin types. If your skin is on the dry side, it will trap in the moisture and act as a second layer of hydration. If you have more oily skin, I would recommend only using 1 pump and using a smaller amount of moisturizer, so as not to overload your skin.

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