Since 2016 began just under a week ago, we’re sure you’ve made the usual resolutions to start treating your skin the way it deserves. If so, your journey starts right here on BeautyMNL! For the first Splurge vs. Save of the year, let’s take a look at your new beauty BFF after all those days of vacationing in the sun: a whitening serum. Whitening serums can do more than draw out fairer skin (besides, tan skin is just as gorgeous!). These oil- and water-based treats also lighten dark spots, fade pimple marks, and reduce dullness for a fresh and radiant visage.

Get your glow on with our top skin-lightening picks below!

SPLURGE: Laneige White Plus Renew Original Essence, P2,695 Laneige’s bestselling White Plus Renew Original Essence claims to deliver a fairer, smoother complexion in just two weeks. It lightens skin tone by slowing down the production of melanin—also known as the chemical responsible for deepening the pigmentation of skin. This milky essence also moisturizes and evens out skin tone while brightening from within. The close to three-grand price tag might weigh heavy on the wallet, but if that’s what will give us that coveted Korean glow? Take our money now.

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SAVE: It’s Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector, now on sale at P685 If splurging less often is one of your New Year resolutions, we’ve got you covered! For close to a quarter of the price, the top-rated Power 10 Formula WH Effector by It’s Skin is a K-beauty crowd favorite that won’t disappoint. Using arbutin and morus alba, this oil-based essence likewise inhibits melanin production to bring down dark pigmentation. Each dermatologist-tested drop is free from alcohol and colorants, so this formula is fine for sensitive skin types. On top of that, it’s designed to moisturize and “plump” a sallow complexion that needs to bounce back from fatigue. That’s a whole lotta promises from this petite glass vial! Nab it now for only P685.

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What’s your illuminating pick for the new year: Laneige’s super serum or It’s Skin’s potent potion?

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