The 16 Best Ways To Even Your Skin Tone


Those freckles that were once adorable when you were young are now simply a sign of your youthful (and current) sun exposure indiscretion. At some point, the same speckles are given the unfortunate name of “dark spots.” Even worse, hyperpigmentation has been called out as the most conspicuous sign that your skin is starting the aging process. While you can certainly seek out the fading power of a dermatologist’s laser, there are also topical remedies to diminish the dark spots. Here, the best of the best when it comes to fading dark spots for good.

Physical exfoliants like gritty scrubs can be too harsh for sensitive skin. Instead, polish away hyper-pigmentation with Glycolic acid. (The word “acid” makes it sound scary, but it’s actually way gentler on your skin.) L’Oréal’s Revitalift Gylcolic Acid Serum contains a potent 10 percent Glycolic acid concentration, the highest amount allowed over the counter. Apply the lightweight (and derm-backed) formula to slough away dead skin cells, revealing clearer, brighter, more evenly-toned skin while you plump fine lines and wrinkles at the same time.

Activated vitamin C works to break up skin discoloration and dark spots, revealing a more even and uniform skin tone. White birch extract restores moisture and boosts collagen production. Dark spots are lightened and your complexion is left hydrated and healthy, too.

Buckle up ’cause we about to get a little science-y. The biomimetic enzyme and plum blossom extract work to lighten stubborn dark spots while the dimethoxytolyl propylresoricnol prevents new spots from appearing. As for the less than fifteen letter chemical side of things? Cucumber and sunflower add a blast of soothing hydration.

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