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Wrinkles may certainly be annoying, and one of the primary things anti-aging skincare tries to combat, but do you know how much an uneven skin tone ages you visibly? The answer is, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, quite a lot. One of the key features of a face that’s perceived as youthful is an even, consistent complexion, which means you want to deal with any redness, hyper-pigmentation, sunspots, etc, if your goal is a youthful appearance. So then, the question becomes: “how?” That question is exactly what we’re going to spend the rest of this article addressing, so keep reading for a list of some of the best ways to deal with dark spots and uneven skin tone.
When used properly, retinol can speed up your cell turnover rate, meaning the cells with pigment buildup or a reddish, splotchy appearance will more readily get pushed to the surface of your skin and shed, leading to a clear, even complexion. Of course, if you aren’t careful, misusing retinol can just make things worse. Does a mottled, reddened, flaky, and sore face sound appealing? We’re guessing it doesn’t. Retinol is an amazing skincare ingredient, but also a potential irritant. The best way to avoid this is to start with a very small dose of retinol and build up from there, increasing it every week as your skin gets used to it, until you hit your target amount.
One of the best options for dealing with hyper-pigmentation, sunspots, and the like is vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural skin brightener, and will pull out pigmentation from dark spots without affecting the rest of your skin (i.e. it won’t bleach your skin and make everything a shade lighter like skin lighteners do) and unlike many brightening or lightening ingredients, it’s largely considered perfectly safe to apply and side-effect-free.
Consistent exfoliation is also quite helpful in keeping your skin tone even. Simply put, if you rub off the outermost layer of skin cells, you reveal the younger, softer, less damaged ones underneath. If you do this consistently, you can really improve your complexion, just don’t overdo it! Exfoliating once to twice weekly is generally considered best, and stick to once weekly if your skin is particularly sensitive.
More of a preventative measure than a way to deal with discoloration already present, it bears mentioning nonetheless, especially because, once you manage to fix the issue with the above methods (combining all of them will see you with the best results), you’ll surely want to keep your face that way once you get it clear and even. In addition to simply continuing to use retinol and vitamin C in your skincare routine, and exfoliating regularly (but not overdoing it!), you’ll want to use broad spectrum, SPF 30 or higher sunscreen every day, on your face and all exposed skin of your body (yes, this includes your hands, and yes, you should reapply it to your hands after every time you wash them when you’re out and about) every day.
And we really do mean every day. It’s cloudy out? UV rays don’t care, they pierce right through. It’s winter? Again, they don’t care. You may not get a sunburn but the UV rays can still cause damage that builds up overtime. Apply sunscreen. Every day. Period.