Years of being in the sun can cause some uneven skin tones, as can some poor beauty routines. Almost everyone gets some “age spots” as they get older.
First, have a good beauty routine. That means washing off your makeup at night and wearing a nighttime moisturizer, if you have dry skin. Dry skin can cause a blotchy, uneven skin tone. I use Garnier’s Skin Renew Dark Spot Corrector, to minimize the damage done by aging and being in the sun.
Use a mild soap and water routine twice a day. I never use and never have used astringent. I use Camay soap, the original pink bar. It’s hard to find now, but I recommend it. You can still purchase it at online drug stores.
After your morning shower and washing your face, apply an under-makeup moisturizer. I use Neutrogena’s Oil Free Moisture for Sensitive Skin. While your skin is still moist, but not wet with moisturizer (about the time it takes to get dressed), apply your make-up.
I begin with Maybelline cover stick to cover blemishes and under eye darkness. Use just a dab and really blend it in to the surrounding area. Too much on a blemish makes a person look like they have a pox, and too much under the eyes can give a raccoon look. It’s easy to blend, if you followed the moisturizer tip above.
My next step, which is vital to evening out skin tones, is to apply a good foundation in a color very close to your main skin tone. If you go too dark, you will look toasted. If you go too light, you will look like a vampire. I chose Revlon’s Colorstay makeup. It’s a “non-transferring” foundation; that means it does not rub off on your clothing or on someone else. It evens out my skin tones. Make sure to blend it down into your neck until you cannot see a line between skin with and without makeup.
I finish by using one light coating of Neutrogena’s Mineral Sheers, powder foundation. It is SPF 20, so it protects my skin from further sun damage. I use the least amount of color in this I can get. I top off my beauty routine with a bit of eyeliner, and some blush. Less really is more.
This routine has worked for me. I am over 60, but people do not believe it. My skin is better than many who are 20 years younger than me. It helps that I neither drink nor smoke. Both can make skin discolored. Good habits, good make up, and good routines all help.