After having kids in my late 20s and early 30s, I developed some brown spots on my forehead. Although I never had trouble with acne, my skin wasn’t quite as clear as it was a decade ago. Yet, these five methods have helped even out my skin tone.
Sunscreen is the most important weapon against wrinkles, sunspots and overall skin clarity. I wear a moisturizer with at least an SPF 30 year round (unless I’m sick in bed). When I’m going to be outside for prolonged periods of time, I use sunblock with zinc oxide. According to Cosmopolitan, “the best formulas contain physical blockers” such as “titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.”
We know vitamin C is good for our bodies. However, applied topically, it can also, according to dermatology professor Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko, “improve some signs of aging, including fine lines, uneven pigmentation, skin tone and texture.” Typically, the vitamin C is most potent when combined with other ingredients. However, topical use of vitamin c can cause skin irritation. Since I have sensitive skin, I always do a patch test. I have found that Murad’s Active Radiance Serum helps even out my skin tone and improve clarity.
BB or CC Cream
I don’t wear a lot of makeup. However, I typically wear some sort of makeup that helps even out my skin tone. BB (Beauty Balm) creams and CC (color correcting) creams are multitasking makeup. In my experience, they provide slightly more coverage than tinted moisturizer but feel lighter than foundation. I have tried quite a few. The good news is, there are so many different formulas, you can find one that suits your skin color and type. In general, they help cover up dark spots and redness while minimizing pores. I’m currently using Clinique’s moisture surge CC cream with SPF 30. I also often use a tinted moisturizer all over my face and then the CC cream on my problem areas. The results are amazing. However, it’s a good idea to go into the makeup counter and test some out on your skin. After all, you don’t want makeup that is too light or too dark for your complexion.
I believe that diet is one of the most important ways to help your skin. Foods rich in beta carotene, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin e and selenium are great for helping your complexion be beautiful. According to Sue Moores, RD, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, selenium helps to “promote an even skin tone.” Selenium can be found in snapper, brazil nuts and sunflower seeds (among many other foods).
Exfoliation helps remove dead skin cells. It also sweeps away impurities and provides you with a smooth canvas to apply makeup. Many exfoliating products don’t need to be used everyday. In fact, this could irritate your sensitive skin. I like Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel because it doesn’t bother my skin.
These five methods have helped me even out my skin tone.
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