Blotchy, discolored skin can be unattractive. You want to present your best face to the world, but that can be difficult if you are dealing with skin issues like uneven skin tone. Many factors can lead to discolored, uneven skin. There are five areas you can focus on when discovering how to even out skin tone. Let’s take a look!
Stay Out of the Sun
It’s always easier to practice prevention than to try and fix a problem once you have it. For even skin tone, prevention means avoiding contributing factors like too much sun exposure especially on delicate areas like your face. It’s best to avoid direct sun exposure during peak hours, from ten a.m. to two p.m. Though, if you can’t stay indoors during this time, it’s important to make sure you wear sunscreen and hats, and stay in the shade when possible. Sun exposure without protection can lead to damage and discoloration. A tan might look nice in the short term, but, ultimately, your tan is physical evidence of skin damage. Over time, this can lead to uneven skin tone.
Use a Daily Moisturizer with an SPF
The sun can age your skin and cause discoloration even at off-peak hours in the dead of winter. It’s important to add a moisturizer with at least a 15 SPF to your daily routine, every day all year long. As soon as you wash your face in the morning, or step out of the shower, make a point to apply the moisturizer. Your skin will retain age defying moisture and be protected from harmful UV rays.
Hydration or lack thereof can really affect the appearance of the skin, especially the skin on your face. To maintain good looking, even skin tone, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. A good moisturizer will help, as mentioned above. But you really want to make sure you are keeping your skin hydrated from the inside out by drinking plenty of water and eating water-rich foods, like fruits and vegetables.
Many people are hesitant to try harsh products on their skin. These products can also be pricey. There are natural ways to even out skin tone by using common products from your own kitchen. Lemon juice, honey, oatmeal and milk are natural items you can apply to your face to keep skin tone even and diminish scars and blemishes.
Commercial Beauty Products
There are also many commercial products sold at your local drug store specifically made to even out skin tone, from toners applied after a face wash to nightly creams and masks. As there are a plethora of options when it comes to beauty creams and over-the-counter remedies, it’s always wise to consult with a local aesthetician or dermatologist who will make a recommendation on what will work best for you.