We all want to even out our skin tone and achieve that perfect, flawless look. But navigating the marketing onslaught from the hundreds of companies that insist their product is the magic pill (or oil, or cream, or food…) is enough to give us wrinkles before our first gray hair shows up. After decades of wading through promised miracles that only left me flat broke or soaked in fruit-based home remedies, I’ve realized that there is no secret to even skin tone. Just the 5 basic steps that dermatologists have been telling us for years.
Water, water, water! Even out from the inside out.
Water is essential to life. It’s also essential to healthy, even skin. Fully hydrated skin begins on the inside, by making sure to drink enough water. According to Dr. Mehmet Oz Keeping the entire body well hydrated helps to reduces the appearance of fine lines on the skin. Six to eight 8 ounce glasses of water is the general recommendation.
Fruits and nuts every day keeps the blotches away.
Foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries, apples, beans, and nuts help produce healthier cells, and skin cells are no exception. Healthy oils and fats, such as those found in pecans, walnuts, peanuts, and coconut also help to strengthen skin while helping to even out skin tone if consumed in responsible portions on a regular basis. A balanced diet that high in antioxidant rich foods will go along way to helping you even out your skin tone.
Wash and exfoliate your skin more often, not more abrasively.
You don’t need to use harsh chemical peels or highly abrasive scrubbing pads to properly clean skin and exfoliate dead skin cells away. Making sure to wash your face and neck twice a day with a basic face wash, such as Oil of Olay facial cleaner, and gentle exfoliating cloth works wonders. I use a washcloth that was crocheted using a double stitch and #12 polished cotton yarn. I have very dry skin that builds up very fast which causes itchy, blotchy spots that look horrible and drive me nuts. This simple combo keeps my skin clear, evened out, and younger looking by just doing it twice a day: Morning and night.
Moisturizers help to even out skin tone by hydrating and protecting.
Not all moisturizers are made equal, but neither is every skin type. Which moisturizer to use varies from person to person, but there are a few basic things to keep in mind when choosing the right moisturizer for you.
The right moisturizer should not feel heavy heavy on the skin, nor interfere with cosmetics when applied over it. It should have an SPF and UVB value of at least 15, and last for at least 8 hours. Making sure to apply moisturizer to your face, neck, and other areas of your body where you want to even out skin tone should also be done at night after washing the day off of your face, not just during the day when you’re off to face the world.
The sun is the devil when it comes to smooth, even skin tone, now and down the road.
Sun protection doesn’t begin and end with sunscreen lotions. It includes wide brimmed hats and sunglasses that cover your entire eye-socket. Long sleeves and pants should be worn over arms and legs when you’re not showing them off. When outside try to stay under awnings or in the dappled light under trees. Nothing will ruin a smooth even appearance faster than a farmers’s tan, and the sun can cause ugly brown and reddish splotches down the road.
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