Brightening Lotions: Combating Dark Spots, Freckles, and Uneven Skin Tone

Summer is all about accomplishing a sun-kissed golden hue, but sometimes the season leaves you dealing with sprinkles of dark spots on your face. If this sounds like you, you might be suffering from hyperpigmentation.

The term hyperpigmentation can refer to sunspots, liver spots, and dark freckles, as well as larger areas of discolouration caused by excess melanin production. If this is causing you some worry this season, you’re not alone: 43 percent of women share your concern.

Many women over 40 see hyperpigmentation in their face, shoulders, chest, and back. This is because the UV rays emitted by the sun and tanning beds thicken the outer layer of skin and induce production of melanin pigment. But other factors, like menopause, birth control, or estrogen fluctuations during pregnancy, can also cause pesky pigmentation.

You may only be thinking of how to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines, but an uneven skin tone can also add years to your face. That’s because uneven skin doesn’t reflect light well and can make your skin look dull. If you want to maintain youthful-looking skin (and honestly, who doesn’t?), then having an evenly coloured complexion – free of dark spots and dark freckles – should be one of your top skin care goals.

If you’re starting to see those annoying dark spots on your skin, here’s what you can do to fight them:

1. Always wear sunscreen. It’s much easier to prevent uneven skin than it is to treat it.

2. Dark spots on your face are tricky to conceal with make-up, but Clarins’ HP Brightening Hydrating Day Lotion SPF 20 is an oil-free lotion that illuminates the skin and helps correct dark spots, freckles, and uneven skin tones. It also moisturizes your skin and shields it from UV rays and other environmental aggressors. The main active ingredient here is sea lily, a white flower that reduces dark spots and prevents new ones from forming.

3. If you’re looking for a speedy solution for stubborn dark spots, talk to your dermatologist. Some more aggressive options include chemical peels and laser treatments.

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