Sound familiar? In spite of diligent SPF usage, what was once a mere freckle ten years ago is now a muddy age spot — the result of photoaging, which is really, as one skin expert said recently at a lecture, a scar from UV radiation. Rather frightening, no? Luckily, there are a few tricks to diminishing the appearance of sun on the skin, including Intense Pulsed Light laser treatments, though they’re best left till after the summer. And in the meantime, here are three effective brightening serums to combat the wrong kind of tan.
Some brightening serums do actually lighten the skin (don’t forget a bit of self tanner or bronzer – yes, another step). The good new is that some brands have added anti-aging formulas. Here’s a range of products to test this summer, from the high-tech to the natural.
iS Clinical White Lightening Serum is an anti-aging lightening treatment for discoloration and hyper pigmentation. For even and brighter skin, this serum promises results in 3 months by inhibiting the darkening of spots, as well as by giving a gentle resurfacing to the skin without causing inflammation. It contains Norwegian Sea Kelp extracts and powerful botanical acids.
This Clinique best-seller says results will show in up to 4 weeks. Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector claims to be safe and effective for diminishing age spots, dark spots, and acne scars.
The Apple Brightening Serum from Mychelle is part of their Age Spot/UV Recovery line. Apple stem cells trigger the skin’s natural regenerative process to correct skin tone and defend against photoaging, all while reducing fine lines. Vegan and gluten free.