If you suffer from sun damage or hyperpigmentation, fret no longer (it causes wrinkles!). These five creams will help brighten your complexion and remove dark spots.
If you spent your summer baking under the sun but now you have unwanted brown spots on your skin, philosophy’s Miracle Worker Dark Spot Corrector is the perfect remedy. Miracle Worker has brightening technology that improves skin discolouration that can be caused by aging, acne scarring and sun damage. The brighteners work at different levels of the skin without the help of hydroquinone–meaning it’s safe for those with sensitive skin and different skin tones. It also contains retinoids, which is an anti-aging ingredient. Expect improved skin tone and discolouration, and a brighter complexion. It also addresses fine lines. $81at Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Nip + Fab Pigmentation Fix is perfect if you’re noticing brown spots that are caused by a hormonal imbalance. Pigmentation Fix combines Illumiscin, which targets age spots, Vitamin C to improve skin tone, and olive leaf tree extract to brighten skin. It penetrates deep into the skin’s outer layers to give you a youthful complexion. Apply Pigmentation Fix at night to cleansed skin but make sure to apply a moisturizer after because brightening creams often dry out skin. $15.85 at Nip + Fab.
Brighteners can really dry out skin and can be quite uncomfortable to use, but Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is dermatologist-developed and is safe and comfortable to use. A lot of brighteners aren’t created for darker skin tones but Even Better is safe for those with darker complexions. It’s not only perfect to use on your face, but can also be applied to chest and backs of hands. $63 at Clinique counters.
Laboratoire Dr. Renaud’s Radiance White Brightening Essence – Dark Blemishes may just be the strongest brightener in the bunch. It’s formulated with Laser C Complex to reduce the appearance of brown spots and leaves your skin looking healthy and younger. It’s safe for all skin types, even those with sensitive skin. Unlike the other serums, which can be used all over the face, Radiance White is used locally on the affected areas only. Use it morning and night on cleansed skin and dab it in gently with fingertips. Let it dry completely before applying moisturizer or makeup. Bonus: The metal container comes with a white pouch to protect it from sun and breakage. $77.95 at ldrenaud.com.
Yes To Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum can be worn under your daily moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone. Formulated with mulberry fruit, white tea, and grapefruit, which revitalizes and lightens skin damaged by the sun, acne scars or hormones. It also has anti-aging benefits, firming and brightening skin. Unlike most brighteners, Yes To Grapefruit is 99% natural, petroleum and paraben free, and is against animal testing. Apply a thin layer to cleansed skin twice daily to your face and neck. $20.99 at Shopper’s Drug Mart