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If you have dark spots, chances are you’ve done your research on how to get rid of them. While you can’t actually get rid of dark spots, you can help minimize their appearance. But first, a refresher on what can cause dark spots: According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), the most common cause of dark spots is sun damage. That’s because spending extended periods of time in the sun sans protection can lead to visible signs of aging down the road, like dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
And that’s why it’s so important to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher daily as directed, as well as limit your amount of time in the sun (especially during the sun’s peak hours between 10 AM and 2 PM), seek shade, and cover up exposed areas in long sleeves, pants, and a broad-brimmed hat.
If you’re looking for ways to help reduce the look of dark spots, consider adding dark spot corrector to your skin care routine. But what is dark spot corrector exactly? Keep reading to learn what dark spot corrector is, plus find out what else you can do to help minimize the appearance of dark spots (including using skin care products formulated with glycolic acid).
Dark spot corrector is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. Dark spot corrector refers to a skin care product (generally with a serum or moisturizer-like consistency) that can help fade the appearance of dark spots with continued use over time for brighter and more even-looking skin. Typically, you’d apply a dark spot corrector like you would a serum—in between cleansing and moisturizing. Below, we’re sharing our best dark spot corrector and how to use it.
Ready to use a dark spot corrector yourself? The L’Oréal Paris Youth Code™ Dark Spot Correcting & Illuminating Serum Corrector helps improve the overall appearance of your skin with continued use over time. This dark spot corrector works on skin’s surface to help correct and fade the appearance of dark spots for more even-looking and luminous skin. Immediately, skin feels smoother and is visibly more luminous as well as hydrated. With continued use over time, the look of dark spots fades. The luxurious, fast-absorbing and light-infusing dark spot corrector formula gives skin an instantly luminous appearance. Before using moisturizer, apply dark spot corrector over your face morning and night. In the morning, remember to follow up by applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher as directed to help prevent future dark spots.
You may not be able to snap your fingers and see your dark spots disappear—much to our chagrin—but thankfully, you can minimize their appearance over time with a dark spot corrector and a few other effective steps.
According to the AAD, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) like glycolic acid can help exfoliate skin’s surface, which can help improve the appearance of your skin (and your dark spots). Try the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Peel Pads, L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer, and L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, all of which are formulated with glycolic acid. Just keep in mind that AHAs such as glycolic acid can increase your skin’s sun sensitivity, so don't forget to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher as directed and take the other sun protection measures we told you about earlier.
Per the AAD, using skin care products formulated with retinol, an over-the-counter form of vitamin A, can also help to fade the appearance of dark spots. Retinol can be tough on sensitive skin, however, and it can cause your skin to start flaking if not used correctly. For this reason, if you’re battling dark spots, it’s wise to consult a dermatologist who can help you formulate the right skin care plan for your individual needs.
Editor’s note: Curious about retinol? Read our article, How Does Retinol Work?
Since fading your dark spots won’t happen overnight—regardless of the tips you follow and the correctors you use—you may want to learn how to cover them up temporarily. First off, you’ll need to do some slight color-correcting. Grab the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit and use the yellow shade to lightly cover the dark spots you’re looking to conceal. Next, you’ll need a quality, buildable concealer, which will allow you to build up your coverage as much, or as little, as you need. Reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Full Wear Concealer Waterproof, then use a concealer brush (or your fingers) to dab the concealer atop your dark spots until they fade from sight. Finally, layer on a foundation that’s also buildable, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation.
And there you have it: Our guide to dark spot corrector and skin care tips that can help you minimize the appearance of dark spots. What’s next? Tackling another skin care concern, of course! Head on over to our article on, How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags.