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An uneven skin tone may be your only skin concern, but that doesn’t mean it’s an easy one to address. In fact, truly having the look of an even skin tone can be one of the more difficult skin care goals to accomplish. While genetics can play a role, there are other external and internal factors that might contribute to the appearance of an uneven skin tone. Here, get three common causes and skin care tips that may be able to help smooth out the look of unevenness over time.
Uneven skin tone cause #1: Years of sun exposure. Surely you have heard it before and it’s true, the sun’s rays can cause visible damage to your skin especially if it is left unprotected. UV rays can leave behind more permanent marks than just a temporary sunburn, as it is also one of the main contributing factors to an uneven skin tone. Daily SPF application with broad spectrum protection is really your first and best line of defense.
Uneven skin tone cause #2: Daily toxin build up on your skin’s surface. Your daily environment can leave your skin vulnerable to free radical damage. Oxidative stress can become another external factor that contributes to the appearance of an uneven skin tone. Skin care formulas with antioxidant protection, containing ingredients like vitamins C and E, may help reduce some oxidative stress on your skin.
Uneven skin tone cause #3: The passage of time. Your skin may become patchy and uneven over time simply due to the natural skin aging process. Skin care products formulated with retinoids can help smooth out your skin’s appearance. Glycolic acid skin care products can also help: the chemical exfoliant promotes the sloughing-off of dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, which can help improve the appearance of skin’s tone. Botanical ingredients like kojic acid derived from fungi and azelaic acid (AzA) derived from wheat, rye, and barley may also help smooth out the look of an uneven skin tone.
To get the look of a more even skin tone remember to shield your skin from harmful UV rays with SPF on a daily basis, provide extra protection to your skin from free radicals with antioxidant formulated skin care products and address existing areas of uneven skin tone with skin care products that are formulated with either topical retinoids, glycolic acid, azelaic acid or kojic acid.