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A flawless-looking complexion is what we all hope for,, but may sometimes seem unachievable. One skin care product you may be neglecting in your quest to faultless skin? A dark spot corrector! Although you can’t snap your fingers and get rid of dark spots (cue sad trombone), there are steps you can take in your skin care routine to help diminish their appearance, such as using a dark spot corrector. Keep reading to learn what causes dark spots and how to put our best dark spot corrector to use. Plus, stick around for more skin care tips and skin care product recommendations to help reduce the look of dark spots.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, dark spots can appear on all skin types—and the main cause of dark spots is sun damage. Yep, when you spend time in the sun sans protection, this can lead to the appearance of visible signs of aging down the road, such as dark spots and fine lines and wrinkles.
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.
Without further ado, our best dark spot corrector is the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives 10% Pure Glycolic Acid Serum. This face serum is formulated with glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) recognized by dermatologists as an effective resurfacing agent for younger-looking skin. This daily use glycolic acid serum is specially blended with aloe, which is renowned for its soothing benefits. Immediately, skin feels smoother and visibly refined. In one week, skin is resurfaced and younger-looking. Over time, skin tone is more visibly even, and dark spots and wrinkles are visibly reduced. Sign us up! The formula is also fragrance-free, paraben-free, mineral oil-free, and dye-free. Basically, it's dark spot kryptonite.
Looking to add a dark spot corrector to your skin care routine? Apply our dark spot corrector to your complexion every night, smoothing it over cleansed skin before moisturizing. Apply four to five drops to clean, dry skin before following with the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Dual Overnight Moisturizer. For sensitive skin, start by using two to three times per week and build to nightly use.
Editor’s note: Products with glycolic acid may increase photosensitivity, so apply L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Day Lotion SPF 30 the morning after use.
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 tips.
Per the AAD, using skin care products formulated with retinol, an over-the-counter form of vitamin A, can 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 Do Retinol and Other Retinoids Work?
Our dark spot corrector resurfaces your skin for you, but it doesn't hurt to reiterate the importance of exfoliation. According to the AAD, chemical peels containing glycolic and salicylic acid can help exfoliate skin’s surface and reduce the appearance of dark spots with continued use over time. To up your exfoliation game, look for a facial cleanser that contains glycolic acid, such as the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser. Formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls, this scrub cleanser helps exfoliate dullness and impurities from the surface of skin and helps improve the appearance of skin tone with continued use over time.
As much effort as you may put into minimizing the appearance of dark spots, in a pinch, you may also want to know how to cover them up. That’s when a color-correcting concealer could come in handy. This will all make sense if you use your knowledge of the color wheel. (Quick, think back to those art classes you took in elementary school.) Dark spots can have a bluish hue, and since blue sits across from orange on the color wheel, shades of orange can be used to neutralize the appearance of dark spots. Pretty neat!
The L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Color Correcting Crayon comes in three different colors that work to hide dark spots: peach for fair to light skin tones, bisque for light to medium skin tones, and orange for medium to deep skin tones. Select your match and start covering up!
Editor’s note: Want to know more about color correcting? Learn about all the ways you can use color correctors in our article, Your Guide to Color Correcting.
If you’re trying to make your dark spots go completely undercover, follow color-correcting concealer with a full-coverage foundation. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation is a prime pick, as it offers long-lasting, heavy-duty coverage.
And there you have it: Our guide to dark spot corrector, plus skin care and makeup 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.
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