How to Even Your Skin Tone in 4 Easy Steps

If you are looking for a quick fix How to Even Your Skin Tone, look no further. You can use these 4 easy steps to change the appearance of your skin tone in less than 15 minutes.
Step 1: Cleanse – Wash your face with a cleanser that contains alpha-hydroxy acids and salicylic acid to remove dirt and oil from pores. Step 2:Exfoliate- Use an exfoliant scrub or loofah sponge to slough off dead cells on the surface of your skin which will help brighten it up by removing any hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure. Step 3: Moisturize- Apply moisturizer over the entire face after cleansing, this helps keep moisture in the outer layer of skin.

Who doesn’t want a perfectly smooth, even skin tone? And while some are genetically predisposed to that sought-after glow, most of us just aren’t. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t attainable; it just takes the right products and routine to get you there.

We enlisted top dermatologist Mona Gohara to share her secrets on how to get even skin tone once and for all. Continue reading below for the best tips, tricks, and secrets to getting an even skin tone.

First things first: what is an uneven skin tone?

Before we get down and dirty, let’s first explain what uneven skin tone truly is. Uneven skin tone can appear in many ways, but ultimately it refers to when the skin has some type of hyperpigmentation that appears as blotchiness, spots or uneven texture. Meaning rather than one universal, even tone across your face, there may be some brown spots or redness popping up here and there (think age spots, blemishes, or sun spots).

What causes uneven skin tone, and how can you prevent it?

While we’d like to point the finger at just one bad guy, there are actually many culprits that cause uneven skin tone. One big factor is acne and acne scarring, says Gohara. Both can create discoloration in the skin that can have a lasting effect. If you have acne, don’t wait to treat it after the fact when scars have formed. Choose products that treat and prevent acne including cleansers and spot treatments.

Another big one is sun damage. As you’ve probably heard time and time again, sun damage exacerbates skin aging at a rapid rate. 90 percent of the signs of aging come from unprotected UV exposure, Gohara shared. Uneven skin tone is one effect of sun damage: others include fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. The good news: you can prevent this! Don’t leave the house without wearing sunscreen, even on a seemingly cloudy day. Gohara suggests using an antioxidant serum and broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen in the morning to protect against pollutants and light sources such as UV, lightbulbs, and blue light (from your phone and computer).

Of course, aging itself (not from the sun, just natural aging) also impacts uneven skin tone. And while you can’t prevent your skin from aging, you can use the proper products to help with the process. Good eye cream and moisturizer are essential.


How to even your skin tone, step-by-step

An image of SKIN&CO ROMA Truffle Therapy Face Gommage.

Step 1. Exfoliate

It is super important to exfoliate your skin, as it helps liberate dead skin cells, revealing a fresh new layer of radiant skin, says Gohara. That sloughing process helps to even out skin tone and even in some cases fade fine lines. Just be careful not to over-exfoliate, she adds, as that can lead to more uneven skin tone, which is what we are trying to prevent.

We love SKIN&CO ROMA Truffle Therapy Face Gommage. It’s like a mini facial you can do at home: it exfoliates, hydrates, and brightens skin. Superfine apricot seed powder gently removes dead skin cells without damaging or irritating skin. Unlike other exfoliators, this one is meant to be applied onto dry skin and then rinsed with water. Use a few times a week.

An image of 111SKIN Vitamin C Brightening Booster.

Step 2. Use a brightening serum (preferably with vitamin C)

Now that you’ve gotten rid of the top layer of dead skin cells, your treatment products can penetrate the skin even better. Apply an antioxidant serum to brighten both your complexion as a whole and any specific dark spots. Vitamin C is the gold standard when it comes to brightening—it is a powerful antioxidant that also protects skin from free radical damage. Win, win!

111SKIN Vitamin C Brightening Booster is a great option. It’s lightweight but concentrated and is good on all skin types and tones. You can apply a few drops of this solo or add to your moisturizer and pat it onto the skin. Check out our guide to the best brightening serums for even more glowy picks.

An image of DERMA E Deluxe Overnight Peel.

Step 3. Try a glycolic peel

If a peel instantly brings you back to that “Sex & The City” episode of Samantha’s unforgettable experience, you can breathe a sigh of relief. We’re not talking about that intense of a peel.

Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to exfoliate, and thereby even out skin tone, says Gohara. It’s good for people without a lot of inflammation in the skin. If you have inflamed skin or are unsure if a peel is right for your skin, Gohara suggests seeking the advice of a dermatologist before using, as intense peels can sometimes make things worse.  Always follow the directions (especially the time and frequency suggested) and use a barrier repair cream afterward.

If you are new to the peel game, DERMA E Deluxe Overnight Peel is a great one to try. It’s safe for sensitive skin, as it contains a low amount (5 percent) of glycolic acid, allowing your skin to adjust to it. Plus it works while you sleep, so you wake up glowing.

An image of AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer.

Step 4. Use a moisturizer with SPF

And the grand finale: moisturizer and sunscreen. Both of these are extremely important steps in your skincare routine. Keeping skin hydrated keeps it plump and healthy, meaning a strong skin barrier and fewer fine lines, wrinkles, and dullness. And sunscreen should be a no-brainer at this point since it’s a top contributor to aging. Both are essential to an evening out your skin tone.

Now, this part is up to you: you can use a combo moisturizer with SPF like this one, which won’t leave skin chalky or greasy after applying. Or you can use two separate products: an ultra-hydrating moisturizer like the AHAVA Essential Day Moisturizer or SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream and add SPF on top as your final product.

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