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BREAKING UP DARK SPOTS AND EVENING OUT SKIN TONE

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Nobody wants their complexion to feature dark spots with an uneven skin tone, but everything from UV exposure to hormone fluctuations can lead to this. In order to clear this problem and achieve the flawless complexion you have always desired, here are a few tips to follow.

 

Retinoids 

 

Retinoids, which are a derivative of vitamin A, are fantastic for boosting cell turnover, resulting in fresher and brighter skin. They are also effective at lightening dark spots, although it will take at least six months of regular use for these to clear completely. Retinoids are one of the most powerful skin care ingredients out there, but they can also cause skin irritation and reactions, so be sure to only use a pea-sized amount on your face, a couple of times a week to start with. Once your skin is able to tolerate the ingredients, you can gradually increase this amount to as much as you need.

 

Antioxidants

 

Antioxidants are extremely effective at fading dark spots while brightening the skin at the same time, and are also natural, meaning that they are safe to be used on just about every skin type. If you are only picking one antioxidant to use, let that be vitamin C, as this gentle ingredient is unlikely to cause any irritation to your skin, and will bring about excellent results in just a few months time.

 

Sun Protection 

 

While sun protection will not help to fade your existing dark spots, they will definitely go a long way in preventing these from turning even darker. UV exposure is one of the main causes of dark spots, as well as an uneven skin tone, making sun protection absolutely essential while you are trying to boost the health and appearance of your skin.

 

Skin Lightening Ingredients

 

The most commonly used ingredient for lightening dark spots is hydroquinone, which works by stopping the production of melanin, while speeding up the cell turnover process. However, even though the American Academy of Dermatology supports the use of hydroquinone, there are several studies out there that point to its dangerous side effects, one of which is the fact that it is potentially carcinogenic when used long term. For a much safer option, give kojic acid a try, as this is derived from mushrooms and also provides great skin lightening benefits. Kojic acid is also a powerful antioxidant, but, like many other lightening ingredients, it can cause irritation, so start off slow.

 

If you have been battling dark spots and an uneven skin tone for a while now, it can often seem as though your efforts are futile, but keep in mind that everybody’s skin is different, so you may need to try a few methods before finding one that works for you. Consistency is also key, especially when it comes to gentler ingredients, so make sure that you stay dedicated to your skin care regime.

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DIMINISHING EYE CIRCLES AND DISCOLORATION

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Products Containing Antioxidants

There are certain ingredients that contain specific antioxidants that are able to target the problems that you are experiencing around your eyes, such as the antioxidants in cucumbers that help to draw out toxins. Green tea is an especially effective ingredient to look out for in creams and serums, as this works by constricting blood vessels to restrict the blood flow, which thereby minimizes any puffiness and diminishes that pesky bluish tinge.

 

A Healthy Diet

No matter how many top quality products you apply to eye circles or areas of discoloration, the results will be minimal, unless you complement these by ensuring that you are only putting beneficial foods into your body. It goes without saying that upping the amount of water that you drink each day will make a huge difference, and this is because, when dehydrated, the body retains all of the fluid that it can, which quickly leads to puffiness and discoloration. Another way to help your body alleviate some of the darkness and discoloration is by eating more foods that are high in vitamin C. Great examples of these are kale, cabbage, peppers and brussel sprouts, as well as different fruits, especially berries. These will also assist your body in absorbing iron, which will help with the dark circles, but try to keep the fruit and veg as close to raw as possible, because the more you cook it, the lesser nutrients there will be.

 

Regular Sunscreen

Exposure to the sun can cause so many different forms of damage, especially in the area around your eyes, as the skin here is much thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of your face. When it comes to discoloration, the sun’s rays cause pigmentation to darken, making sunscreen around your eyes absolutely vital when tackling this issue. Be sure to use a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, applying it as close to your eyes as possible but taking care to not let it actually touch your eyes.

 

Don’t Rub!

Many people rub their eyes throughout the day without even realizing it, but this is another bad habit that needs to be broken if you are looking to minimize discoloration. The friction caused by rubbing your eyes will result in the darkening of any pigmentation, so be sure to keep those hands well away from your face.

Eye circles and discoloration are never flattering, but most people do not realize that they are often quite simple issues to deal with. From making small adjustments to your diet to applying the most beneficial products, the under eye circles and discoloration that you experience will soon be a problem of the past.