Uneven skin tone, one of the most common skin issues among women of all ages, can be caused by a myriad of things. You can blame excessive sun exposure, which can damage skin cells causing some areas of the skin to become darker than the others, and hormonal changes that may kickstart high melanin production or melasma. You can also fault post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, different kinds of medication, genetics, air pollution and even certain foods. Fortunately, no matter the cause of your uneven skin tone, there are many things you can do to smoothen and even out your complexion. To help you achieve beautiful glowing skin, here are some tips you can try:
Using sunscreen all day every day
Did you know that the sun can still damage your skin even if you’re indoors? This crazy and quite unbelievable truth is the reason why it is highly recommended that you use sunscreen all day, every day. Good Housekeeping’s review of Hawaiian Tropic AntiOxidant+ Sunscreen Lotion mentioned that there are two types of sunscreens: chemical and mineral. While chemical sunscreens absorb harmful UV rays before they reach the skin and are easier to apply with no white residue, mineral ones form a barrier on the skin that reflects or filters UVA and UVB rays. While you’re free to use any sunscreen that works best for your skin type, be sure to remember that the Philippines experiences high humidity throughout the year, so you’ll fare better with sunscreens that dry with a matte finish.
Exfoliating once a week
While it may seem like the texture of your skin has nothing to do with skin tone, rough skin texture can actually cause shadows and darkness. After all, skin tone is all about how light hits the skin and what light does when it hits. Exfoliating once a week can help your skin slough off dead cells, stimulate collagen production and increase blood circulation — revealing beautiful glowing skin.
Drinking lots of water
If there were ever a magic substance that could effortlessly keep your skin beautiful, it would simply be water. Drinking lots of water will not only help keep your skin hydrated from the inside out, helping it stay supple and bouncy, it will also prevent wrinkles and help wash out toxins that can harm the skin. The only catch is, water would first reach all the other organs before it reaches the skin, so make sure to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Also, as much as possible, pick out skincare products that are water-based or have considerably high water content.
Using the right bath soap
Using the right soap is just as important as using the right moisturizer, especially since its a product that regularly comes into contact with your skin. With so many bath soaps available in the market, finding the right one that fits your skin’s unique needs can be quite challenging. When in doubt, PrettyMe’s review of Navarro Bleaching Soap suggests sticking to products that contain gentle and natural ingredients such as milk and AHA Strawberry Serum. While milk gently eliminates impurities and removes dead skin cells to reveal soft and moisturized skin, AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Strawberry Serum naturally speeds up the shedding process for visibly brighter, even-toned and flawless skin.
Selecting the right cream
Dark spots, which make achieving even skin tone a bit more challenging, can stem from three sources. According to Elle’s review of J&J Ambi Even and Clear Targeted Mark Minimizer, these three sources are: UV exposure, which can trigger the growth of sun spots, liver spots and age spots; cells pigmented with melanin clustering together; and estrogen fluctuations due to pregnancy or birth control pills. By selecting the right cream that contains vitamins A, E and C, you can easily improve the tone of your skin and smoothen the texture of dark spots.
Avoiding certain foods that can cause uneven complexion
As the old saying goes, you are what you eat, and believe it or not, it also applies to your skin tone. Healthline’s list of tips on how to treat uneven skin explained that certain foods such as sugary snacks and processed foods trigger flushed, uneven complexions. To even out your skin tone, try to limit your consumption of spicy foods and alcoholic beverages, as these can increase redness. It would also be a good idea to avoid dairy products, as they can cause different kinds of skin irritation including acne.
Investing in a good vitamin C-rich serum
Aside from strengthening your immune system in many different ways, vitamin C can also serve as a potent antioxidant that helps treat all sorts of sun and environment-induced damage to the skin by neutralizing free radicals. New York Magazine’s review of Skinceuticals CE Ferulic mentioned that when it comes to vitamin C-rich serums, you should go for one that has a light and non-greasy feel and is water-soluble to ensure that it will effectively penetrate the skin.
Scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist
Everyone’s skin is unique, and that’s the reason why some products work wonders on others and on some, even cause irritation or redness. By scheduling an appointment with your dermatologist, you will be able to understand your skin better. You’ll be able to familiarize yourself with the unique needs of your skin, the ingredients that might trigger unwanted reactions and the products would be best for your skin type. If you’re worried about going to the hospital during these distressing times, Philstar points out that many dermatologists actually hold consultations online. This way, you can ensure that you’re getting professional advice on how to even out your skin tone without putting yourself at risk of infection.
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