Use a vitamin C serum
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Vitamin C won’t magically erase age spots, but the vitamin’s powerful, antioxidant properties can quickly and safely even your complexion in other ways. (Stop wasting your money on expensive skin care products and try these 15 tricks for naturally glowing skin.) “Vitamin C is a potent skin brightener,” explains Peal Dworkin, a San Francisco Bay-based esthetician. “If used day and night with a sunblock during the day, a vitamin C serum will brighten your skin.” For a brighter complexion, check out these smart skin habits every dermatologist swears by.
Slather on sunscreen
Once you see discoloration start to accumulate on your face, the damage to your skin has already been done, right? Not entirely. “Once you have sun spots, the melanin in that cell has been activated and will easily be re-activated with sun exposure,” Dworkin says. “If you don’t use a sunblock, even the most powerful and expensive spot lighteners won’t work.” (But don’t make these seven sunscreen mistakes you didn’t realize you make every time you apply it.) Read the labels carefully to ensure that you’re using a formula with the physical blockers titanium and/or zinc, which are more effective than chemical blockers. And don’t forget the hat and sunglasses for extra protection. Here’s what those confusing labels on your sunscreen actually mean.