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 promote healthier skin. (Stop wasting your money on expensive skincare products and try these 15 tricks for naturally glowing skin.) “Vitamin C is a potent skin brightener,” explains Pearl 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 reactivated with sun exposure,” Dworkin says. “If you don’t use a sunblock, even the most powerful and expensive spot lighteners won’t work.” (Just make sure you avoid these sunscreen mistakes.) Read labels carefully to make sure you’re using a formula that contains the physical blockers titanium, zinc, or both. (They’re more effective than chemical blockers.) And don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for extra protection. Here’s what those confusing labels on your sunscreen actually mean.