By Chelsea March
We all dread the signs of a new blemish, not least of all because of the aftermath, the dark spots that appear after the spot has started to heal. Dark spots come from other sources, too, including sun exposure and changing hormones. SPF is key for protecting our skin from UV damage and the potential dark spots that come with it, but sometimes we need extra help getting rid of dark spots. SPF protection is foremost—but when it comes to getting rid of dark spots, brightening ingredients are key.
Formulas containing vitamin C, niacinamide, or alpha hydroxy acids will help to brighten the skin. Alpha hydroxy acids, or AHAs, are chemical exfoliants that help to break up dead skin cells. Once this layer of dead skin cells has been swept away, ingredients like vitamin C can get to work more effectively to brighten the appearance of skin.
To get the most out of brightening, pairing a power duo will work wonders, like the Kombucha + 11% AHA Exfoliation Power Toner and the Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. The AHAs in the toner, 8% lactic and 3% glycolic acids, go to work to chemically exfoliate the skin, remove dead skin cells and prep the skin for more efficient use of brightening actives like vitamin C. The overnight Dream Mask brightens, plumps, and hydrates the skin with antioxidant-rich superberries and THD ascorbate, an extremely stable form of vitamin C which is able to penetrate the lipid barrier to deliver results and help to reduce dark spots over time.
Always be kind to your skin, and remember to apply SPF every morning as the last step in your routine.