4 Techniques To Ward Off Dark Spots


by Pierra Calasanz-Labrador, via Yahoo Philippines |

Had a little too much fun in the sun this summer? Whether you’re bothered by sun spots, telltale dark marks leftover from your blemishes, or simply a dull, patchy complexion, here are quick tips for a brighter, fairer, even-toned skin:

1. Exfoliate

Once or twice a week—not too often or you might irritate skin— treat your face and body to an exfoliating wash or body scrub, paying special attention to elbows, knees, and heels. Regular exfoliation sloughs away dead skin cells, unclogs pores, and brightens skin (especially if you have layer upon layer of sunburn, uneven patches, and blemish marks). Tip: for extra smooth skin, try “dry brushing” daily before your shower—dry brushing is literally using a body brush with natural bristles on your body to gently lift away dead skin cells and improve circulation.

2. Protect

We don’t realize it, but every time we are exposed to the sun—whether at a pool party, watching a soccer match, or simply walking from the mall to the open-air parking lot—we are susceptible to the horrors of UVA and UVB rays. Avoid sun spots, wrinkles, and skin discoloration by staying out of the sun, always arming yourself with a hat or umbrella (or one of those chic anti-paparazzi visors!), and use sunscreen daily—at least SPF 30 for the city, and SPF 45 for beach trips or outdoor activities.

3. Brighten

Aside from regular cleansing, it’s essential to hydrate skin for a healthy glow. For a smoother, even-toned, fairer complexion, choose moisturizers/creams/body lotions with brightening properties.

4. Highlight

Got a special occasion? For an instant glow, get a little help from makeup! Learn the art of applying concealer, highlights (usually on the cheeks and browbone), shimmer powder, and even moisturizers with microreflectors that catch the light and help give the appearance of radiant, fair skin. Need a makeup tutorial? Remember, YouTube is your friend!

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