6 Post-Summer Products To Help Manage Your Dark Spots
The summer sun can have lasting effects on how our skin looks. Seasonal changes can vary from person to person — some people develop oilier skin, some people’s skin dries out, some get blemishes and others develop discoloration and dark spots. If your skin is looking less than perfect after the summer season, revealing the six products that can help it appear brighter, minimize the appearance of dark spots and fight blemishes. Here’s how to get your skin ready for fall and winter.
Ways To Know Your Skin Has Damage
Skin can change during the summer due to sun exposure and higher temperatures. “UV exposure can lead to sunburn, pigmentary changes, photo aging and skin cancer,” says Garnier consulting dermatologist Dr. Diane Madfes. When your skin is damaged from the sun and has too much exposure to the sun’s rays, it overproduces melanin which can cause skin to have dark spots. Dark spots can make your skin appear uneven and less radiant.
With the right products you can help your skin look even, luminous and fade dark spots over time. Here are six products to enlist if your skin is looking discolored and blotchy after summer.
1. Dark Spot Corrector
A dark spot corrector can help address specific areas of discoloration and fade their appearance over time. Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Dark Spot Corrector can help manage and reduce the appearance of dark spots, age spots and discoloration. It is formulated with antioxidant Vitamin C and E, pine bark essence and gentle exfoliating Lipo-Hydroxyl Acid (LHA). It promotes surface cell turnover, which can help your skin look younger and helps reveal a fresh layer of skin that is luminous and less blotchy.
2. Overnight Peel
If your skin has multiple discolored areas or generally in need of a boost of radiance try an overnight peel. Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Overnight Leave-On Peel is formulated with glycolic alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) and Vitamin C. This product can help even skin tone and reduce the appearance of dark spots while you sleep. Use the peel before you to go bed to reveal fresh and bright skin . With continued use, this product can help fade the appearance of skin discoloration.
3. Vitamin C Formulated Moisturizer
Vitamin C is an effective antioxidant and powerful brightening agent that can help make your skin look youthful and even. If you’re looking for a Vitamin C formulated moisturizer that can help fade dark spots, you should also look for a product that can protect your skin from further sun damage and help prevent future dark spots. Two Garnier moisturizers formulated with SPF and Vitamin C are Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer SPF15 and Garnier SkinActive Clearly Brighter Anti-Sun Damage Daily Moisturizer SPF30. These moisturizers can help protect your skin from the sun and brighten areas of your skin where you may have sustained discoloration.
4. Exfoliating Cleanser
Exfoliation helps lift dead skin cells from skin’s surface and refine the appearance of your complexion. It can also help refresh your surface skin cell layer as it sloughs off the dead top surface skin cell layer. This can make dark spots less noticeable on your skin. Use an exfoliating cleanser such as Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. Formulated with exfoliating perlite, it cleanses and smoothes the look of skin so that discoloration is less visible.
5. Retinol Formulated Moisturizer
Retinol has lightly exfoliating qualities and can help refresh your surface skin cell layer by aiding it in shedding dead skin cells. Garnier SkinActive’s Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Moisturizer formulated with Vitamin E, pro-retinol (a form of Vitamin A) and rice peptides can help your skin regain its youthful appearance. It will help your skin look more radiant.
6. Brightening Serum
Serums are often supercharged with antioxidants or other beneficial skin ingredients that can help fade or improve skin issues such as dark spots. Look for serums formulated with Vitamin C or retinol to help your skin look brighter and reduce the look of visible dark spots.