Are you experiencing spots or patches of abnormal darkness or lightness on your skin, or does your skin go red with the wind or any new product you try? There are plenty of issues that could be causing your skin to change in color or appear uneven, but solving them can be done. Read on to learn why your skin tone may be acting up and discover the tone-saving natural ingredients and product heroes that can help you achieve an even skin tone for good.
Why You’re Seeing Spots
Uneven skin tone can be a result of a number of things, many of which affect all of us. The sun is a major culprit, but you probably already knew that. Sun damage can cause hyperpigmentation that shows up as brown spots, creating a discolored or uneven colored skin tone. Another culprit of unevenness is irritation, which can cause redness and blotchiness.
Whichever way you spin it, many of us experience unevenness in our skin texture and tone at one point or another, and when we do, our skin can look dull, and can feel just not at its best.
How To Even Out Skin Tone
Regardless of why you’re experiencing uneven skin tone, you can likely address it much the same way. Here are five natural ways to achieve a more even skin tone for a complexion you can feel confident in.
1. Use Vitamin C Regularly
Vitamin C is a true force of nature. When we ingest it, we receive incredible benefits such as improved immune function, defense against damaging environmental damage, and more. But we can receive incredible benefits from applying it topically as well. Vitamin C Skincare can help restore radiance, visibly reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation, and revive the appearance of dull skin. All of these benefits can have a dramatic effect on the overall tone of the skin.
To unlock the power of vitamin C for your skin, try a serum or moisturizer (or both!) with a form of stabilized vitamin C, which will be more effective, such as our Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream Moisturizer. This cream will give you an instant glow and is proven to brighten the complexion leaving it more even and radiant after just 7 days. It doesn’t rely on just vitamin C to brighten your complexion, though. It also contains brightening tara pods and glycogen—a natural component in the skin—to help retain skin moisture for a more plump-looking texture and an all-around healthy-looking glow.
Up your intake of vitamin C even more by using Radiance Perfection Serum too, a luminosity boosting, skin evening serum with vitamin C from corn and Wild Canadian Rumex, which helps even skin tone and lightens the appearance of hyperpigmentation and brown spots.
Massage both the Vitamin C Serum and Gel Cream Moisturizer into your skin morning and night, starting with the brightening serum and following with the moisturizer, to achieve a brighter, more even skin tone in no time. You glow, girl.
Exfoliation is a powerful tool to fight pigmentation and get your skin tone back on track. Not only does it rid your skin of dead skin cells that contribute to dullness, discoloration, and clogged pores, but it also encourages cell turnover. Cell turnover is when new skin cells replace the old ones, which helps reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation and fine lines.
So, how often should you exfoliate your face to see the best results without overdoing it? You can exfoliate your skin both gently and easily with Ready Steady Glow Daily AHA Tonic. This everyday tonic contains brightening AHAs and BHAs. Comparing AHA vs BHA, the AHA—Lactic acid—effectively exfoliates the skin surface, breaking up dead cells and replacing moisture, while the BHA—Salicin from Willow Bark—helps dissolve in-pore build up, helping skin appear smoother. And when your skin texture is smoother, it actually appears more even in tone because there are less shadows when the light hits it.
As part of your nightly skincare routine, simply saturate a reusable cotton pad with the tonic and swipe it across a freshly cleansed face and neck, avoiding the eye area. With each use, this gentle face exfoliator exfoliates, brightens, tightens, and hydrates for a smooth, even complexion. Because why go through all the trouble of 7 steps when you can get 7 incredible benefits from one single product?
3. Target Your Dark Spots
Exfoliating and applying vitamin C aren’t the only tools that will help even out your skin tone.
While the above work wonders for your entire complexion, if you’re dealing with dark spots of pigmentation, you’ll want to recruit a product that targets them specifically.
Many products that target dark spots lighten the entire surface of the skin and contain potentially irritating ingredients that can damage skin from overuse, so it’s important to do your research before selecting your dark spot hero.
Our Overnight Glow Dark Spot Sleeping Cream targets only areas of darkened skin, for an overall more even complexion. The nourishing formula contains naturally-derived ingredients including Encapsulated Algae and Phytoglycogen that precisely target pigmentation to even skin tone. Plus, the formula is gentle enough to be used every night and on all skin types and tones. Experience the benefits by massaging this moisturizer into your skin every night after cleansing and toning. In just 7 days, your dark spots will appear reduced in size*.
*proven in a clinical study
4. Brighten Your Under Eye Circles
Sometimes, the basic reason you’re battling uneven skin tone is lack of sleep or just plain growing up. Most of the time, you can’t help either of these causes, but with the right skin care product on hand, you can still address their side effects.
If you’ve got dark circles under your eyes, whether you’re stressed, aging, or nursing a newborn all night, you can bid them adieu with our Radiance Brightening Dark Circle Eye Cream, which is proven to visibly reduce dark circles after 7 days*. It does this with the power of bioactive ingredients that work to brighten, hydrate and plump the look of the entire eye area. One of its best ingredients is antioxidant-rich Elderberry Flower Extract, which helps to prevent environmental damage that can trigger dark circles and puffiness around the eye, so you can stop dark circles before they start.
At the end of your skincare routine, both morning and night, split a rice-grain-sized amount of eye cream between two fingers and gently massage it over the under-eye, eyelid, and brow bone area until absorbed. Then, wait and watch as your skin tone becomes more even.
*Proven in a consumer study
5. Defend Against Your Environment
The environment you live in day-in and day-out has way more to do with your skin than you may think. Sure, you notice the extra bout of dryness you get when you visit the desert or the freckles you come home with after a week-long tropical vacation, but you probably don’t notice the gradual effects the exposure to pollution and UV rays has on your skin tone.
The antioxidant-rich vitamin C in the Glow Daily Vitamin C Gel Cream Moisturizer will not only give your skin it’s daily dose of vitamin C but also help protect against environmental damage, which can cause pigmentation that leads to an uneven appearance.
As far as sun protection goes, always apply sunscreen as part of your morning routine. It will help prevent further discoloration and protect against redness caused by the breakdown of your skin’s barrier. We recommend our Clean Screen Mineral Sunscreen, which provides SPF 30 broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and is formulated to limit irritation. Take sun damage even more seriously (it is one of the best things you can do for your skin) and throw on a hat and sunglasses for an extra layer of protection anytime you’re heading outside.
Say “Bye Bye” to Uneven Skin Tone for Good
Uneven skin tone is no match for you when you follow these simple steps. The great thing is you can, and should, use all of these tips in tandem to maximize your results. Using a vitamin C serum and moisturizer, exfoliating, applying an eye cream and SPF should be a regular part of your routine and can easily be supported by the use of a dark spot corrector as needed. When you do this, you’ll be able to not only achieve a more even skin tone but a radiant one as well, and also be able to protect your sensitive skin from future discoloration.
About the Author
Camille Poggi is a doctor in Pharmacy (PharmD.) and is passionate about skincare and how the skin works in general. She specializes in the cosmetic industry and worked for renowned companies in France like L’Oréal and Chanel before moving to London. After being a training manager for 4 years, Camille is at ease with explaining how products work in the skin and how to adapt her speech according to the audience.
She joined REN in January 2020 as International Training Manager and moved to the Research & Development team earlier this year to be the new Scientific Education Manager. A tailored-made role where she assesses and leads all technical communication and ensures scientific compliance is always met. She’s also involved in new product development from the earliest stages. Finding a way to create sustainable skincare products and making sure the message is properly delivered and understood is definitely a big challenge but also her favourite part working for REN.