Brightening one’s skin becomes an option for any number of reasons. Most of the time it has everything to do with us detecting a decreased clarity to our skin. This leads to situations where our skin looks a great deal duller and overall less healthy. Sometimes it is a matter of wanting to even out mismatched tone. Other times it is simply a matter of trying to get a particular look. Regardless of the reasons, trying to brighten one’s skin involves utilizing a few key techniques that help maximize your efforts. These efforts range from particular preventive care to ensuring you’re targeting your skin’s problems with pinpoint accuracy. None of these are particularly difficult, but they can be difficult to remember and stick with in the face of having to manage an already present skincare routine. We’ve tried to isolate some of the keys elements to let you figure out where to fit them into your larger routine while still supporting an overall trend towards brightening your skin.

Sunscreen Is Important
The first rule of brightening your skin is that you need to be mindful of the sun. Exposure to the sun tends to darken darker spots on the skin as well as contributing damage that both directly and indirectly leads to duller skin. With that in mind, we all need to remember to apply sunscreen each and every day. This acts as a preventive measure that stops things from getting any worse while allowing our other key ideas to have the biggest effect they can. You typically want to use a sunscreen offering at least SPF 50 when you’re trying to brighten your skin. This will help give you a good blocking potential while still providing room to go up as necessary. Make sure that the sunscreen offers broad spectrum protection while also checking for active ingredients such as zinc oxide to make sure you’re using a physical blocker. Checking for all of these traits will ensure your skin is getting the best defense possible beyond you staying entirely out of the sun.

Woman applying sunscreen

Exfoliating Removes Problems
Most of us don’t think about it, but exfoliating has always been one of your first answers when it comes to helping to ensure that your skin stays as bright as possible. This is because exfoliating helps to remove some of the outermost layers of dead skin that can accidentally reduce the overall clarity of your living skin. You do need some layers of dead skin for protection, yes, but if they build up too much they start to negatively impact your skin’s appearance and overall health. Routine exfoliation is only one part of how exfoliating helps to brighten your skin. This helps prevent the more mundane problem of dead skin cells that we’ve highlighted, but going a step farther and trying a peel can let you tackle slightly larger issues such as skin discolorations. These help by encouraging a deeper level of shedding than you might otherwise get out of standard products. When paired appropriately with a good routine and proper protection from the sun, you can begin to fade particularly stubborn spots with relatively little effort.

Corrective Products Help
When in doubt, selecting and using a product specifically meant to help brighten the skin is always a good option. These aren’t going to help on a larger scale like a sufficiently strong supervised peel might, but you can generally target problem areas with these specialized products. Many of them include compounds that help prevent the production of melanin in the skin to help even out discolorations as well as compounds that help control other potential issues. We thoroughly recommend looking into any products you’re intending to use if you have a darker skin tone due to the potential for these products to accidentally cause skin discolorations easier for them. Any product that affects the production of melanin in the skin needs to be something you’ve discussed with your dermatologist first to help ensure there are as few issues as possible. Spot treatments for brightening the skin are not for everyone, but you can use our other suggestions or customized ones from your dermatologist to help get your skin where you want it.

Brightening one’s skin isn’t that complex of an issue. Largely it involves managing the various layers of your skin and minimizing the issues that you might experience from sun damage. You can do this in multiple ways that will all contribute to helping to lighten your skin, but ultimately specialized treatments may be needed to get the results you want. We recommend discussing your goals with your dermatologist before beginning to try to brighten your skin to ensure you have the best advice possible. This will minimize problems and help you get the customized care that you deserve.

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