Diminish Uneven Skin Tone & Get Your Glow Back


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The appearance of uneven skin tone on the face, chest, and hands are a clear sign of aging skin, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. With the right mix of products, you really can get your youthful, brighter glow back! We’ll point you in the direction of the most effective skin-brightening formulas and help you narrow down the choices by skin type.

But first we have to start with the most crucial step which is to keep this problem from happening in the first place and maintaining the brighter results you want to achieve.

Recommended Skin-Brightening Products

Why Sun Protection is a Must!

Daily use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen, rated SPF 30 or greater is the number one way to stave off the appearance of uneven skin tone and most every other sign of aging, and even more importantly help to reduce the risk of early skin aging! Using any skin-brightening product without sunscreen 365 days a year is not wise. You will never get the brighter results you want without this fundamentally basic skin care step.

At Paula’s Choice, we’re particularly keen on mineral-based sunscreens (titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide as the active ingredients) for this issue. We believe their reflective quality, which is what helps guard the skin from UV rays, gives them an edge in warding off uneven skin tone and fine lines at the same time.

For oily, combination, or breakout-prone skin try our RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 which provides a sheer tint of color + mineral SPF.

For normal to dry skin consider our CALM Redness Relief SPF 30.The soothing, creamy formula, halts uneven skin tone and is loaded with antioxidants to boost its anti-aging benefits.

For your hands, décolletage and body, check out our Extra Care Non-Greasy Sunscreen SPF 50, which absorbs quickly into skin so you can go about your day—no slick, creamy residue left behind.

Top Ingredients for Glowing, Even Skin Tone

Today, we know even more about the ingredients proven to be effective for achieving a brighter complexion—the result of which is more effective options than ever before. Unfortunately, however, that doesn’t make it any easier for consumers to sort through the parade of products that rely on gimmicky, unproven, and sometimes even skin-aggravating ingredients.

That’s where we can help… backed by research, the best ingredients highlighted below are considered among the most effective for improving the appearance of uneven skin tone + signs of aging.

Hydroquinone + AHA or BHA

Hydroquinone is the gold standard for fading the appearance of brown spots and significantly improving uneven skin tone over time. There are alternative ingredients to hydroquinone but their effectiveness is always compared to hydroquinone.

To speed up the results from this remarkable (albeit controversial) ingredient, look for formulas that pair hydroquinone with BHA (salicylic acid) or AHA (glycolic acid) exfoliants—the power couple for radiant, smooth skin!

For oily, combination, or breakout-prone skin try our RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 2% BHA Gel.
For normal or dry skin, consider our RESIST Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion.

Niacinamide + Acetyl Glucosamine

The skin-brightening duo of niacinamide and acetyl glucosamine have impressive research showing their ability to alleviate the appearance of uneven skin tone and red areas!

All skin types can benefit from this ingredient coupling found in our RESIST Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment. This silky, sheer lotion also includes potent antioxidants and imparts a subtle luminous sheen to give skin an overall youthful hydrated glow.

Ascorbic Acid: Vitamin C

High concentrations of ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C), have been proven to significantly improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. Research has shown that combining vitamin C with other skin-brighteners such as antioxidants, licorice extract, and bearberry extract produces powerful results for brighter more even skin tone.

For an all over skin-brightening solution, apply our RESIST C15 Super Booster before your serum and moisturizer. It’s a light as water formula contains 15% ascorbic acid with a unique peptide + antioxidant blend for skin that appears dramatically brighter and healthier.

For more directed results to specific areas try our most potent form of vitamin C, RESIST 25% Vitamin C Spot Treatment.

Still not sure which product to use? Contact our Customer Care Team who can help guide you to the best option for your skin!

And it bears repeating: If you aren't using sunscreen 365 days a year, you aren’t going to be able to maintain an even skin tone no matter what other lengths you go to, so sun protection is a must!

The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here: The same type of in-depth scientific research used to create this article is also used to formulate Paula’s Choice Skincare products. You’ll find products for all skin types and a range of concerns, from acne and sensitive skin to wrinkles, pores, and sun damage. With Paula’s Choice Skincare, you can get (and keep) the best skin of your life! See Paula's Choice Products for Dark Spots.

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to busting beauty myths and helping you solve your skincare frustrations with research-supported expert advice—so you'll have the facts you need to take the best possible care of your skin.

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