Lovelies, it’s time to celebrate because your relentless search for the best dark spot remover for face on the market ends here and now!
So, girl … please stop disappearing into every skincare rabbit hole that Mr. Google suggests and let us separate fact from fiction. Spoiler Alert: You may be surprised to learn that the solution comes from our fav beauty expert, Mother Nature.
Let’s start by …
Shining a “spot” light on dark spots…
The umbrella term is hyperpigmentationand it’s is one of the toughest complexion challenges out there.
Hyperpigmentation affects millions of women (and a few unlucky dudes) of all races and ages. This tenacious skin condition is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.
This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.
These unwanted visitors are known as age spots, sun spots, liver spots, melasma, and a host of other monikers.
It can be a result of years of sun exposure, hormonal changes and skin trauma from acne breakouts (and picking them) which lead to post-inflammatory scars and eventually hyperpigmentation.
Dermatologists agree that – bar none – sun exposure it the #1 cause of hyperpigmentation…
That’s because it’s sunlight that triggers the production of melanin in the first place. But melanin isn’t a bad thing per se. You see, it acts as your skin’s natural sunscreen by protecting you from harmful UV rays. But, as with many things in life you can get way too much of a good thing. Case in point: Excessive sun exposure can disrupt normal melanin production, leading to a variety of unsightly discolorations of all ilk.
What’s more, once these uneven melanin concentrations have developed, sun exposure can intensify the issue by making age spots, sun spots, melasma and post-hyperpigmentation spots even darker. Now … please don’t make us chide you about daily sunscreen. Whether you are at the beach or in the boardroom – quality UV protection is mandatory for skin health.
Which brings us to yet another vexing issue…
You know that old saying about how fine wine gets better with age? Well, sorry, but that’s not the case with hyperpigmentation.
That’s because as our skin ages the number of melanin-producing cells AKA melanocytes decreases but the remaining ones increase in size and their concentration more pronounced. These physiological changes explain why starting at around 40 you’re apt to notice an increase of age spots.
Can’t a beauty catch a break? Absolutely!
Of course, prevention is best, but once you have dark spots, Mother Nature has your back.
Listen up, beauty! Before you waste more money and time on ineffective chemical dark spot treatments with potentially dangerous side effects, please check out our roundup of nature’s best dark spot removers.
Be Vitamin C Savvy
Think beyond your daily glass of OJ. Going on five decades or more, the world has known about the health and wellness benefits of this important vitamin. But now Vitamin C is gaining recognition for its complexion-loving benefits.
Used topically, Vitamin C helps block those nasty free radicals from causing oxidative damage to the skin; think wrinkles, dull complexion, and the list goes on.
“It also inhibits enzymatic processes that produce melanin in the skin, as such it can help to reduce dark coloration of the skin,”explained Dr. Sumayah Jamal in a SELF magazine interview.
Antioxidant Action Baby!
It’s one of the most potent antioxidants out there and believe us when we say that it lives up to the hype, especially when it comes to tackling hyperpigmentation.
With every passing year, natural and environmental factors cause structural tweaks in the skin, leading to uneven pigmentation. Vitamin C halts the biochemical reactions that cause uneven pigmentation and effectively brightens skin.
Dermatologists give Vitamin C plenty of bonus points for its choosiness. You see, the mighty C only targets and lightens the problem pigmentation areas – not the rest of your skin.
And it gets better! Vitamin C also powers-up your skin’s own healing response to help relieve redness, irritation and even acne.
Check out these benefits!
All hail Turmeric … how we love thee!
Turmeric’s benefits – including tackling acne, hyperpigmentation and aging – are due to the compound curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
But here’s why this Indian spice landed on our favorite ingredient list. It reduces dark spots like nobody’s business! That’s because it contains curcumin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that reduces excess production of melanin. In turn, this helps to even skin tone and lighten scars left over from pesky acne episodes.
Mayo Clinic Minute: Are there health benefits to taking turmeric?
Like Vitamin C, turmeric is rich in antioxidants. It helps fight off those clever free radicals that trigger skin aging. This vibrantly hued spice shields against the aging effects of sun damage UV radiation and the formation of wrinkles and
dark spots. Need more reasons to love turmeric? How about the fact that it also prevents loss of skin texture and elasticity? Plus, it’s an effective – yet gentle -- exfoliant, sloughing off dead skin cells and promoting skin cell renewal.
All of these benefits mean turmeric will brighten and revitalize your skin, leaving a healthy, natural glow. Enough said…
Say “Hello” to Aloe and Buh Bye to Dark Spots
Yep, it’s the very same plant that we depend on for burns and a variety of skin irritations.
But we’ve learned that Aloe Vera has lots more skincare tricks up its sleeve. That’s because it contains aloin, a natural depigmenting compound that has been shown in studies to successfully brighten skin.
And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg because it’s also been found to fade those dark acne marks (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) left after pimples heal. How does it perform this magic? It’s due to aloe’s cadre of potent compounds, such as acemannan, that suppress inflammation.
Aloe vera gel prevents tyrosinase, the enzyme you can blame for your skin discoloration woes; essentially blocking UV-induced hyperpigmentation. We discovered in our research that this mechanism may help in the prevention of dark spots. Plus, all of aloe’s powerful antioxidants can actually fade sun damage that’s already formed!
We’ve done our due diligence…researching the most effective solutions to your hyperpigmentation woes.
And after scouring the internet and talking to skincare experts, we have deduced that a natural treatment -- free from synthetics, paraben and harsh chemical agents -- is the best approach to brightening and evening skin tone naturally.
Top skincare experts recommend a high-quality face mask featuring turmeric, aloe vera and Vitamin C to even skin tone and texture, tackle dark areas, acne, and more.
Which one’s the best? We thought you’d never ask!
For a mask that includes these three natural superheroes, as well a host of powerful skin-loving antioxidants tryGleaminVitamin C Clay Mask.This multitasking marvel features an all-star lineup of proven natural ingredients for zapping imperfections.
Sure, we found tons of scientific proof, but the proof we value the most comes from beauties just like you.
Take it from Bree, a licensed esthetician and self-described “skincare guru” who says her skin texture is greatly improved. She says Gleamin™ Vitamin C Clay Mask will “definitely be in her skincare repertoire” from now on!
And we were wowed by KnoKno Fur’s honest review. She calls Gleamin™ Vitamin C Clay Mask the “bomb dot com.”“It really helps with hyperpigmentation,” she raves. “My troubled skin has done a huge 360!”
So, here’s an idea…
Instead of wasting time researching solutions to those “melanin meanies,” why not try Gleamin™ Vitamin C Clay Mask. Featuring aloe vera, Vitamin C and turmeric, this soothing mask promotes even skin tone and texture, hydrates, smooths and fades dark spots naturally.
And with fabulous introductory pricing, there’s never been a better time to get Gleamin’!