Dark patches and uneven skin tone can be one of the most visible signs of aging, but it can be improved with targeted skin care
Along with increased dryness, fine lines and loss of elasticity, dark patches of skin on the face, chest and hands can be one very visible sign of skin aging. It’s largely down to UV exposure, so if you’re not already wearing SPF every day, then maintaining your even skin tone as you age is another great reason to do so. But if you already have dark patches - sometimes known as ‘age spots’ - you’ll be pleased to hear that uneven skin tone creams containing ingredients like Vitamin C can help fade them away. Find out how to prevent uneven skin tone in the first place and improve the appearance of dark spots.
What is uneven skin tone?
Changes in pigmentation are a common sign of air pollution and UV-induced skin aging and can often appear as dark patches on the face and neck, both areas most commonly exposed to the sun. Hands can also be often affected, where pigmentation patches are known as ‘liver spots’. These patches can be due to oxidative stress caused by pollution that damages skin cells. They can also occur because the skin is producing too much melanin, a dysregulation that can be due to sun exposure or inflammation. It’s the same substance that causes skin to tan, only this time, the result is localized, and it doesn’t fade once you get home from vacation.
How anti-aging vitamin C can work as an uneven skin tone treatment
One especially effective anti-aging ingredient that targets pigmentation, is Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. It’s one of the 13 vitamins that are essential to the body’s functions and while you probably already know about the benefits of a vitamin C-rich diet on the immune system and your energy levels, applied topically in skincare, it makes for a powerful weapon against skin aging. Most importantly for hyperpigmentation, Vitamin C fights excessive UV-induced melanin synthesis, preventing dark patches and sun spots, while as an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory, it works towards fading existing patches of hyperpigmentation1. It’s also a natural exfoliant, producing a brightening effect by sloughing off dead skin cells to reveal more radiant, younger skin beneath. Over time, this can help to blend dark patches away.
1 Vitamin C Technical File, Vichy Laboratories, L’Oréal Worldwide Applied Research and Innovation Department