Dark spots, ban­ished!

They’re not called age spots be­cause they make you look younger. Here’s how to get rid of every last one and achieve youth­ful ra­di­ance.

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1 Check out the in­gre­di­ents In your 20s and 30s, start us­ing a serum with liquorice, soy and/or vi­ta­min C to pre­vent ex­cess pig­ment that’s al­ready un­der your skin from sur­fac­ing and to pre­vent new spots.

2 Get hard core Stub­born dis­coloura­tion? El­lagic acid is an an­tiox­i­dant that “fades spots on all skin tones and light­ens skin when paired with sal­i­cylic acid,” says der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Vivian Bu­cay.

3 Go for retinol If you’re not al­ready us­ing der­ma­tol­o­gist-favourite retinol to smooth lines, start in­cor­po­rat­ing it into your rou­tine to lighten dark spots – it’s bril­liant at that, too!

4 SPF is a must! With­out re­li­gious sun­screen use this is all an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity. The sun’s UV rays trig­ger new pig­ment pro­duc­tion – and so do vis­i­ble and in­frared light, mount­ing re­search sug­gests.

Safety Check

There’s cur­rently a big question mark over hy­dro­quinone, a skin light­ener that’s been around longer than Zen­daya and Tay­lor Swift have been alive, com­bined!

What we know for sure

It fades dark spots faster than any­thing else on the mar­ket ( pre­scrip­tion-strength ver­sions work in as lit­tle as eight weeks). Also fact It’s banned in Europe and is be­ing reviewed for safety by the FDA in the US.

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