As we age, it becomes harder to take care of our skin. It’s important to start a healthy skincare regimen when you are younger. Still, sun spots or dark spots can appear despite your best efforts. Not to worry, though – there are many different products and treatments that can get rid of those in a snap.

How do you know what to look for in lightening treatments and spot correctors? What products work best, and what should you avoid? By the time you’re finished reading, you will have a better understanding of how to identify the best products. Here’s our top do’s and don’t of skin lightening and spot correction.

DO: Look for Vitamin C

Dermatologists highly recommend Vitamin C for skin health. Vitamin C is an important part of overall health, but it also plays a big part in skin lightening or spot treatments. It’s primarily used in products that also use Glutathione, an antioxidant.

Vitamin C primes skin cells for Glutathione to work. It is also a great way to combat dark spots by inhibiting an enzyme that produces melanin, the source of dark spots.

DON’T: Use products that contain hydroquinone

Hydroquinone was a popular ingredient in skin treatments for a while, but recent research suggests that it does more harm than good. It has been banned by the UK, though some manufacturers still use it. Hydroquinone is an effective lightener – but it has also been linked to cancer, so it is a huge risk. When looking for options, try a skin lightening cream with no hydroquinone.

DO: Use natural products

Although chemicals are effective, they can also cause unforeseen side effects or damage in the long run. Natural products are just that – natural. They are substances your body needs but doesn’t get enough of to stay glowing. They are less aggressive but still reduce dark spots and discolored areas without breakouts or dryness.

DON’T: Rely on medical treatments for skin lightening

This does not mean you shouldn’t get medical help when you need it. However, for most spots or lightening treatments, you can treat at home. You can consult a dermatologist to send you in the right direction, but do not spend money unnecessarily when you can find great products at a beauty store. Find out what you can do at home, first.

DO: Visit a dermatologist

Just because you don’t need to spend a lot of money on medicine doesn’t mean medical advice is out of the question. Visiting a dermatologist should be something you do occasionally anyway, but while there, ask them directly what will work best on your skin. They can give recommendations on what to use and avoid that will work best with your skin type better than the internet ever could.

DON’T: Give up!

The most important thing is patience! Dark spots will not go away overnight, although it isn’t unheard of to see a difference in a day or two. You may not find the perfect option on the first try, and that’s normal. Figure out what products and ingredients work for you, and take treatment slowly. Lightening is easy to do at home as long as you use quality items and have patience.

Conclusion

It can be discouraging when you find dark spots on your skin. Even with the best care routines, sun spots can happen. The good news is that they’re easy to treat and can be taken care of at home. With the right combination of products (using natural or non-harmful ingredients only), you will lighten your skin and feel healthier than ever before.