10 Skin Savers for Banishing Dark Spots
The spotlight's on spotless skin.
(SPOT.ph) Who’s the fairest of them all? Probably not you, if you’re reading this. No shame, though; skin discoloration is a common skin problem in women, and it’s just bound to get worse as you get older. (Just stating the truth, ladies!) Also a fact: Those who are acne-prone are especially vulnerable. As skin’s renewal powers decline with age, you’re more likely to develop deeper, darker spots—the types that take much longer to fade.
The upside: You don’t necessarily have to go to the derma for a spot-erasing face-off. (Unless your situation is dire, that is.) The beauty aisles are teeming with face savers that don’t just simply target or fade spots; they also offer a complexion makeover by restoring the bright, even, and luminous skin of your youth. We round up 10 products that will banish your dark spots away.
The drugstore wonder: White Beauty Cream (P120) from Pond's
Cash-strapped? This affordable miracle worker provides more than just a superficial or temporary fix. It’s got vitamin B3+—the brand’s most powerful lightening solution yet—which goes deep inside skin to literally light you up from within, helping you achieve a rosy white glow that’s for keeps.
The brightening toner: Fine Fairness Toner Upgrade (P496) from Neutrogena
This is not your average toner. An “upgraded” formula, this fairness enhancer helps correct pigmentation with vitamin C and essential soy, and has a special liposome delivery system which boosts skin’s receptiveness to brightening ingredients. It gets plus points for leaving skin super soft and feeling fresh, minus any dryness.
The instant skin soother: Red Better Spot Corrector (P470) from VMV Hypoallergenics
Soothe breakouts, which can easily turn into dark spots, with this gentle balm that has anti-inflammatory antioxidants and salicylic acid that calms irritated skin. It reduces the appearance of red spots instantly and over time, and is the perfect product for sensitive skin.
The glow-getting moisturizer: Daisy White Moisturizing Cream (P1,750) from Burt's Bees
Infused with a mix of summer snowflakes (yep, they exist!), daisy blossom, and other good-for-you botanical extracts, this day-and-night cream works to even out discoloration by providing rich moisture to parched, damaged, and blemished skin. Remember: healthy, hydrated skin = a more even skin tone!
The cult-favorite: Glow Tonic (P990) from Pixi
It isn’t called a “glow tonic” for nothing. Aside from deep-cleansing and tightening the skin, this beauty bestseller has gentle exfoliators that remove dead skin cells and refine skin texture, helping you fade those pesky spots and reveal a fresher, brighter face sans any visible peeling.
The Korean secret: Floria Brightening Peeling Gel (P428) from Tony Moly
Resurface in a cinch with this mild peeling gel that has gentle alpha hydroxy acids (specifically lactic acid and citric acid) to slough off unwanted skin debris and boost skin’s renewal properties. Be warned: This gel is quite addicting to use!
The plant-based fixer-upper: Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Bright Dark Spot Correcting Serum (P4,250) from Origins
Go into the light with this highly concentrated serum that fixes dull, spotty skin with Rosa roxburghii, a plant-based lightener, combined with white peony and licorice. It’s so light, you can use it over makeup for a skin-boosting pick-me-up.
The laser-like treatment: White Lucent Micro Targeting Spot Corrector (P6,000) from Shiseido
Powered by SAKURAResist Technology, which uses sakura from Japanese cherry blossoms to prevent dark spot appearance, this targeted treatment zeroes in on the signs of hyperpigmentation—both defined and blurred spots—for an evenly translucent complexion with regular use.
The prescription-strength serum: Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector (P4,670) from Clinique
Its claim to fame: Lab tests show that it improves dark spots by a whopping 58% in just 12 weeks. What’s more: Its mix of brighteners, exfoliants, and antioxidants may be potent in zapping blemishes, but it’s guaranteed gentle and safe to use all year round!
The Asian breakthrough: White Plus Tri-Intensive Brightening Serum (P5,060) from Clarins
Made specifically for Asian skin, this luxurious serum is powered by the acerola fruit, a precious Amazonian cherry with amazing anti-dark spot action. The result: It’s able to reduce melanin production by up to 60%, replacing spotty skin with a fairer, more even complexion. No-makeup selfie, anyone?