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Tips to avoid sun spots and uneven skin tones

Sun spots and uneven skin tone are problems you can face off with a few handy tips.

Women aged 30 and over can become increasingly aware of fresh wrinkles with each passing year. Yet evidence suggests that sun spots may have as much of an impact on one’s appearance as wrinkles.

Nearly 63 per cent of women over 35 in the United States experience age or sun spots, discolorations and uneven skin tone. The dark side? The problem reflects your apparent age.

“Getting a clear, even skin tone without discoloration is just as important as wrinkle-fighting to achieving a rejuvenated, youthful appearance,” says Dr Ellen Marmur, a New York dermatologist and author of Simple Skin Beauty. “To some patients, it’s even more important.”

Dermatologists like Marmur call it hyperpigmentation but its various types are commonly known as age spots (sun spots, liver spots, freckles and melisma) i.e. brown patches of skin triggered by a hormone imbalance. Age spots, sun spots and liver spots are all the same ailment – pouches of melanin where the skin pigment has overproduced and dumped uneven amounts, most of which are as a result of sun damage.

According to Marmur, the two most used topical treatments for discoloration are hydroquinone and retinoids, both of which may have irritating side effects and require a prescription. However, a new alternative, StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum (available on Amazon), is an over-the-counter solution that’s clinically proven to work quickly without the same risky side effects.

“StriVectin-EV Get Even products; both the serum and new Get Even Spot Repair combine natural ingredients like willow bark, vitamin C and liquorice with our unique, patented form of niacin for the most even supply of pigment, skin repair and anti-ageing effects,” says leading US scientist Myron Jacobson. “Studies reveal 85 per cent of women see reduced sun spots and more even skin colour after eight weeks of use.”

But to treat the long-term problem, sufferers of dark spots should also heed the following advice:

Wear sunscreen all year round with an SPF of 30

For prolonged sun exposure, get a wide-brimmed hat to wear outdoors

Neutralise stubborn spots with peach-toned concealer while using StriVectin-EV Get Even products to slow down melanin production

Beware of products that bleach skin, as this can cause white spots, another form of discoloration.

For more information, go to www.strivectin.com/promo/get_even.

* NewsUSA