Making improvements on your skin tone might seem difficult, but there are a variety of little changes to your routine you can make to nourish more even, healthy skin. 

 

At Wander Beauty, we want the best for your skin. We’re here to help you gain a greater understanding of uneven skin tone, what causes it, how to improve it, and even some natural ingredients that can help!

 

What Is an Uneven Skin Tone?

Uneven skin tone looks different for everyone. This is because every person’s individual skin type, texture, and color are unique. The reality is that most people will experience uneven skin tone at some point in their lifetime. While it might be more prevalent or pervasive for some people, most people will deal with it at some time. Therefore, knowing how you can improve the appearance of your skin if and when it happens can be helpful. 

 

It’s important to note that sometimes, uneven skin tone is caused by an underlying health condition. If you notice that your skin tone has altered dramatically, we recommend consulting your dermatologist. Once you have clarification that it’s just a topical condition, you can begin to treat your uneven skin tone. 

 

What Causes an Uneven Skin Tone?

As is the case with most skin conditions, there are several potential culprits for uneven skin tone. By determining the most likely factor, you might be able to make some changes to ensure that your skin isn’t again exposed to the same harsh conditions that damaged it in the first place. 

 

Hyperpigmentation

You might have heard uneven skin tone referred to as hyperpigmentation. This refers to an irregular darkening of the skin. It usually occurs when there is an overproduction of melanin, which is responsible for your skin and hair color. Therefore, the dark spots or patches are usually seen as “aged skin.”

 

These patches can form for a variety of reasons. The result is the same: they make your skin look older and damaged. Skin tone and texture problems go hand-in-hand, so be sure that you’re also taking steps to support your skin’s texture simultaneously. 

 

Aging

As you get older, you can expect to see discoloration pop up on your face and body. This is a result of skin that’s been exposed to the elements, and age itself. These so-called “age spots” often appear in people who are 50 and up, but they can appear in people under 50, too. 

 

Just like the rest of your body experiences wear-and-tear as it gets older, your skin does, too. As a result, your skin becomes thinner and drier. This is because there isn’t as much collagen and elastin being produced. These proteins are responsible for keeping your skin supple, smooth, and plump. 

 

UV Exposure

Sun damage from UV rays is the most common cause of premature skin aging. If you’ve excessively exposed your skin to the sun, you might notice that your skin has changed in texture and tone. This could occur because the body produces excess melanin to protect itself from the rays. 

 

Sun damage presents itself in several ways. Age spots resulting from UV exposure are common, as are sunburn, peeling, skin dryness, and the darkening of freckles. If you fear that your skin tone is uneven due to sun exposure, you should be having regular checkups with your dermatologist to ensure that your skin is healthy and cancer-free. Skin cancer can develop from excess UV exposure, so if your skin has had too much sun, you should check in periodically to make sure your skin’s still okay. Dermatologists usually recommend coming in for a full skin check every year.

 

Hormonal Changes

Research supports that hormonal changes can also make an impact on your skin color and tone. While estrogen darkens the skin, progesterone lightens it. If your hormones change, you might experience an alteration in your skin tone. 

 

Ways To Improve Uneven Skin Tone

If you have uneven skin tone and you’re looking for ways to smooth it out, there are a variety of things that you can do. The most important thing is consistency. You won’t see results overnight so be patient with your skin — it’s working hard! 

 

Sun Protection

The most prevalent cause of uneven skin tone is unprotected sun exposure. You can eliminate this problem by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 every day. This can help ensure that you don’t have more sunspots pop up. Don’t forget to reapply every 2 hours!

 

Let Skin Rest Overnight

Like the rest of the human body, your skin does the bulk of its regenerating while you’re asleep. This is just one of the reasons why getting your beauty sleep every night is essential. Allowing your skin to get some well-deserved rest helps ensure that your skin is soaking in the full benefits of your skincare products. 

 

Intense Moisturizer

Moisturizer is an absolute must for everyone, no matter your skin tone. Our Dive In™ Moisturizer is a lightweight gel-cream formula with pentavitin to provide your skin with 72 hours of hydration. 

 

Dive In helps even skin tone with niacinamide, defends against damaging free radicals with our Wanderberry Complex, and soothes and softens skin with betaine. The result is a more even skin tone that’s the perfect canvas for all of your makeup looks. 

 

Exfoliation

To treat pre-existing hyperpigmented spots on your face, you can consider exfoliation. This will help get rid of the dead skin cells that are clogging up your skin and giving it a dull appearance. Consider exfoliation the perfect way to start your skincare routine. It allows other products, such as serums, oils and moisturizer, to penetrate the skin more effectively. 

 

Whether you choose a chemical or physical exfoliant, be sure to choose carefully; you don’t want something too harsh that can irritate your skin more than it already is. 

 

Sustainable, Healthy Habits

Lastly, cultivating a healthy lifestyle is essential for an even, beautiful skin tone. What you eat can make a tremendous impact on your skin, and tone. Exercise can also help get your circulation pumping which is good for your entire body and yes, your skin. You should also ensure you’re drinking enough water to support your body, inside and out. 

 

Natural Ingredients For an Even Skin Tone

There are also some natural ingredients that you can use to help perfect your skin tone. These include aloe vera, vitamin C, and vitamin B3. 

 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a gel-like substance that can be found within the leaves of the aloe vera plant. It’s extremely popular for treating sunburns, minor scratches, and other skin upsets. Not only does it fight irritation and hydrate the skin, but aloe vera also features soothing and cleansing properties. This makes it an excellent natural way to help with an uneven skin tone. 

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a fabled way to treat a variety of skin conditions. The results are clear: it works. This powerful tool can be used to treat uneven skin texture and yes, tone. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that works to neutralize free radicals. Due to its antioxidant properties, it helps your skin with natural regeneration. Vitamin C assists with the repair of damaged skin cells, which is what you need to fix your skin tone.

 

Vitamin B3

Vitamin B3 is also commonly referred to as niacinamide. This powerful ingredient is often overshadowed by vitamin C, but it shouldn’t be! It’s an excellent way to brighten and hydrate your skin. It can also work to prevent signs of aging from showing up on your face. 

 

These ingredients can be found in a variety of our multitaskers, including Sight C-er Vitamin C Concentrate, Mist Connection Essence and Toner, and Dive In™ Moisturizer.

 

Conclusion

If your skin tone is uneven, the first step is to figure out why. Once you’ve done that, you can begin to tackle the problem itself and regain the confidence that an uneven skin tone took from you. 

 

Good luck, we believe in you (and your skin!).