Out! Out! Damned (Brown) Spots

The best products to fade brown spots on over-40 skin.
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Don’t let fun in the sun, hormones, and age leave their mark. Here, five lines of defense.

A Few Ounces of Prevention

3 Lab Perfect Repair Serum ($175) is 12 percent vitamin C, known to keep melanin from surfacing.

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Fabulous Fade Cream

Based on a Chinese beauty tradition, Wei East Bright Lights Rice Milk Essence ($58) combines brown rice seed extract with red sage root to lighten marks and keep new ones from appearing.

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Best Bet for Women of Color

Dr. Susan Taylor’s Rx for Brown Skin Naturally Flawless Advanced Botanical Brightener ($34) packs gentle lighteners like soy and bearberry.

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Buffer and Smoother

Avon Anew Clinical Advanced Dermabrasion System ($28) blends dermatologist-grade aluminum oxide crystals and polishing beads in a creamy scrub that fades discoloration in five weeks and also leaves your skin buttery soft, thanks to added skin conditioners.

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All-Over Correction

Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector ($40) treats sun damage, age spots, and acne scars with a cocktail of brightening yeast extract, sloughing exfoliators, and safeguarding antioxidants. Use it on your face, chest, and even your hands.

Originally published in MORE magazine, May 2008.

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