Your 2017 Dark Spot Corrector Guide
We'll help you find the right dark spot corrector for you, and avoid the harmful ingredients.Updated 06/26/2017
We all dream of the even-toned complexions that grace movie screens and magazine covers.
Top beauty brands caught on, and they've been flooding store shelves with dark spot correctors promising a youthful complexion. Unfortunately, many
of them include cheap, possibly harmful fillers, while others simply don’t work.
With so many false promises, finding a quality corrector can be both confusing and expensive. That’s why we’ve compiled years of research to help you choose the right product.
Why Do Dark Spots Happen?
Most skin blemishes are the result of extra melanin deposits in our skin. This natural pigment serves as a shield against potentially harmful UV rays, so when our skin is exposed to sun over a long period of time, it produces extra melanin to compensate.
Unfortunately, sometimes this melanin pools in certain areas of the skin, which then causes visible age spots. Dark spot correctors fix this problem by exfoliating the area and then preventing melanin from forming again later on.
Some skin brighteners (dark spot correctors) contain better ingredients than others, so it's critical to know exactly what you need.
What to Look for in a Dark Spot Corrector:
Otherwise known as niacin, this vitamin not only helps decrease skin pigmentation, but may also boost the dermal immune system and maintain a smooth complexion.
This natural ingredient is extracted from numerous species of mushroom and other plant sources. It helps exfoliate and inhibit excess melanin production in the skin.
Studies suggest that hydration helps support regular melanin production. Cetearyl Olivate facilitates this by promoting the retention of skin moisture 100% naturally.
A product that includes this natural exfoliant can support the appearance of youthful skin. It also promotes skin hydratration for balanced melanin production.
This popular skincare exfoliant can also help promote flawless skin. One note of caution: retinol can sometimes cause unwanted reactions, so use it carefully.
Finding a dark spot corrector with these ingredients will go a long way toward effectively brightening your skin, but there are also some harmful characteristics to avoid in a dark spot corrector:
BEWAREof artificial additives such as hydroquinone and mercury. These synthetic ingredients can cause unwanted results.
BEWAREof disreputable companies. If the corrector you find isn't backed by a reputable seller with positive reviews, you should run away.
BEWAREof companies that hide details in their guarantee's terms and conditions. They can make it difficult to get your money back, if at all.
BEWAREof dark spot correctors that promise fast results. Real skin enhancement takes time.
After surveying 67 dark spot correctors, we unfortunately only found 3 that we would recommend to our readers. There were an alarming number of questionable products with either sub-standard ingredients, or confusing money-back guarantees. The dark spot correctors we did find, however, all boast extremely positive customer reviews and effective ingredients.
THE RESULTS ARE IN...
After surveying over 10,000 user reviews and then carefully studying the products, only a select few dark spot correctors offered users natural ingredients that evened out their skin tone, improved hydration, and promoted the appearance of youthful skin. Quality dark spot correctors aren't easy to find, and out of 67 products that we reviewed, only 3 of them carry our recommendations. Here are our Top 3 Picks.
Top Picks are updated monthly based on testing and analyses:
- Natural ingredients
- Proven results
- Third-party tested
- High-quality formula
- No artificial additives
- A+ customer service
- 30-day return policy
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Simple Beauty won our #1 Best Choice Award for
a variety of reasons. The Skin-Brightening Spot Corrector is packed with vitamin B3, kojic dipalmitate, glycerin, and cetearyl olivate.
Even better, it contains no fillers or additives.
Users reported positive results, including radiant-looking skin, deep hydration and an even tone.
For them, the competitors didn't come close.
Simple Beauty also ranked the highest in customer service. The wait time to be connected to a service representative was the quickest of every brand we tested, coming in at only 32 seconds. Even better, the agent we spoke with was both knowledgeable and happy to answer our questions.
Simple Beauty offers a risk-free, 30-day return policy, third-party lab testing, and clinical trials to back the company's industry-leading product guarantee. The Skin-Brightening Spot Corrector offers certified results users expect. For all of
these reasons, Simple Beauty is our #1 top choice.
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Skinceuticals ranked #2 in our top picks with their premium Advanced Pigment Corrector. It's formulated with high-potency 1% Hydroxyphenoxy Propionic Acid and 0.3% Salicylic acid to powerfully reduce the look of discoloration.
While Skinceuticals is paraben-free and clearly lists its ingredients on their website, many of their additives aren't as natural as Simple Beauty's Skin-Brightening Spot Corrector. It also fails to include kojic acid and cetearyl olivate. Another downside is the high price. Otherwise, users gave this product high marks in the categories of customer service, returns, and overall effectiveness. Though users loved the Advanced Pigment Spot Corrector, the extra additives and high price brings it down to #2 on our list of top correctors.See Our Complete Review > > > Order Spot Corrector > > >
Murad Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum comes in a solid third position, having bested dozens of other spot correctors on the market. We were wary of adding it to our list, however, as it contains 2% hydroquinone. Users rated the product so highly that we decided to include it anyway, with a note of warning to potential customers. While hydroquinone is extremely effective at diminishing the appearance of dark spots, it's not a safe, natural ingredient. Murad does make up for this by avoiding parabens, pthalates and sulfates, but we still recommend exercising caution. Since some users swore by Murad's Rapid Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Serum, it came in at #3 in our top picks.See Our Complete Review > > > Order Spot Corrector > > >
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