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Sure, swipes of concealer work great to instantly transform the look of uneven-toned and textured skin, but obviously, the results only wear temporary. The ultimate key to refining texture, help diminish dark spots and renew an all-over luminous complexion is a good brightening serum.
Those with severe acne scarring might be thinking: Too good to be true, right? Well, rather than relying on vitamin C, speed up the skin-repairing process with a new antioxidant. Enter THE ORDINARY Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA.
For just under $9, this concentrated serum packs a punch of brightening qualities and hydration. Formulated with a high two per cent of pure alpha arbutin, a key ingredient for reducing the look of spots and hyperpigmentation, a few drops in the morning and night are said to drastically transform the look of acne scarring, sunspots, hyperpigmentation and an uneven complexion in as little as a month, according to reviews.
Shop it: Sephora, $9
”Finally, something that is helping lighten my sunspots! I don't have pigmentation issues from breakouts, but I have a few dark spots and a few patches on my cheeks from excessive sun exposure... It has been about three weeks and I just noticed how light my spots were — they are literally fading before my eyes! I realize it may take another bottle or so to get them almost invisible, but nothing has worked this soon, not even some very high-end products I've thrown money into,” says one five-star review.
While another says, “I struggled with acne in college, and now that I've got it under control, I've been plagued with dark spots. I've been using this product for about a month, once in the morning and once before bed, and have already noticed a VAST difference in my dark spots! I'm almost to the point where I feel confident enough to leave the house with zero makeup on.”
Also activated with hyaluronic acid, unlike most brightening serums, this serum doubles as an enhanced hydrating delivering system — perfect for barrier protection during the winter months. With that said, it’s recommended to build the skin’s tolerance to this powerful formula. Slowly introduce Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA to your nighttime routine with two applications per week for the first two weeks, and gradually begin to use it every other night.