Whether you’re dealing with the appearance of fine lines or uneven skin tone, or battling more advanced signs of aging, lets find out results-driven solutions for having truly younger-looking skin. Here’s how to deal with uneven skin tone, loss of firmness, dull skin, and more.

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Uneven skin tone has multiple causes, but it certainly goes hand in hand with aging and sun exposure, especially if you don’t apply a sunscreen daily. Fortunately, there are products that can make an impressive, noticeable difference. Look for concentrated doses of ingredients proven to brighten dull skin, increase radiance, and refine skin. One of the best ingredients to address all of those issues is Vitamin C.

Use Retinol

Use Retinol for a Firmer-Looking Appearance. Skin loses its youthful firm, lifted appearance primarily due to age and unprotected sun exposure (wearing an SPF 30+ is a must). Retinol has an undisputed reputation as a superstar anti-aging ingredient. It’s been shown to help diminish multiple signs of aging as well as minimize enlarged pores and rough skin texture.

Theres nothing better than retinol. Period. Though it is a derivative of vitamin A and is naturally occurring in our skin, the kind used in most—if not all—of our skin care has been synthesized in one way or another. Plus, pure vitamin A will make your skin look sort of orange, its typically derived from beta-carotene, the compound that makes carrots orange. The bottom line: If you want to use retinol and commit to a natural routine, your best bet is to look for a retinol product from companies that frequently use organic, natural, and botanical ingredients.

Fight Dullness 

Exfoliate for the Smoothest Skin Possible. If you’re not already using a daily leave-on AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) or BHA (beta hydroxy acid, also known as salicylic acid) exfoliant, you’re genuinely missing out on a vitally important skincare step! These exfoliants gradually, gently, and without skin-distressing abrasion, naturally remove built-up layers of dead skin to reveal an unbelievably smoother, more radiant complexion. A daily AHA is best if your concerns are rough surface skin, crepey skin, and/or loss of firmness. It’s especially helpful for addressing advanced signs of aging. A sugar-based scrub is recommended to be one of the best exfoliants for sensitive skin. Use it once a week to gently slough off dead skin cells, which can lead to dullness.

Concentrate on Eye Area

While its true that no product can completely get rid of shadows or puffiness around the eye area, you can definitely make it look better and improve the appearance of the dry, dull, flaky skin thats sagging around your eye area. An extremely emollient cream loaded with skin-replenishing ingredients will temporarily plump and brighten skin and give a tired eye area the moisture it needs to look supple, smooth, and young again.

Fight wrinkles

For a wrinkle smoother thats only a few small steps away from its days as a plant, try sunflower, pomegranate, or camellia oil. Theyre antioxidant powerhouses, and they not only protect against future skin damage (when layered over sunscreen) but they also promote collagen production because of their vitamine E content.

Fight dark spots

By Botanical ingredients like soy, peony extract, Viniferine (from vine sap), daisy extract, and licorice root can lighten dark spots by interrupting melanin production, but – and get used to hearing this—they wont be quite as effective as their synthetic counterparts (like hydroquinone). Wear them in serums and creams you apply in the morning; since most are also antioxidants, theyll fight off free radicals that can lead to more skin unpleasantness.

The advice above will provide amazing results for your most frustrating skin concerns faster than you thought possible, but it will all be for naught if you don’t practice sun-smart behavior. The path to smoother, younger-looking skin is paved with daily broad-spectrum sun protection. Without that core step, nothing else you do to help diminish signs of aging can give you the long-terms results you’re seeking. That’s because even the best products cannot overcome the type of damage the sun does to your skin.