If achieving smoother, firmer, even-toned skin is on your to-do list, you're in luck. We talked to our panel of skincare pros about your top complexion concerns. Here's their advice, free of charge.
By Ilana Blitzer
What You Said: These are an issue for nearly a third of our readers. (If you think you're in the clear on discoloration, check the back of your hands—spots can pop up there too.)
What You Can Do: Many people find their first brown spot on their upper left cheek—it's from all the sun exposure you take in while driving, says Dr. Fusco. That's why it's so vital to stay vigilant about sunscreen—and not just on your face. Spots also appear on the hands, which usually go unprotected from UV rays. During the day slather on an SPF-enriched moisturizer. Stash sample sunscreen tubes in your purse and the glove compartment of your car, so you can reapply on the go (when most damage occurs). Whenever you see a spot, address it immediately—others are likely close behind. To diminish, try creams that use kojic acid or soy extract (we like Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $16). Products with antioxidants like vitamins A and C also help. Using an OTC peel once a week on the face and back of hands sheds the outer layer of dead skin cells, making age spots less pronounced.