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How to help get an even-looking skin tone

Let's smooth things over. Whether you're looking to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation or blur blemishes, let our top tips on how to get even skintone help you get on track to a cared-for complexion.

What is an uneven skin tone?

Uneven skin is when skin has light and dark patches. This is also known as ‘hyperpigmentation’. It’s no big deal, we’ve all got ‘em. But if you do want to bring about a more harmonious complexion, here’s what you need to know.

How do I know if I have an uneven skin tone?

Let’s be real. There’s no such thing as perfectly even skin. Pretty much all of us have or will have a blotch or dark spot here and there. If you look closely at your complexion and notice some areas are darker than others, you may have an uneven skin tone.

What causes uneven skin tone?

Uneven skin tone can be caused by a number of factors, like hormonal and environmental contributors. Some of these things fall out of our control, but you can do right by the future of your skin by knowing the triggers that lead to uneven skin tone and texture.

Sun exposure

Ever noticed your skin looking a little different after a long, hot summer spent frolicking outdoors? Brown spots and uneven skin tone are actually the result of your body producing more melanin than usual in order to help protect your skin from UV light.


Indoor and outdoor environmental aggressors can take a toll on skin. City types might be familiar with the build-up of grime after a day spent hopping on trains and busses. As it happens, particles and gasses from traffic-related air pollution are able to penetrate the skin, paving the way for brown spots, especially on the face.


You may have heard of melasma, a hormone-related hyperpigmentation which is caused by increased hormone stimulation. It’s most commonly experienced by people who are pregnant or taking contraceptives, but it can also result in reaction to cosmetics or medications.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

Skin can flare up under physical stress, so it’s common to experience some level of darkening of the skin. Learn more about hyperpigmentation here.

Tips for an even-looking skin tone

Take care of that beautiful body, help protect your complexion, and all that good work can show up on your skin.

Vitamin C serum

Try our Vitamin C skincare

Help to harmonize skin tone and texture with your good friend, Vitamin C skincare. Enriched with up to 10% natural-origin vitamin C, our zingy creations help to reveal radiant-looking skin and help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.1 From moisturizers and masks to invigorating serums and cleansers, there are plenty of ways to squeeze our Vitamin C heroes into your skincare routine.

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Exfoliate regularly

Our Vitamin C Daily Glow Cleansing Polish knocks two steps into one, helping to gently buff away dead skin cells and cleanse away impurities to unveil more radiant-looking skin. Plus, it’s enriched with natural-origin vitamin C derived from Peruvian camu camu berries – one of nature’s richest sources of the stuff.

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Help protect skin from pollution

Environmental aggressors can take a toll on skin and can contribute to uneven skin tone, pigmentation and dullness. Cleanse away impurities and help protect your skin against pollution with our Edelweiss skincare range. Enriched with edelweiss extract, our clever formulas leave skin feeling refreshed, hydrated and help protect against environmental aggressors. Read up on how to protect skin from pollution here.

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Even out your skin tone with makeup

Give your skin a helping hand with a little makeup in the areas you want to fine-tune. Veil skin with a good primer to help makeup last longer and smooth the canvas. Dab our Vitamin C Concealer onto areas of uneven skin tone. Its lightweight, crease-free formula helps to reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation and enhance your natural glow. If you prefer a little extra coverage, follow with our Fresh Nude Foundation. Available in 40 shades, it’s enriched with vitamin E and community fair trade organic aloe vera, delivering medium coverage with a dewy finish.

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What’s the best routine for even skin?

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Step one: Vitamin C Daily Glow Cleansing Polish

Reveal radiant-looking skin with this hardworking cleanser, helping to exfoliate whilst being kind to skin every day. Made with ingredients including jojoba beads and perlite derived from volcanic glass, it gently buffs away dead skin cells and built-up impurities to leave skin feeling fresh, smooth and looking oh-so radiant.

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Step two: Vitamin C Glow Revealing Serum

Get ready to glow like never before. Enriched with a whopping 10% vitamin C, it’s our highest concentration ever. Glide on a few drops every day to deliver 24hr hydration, help reduce the appearance of uneven pigmentation1 and leave skin with a giddy glow.

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Step three: Vitamin C Concealer

Help balance out the appearance of uneven pigmentation with our light, crease-free formula. Dab over dark circles, blemishes and areas of uneven pigmentation to help reduce the appearance and create a more harmonious complexion. With its radiant-looking finish, it’s a match made for the under the eye area and enhances skin’s natural, healthy-looking glow. It’s vegan certified, silicone free and available in 20 shades for your perfect match.

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How to get glowing skin

Glow big. Discover the secret to radiant-looking skin with our ultimate tips and tricks, from skincare to lifestyle.

*Clinical tests performed on a 22 Asian panel over 8 weeks including both instrumental measurement (spectrophotometer) and clinical scoring, where the technician grade the subject’s skin from 1-9.