How to Brighten Up Your Post-Summer Sun Spots

10 05 2016

Regardless of the cause, there’s a (healthy, non-damaging) light at the end of the hyperpigmentation tunnel. With the right ingredients and a little TLC, you can actually brighten your complexion and even out your skin tone – with a safe, non-toxic solution.

It’s officially fall, which means that those summer days spent lounging on the beach and splashing in the pool are officially over (until next year at least). But, while your tan may be starting to fade, there’s one remnant of summer that often refuses to depart: sun spots.


The pesky spots, also known as hyperpigmentation, occur when you spend a few too many hours basking in the sun. They’re a telltale sign of distressed, overexposed skin. Translation:  you’ve been caught red-handed – or brown-spotted, in fact – engaging in unsafe sun, so now might be a good time to start doubling down on that daily SPF.  


Not to be confused with regular freckles, these spots are areas where melanin has risen to the surface of the skin to protect your cells from harmful UV rays. Consider them your body’s first line of defense against skin cancer, and one that you don’t want to employ more often than necessary.


Unfortunately once these spots start appearing, they tend to get darker the more they’re exposed to the sun’s rays. And, in fact, the sun isn’t the only thing that can cause them. Stress, hormones, trauma (aka picking at your breakouts), some medications and even pollution can create areas of pigmentation too.


But, regardless of the cause, there’s a (healthy, non-damaging) light at the end of the hyperpigmentation tunnel. With the right ingredients and a little TLC, you can actually brighten your complexion and even out your skin tone – with a safe, non-toxic solution.  Here are the secret weapons you need in your skin-brightening arsenal:


Vitamin C


First and foremost, we recommend the knockout combination of Vitamin C and Ferulic Acid (find it in our Vitamin C Booster!). This duo stimulates collagen production, firms and repairs the skin, fights wrinkles, evens skin tone and helps to brighten aging skin. Sure, you can get Vitamin C (also known as l-Ascorbic Acid) from your diet, but the most effective way to help it directly target your skin tissue is to apply it topically.


It’s important to note that the moment Vitamin C is introduced into a liquid it naturally begins to oxidize. Over time, this means that it loses much of its potency (we’re looking at you beauty creams). Until scientists discover how to prevent that from happening, fresh Vitamin C powder is the most effective way to derive the antioxidant benefits you need.


So, why the addition of Ferulic acid? When combined with Vitamin C, this already potent antioxidant becomes even more stable and effective. Studies have shown that when used with Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid is incredibly photoprotective – an important thing for those who spend their days in the sun.




Also known as Vitamin B3, niacinamide prevents melanin from reaching the surface of the skin and protects from additional UV damage. Studies have shown that not only can it help prevent hyperpigmentation and the onset of sun damage, but it is also an effective skin lightener as well. Find it in our Renew Cellular Repair Serum.


Sodium Alginate

This water-soluble polysaccharide comes from brown algae. It is used to hydrate, soften and smooth the skin’s texture and is also known to have gentle brightening effects on the complexion. Researchers have begun to study marine algae as a natural source of tyrosinase inhibitor. To translate that: tyrosinase is an enzyme in the body that is responsible for the production of melanin and other pigments. A tyrosinase inhibitor, therefore, like sodium alginate, helps to prevent pigmentation and even skin tone.


Another important tyrosinase inhibitor is astaxanthin, which can be found in everything from red pond algae to noni fruit. Find both in our Renew Cellular Repair Serum.




Resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant, is a naturally occurring compound found in plants like grapes and berries. And while its anti-aging properties have been widely discussed, scientists are now confident that resveratrol can also significantly decrease melanin production. Find it in our Renew Cellular Repair Serum.


Superoxide Dismutase


Also known as SOD, this naturally occurring enzyme (it often comes from French melon) helps to neutralize damaging free radicals and to heal, replenish and even out the skin, giving it a more youthful appearance. Research has shown that SOD is one of the key players in reducing melanin production caused by UV radiation specifically. Find it in our Renew Cellular Repair Serum.


The bottom line: if you’ve got skin discoloration or sun spots, True Botanicals has two essential products for you. Work our Renew Cellular Repair Serum and our Vitamin C Booster into your daily routine, and you’ll see a spotless complexion in no time (well, maybe a month or two).


Additional Sources:


A breakdown of the existing skin lightening modalities on the market


Vitamin C holds promise for its many uses in dermatology