I Asked 4 Derms to Design a Brightening Skincare Routine: Here Are My Results

By the end of summer 2018, my skin was in need of some serious brightening rehab. I'm genetically predisposed to freckles—I've had them since I was a little kid—so no matter how diligently I try to avoid the outdoors, in the summer sun and heat, those little leopard spots pop out like chicken pox (or if I'm trying to be kinder to myself, stars in a pitch-black night sky?). The truth is that I love my freckles, but when there are too many of them, they start to bleed together and make my face look muddy. Combine that with all the facial self-tanner I use in the summer and the lack of exfoliation because I don't want to remove that self-tanner, and my skin tone starts to look pretty darn uneven. See photo below for proof.

I needed a brightening detox like nobody's business. So I got in touch with a panel of four trusted dermatologists (perks of being a beauty editor, right?), who designed a skin tone–evening regimen for me, which I followed faithfully for the past week. Want to see the products they recommended and the results? Just keep scrolling.

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