This Is How My Summer Skincare Routine Has Faded My Dark Spots Drastically

Even writing the word dark spots feels emotionally triggering. I moved to New York three years ago with big dreams, an air mattress, and pocket change. Little did I know that all of the unexpected changes I'd experience in this big city would flip my skin upside down. From inevitable environmental stressors due to the over-polluted air to work stress from my first big-girl job, my skin felt all of it—hard. My once-spotless skin quickly became filled with countless dark spots. At one point, it got uncontrollable.

The real problem was that I didn't know how to take care of them, so I got really good at covering them up. Working in beauty, I was privy to all of the top-notch, full-coverage makeup products that allowed me to fake flawless skin, and I turned to heavy foundations to hide my skin insecurities. Last year, I even wrote about how working in beauty made my skin worse. I was prematurely testing product after product without understanding how certain ingredients reacted on my seriously sensitive skin. But I'm finally coming to terms with the fact that I was hiding behind makeup to feel beautiful.

Fortunately, I work with a smart team of badass women who were there for me every step of the way with product and treatment recommendations for hyperpigmentation. I turned to micro-needling and facials in hopes of lightening my dark spots. I took every opportunity to interview a dermatologist or an esthetician to figure out which products would work for me. And with God's grace, and a whole lot of trial and error, I can confidently say that I've secured a skincare routine for dark spots.

Since I've been using the below products, my dark spots have faded drastically. And here I am, baring it all in these makeup-free photos to prove my progress is real.