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Take 5 years off by targeting sun-induced dark spots with these targeted products

Brown age spots (also known as actinic lentigines) were originally thought to be solely due to sun damage and a result of overexposure to harmful UVA and UVB rays. However, scientists are now discovering that the colour and evenness of our skin-tone is ultimately determined by our genetics and the ratio of melanin, carotenoids and haemoglobin they contain. This explains why dark spots appear earlier than wrinkles in Asian women but later in life, long after fine lines have set in for those with caucasian complexions.

Although just because dark spots are largely determined by genetics, pigments and proteins in our skin, it doesn't mean that the right beauty products can't help eradicate and disguise them. It's simply a matter of choosing the right dark spot corrector for your skin type.

When selecting a dark spot corrector opt for a formula that contains lots of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients. SPF is also a must, although many factors contribute to dark spots, staying clear of the sun's harmful rays will keep your skin looking bright and wrinkle-free.

Read on to see dark spot correctors for every skin type and budget...

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, £7

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, £7

 Just three weeks using the concentrated serum The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA, concentrated serumvisibly lessens the intensity of age spots and hyper-pigmentation.

ELEMIS White Brightening Dark Spot Corrector, £35

ELEMIS White Brightening Dark Spot Corrector, £35

For dull skin ELEMIS White Brightening Dark Spot Corrector precision pen applicator is a dream for targeting affected areas on the face, neck and hands, visibly reducing imperfections. The compact packaging is also slim enough to carry in your handbag for routine touch ups throughout the day.  

Lancome DreamTone Serum, £69

Lancome DreamTone Serum, £69

One of our favourite dark spot correctors is Lancome DreamTone Serum. Specifically designed to address the pigment concerns of the three main skin profiles, fair, medium and dark, Lancome DreamTone Serum comes in three corresponding editions, simply titled 1, 2 and 3. Each one contains varying amounts of neutralising Micro Seaweed Extract, brightening Maitake Extract and resurfacing Salicylic Acid, to irradiate redness, illuminate sunken areas and fade blemish scars. Topped off with a generous drop of tinted colour each serum leaves skin luminous, smooth and healthy, giving you the option to go make-up free.

Korres Wild Rose & Vitamin C Dark Spot Correcting Treatment, £26

Korres Wild Rose & Vitamin C Dark Spot Correcting Treatment, £26

Packed with antioxidant-rich Wild Rose Oil, and a generous shot of anti-ageing Vitamin C Korres Dark Spot Correcting Treatment prevents the onset of dark spots as well as correcting them. Even colour is maintained and restored thanks to a special French Sea Fern Extract, its lightening properties lift darkened pigments and whip up the distinctively floral scent with a refreshing ocean aroma.

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, £42

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, £42

Clinique's Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector has an extract from the border silver plant that works like hydroquinone - the doctor's gold standard for reducing dark spots - but is less drying. Find more anti-ageing tips

Darphin Melaperfect Anti Dark Spot Treatment, £58

Darphin Melaperfect Anti Dark Spot Treatment, £58

If you are looking for cure rather than prevention, invest in Darphin Melaperfect Anti Dark Spot Treatment: A satiny serum that works hard to lighten dark spots and smooth the appearance of skin. Use morning and night to see a real difference. Find more anti-ageing tips

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, £36

Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, £36

Clear up an uneven texture and brighten your complexion with Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution. Fragrance, paraben and silicone free, this is a great serum for sensitive skins. Find more anti-ageing tips

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum, £50.40

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum, £50.40

Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins? Mega-Bright Skin Tone Correcting Serum is a dark-spot reducing serum that focuses on reducing irritation first, thanks to the antioxidant rosa roxburghii, known as the king of vitamin C, combined with liquorice.

La Roche-Posay Biomedic Pigment Control, £19.65

La Roche-Posay Biomedic Pigment Control, £19.65

Kojic acid in La Roche-Posay Biomedic Pigment Control combines with the exfoliating action of glycolic acid to correct discolouration and reduce the skin's sensitivity. Find more anti-ageing tips