HOW TO EVEN OUT SKIN TONE

Published: December 23, 2021

EVEN SKIN STARTS WITH SKIN HEALTH

A smooth, even skin tone goes beyond the surface of the epidermis. As the largest organ on the body, our skin is equipped with all sorts of tools to aid in promoting its own health and wellbeing. However, that natural equilibrium and sensitive microbiome is under attack day in and day out from the environment, free radicals, poorly-made skin care products, and more.


Our skin is naturally equipped to be hydrated, radiant, and self-healing but it simply can’t keep up with daily stressors. This can lead to uneven skin tone, loss of texture, and signs of premature aging. Healthy skin is your best defense against dull skin, rough patches, and a lackluster appearance. Start repairing unhealthy skin by implementing the following tips, ASAP:

Work with an esthetician or dermatologist to curate a targeted routine and implement additional practices that promote healthy skin.

Create healthy skin habits, including morning and evening skincare routines that work with your skin type. 

Make sure you take precautions and wear sunscreen, remain hydrated, and stay away from unhealthy behaviors like smoking or binge drinking as these can be seriously damaging to the skin. 

Woman in a bath robe looking at her even face skin tone holding a mirror

IDENTIFY WHAT IS MAKING YOUR SKIN UNEVEN

There could be numerous causes of an uneven skin tone and finding the source of a confused complexion is helpful in treating it. Here are the main causes of uneven skin tone: 

SUN DAMAGE

This is one of the most common causes of uneven skin tone. The sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays degrade the cell structure and cause the skin to produce excess melanin. Melanin spots show up on the face, neck, and chest as dark patches and are often referred to as age spots because they bloom over time.

MELASMA OR HYPERPIGMENTATION

Often due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, melasma causes dark blue, brown, or gray patches to appear on the face. While it is fairly common and harmless, it can lead to a very uneven skin tone that may linger throughout the pregnancy and after.

INJURY

Cuts, burns, or scrapes can cause the skin to heal in a way that creates a less-than smooth complexion. Especially when paired with sun damage or hormonal changes, the skin can not heal itself as effectively, leaving keloids, scars, or faded marks.

ACNE OR BREAKOUTS

This very common skin condition is a huge perpetrator in creating lackluster, bumpy appearances. Even with the help of concealer, acne zones can appear red and multi-dimensional. What’s worse, when these acne cysts or blemishes burst then heal, they can become injuries themselves, leaving scars behind. 

HORMONAL FLUCTUATIONS

Any sort of hormonal imbalance may cause the skin to exhibit brown spots, scaly patches, or dry flakes. Hyperpigmentation due to hormonal fluctuations is easy to spot and leaves skin with varying shades across the cheek, forehead, nose, and neck.

LOW QUALITY PRODUCTS

Instead of creating a healthy, natural skin barrier, poor quality products made with toxic ingredients can trap bacteria in the pores of the skin, creating breakouts and increasing the risk of scarring. 

SEBORRHEA

This skin condition is responsible for creating red, scaly patches on the scalp, chest, and other areas of the body. When it appears on the face, it can cause irritation and redness. 

ECZEMA, ROSACEA, DERMATITIS

Other common skin conditions, these can be hard to treat because they are sensitive and reactive. Restoring skin health can help it combat eczema, rosacea, and dermatitis as well as choosing gentle, non-toxic products.

Woman using a face roller to even out her skin tone
Woman using a face roller to even out her skin
Woman using a guasha looking in the mirror to even out her skin tone

STEPS TO GETTING AN EVEN SKIN TONE

Once you’ve identified the underlying issue or issues causing your skin to appear red, patchy, or uneven, you can begin implementing the following steps to foster a clear, smooth complexion. 

EXFOLIATE ON A FREQUENT BASIS

While prior beauty lore warned against over exfoliating, choosing the right exfoliator that is gentle and hydrating can allow daily exfoliation, depending on your skin type and condition. You want an exfoliator that won’t cause micro cuts or tears as this prohibits skin from being an intact health system. On your path to clear, even skin, exfoliation is crucial. Dead skin cells build up over time and can clog pores, create a dull tone, and prevent our skin from turning over at a healthy rate. 

Face scrubs, exfoliators, and peels. [ comfort zone ] exfoliating products offer an array of options when it comes to this crucial skincare step. Each is made with gentle, natural ingredients that work with your skin’s natural biome and foster adequate hydration. 

USE A GLYCOLIC PEEL OR A HYDRATING MASK

Reversing sun damage is essential when it comes to creating an even, smooth complexion. A glycolic acid peel and hydrating mask regenerate the skin, then restore moisture that helps soothe and heal irritated skin. 

/skin regimen/ GLYCO-LACTO PEEL

Glycolic and lactobionic acid helps reverse the first signs of aging while creating a glowing skin tone. 

$85.00

HYDRAMEMORY MASK

Nourishing and moisturizing, this gel leave-on mask can be worn morning or evening to give your skin a heavy dose of moisture.

$45.00

USE SERUMS & BOOSTERS

These boost the efficacy of other products like moisturizers and masks. Serums are ultra-effective because they are designed to target specific issues - like evening out skin tone by incorporating vitamin C. You can pair serums and boosters with your normal skin care routine to speed up certain processes like cell turnover.

USE RETINOL AT NIGHT

Retinol actively fades dark spots and reduces the production of melanin, aiding in the prevention of future dark spots from forming. Those with sensitive skin may want to use retinol products sparingly or talk with a dermatologist about which [ comfort zone ] retinol product is right for you. 

REMEDY Serum

For injured or sunburned skin, this serum made with marula oil and Mexican hyssop offers a soothing sensation that can alleviate itching and redness.

$79.00

COMMIT TO ROUTINE

Consistency is key in achieving any goal, like evening out your skin tone.

Try a skincare set. Not sure which cleansers, toners, or moisturizers will work best for your skin? Our skincare sets allow you to test [ comfort zone ]’s premium products without committing to a full-size product.

USE AFTER SUN PRODUCTS

We’ve said it once but we’ll say it again, the sun wreaks havoc on the skin. It’s the key cause of uneven skin tone and the appearance of aging. Since the sun is unavoidable, use after sun products whenever you come indoors from frolicking in the sunshine. Treating sunburns on the face and body immediately helps prevent aging and further damage from the UV rays. 

 Watersoul. Each Watersoul product is specifically formulated to reverse the damage that too much sunshine can cause. Equally hydrating and restorative, the shower gel and aloe gel deliver moisture to thirsty skin cells. 

INVEST IN PERIODIC FACIALS

Our spa locator helps connect you with professional estheticians who are instrumental in achieving all your skincare goals. If you can, invest in facials that promote cell turnover, restoration, and hydration.

MAINTAINING EVEN SKIN TONE

Once you’ve achieved an even skin tone, maintaining it is equally important. 

WEAR SUNSCREEN

Preventing excess melanin from forming as a protective response is key to keeping your skin tone even.

WASH MORNING AND NIGHT

Choose cleansers that complement your skin type, be it oily, dry, or combination. A stronger evening cleanser removes grime and makeup while a gentle, hydrating morning wash primes the face for the day.

/skin regimen/ Enzymatic Powder. This cleanser pairs well with all skin types and helps combat the signs of aging with chlorella, rice starch, and enzymes.

Essential Face Wash. This cream-to-foam cleanser restores the skin’s natural luminosity while washing away impurities that can cause breakouts.

DONT'SKIP TONING

Choosing a hydrating toner helps facilitate skincare health by generating cell turnover and removing excess dead skin and dirt that your cleanser may have missed.

Remedy Spray Hydrating Toner. Containing natural-origin prebiotic, this refreshing toner provides the nutrients your skin needs to heal itself. 

SELECT A MOISTURIZER THAT FITS YOU AND YOUR LIFESTYLE

Your skin is constantly changing in response to your environment and lifestyle. As you change, select a moisturizer that satisfies your skin’s current needs.

 ​​Remedy Fragrance Free Face Cream.This light, soothing, and hydrating cream can be worn during the day underneath makeup or at night for oily skin types who need a lightweight moisturizer. 

REMEDY Hydrating Toner

$35.00

YOU CAN TOO ACHIEVE EVEN SKIN

Selecting high quality products is essential to creating a healthy, glowing complexion. You can undo all the hard work and effort you’ve put into fostering a healthy skin habitat just by choosing products that introduce toxins to this sensitive environment. [ comfort zone ] products work with your skin in harmony to create naturally strong, resilient barriers that protect everything living underneath. We choose ingredients from mother nature and reinvest into sustainable actions for the planet we are a part of. Don’t just protect your skin, protect the place you call home. 

Woman using a face roller with her eyes closed to even out skin tone

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