Brighten and beautify your hands this fall

Even if you slathered sunscreen on the backs of your hands all summer long, months later, it’s likely they’re still—shockingly—a shade darker than the rest of your body. Talk about some serious sun damage. Today, new topical technologies bolster on-the-market products to erase signs of hyperpigmentation, like dark spots, discoloration and uneven tone. Here are three must-have brighteners. Smooth them on the backs of your hands and watch dark spots disappear.

The elure Advanced Skin Lightening program: This three-step system conquers discoloration with the powerhouse ingredient lignin peroxidase, which safely breaks down melanin (the pigment that discolors skin) with improvement in hyperpigmentation in just 28 days. Though designed for the face, many women report successful results using the system on hands as well. From Syneron Medical Ltd, the elure regimen features Advanced Lightening Lotion ($150), Advanced Lightening Night Cream ($150), and Advanced Facial Wash ($35), available in leading physician offices or at www.skinfo.com, www.lovelyskin.com/products.asp?MID=904 or http://skincarerx.com/elure.htm

Lumixyl Topical Brightening System: Erases sun damage and hyperpigmentation in a flash with lumixyl peptide technology, a just-as-effective—but safer—alternative to prescription hydroquinone. Safe for all skin types, the four-part system is made for face but works just as well to brighten hands, featuring an anti-oxidant cleanser, brightening crème, glycolic exfoliating lotion, and SPF 30 sunscreen. The system is available in leading physician offices and on www.makemeheal.com for $270. From Envy Medical; www.envymedical.com

ZO Skin Health offers up two best-in-hands products to address dark spots as well as lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness and elasticity. Oraser Overnight Hand Recovery ($65) combines retinol, powerful antioxidants (like vitamins C and E) and rich emollients to reduce pigmentation and improve hands’ overall texture, tone and color. Oraser Daily Hand Repair SPF 20 ($65) is an everyday solution to reduce dark spots and prevent new ones from forming, as well as bring a youth boost to hands with retinol, anti-wrinkle matrixyl 3000, and broad-spectrum sunscreen.  ZO Skin Health is available at select Nordstroms and on http://www.zoskinhealth.com/

No matter what you system you choose, remember that people will be looking at that sparkling ring and you want your skin to be just as flawless.

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