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Fitness

Skin-Sational: 5 Ways to Rewind the Beauty Clock

You'll jump through hoops to keep your body looking young (and you have the legs to prove it!), but what are you doing to stave off the signs of aging skin? Here's how to turn back the clock.
Healthy, glowing skin Fight Spots

We're all for embracing your freckles, but when you're dealing with a large mark that doesn't fade after summer, it's time to take action. "Spots are indicative of cumulative sun damage," Dr. Alster says. They can appear in your mid-twenties, typically on your face, décolletage, and hands. According to a study, uneven skin color can make you look 20 years older. Yikes! Fortunately, there are ways to get even.

Your superstar ingredient: Hydroquinone
Derms consider this skin lightener the gold standard for fading spots. Available in prescription (4 percent) and over-the-counter (2 percent) strengths, it works by breaking down the melanin in spots. If you have sensitive skin, try gentler kojic acid.

How to use it: Apply a thin layer of a brightening serum all over your face twice a day. "This treats any discoloration that hasn't yet surfaced," says Katie Rodan, MD, a dermatologist in Oakland. Top it off with sunscreen.

FITNESS faves: Murad Rapid Age Spot & Pigment Lightening Serum ($60, sephora.com) with hydroquinone, and La Roche-Posay Mela-D Pigment Control ($59, laroche-posay.us) with kojic acid.

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