Summary: Even, attractive skin tone is probably the ideal, but it’s certainly difficult to achieve. Our advice, as it always has been, is to avoid taking shortcuts.
The Road to Getting the Perfect Skin Tone
We use a lot of words to describe the skin. We talk about its shape, its elasticity, its tightness, its radiance. But we also tend to talk about its tone. That can be a pretty vague term, however. What exactly do we mean by tone and how can you control the skin tone you have? These are common questions, and they can be useful in discussing skin tone—and procedures to improve skin tone—a little more broadly. It’s important to remember that skin tone is one of many properties of the skin and whatever we think makes “good” skin is a combination of many such factors.
So what is skin tone? Well, to put too fine a point on it, but your skin tone is the color of your skin at any given time. Whatever the base color of your skin, it’s likely that you don’t have the exact same skin tone all over your body. There will be minute changes in color (or, sometimes, major changes in color) over your body—different areas of the body will have different skin tones. That’s human nature. Unfortunately, we also feel compelled to look pretty uniform in color.
Skin Tone Strategies To Avoid
So how do you get the perfect skin tone? There are some healthy ways to achieve a healthy-looking skin tone and there are some unhealthy ways to get that skin tone. Obviously, we tend to favor the healthy ways. So what are the ways you should avoid?
- Tanning: Unfortunately, tanning is one of the most common ways that people try to get a healthy skin tone. It works, but at a cost. If you tan without any protection, you’re exposing your skin to high concentrations of UltraViolet light. It should not be surprising, then, that tanning has been linked to higher rates of skin cancer. In other words, if you’re using a tanning bed to get the perfect skin tone, the risks are just too high.
- Make-up: Okay, in most cases, make-up is not going to be a bad option for you—in moderation. We have make-up listed here because there are a few important things to keep in mind about make-up. First, make sure it hasn’t expired (especially if it’s a “natural” product). Second, make sure you’re using it for what it’s intended. That is, don’t use make-up designed for the face anywhere but the face. Third, use your make-up properly. Leaving it on for days on end is going to damage your skin.
How to Get Perfect Skin Tone
Getting the right skin tone for you will depend largely on what, where, and how. In other words, just about everything will depend on your desired final results. If you have large areas of uneven skin tone and you want to balance that out, you might consider a laser procedure, such as Fraxel. Fraxel uses a CO2 laser to, essentially, remove the outermost layer of skin. This allows the fresh, newer layer of skin to rejuvenate the area. It also tends to even out skin tone, as one of the things that can alter your skin tone is, essentially, weathering.
One thing you’ll want to make sure you definitely do is talk to a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist. No one knows your skin better than these medical professionals, and they can recommend the best course of action to get the results you’re after. In most cases, patients want radiant, even skin tone, and there are several ways to get that:
- Injectables (such as Radiesse or Juvederm)
- Laser treatments (such as Fraxel)
- Chemical or acid peels
- Spray tan products (used under direction)
- Cosmetic procedures, such as CoolSculpting
You Have Options
The options continue. What it comes down to is this: If you want even, vibrant skin tone, you should talk to a cosmetic surgeon or medical professional. There are many patients who would like to even out skin tone or, to get even more specific, eliminate age spots or moles or other blemishes. Doing that requires the practiced care of one of these medical professional. At least, to do it right.
If you’re looking for better skin tone, you really have no shortage of options. Some of those options are good ones, and some of them are less good. It’s our hope that you think about the health and look of your skin note just today, but for the forseeable future as well.