User's Manual: Skin

Fix Your Top Skin Complexion Problems

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Credit: Greg Marino

Age spots

Time spent in the sun without the right protection has come back to haunt you!

Over-the-counter blotch-faders use natural ingredients such as licorice, retinol, and kojic acid. One such skin-brightening powerhouse is vitamin C, according to Dr. Bank. In addition to stimulating collagen production, it helps skin cells turn over faster, thus fading spots. Find it in Shiseido White Lucent Brightening Moisturizing Gel ($60; shiseido.com).

Dr. Bank uses chemical peels to zap spots in-office. A treatment can take around five or six visits and cost from $100 to $350.

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