Shoppers Say These Exfoliating Pads Are ‘Unmatched’ for Fading Dark Spots and Brightening Skin

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Summer is officially here, and with that comes sunshine, beach days, BBQs and…dark spots? Every summer I inevitably end up with unwanted, sun-induced spots, no matter how diligent I am with SPF. Add that to (increasingly common) age spots, and discoloration is an issue I struggle with now more than any other time in my thirty-six years. I haven’t had to turn to more drastic methods—yet—but one product I added to my virtual shopping cart just today is SkinMedica’s Even & Correct Brightening Treatment Pads. These pre-soaked, alcohol-free exfoliating pads are formulated with powerful brightening ingredients like glycolic acid, tranexamic acid and niacinamide to address pigmentation of various concerns.

Why did I wait until today? SkinMedica (whose parent company Allergan is the pharmaceutical company behind Botox and Juvederm) is celebrating 25 years of skin-care solutions informed by physicians and rooted in science. To mark the milestone, all SkinMedica products are an unprecedented 25 percent off across the brand’s site and on Dermstore.com.

“The ingredients [are] unmatched,” says a shopper about SkinMedica’s Even & Correct Brightening Treatment Pads (originally $60, now $45), “And as always, Skinmedica’s products consistently deliver amazing results.” A customer over 55 says they “clarify” and “brighten” their skin, while another reviewer agrees, “My skin looks so bright.” Other reviewers comment their skin is “softer and smoother,” and a shopper in the 40’s says the exfoliating pads have made the “biggest difference” in their skin.



Take advantage of SkinMedica’s unheard of quarter-century birthday sale now through June 25 on their site and Dermstore.com. In a testament to SkinMedica’s age-defying and pioneering formulas, it’s a brand we’ve covered countless times over the years, and it’s one of the select brands dermatologists recommend over and over again. Keep scrolling for some of their best-sellers and new arrivals you won’t want to miss out on.

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Even & Correct Advanced Brightening Treatment (originally $178, now $133.50)

Another effective brightening treatment in the Even & Correct family is this serum for the face, neck and décolleté. It has similar ingredients to the Brightening Treatments Pads, with additional botanical antioxidants, to target stubborn hyperpigmentation and melasma and prevent the appearance of future discoloration.

As with all Even & Correct products, make sure to wear and reapply sun protection of SPF 30 or higher.

skinmedica even correct brightening treatment

Key ingredients

Lotus seed extract, tranexamic acid, niacinamide, vitis flower stem cell extract

How to use

Apply in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.

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TNS Advanced+ Serum (originally $295, now $221)

The powerful skin-rejuvenating serum improves the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines skin tones and texture, and sagging while encouraging cell turnover and collagen production. It’s next-generation formula also makes it a favorite among doctors. Grand Rapids, MI plastic surgeon David R. Alfonso, MD‘s previously told NewBeauty this serum is his “personal go-to favorite medical grade product” and Montclair, NJ dermatologist Jeanine Downie, MD once raved, “The formula has growth factors and stem cells which help with toning and tightening the look and feel of the skin.”

skinmedica tns advanced serum

Key ingredients

Growth factors, peptides, French flax seed, Spanish marine extract, green microalgae

How to use

Apply to the entire face, neck and chest in the morning and evening after cleansing and toning.

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HA5® Rejuvenating Hydrator (originally $184, now $138)

For an instant hydration boost and softer-looking fine lines and wrinkles, add the HA5® serum to your daily routine. It also smooths skin texture and roughness in the immediate and long-term. “For the face, my go-to product is SkinMedica HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator,” says Rochester, NY dermatologist Lesley Loss, MD. New York City facial plastic surgeon Jennifer Levine, MD, says that it’s also her go-to for plumper skin. “It gives such a dewy glow and has made a real difference in my skin,” she says.

Pro tip: Because HA5® is a “water-loving” substance, wet your fingertips prior to applying face, neck and chest, or any area where fine lines and wrinkles primarily exist.

Key ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, peptides, vitamin E

How to use

Apply twice daily—in the morning and at night—after cleansing, toning, and treating your skin, and before moisturizer and SPF.

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Pore Purifying Gel Cleanser (originally $48, now $36)

One of SkinMedica’s newest launches is a gentle and refreshing gel cleanser that clears and purifies pores without stripping the skin and improving its overall appearance.

skinmedica purifying gel cleanser

Key ingredients

Bakuchiol, salicylic acid, aloe, olive leaf

How to use

Apply to the entire face as the first product used in your morning and evening skin care routine.

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Instant Bright Eye Cream (originally $92, now $69)

Glenn Dale, MD dermatologist Valerie D. Callender, MD once told us this ultra-hydrating eye cream is her favorite when it comes to fading the appearance of dark circles thanks to ingredients like caffeine and hyaluronic acid that keep the area looking smooth and plump. It instantly improves the eyes’ appearance and continues to brighten the entire eye area over time.


Key ingredients

Hyaluronic acid, caffeine, marine extracts, Persian silk tree extract, vitis flower stem cell extract

How to use

Apply a thin layer twice daily to skin adjacent to and beneath the eye area and eyelids.

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Age Defense Retinol Complex 0.5 (originally $80, now $60)

“This is a topical retinoid I frequently recommend for mature skin,” says Greenwich, CT dermatologist Lynne Haven, MD. “Its formula helps to minimize any irritation and it comes in three strengths—0.25, 0.5 and 1.0 percent—so it is easy to gradually increase as tolerated. Over time, it can help build collagen and minimize old sun damage.”

SkinMedica Age Defense Retinol Complex 0.5

Key ingredients

Retinol, antioxidants, algae extract

How to use

Apply a single pump to face in the evening. If you have never used a retinol product before, begin by limiting use to twice a week, gradually increasing frequency to every other night, and then advancing to each evening or as tolerated.

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Neck Correct Cream (originally $135, now $101)

Westborough, MA facial plastic surgeon Min S. Ahn, MD previously told NewBeauty,“We have been seeing great results with SkinMedica’s Neck Correct Cream.” He adds, “Specifically designed for the delicate skin of the neck and décolletage, this serum helps to minimize the appearance of lines and wrinkles and crepey skin, all while improving the overall skin texture and tone. Our patients are really happy with the results!”

SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream

Key ingredients

Green microalgae extract, lemon balm extract , shitake mushroom extract, rice protetin, peptides, paracress extract, knotgrass extract, dunaliella salina

How to use

Gently apply to clean skin on neck and décolleté using upward strokes twice a day.

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