The Sun-Damage Saviors Our Editors Love

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We’re all guilty of getting too much sun sometimes, and the NewBeauty team is dedicated to helping you (and ourselves) reverse the damage. With decades of pro-tanning culture and bad suncare habits, plenty of us have collected freckles and sun spots, the darkening of our skin’s melanin to protect itself from UV damage.

The good news is, there are a lot of ingredients in skin care that are adept at lightening the appearance of sun spots over time. We’ve tested the best of 2023’s skin care to bring you the best of the brighteners, able to fade hyperpigmentation over time to reduce the appearance of sun spots.

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Drunk Elephant B Goldi Bright Drops ($38)

This 5% niacinamide formula is a long-term solution to hyperpigmentation and sun damage, but it’s also a light-reflective instant glow up. A way to make your skin look instantly healthier while improving its appearance in the long-run, this fragrance-free brightening booster is the perfect companion to your favorite moisturizer.

“The Drunk Elephant B Goldi Drops are the perfect companion for days when I just can’t get myself to do a full face of makeup,” says NewBeauty editorial assistant Isabelle Buneo. “I simply mix them with my moisturizer or SPF and my skin immediately has a slightly bronzey, super glowy look and feel that gives me the confidence to face the day without concealer or foundation. Plus, it’s a great primer for a dewy, radiant makeup look, too.”

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Mother Science Molecular Hero Serum ($89)

This dark-spot corrector sports a brand new ingredient claiming to be 10x more powerful than Vitamin C, malassezin. Safe for daytime use (which can’t be said of every dark-spot corrector), this formula is designed to give you visible results in as little as four weeks.

And here at NewBeauty, we were blown away by this serum. Guaranteed to be a stand-out of this year’s skin care launches, the Molecular Hero Serum is cruelty-free, vegan and safe for sensitive skin.

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Matter of Fact Brightening + Firming Serum ($92)

This water-less vitamin C formula is a groundbreaking and highly potent brightening serum that promises visible results in as little as two weeks. Recommended by NewBeauty’s director of beauty, Brittany Burhop Fallon, this serum is a pregnancy-safe powerhouse for correcting sun spots.

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Epicuren Skin Brightening Serum ($172)

Recommended by NewBeauty executive editor Liz Ritter, this formula is packed with niacinamide and bakuchiol to brighten and even skin tone.

Targeting sun spots while also hydrating and soothing skin, this serum doesn’t just banish current dark spots, but helps prevent them in the future. Epicuren is loved by everyone from Kim Kardashian to Gwen Stefani for its result-driven products, and this brand new edition to their stellar lineup is sure to be another long-loved powerhouse.

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