Many of us brown girls have varying skin tones due to hyperpigmentation, which is the darkening of areas on the skin. Though our mocha to chocolate complexions afford us beautiful tans in the summer, it also scars easily and can be prone to suffering from unsightly splotches. Due to the melanin that gives us our spectacular hues, we’re more easily affected by the condition. 

It plagues me as well. Too much fuss over a pimple and I’m blessed with a permanent dot. Managing darker spots starts with your daily regimen. You must incorporate products that contain brightening ingredients. Check out how we infuse a few of our favorites. 

Jason Super-C Cleanser Gentle Face Wash: Your wash should clean, calm and nourish your skin. This soft cleanser is perfect for all types and it contains a mighty dose of vitamin C to revitalize.

Ambi Even & Clear Exfoliating Wash: We love this cost-efficient wash that, over time, helps to minimize the appearance of uneven skin while sloughing off dead skin cells. 

St. Ives Invigorating Apricot Scrub: No, seriously, this is the top pick of most of the glowing starlets I’ve had beauty chats with. The cult favorite never disappoints with its fresh scent and super-buffing texture. 

Specific Beauty Skin Brightening Serum: This lightweight serum works wonders for the sensitive skin just below your eyes – a problem area for many of us. Feel free to slather it all over your face as well. 

Rx for Brown Skin Naturally Flawless Botanical Brightener: Skip the harsh bleaching creams and opt for this natural brightener chocked full of powerful ingredients cut down melanin production. Translation: minimal scarring and discoloration. 

Serums should be used under your moisturizer for best results. Maintaining a regimen of a wash, exfoliant, serum and moisturizer on a daily basis, will inevitably lead to a smoother, more even complexion. —Kimberly Walker