The Best Serums for Uneven Skin Tone

Even out your skin tone with a serum.

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In a perfect world, you could wear the same shoes, dresses and jewelry as your best friend. Alas, one size never fits all, and the same goes for your skincare. For people who need lighter skincare treatments--such as those with oily skin--serums offer all the advantages of creams, yet in a more lightweight package. If you're struggling with uneven skin tone, third-party beauty critics have highlighted just the serums you need for a fabulously flawless complexion.

Replenix Serum

You may be grown, but what girl doesn't have fond memories of tea parties? Give your skin a tea party of its own with this anti-aging serum from Replenix. It combines various tea-derived antioxidants, such as green tea's polyphenol isolates, to improve your overall skin tone. "In Style" magazine's editors loved its tone-improving powers so much, they gave it their editors' pick award. Additional ingredients include hyaluronic acid--which may help to plump away your wrinkles--and soothing chamomile.

Neutrogena Tone Correcting Concentrated Serum

For an even skin tone, "Real Simple" magazine recommends Neutrogena's tone-correcting treatment. It zaps your skin with retinol, which turbo-boosts your skin's cell turnover for quick fading of the damaged, discolored cells. You'll also find natural tone enhancers, including skin-brightening soy extracts, for a multi-level treatment of your tone problems. Because retinol also makes your skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light, you'll want to only use this serum in the evening. Give "beauty sleep" new meaning!

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Face Anti-Aging Serum

This serum has won an editors' pick award every year since 2008, reports "InStyle" magazine. It doesn't just target skin tone problems like age spots, but also works against the wrinkles and fine lines you might have collected over the years. Some of its concentrated strength comes to plumping humectants, damage-reducing antioxidants and idebenone. It offers "heavy duty protection," summarizes the magazine. Savvy girls know that it's all about the protection.

Mary Kay Timewise Replenishing Serum + C

High levels of the antioxidant known as vitamin C can naturally rejuvenate away skin damage while guarding against future damage. You can either rub a barrel of oranges all over your skin, or use a vitamin C-based serum. For evening out skin tone, Mary Kay's vitamin C serum ranked as the best in "Good Housekeeping" magazine's 2010 beauty awards. It also contains silicone, which can help to instantly perfect your face and smooth away troublesome problems like large pores.

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