When treating any skin condition or concern, your most effective route is to tend to it through many avenues—topical, technical, lifestyle, and internal. In terms of internal support, certain antioxidants have actually been shown to help reduce age marks.
For example, a double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial found that taking pomegranate whole fruit extract orally could help with common sun-induced pigmentation (aka sun spots).
“There’s actually clinical trials showing that if you drink pomegranate juice or take a certain dose of pomegranate extract, it actually has a UV protective effect against the sun—essentially it can help your skin repair from sun damage—which we know is the leading cause of brown spots,” says board-certified dermatologist Whitney Bowe, M.D., in an episode of Clean Beauty School. “There’s another that shows that it can actually help brighten dark spots from the past and help with hyperpigmentation.”
Another popular antioxidant, astaxanthin has been shown to help reduce the size of age spots1, as well as ease the appearance of fine lines and dullness. You can add these nutrients to your diet or look for them in beauty supplements for an extra boost.