How to Even Out Skin Tone Without Makeup

by Kimberly Johnson

Achieving a flawless complexion is a snap with all of the makeup options that are available. For those who want that evenly toned look without makeup, however, going bare can be a little daunting -- but not disastrous. Apply some basic skin care principles so your skin will look so great that you may never go back to wearing makeup again.

Wash your face twice a day using a gentle moisturizing cleanser. Massage the cleanser over your face to remove dead skin cells, then rinse clean with lukewarm water. Gently pat your skin dry.

Spread a thin layer of a facial peel product over your skin, making sure to avoid your eyes and mouth areas. Look for a peel that contains a 10 percent solution of glycolic acid. Leave the product on for 10 minutes, then rinse it off thoroughly with warm water. Pat your skin dry gently. Reapply the peel up to twice per week.

Apply a light layer of skin-lightening lotion to any areas of the face that have a darker pigment. Reapply the lotion once a day in the morning or at night. Look for lotions that contain niacin and vitamin C, both of which have lightening properties.

Apply a light layer of lotion containing alpha hydroxy acid over your skin once per day to help exfoliate dead skin cells and improve the overall tone. Or opt to use a lotion with beta hydroxy acid instead.

Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum sun protection factor of 30 over all areas of your skin before going outdoors. This will prevent existing discoloration from getting worse and new discoloration from developing.

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Items you will need

  • Mild moisturizing cleanser
  • Facial peel with 10 percent glycolic acid
  • Skin-lightening lotion
  • Lotion containing alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid
  • Broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30


  • If you have lighter skin and the discoloration is larger than just freckles, visit a dermatologist who can prescribe a stronger whitening agent containing hydroquinone. Dermatologists can also even out skin tone using laser treatments and other office procedures.

About the Author

Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.

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