By Erica Metzger
Freckles are the earliest signs of sun damage, says Joel Schlessinger, MD, a dermatologist based in Omaha. "Your skin makes pigment to protect itself from UV exposure," he explains. Accumulated sun damage causes those brown spots to darken and grow larger as you age.
Wear sunscreen: Protect your skin by wearing a broad-spectrum daily moisturizer like Neutrogena Ageless Intensives Tone Correcting Moisture SPF 30, $22, which also diminishes freckles with retinol and vitamin C.
See spots fade: Use lightening skincare spot treatments like Ambi Fade Cream, $5, which contains 2 percent hydroquinone -- the gold standard for bleaching hyperpigmentation. Or try a gentler option like Olay Professional Pro-X Discoloration Fighting Concentrate, $42, to even out discolorations.