Q: After years of sunbathing, my complexion has become really uneven, and I have some larger dark spots. Is there anything I can do to fade them?

Sheila Smith, 51, from Woking

A: A uniform complexion knocks off years but, according to a recent survey, pigmentation affects half of us.

The first thing to do is to get into the habit of wearing an SPF of at least 30 every day – even in winter – to prevent further dark spots.

Exfoliate twice a week with a salicylic acid-based formula to help break up areas of pigmentation. For a daily treatment, we love Garnier Dark Spot Corrector, £9.99, Boots.

It contains vitamin C to brighten age spots, while the exfoliating formula leaves skin tone even.

Stephanie Maylor, Beauty Editor

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