As we get older, our skin becomes less elastic and starts to retain signs of life’s wear and tear. Age spots can show up anywhere on the skin and vary in both size and color. Cellular regeneration and skin recovery becomes slower and slower as years pass, and poor skin maintenance can contribute to age spotting. There are different ways to preserve skin and even reverse signs of aging.
Age spots usually appear sometime after the age of forty, and sit on the top layer of skin. While this is a nuisance in that they are very visible, it allows for chemical removal of the top layer without too much damage. Chemical peels use acid-like chemicals to remove the top, spotting layer and expose the less damaged layers. This kind of treatment happens in installments and is usually very effective.
Another chemical treatment solution is the use of facial abrasives. The name may sound violent, but it’s really more of a heavy scrubbing. The brush removes top layers where spots live. There is initial redness, especially for sensitive skin, but after a few days, skin will calm down and spot reduction is visible.
Home remedies for age spots are less researched in terms of effectiveness and chemical processes, but have fewer consequences than professional treatments. Some people claim the acidic nature of lemon juice works as a kind of bleach on the face to help with the appearance of age spots.
Other home-cooked skin lighteners include:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Aloe Vera juice
- Castor oil
- Dry clay
Vigilant sun care is the best form of prevention for age spots, though sometimes the pesky blotches appear anyway. Keep in mind, though, that age spot removal is not guaranteed and, like other cosmetic procedures, is not necessary for good health. It’s not always a bad thing to look your age!