Have you ever noticed tiny dark spots on the backs of your hands, your neck, or maybe even your face? Age spots usually occur in your 40s, USUALLY, but they may make their appearance much earlier than that- after all, they are called “age” spots- regardless of an exact number of years.
- The sun is most damaging from 10:00am – 4:00 pm.. So be sure to slather on some sunscreen.
Let’s shed a little more light…
You see, despite it’s name, age isn’t directly behind these dark discolorations. The one true cause of age spots is the sun, and well, over exposure to it. Why else do you think age spots are also referred to as solar lentigines?
This is what happens- your skin creates melanin as it is exposed to those nasty UV rays. When there is way too much production of this pigment, they start to clump together thus creating age spots.
The reason they appear in your later years of life is simply because the older you get, the more sun exposure you have had. So, yes, age does play a role but it definitely isn’t the root.
Perfectly harmless, but not at all attractive, you don’t really need to go to a pro to get rid of them. Heck, you don’t even need to run to your nearest beauty bar. Think closer, try your kitchen.
Here are some of the best age spots home remedies that you should definitely try.
ALOE VERA GEL
Aloe Vera is just simply amazing because this succulent plant offers so many benefits and using it is amazingly simple- no preparation needed whatsoever. All you have to do is pick a leaf fresh off the plant , get the gel, and rub it on the age spots. You don’t even need to rinse off. Just let your skin soak up all the goodness.
- For best results, you should do this twice a day, every day.
The chemicals in the gel will actually lighten the spots, smoothen the skin, keep it moisturized, and even encourage new cell growth too.
Another thing that you can try, without the need to mix and match, is lemon juice. It works great on it’s own. Simply slice a fresh lemon, squeeze out the juice, and dab some on the spots.
- Just like with aloe vera, you want to do this twice daily.
Lemon juice actually has mild citric acid. This is great for getting rid of the old dark skin making room for new, light skin to grow. Plus, it also contains natural lightening agents too that are sure to help fade the dark spots away (works great with blemishes too!)
One more sun spot remedy that you can use as is is butter milk. Simply apply on the sunspots, massage in, then let it sit for a good 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with cold water afterwards and pat dry.
What makes this work is the lactic acid. The lactic acid also acts as a mild exfoliant (so it also sloughs away the dead skin cells) at the same time it helps lighten the spots too.
MAKE YOUR OWN MIXTURE
What You Need:
- Apple Cider
What To Do:
When creating this age spot away concoction, this is your rule- one is to one. So you want to mix one part apple cider equally with one part onion juice.
How to get the juice? Peel the onion, chop it up, and put it in a blender. You can use a strainer to make sure you don’t get any onion chunks.
Mix the two together then use a piece of cotton, dip it into the mixture, then dab it directly on the spots.
You want to let it sit for about 30 minutes before you rinse off.
If you keep this up regularly, doing it once a day, the should be visible results in 6 weeks.
- TIP: To really speed up the process, add three tablespoons of apple cider to your glass of water. Drink twice daily. Not only will this help fade you age spots, but it will also give you an all around youthful glow .
SAY HELLO TO SUPPLEMENTS
Here are three supplements that can help get rid of age spots:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Zinc (but no more than 15 mg daily )
NOTE: If your age spots seem to be growing in size, you better make an appointment with your doctor.