Tips on How to Fade Age Spots
Age spots, also known as dark spots, brown spots, liver spots, and hyperpigmentation, can ruin an otherwise perfect complexion and make you feel less confident about the way you look. Millions of people have age spots, and unfortunately, many believe that nothing can be done about them. Although most dark spots are medically harmless, they can be unsightly and you don’t have to accept living with them.
Let’s learn a bit about what dark spots really are and some of the effective hyperpigmentation treatments available today.
The Basics of Dark Spots
Dark spots are most commonly caused by exposure to the sun, which boosts the production of skin cells that increase melanin. However, the cause of dark spots has been tied to a wide variety of factors, including genetics, aging, stress, vitamin deficiencies, pregnancy, and a weakened liver. Some studies have gone so far to link the formation of dark spots to facial hair removal treatments, certain foods, a hot laptop on your lap, and even a bra that’s too tight!
The most common areas that dark spots appear are the face, neck, back, shoulders, chest, and hands. They can look like small red dots, flat tan freckles, or raised wart-like blobs. Age spots don’t typically cause pain, itching, or bleeding, so any skin condition that is symptomatic should be checked out by a doctor immediately.
How to Fade Dark Spots Fast
Some people turn to Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sessions to disperse dark pigmentation or prescription hydroquinone bleaching creams to fade dark spots. Microderm abrasions and chemical peels can also remove outer layers of damaged skin. However, these treatments can be costly and harsh on sensitive skin.
If you’re looking for a hyperpigmentation treatment to fade dark spots fast, there are some great products you can try. To fade dark spots throughout the day and even while you’re sleeping, we’ve specially formulated a dark spot corrector with sunscreen for daytime protection and a dark spot corrector with moisturizer for nighttime healing.
Since age spots are frequently caused by sun exposure, the best way to prevent them from forming is to wear sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher that protects against both UVA and UVB rays every day. It’s also a good idea to stay out of the sun, or at least cover the skin, between the mid-day hours between 10 am and 2 pm.
Keeping up with a good skincare regimen will give your skin the best fighting chance against age spots too. Try using a pre-cleanser containing marula and baobab oils before using your normal foam or crème-based cleanser. Use a toner and moisturizer after washing, and apply a daily serum treatment that contains vitamin C, glycolic acid, and retinol.
Other Home Remedies
There are also some home remedies that have worked for age spot sufferers that you might want to try at home. Lemon juice has some bleaching properties and can be directly applied to the skin, and buttermilk contains lactic acid, which is a natural exfoliant. Other home remedies include making DIY masks with honey, castor oil, aloe vera, apple cider vinegar, and sandalwood. You can also increase your vitamin E and vitamin C intake by eating more nutrient-rich foods, like oranges, strawberries, almonds, and spinach.
But regardless of which age spot treatment you choose, just remember that you don’t have to live with unattractive, embarrassing spots on your skin! To learn more about our age spot treatments, browse through our new products and check out our blog for more skincare tips!