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Home Remedies For Removing Age Spots
The Gate Crasher to The Party ~
As if we had not enough indicators of when father time is knocking at the door, along comes another one. Age spots also known as liver spots seem to suddenly appear without any warning or invitation, the gate crasher to the party.
We may not be happy to see this gate crasher but we have other guests to look after like creaky back, deeper wrinkles and Mrs Grey who all need our attention. Ah, what it is to be popular and have such a hectic social life and one non-stop party.
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What are Age Spots?
Age spots, liver spots or solar lentigenes are flat oval grey, brown or black spots usually appearing on the back of the hands, tops of the feet, face, shoulders, upper back or arms.
They vary in size from freckle size to more than half an inch across and can appear as a single spot or in a cluster grouped together.
Although they usually appear over the age of 40, they can appear when younger.
Are They Harmless?
Usually. You may not be crazy about how they look but they are generally harmless and do not require medical assistance. It is best, however, to see a doctor if you have spots that are dark in color or have changed in appearance as these can be signs of the serious form skin cancer melanoma. Signs to look for are:
- Dark pigment
- Irregular shaped border
- Increasing in size
- Mixture of colors in spot
- Is itchy, bleeding, red or sore
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What Causes Age Spots?
- Years of exposure to UV (ultra violet) light from sunshine but may also be contributed to years of using sun beds, tanning rooms or tanning lamps.
Melanin which is the natural pigment in the upper layer of the skin (Epidermis) gives us our skin color. When exposed to UV light, melanin production is accelerated in the skin giving us a tan. Years of sunburn will make you more susceptible too and fair skinned people are more likely to get age spots.
On the areas of the skin that have had years of prolonged or regular exposure to UV light, melanin appears in high concentration resulting in age spots.
- Old age alone will often cause extra melanin to be produced.
- It can be attributed to genes and genetic make-up as to whether you are more likely to develop age spots.
- Hormonal changes such as pregnancy or menopause.
- Birth control pills.
- Not enough Vitamin A, D or E in your diet.
- Antibiotics and medication.
- Liver and Edison’s disease.
- Too much iron in the diet.
While there are over the counter fade creams and lotions available, many will contain chemicals which may help improve and lighten the spots with regular use. I prefer to look to some more natural remedies that can be done at home using ingredients that have the ability to lighten the age spots and fade them.
Here are some easy but highly effective ingredients and ways to use them. Remember age spots do not appear overnight so don’t expect them to disappear quickly.
All these ingredients may be used in a variety of homemade skin care treatments so you can double up or triple up your benefits by whipping up gorgeous cleansers, toners face masks or face scrubs.
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Home Remedies ~
Dab on the age spot once in the morning and again in the evening. Repeat for a month and you should see improvements.
One of the most popular and widely used remedies for lightening as it has a natural bleaching on the skin or hair with its citric acid. Dab fresh lemon juice to the spots and allow dry. Remove after 30 minutes or leave on overnight. Make sure it is removed during the day as lemon is sun sensitive and could cause skin to become irritated.
Rub an onion or onion juice directly onto the spot twice a day. The vitamin C works as a skin lightener and fades age spots. You can mix the juice with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar for an extra kick if you wish.
Apply aloe vera juice, gel or straight from the plant to the area and rub in. The purest type of aloe vera will be the best to use. Apply twice a day and leave it on for about an hour each timer then rinse off.
Apple Cider Vinegar
With a cotton ball apply the vinegar directly on the spot twice a day and leave to dry. Another option is to use a teaspoon of fresh orange juice mixed with 2 teaspoons of the vinegar and apply twice a day. It may be left on at night.
Rub the rind of a watermelon on the spot or spots leave for 15 minutes then rinse it off. Melons have skin lightening properties.
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Rub the juice or sap of a dandelion root on the age spots two to three times a day.
With a history of skin lightening abilities, mix some saffron with either sandalwood or rosewater and apply twice a day. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off.
Well known for skin whitening mix turmeric powder with a little milk, sandalwood or curry leaves to a paste and apply directly on to the dark spots. Leave on for 30 minutes and rinse off. Apply this twice a day for maximum benefit.
Another ingredient with natural bleaching benefits you may apply the juice or mash up some cucumber into a pulp and apply to the dark spots. With juice allow it to dry in and then rinse off. For the pulp apply and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off. Apply either of these twice a day.
Is there anything this versatile oil cannot do? Dab some directly on the age spots and allow absorb into the skin. Do this twice a day.
Vitamin E Oil
Excellent for the skin a real healer it is great for fading dark spots. Apply in the same way as olive oil using twice a day.
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Tips and Suggestions ~
Increase your daily intake of Vitamin E as it helps lower the production of melanin in the skin and age spots result from an INCREASE in melanin.
Use sunscreen as part of your daily regime with a minimum of SPF 15 on the areas of skin affected by age spots. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. Sunscreen provides protection and prevention of further age spots from forming.
Spend less time in the sun and avoid the artificial tanning rooms or beds.
Avoid the sun when at its hottest between 11-3 and try to schedule outdoor activities around this.
Cover up by wearing a wide brimmed hat which offers better protection than a golf visor or baseball cap. Wear tightly woven clothing to cover arms, shoulder and back.
Food for Thought . . . .
Having age spots crash the party of life can be annoying or worrying but there are a number of easy solutions and remedies. Apart from over the counter medication, creams and lotions you have treatments such as dermabrasion, peels and laser treatments available.
Homemade remedies may take longer to see results but are a cost effective non invasive option that has additional benefits for the skin. Having developed age spots a few years ago, they are not something that really bugs me apart from a few on my face so the homemade route it was for me.
By keeping a close eye on any changes, I am confident they are harmless and have faded considerably. Try these remedies out for yourself and watch them disappear.
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Natural Home Remedies
Selection of Home Remedies Using Ingredients with Age Spot Lightening Benefits ~
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- Pomegranate, Lemon and Green Tea Facial Peel
No need for a chemical facial peel with this DIY recipe with natural fruit acids and high levels of antioxidants which is easily made at home. Pomegranate, lemon and green tea are all you will need.
- Papaya & Pumpkin Exfoliating Mask Recipe
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- Homemade Eye Cream With Coconut Oil and Vitamin E
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- Wild Violet and Dandelion Bath Tea Recipe
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