Age Spots: Prevention And Cures
We all hate how are skin can so easily give in to our age, which we all try to hide after a point (WINK WINK). But ageing has its own beauty, the beautiful silver hair, the ton loads of experiences and a beautiful bundle of sweet-sour memories. The most common name associated with ageing is age spots, but are age-spots really caused because of your growing age? Read below to find out more.
What exactly are age spots?
We have all suffered a minor sun tan or sun burn in the harsh summer months. But what if I tell you, that as you start ageing, your skin starts ageing too, becoming more prone to the harsh ultraviolet radiations of the sun. Our skin (epidermal layer) gets its pigments through melanin, and with prolonged exposure to UV rays, the melanin producing cells get aggravated and melanin starts clumping in one specific area. Therefore, age-spots are basically a more prominent version of sun burns.
Most of the times, melanin is found on areas such as neck, face and backside of the hands, which are more prone to sun exposure. And as they are more common in aged people, they derive their name age spots. Nonetheless, people with very fair skin also are at high risk of hyper pigmentation, which appears like brown or tan age-spots.
Avoid Excess Exposure To Sun: If sun causes it, common sense says that staying away from direct sun contact can prevent it. But it is not every day that we get the opportunity to beat the sun. Instead, opt for clothes with maximum coverage when going out in the sun. You can always keep it super stylish by adding on a pair of over-sized sunglasses and a chic hat and scarf combo.
Sunscreen On Top Of The Check-List: Use sunscreen before applying any other makeup; not a few dabs here and there, but literally slather on sunscreen and give the lotion 15 minutes to set in. Use one with titanium oxide, which has the ability to reflect each and every harsh ray of sun, including UV A and B.
Consume More Antioxidants: a heavy dose of natural anti-oxidants help in combating age spots, but sadly, excess sun exposure affects the levels of antioxidants in our body. For the best of the antioxidants, focus on fruits like berries and pineapples; leafy vegetables like spinach and kale and those rich in beta carotene like carrots.
Use over the counter spot treatment for lighter spots (including hydroquinone), but they can be a bit abrasive on the skin. If you have sensitive skin, opt for creams and treatments with licorice extracts or vitamin C or both. A treatment with more than two products can undoubtedly double up the results.
Use treatments which have chemical exfoliants like salicylic or glycolic acid inbuilt in them. They gently slough off upper dead skin, indirectly making the treatments work more effectively, by letting the treatment penetrate in the skin to a much deeper extent.
Make a pulp of ripe papaya or pineapple by mashing them rigorously. When this paste is applied with a cotton ball, it instantly brightens up the skin due to its high anti-oxidant levels as well as the ability to camouflage pigmentation. Let the paste stay for 2-0-25 minutes or unless it dries off, and then wash it off with cold water.
At bedtime, apply apple cider vinegar to the age-spots, and let the treatment stay overnight for maximum results. Due to high vinegar and sulphur levels in the treatment, it attacks the hyper pigmentation well. Remove after 30 minutes if your skin cannot take excessive burning sensation that may be caused due to the skin coming in direct contact with vinegar.
Rub freshly squeezed lemon juice on to the brown age-spots. Lemon juice has natural bleaching properties and when used regularly can diminish the appearance of spots.
A lesser known fact is that sun exposure harms your skin even while you are driving. Most car windows come with a UV B protection sheath these days which protects us from sun burns. But ultraviolet A rays, which are responsible for skin ageing are permissible. What I advise is, getting a UV A protection sheet installed in your car windows.
Curd acts as a wonderful natural exfoliant. Apply a thin layer to the age spot afflicted areas of your skin and let it stay for about 30 minutes and then wash it off. You can also use organic buttermilk instead, as the high levels of lactic acid present in buttermilk is beneficial when it comes to combating age-spots.
Rubbing freshly extracted aloe vera juice to the age-spots regularly can create visible results in less than a couple of months.
Boiled and mashed chickpeas, when mixed with water, create a wonderful paste which is very beneficial to eradicate and lighten age-spots. Apply the paste to the skin and wait till it dries off completely. Then wash it off with cold water and pat skin dry.
Rubbing castor oil directly on the spots each night before bed time can prove extremely effective a solution.
Mix apple cider vinegar with onion juice for added benefits. If you have sensitive skin, try mixing three tablespoons of vinegar with a milder version of vitamin C, i.e., orange juice. And apply this mixture to the skin. But if your skin can take it, apply vinegar mixed with onion juice and let it stay for as long as you can bear it.
To speeden up the process, try drinking apple cider vinegar mixed with water. (3 tablespoons in a mug of water). It will clear the hyper pigmentation from within; also give an added glow to your skin.
So what are you waiting for? If you are in your teen years, you are far away from the risks of developing age-spots, but as is said, prevention is better than cure. And if you are sadly engulfed in the gruesome claws of pigmentation, I hope these natural cures work for your skin. ☺
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