Age spots, also known as liver spots, sunspots or solar lentigines, are flat spots on the skin and are usually brown, black or grey in color. Age spots are a skin condition that is simply a product of excess melanin in the skin. And while doctors don’t know the definite cause of age spots, they have linked skin aging, sun exposure and UV light tanning bulbs as possible causes. Your face, the backs of your hands, shoulders, upper back and forearms are the most likely places for age spots to develop, since those areas of your skin often get the most sun exposure.
While almost any person can get age spots, there are certain factors that can put you at higher risk to develop them. Some of these factors include:
• A fair complexion
• Frequent and extended sun exposure
• Frequent tanning bed use
• Anyone over the age of 40
It’s important to note that age spots do not cause or lead to any health problems and aren’t a real reason for alarms. However, many people still choose to treat and remove age spots because they want to achieve ageless-looking natural beauty. The best way to treat age spots is to prevent them by avoiding the sun when its rays are most intense, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., wearing sunscreen everyday (at least SPF 15 with both UVA and UVB protection) and wearing protecting clothing like hats, pants and long-sleeved shirts.
Another important part of age spot prevention and treatment is through your skin care regimen. Listed below are a few natural products that are ideal for anti-aging and age spot care.
Advanced Anti-Aging Facial Moisturizer with SPF- This professional formula with SPF 20 is specifically formulated to restore firmness and provide every day protection from the sun.
Advanced Vitamin C+E Serum- This serum is specifically formulated to restore your skin to its natural state of beauty. Vitamin C and E are powerful antioxidants. Vitamin C can help lessen age spots and other signs of free radical damage to your skin. It can also provide powerful protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. Similarly, Vitamin E can help minimize and prevent age spots and can prevent free radicals in your skin cells.
You do not have to spend hundreds of dollars in dermatological treatments to remove age spots. By following some simple steps for prevention and investing in good skin care products, you can have young and healthy looking skin for years to come.