Regardless of your ethnic background or skin color, eventually most of us will develop some kind of brown or age spots. These age spots generally appear on exposed skin areas like the face, back, neck, chest, shoulders and hands. The MAIN culprit being sun exposure. When skin is exposed to the sun, it causes an increase in the production of cells known as melanocytes that increase melanin in the skin, which turns the skin darker. Tips to Help Prevent Age Spots – using a natural sunscreen particularly on the face, neck, chest and hands. This does not mean avoiding the sun altogether, as sunlight is essential for production of natural vitamin D which is vital for optimum health. A good rule of thumb is to move to shaded areas or indoors once the skin shows the slightest signs of pinkness. * Skin discolorations that increase in size or become irregular should be checked by your health professional.
Here are some simple and natural remedies for age spots:
- Lemon Juice. The citric acid in lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and exfoliates the skin, reducing the appearance of age spots. …
- Apple Cider Vinegar. …
- Aloe Vera
Simply dab directly onto the spots twice daily and you should begin to notice improvements in about two months. Leave the juice on the skin for at least 30 minutes, or as long as you are comfortable with it. You can also leave the juice on the skin overnight.
Notes: If using lemon juice and you plan to go outdoors, wait for the juice to dry as it increases the skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Do not use bottled lemon juice because it may contain other chemicals that may damage the skin. In addition, the amount of citric acid present may have weakened during the time it remained in the bottle.