Age Spots: What Are They & How To Treat Them!
Age spots are little brown spots that vary in size and are usually found on the face, forehead, hands, arms, and chest. You might think it’s a freckle on your skin, however, it may actually be an age spot. These are common signs of aging and start appearing around the age of 40. Be that as it may, age spots are mostly caused by excess exposure to the sun. Ultra Violet (UV) rays accelerate melanin production. When melanin is produced in high concentrations, brown spots appear.
Being in the sun is a good way to get Vitamin D that the skin needs. Too much can be harmful, though. Excessive exposure to Vitamin D can cause damage to the top layer of your skin. Try to avoid the direct sun between 11 am and 3 pm. when UV rays are stronger. Around age 30- 35, if you don’t already, start using sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to help prevent them from showing up. If you already have these spots on your skin, here are some ways to get rid of them naturally:
1. Chickpea paste: ¼ cup of water and ½ cup of cooked chickpeas. Mash ingredients together with a fork to make a paste. Apply on spots, let dry, watch your favorite show, and the paste will eventually fall off. Do this every night. Usually takes about 20 minutes.
2. Lemon Juice: Cut a lemon in half. Take 1- half and squeeze the juice and apply to spots. Do not go into the sun. Best to do at night. Let it dry then rinse. Do this every night until you see them lighten up.
Treating Age Spots
3. Purple Onions- Rub a piece of a cut purple onion directly on the spots. Wait about 15 minutes and wash off. Use onion juice mixed with honey, which helps it not to smell as bad. You can also buy it pre-made online or some grocery stores. If making your own, (takes a little bit of time), take the cut up onion, put in a food processor and blend, get a bowl to catch the juice. Use a cheesecloth to strain the chopped onion of its juice into a bowl. Squeeze cheesecloth with the onions wrapped inside.
4. Dandelions- How cool is this! Those weeds are good for something. Take the stem and cut open to release the liquid. Then rub on the spots three times a day.
5. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – This also contains an acid that clears up dark spots. Mix 2 parts lotion that you are not allergic to with 1 part ACV.
6. Aloe Vera- If you have a plant, cut a leaf off and apply the milk from the leaf to the spots, let it seep into the skin. No need to rinse off unless it’s too sticky. You can also buy Aloe Vera juice from a health food store.
If you not sure if you have age spots, check with your physician first. Make sure you do not have anything that needs medical help before trying to make a self-diagnosis.