Spots may be a very likable addition to clothes design, accessories or even wallpapers of a room. However, none of us (or at least very few people) like our faces decorated with spots. Even freckles can be irritating at times to some, but age spots have the ability to rub us up the wrong wall. They remind us of everything we still haven’t crossed off our bucket lists and tell us we’re not getting any younger.
Age spots appear due to exposure to the sun. Melanin in the upper layers of the skin usually creates the ‘’tan’’ we have after sunbathing that protects the deeper layers of our skin. However, after many years of exposure to UV rays, melanin becomes clumped which results in age spots afterward.
People with fair skin are the ones who are most prone to getting the spots. Moreover, if you’ve been in the sun too much, or used tanning products or tanning beds too frequently, it is also very likely you’ll end up having them. Normally, affluent people would opt for surgical age spot removal (e.g. laser therapy, dermabrasion), but these are too costly. In the following paragraphs, we’ll introduce you to an array of methods that come straight from nature and will free you from spots and will improve your general skin condition.
The almighty apple cider
Instead of squandering money on anti-aging creams, dab a bit of apple cider on the problematic spots of your face. It’s alpha hydroxyl acids will do their job if you leave the apple cider during the night on your face. In order not to dry your skin out too much, mix It with a little bit of olive oil. Mix this powerful ingredient with some horseradish and you’ll achieve even more effective results. It is no secret that, for the purpose of erasing age spots, apple cider vinegar is combined with other highly nutritional products such as honey, tea tree oil, lemon juice etc. It is not unusual that some people feel stinginess after applying this. However, if the itching and redness are excessive you should stop the utilization immediately!
Buttermilk for younger skin
The lactic acid from the buttermilk will help you both with rejuvenating your skin and diminishing age spots. All you’ll need are a cotton ball and a bowl of buttermilk in which you’ll dip the ball. After application of the buttermilk on the age spots, leave it for around 15 minutes and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You are to repeat the process for a few days and observe the dark spots gradually fading away. Speaking of milk in general, it is usually paired with Jai phal, turmeric or horseradish in order to make a paste that’ll aid you to reduce the age spots.
Citric acid from lemon for spotless skin
Slice up a lemon in several pieces and take one of them. After rubbing a lemon slice on your skin wait for 15 minutes and rinse it off and follow this routine twice a day. What has to be stressed is the fact that people with extra sensitive skin should consider trying some other products because lemon is prone to causing irritation. Also, avoid being in the sun for some time after applying this. Otherwise, you’ll risk having more dark spots on your skin.
Disregard the smell and try onions!
Onions’ antiseptic properties will clear your skin off any discoloration, including age spots. Just slice it up and rub it on your skin twice a day. After each application rinses it off well and washes your face until the odor disappears. Don’t forget to leave onions on your face for 15 minutes in order to achieve the full effect. This method is especially good for the ones who are irritated by lemon. You could also mix a tablespoon of onion juice with 2 tablespoons of honey to achieve a greater effect.
Don’t cut dandelions!
Not everyone is familiar with the powerful medicinal effects that this herb has. Instead of mowing them off from your yard, take a few dandelions, break the stem and rub the sap that oozes on your skin. This will result in skin with no age spots and higher radiance.
Before trying out papaya, you are highly advised to do a 24-patch test. This practically entails that you put only a little bit of papaya and see whether there’s any sort of unusual reaction. If you’re tolerating it well, you’re free to proceed with the treatment. The quickest way to use it is to chop it into pieces and smash it with a fork into a pulp. Go on to putting this on your age spots, leave it for 20 minutes and rinse it well. It is advisable to use this every day.
You can never mistake with Aloe Vera!
This plant could be purchased at ordinary garden stores and its juice could be bought online. In whichever form you use it, its anti-inflammatory properties will clear your skin and hydrate it. It is not required that you rinse it off if you don’t mind the sticky feeling after application. Should you decide to wash it away, make sure that the product sits for at least 30 minutes on your face. Repeat the routine twice.
Yogurt as bleach
In order to use yogurt successfully for the purpose, you need to mix it with lime juice and ground oat. Mix these well in a bowl and apply it on your face and let it soak in for 30 minutes. Rinse the paste off afterward with cold water, pat dry your face and apply some moisturizer. The lactic acid and its bleaching properties will increase your skin’s glow and even the complexion.
Anti-aging sandalwood essential oil
Massage a few drops sandalwood oil diluted in a carrier oil (e.g. sweet almond oil) into the affected places of your face and let it rest for 20 minutes before rinsing. You can also combine some sandalwood powder, a few drops of lemon juice, glycerine and rosewater for the best results. Sandalwood is sometimes mixed with other ingredients such as turmeric or saffron.
Red currant paste will be helpful
In order to make this paste, you’ll need a quarter cup of unripe red currants, a tablespoon of honey, a few drops of lemon juice, and a few drops of rose water. Firstly, mash the red currants and mix them well. Apply this to your age spots and wait for 30 minutes. Then, mix the lemon juice and rosewood water and put it on the spots, Finish this with nice cold-water rinsing. The antioxidant properties of the red currants will not only help you reduce the age spots but will also protect your skin from the UV rays that make them worse.
After blending chickpeas add some tahini. Blend this well while adding some water little by little, until the mixture gets a pudding-like structure. This is an excellent face mask that will gradually remove the age spots and give your face some shine.
Tomatoes are put only in salads and ketchup!
Tomatoes are great antioxidants that treat any sort of skin inflammation. They also have bleaching properties that will get rid of your stubborn, brown age-spots. You can cut it in pieces and rub it on your skin or simply take some tomato juice and apply it to the problematic areas. Rinse it off after 20 minutes and repeat the procedure twice a day.
This oil is usually cultivated in Mediterranean countries where they make from castor plant. Massage the castor oil into the age spots until it is well-absorbed and wait for noticeable results after 2 weeks. Do the routine twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.
Make a potato juice instead of French fries
Wash a potato thoroughly and grate it. Place grates in a cloth and squeeze the juice. Put some lemon and organic honey in it and mix the ingredients well. After applying it on your face let it rest for 30 minutes and then rinse it off. The acidic properties will remove the age spots as well as blemishes and freckles.
Cucumbers contain everything that healthy skin longs for: flavonoids, lignans, triterpenes, anti-oxidative and anti- inflammatory properties. Crushed cucumber juice will help you refresh your skin and remove the dark spots. Therefore, seeing all the ladies putting some cucumber on their eyes is not just a Hollywood movie thing.
The juice from green, not fully developed black walnuts put on the age spots will magically remove all the signs of time passing on your face. Besides being great antioxidants that will get rid of any aging signs including age spots, they also lower cholesterol and reduce stress which makes them even more fit to be included in your diet.
Gotu kola and cayenne in hot water will be your winning combination in the fight against age spots. This wonder herb that comes from traditional Chinese and A verdict medicine is also used to treat stretch marks after delivery. What it actually does is promoting collagen production that will give you shinier and more elastic skin.
Cumin originally comes from Egypt but was also cultivated in the Middle East, China, India, and Mediterranean countries. The fact that it was used in Old Egypt to mummify pharaohs speaks a lot about its benefits since it was supposed to preserve the pharaohs’ body’s skin and protect it from rotting. The water left after boiling cumin seeds will refresh your face and keep it young and elastic.
This flamboyant fruit is packed with valuable elements such as vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. Take the rind of a watermelon and rub it on the affected area and wash it away with hot water afterward.
Prior to applying peroxide to your skin, make sure that your skin isn’t too sensitive to this. You can purchase hydrogen peroxide in almost every beauty shop and it is highly recommended to use the 6 percent hydrogen peroxide solution. One way to apply it is to soften the skin on your face with hot water. Then use a Q-tip to apply hydrogen peroxide solution to the spots. Rinse it off after 20-30 minutes. The other way entails a cotton ball soaked in the liquid which you’ll apply to the age spots.
Besides pure whitening of the spots, you can also use the exfoliation in order to get rid of all the excess and old skin and stimulate the production of the new, more hydrated and more glowing skin. The ingredients previously noted in the article are great exfoliators. However, it has to be stressed again that you should use the right products to carry this out. These are the ones that contain alpha and beta hydroxy acid, salicylic and glycolic acid as well as retina. It is, of course, always the cleverest choice to choose natural ingredients, but if you want to buy some of the crèmes in beauty shops, knowing that you should look for these minerals will help you a lot to choose the right product.
How about getting rid of the age spots from the inside?
Nutritionists recommend switching to monosaturated fats and getting rid of excess iron in our organism. We can do this by simply drinking coffee during our meals that will tone down the iron level if it’s already high. Oysters, shrimp, and dark chocolate are all full of copper that reduces the levels of iron. Balancing our hormones is also pivotal. Namely, if estrogen relative to progesterone levels is on the higher side in our body, it will lead to increased iron absorption
Vitamin E proved to be very efficient when it comes to skin care. Regular and optimal intake of vitamin E will improve your blood circulation which means better oxygen distribution. Also, this vitamin strengthens your cells’ membranes, which means that less harmful toxins will be able to accumulate in there. It also fights off free radicals which are also great contributors to aging.
Beta carotene is also a superb ingredient that will make your age spots disappear. They will help your body develop an increased tolerance to sunlight which is the first on the list of the enemies of your skin. This will not only reduce age spots but will also delay the appearance of wrinkles.