Age spots, also known as liver spots, brown spots, dark spots, or sun spots, tend to occur due to an increase in the production of melanocyte cells that increase melanin in our skin. Thus, making our skin darker.
These spots are characterized by being flat, oval, tan or brown/black marks.
The increase in melanin production tends to happen when our skin is overly exposed to the sun’s UV rays.
Age spots tend to appear mostly on the face, shoulders, neck, back, hands, and chest.
The main causes of age spots include; genetics, exposure to sun, and aging.
Factors that could increase the likelihood of having these spots include; pregnancy, stress, deficiency in vitamins, and a weak functioning liver.
Here are some tips and good practices, to consider, in order to prevent aging spots;
- Strive to limit your exposure to the sun.
- Use sunscreen lotions to protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun.
- Once in a while, you should take a break under a shade in order to limit your exposure to the sun.
- You could cover your head, by wearing a hat, to protect your face from the sun.
- Don’t forget your lips as these spots could also affect your lips. You could use lip balm or lipstick with sunscreen properties.
Below are natural ways to get rid of age/liver spots;
Papaya is rich in alpha hydroxy acid which helps to exfoliate the skin by reducing skin blemishes, age spots, and other skin problems. Papaya works by inhibiting melanin production to give your skin a brighter look.
Just mash a papaya fruit, add unprocessed milk and then apply the mixture to your skin. Rinse off after 20-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can extract fresh juice from green papaya and apply on the darkened skin. Wash off after half an hour. Make sure you perform a patch test to check if you’re allergic to the fruit.
Dandelion root contains vitamin B6, antioxidants, and other beneficial nutrients. It works by eliminating the dead skin cells to restore natural skin tone. Simply apply the root sap on your skin and rinse off after 20 minutes. You’ll notice your skin gets lighter after 2-3 weeks of continuous use.
Yogurt has lactic acid that helps to exfoliate the skin as well as mild bleaching properties that helps to tone the skin. To get rid of age spots, apply natural yogurt on the problem area before going to bed.
For quick results, you can create spot-bursting bleach by mixing one tablespoon of yogurt with two teaspoons of honey. Apply the resultant mixture to the dark areas and rinse off after half an hour. Use the treatment two times a day for one month.
4. Aloe Vera
An aloe vera gel possesses natural healing properties that remove dead skin cells as well as promote the growth of new ones. For this reason, aloe vera is commonly used in most herbal skin creams.
To get rid of age spots, spread aloe gel on the skin and leave it for 30-45 minutes. You can also make a fading agent by mixing the aloe vera gel with lemon juice. While there are many over-the-counter medications for age spots, aloe vera remains the best natural remedy. It does not harm your skin or the internal organs even after a long period of use.
Buttermilk is rich in lactic acid which helps to exfoliate sun-damaged skin. Secondly, it aids in the removal of the dead skin. A study conducted by the Mayo clinic showed that using buttermilk every night can help to remove age spots. To lighten the skin brown spots, massage the affected area with buttermilk, then, wash off after 20-30 minutes. If you have oily skin, mix equal units of lemon juice and buttermilk and apply on the skin. Wash off after 15 minutes and moisturize with honey.
6. Onion Juice
Onions have exfoliating and antiseptic qualities that make them an excellent bleaching agent. Furthermore, onions are acidic so they will lighten the brown spots in days. Just slice an onion and rub on the affected area for 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can make a mask by mixing fresh onion juice with honey and then applying the mask on your skin. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. You have to be patient when using this remedy.
This is a powerful root herb that comes with a variety of health benefits. Horseradish works as a bleaching agent for age spots. For a spotless skin, crush the herb to make a paste and spread on the dark area. Wash with warm water after 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can mix a half teaspoon of lemon juice with mashed horseradish root and then add a few drops of rosemary essential oil. Use the mixture for 2-3 days to exfoliate your skin.
8. Castor Oil
Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid that can penetrate the deep tissues of the skin. For optimal results, you can add other carrier oils like olive, coconut, almond, and vitamin E oil. Soak a clean bathing towel in the mixture and apply the mixture to your skin every morning and evening. Rinse off after half an hour. When you use the oil on a daily basis, it will fade the brown spots to make your skin youthful and fresh.
Sandalwood is an excellent beauty ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. Sandalwood has antiseptic properties that help to eliminate brown spots. To make a mask, mix equal amounts of sandalwood powder with rose water, glycerin, and lemon juice. Then, apply the mixture to the dark areas. Another option is to mix sandalwood oil with almond or olive oil and massage on the affected area. Follow the treatment every day to get the best results.
10. Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans)
Chickpeas contain high amounts of fiber, protein, B vitamins, folate, and manganese. This makes them effective in eliminating brown spots. Just boil a half cup of chickpeas and allow them to cool. Then, mash them into a paste and apply on the spots. Rinse it off after 20-30 minutes. Likewise, you can add chickpeas to your salads and dishes.
11. Almond Oil
Almond oil contains large amounts of monounsaturated fats that help to soothe and lighten the skin. Furthermore, almond oil is rich vitamins A and B along with antioxidants which hold the moisture in the skin cells. When you massage almond oil on the dark spots, it will rejuvenate your skin by making it look soft and beautiful. Alternatively, you could preheat the oil, add some lemon and massage it on your skin.
This beneficial herb is loaded with vitamin A, C, and K which helps to clear blemishes as well as boost collagen production. Parsley works by protecting your skin from free radicals, and most importantly regulating the skin pH. To make a mask, crush the herb and then add some honey or lemon juice. Cover the dark areas with the resultant paste, then, wash off after 15-20 minutes. For optimal results, make the herb part of your everyday beauty regime.
13. Red Currants
If your skin is usually exposed to heat for a prolonged period of time, it’s likely to develop some brown spots. Thankfully, red currants will protect you against harmful UV rays from the sun. To get rid of the spots, mash some unripe red currants and then add some honey or rosewater. Apply on the affected area and rinse off with warm water after half an hour.
Tomatoes are packed with lycopene which works as a lightening agent. Just slice tomato and apply the juice to the brown areas. To make it more effective, mix the tomato juice with some buttermilk or organic honey. Follow this remedy 1-2 times a day.
15. Rosehip Seed Oil
Rosehip contains vitamin A and C which regulates pigmentation production. In addition, the oil helps to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin. To get rid of age spots, massage rosehip seed oil on the dark areas twice a day. You can also add almond or jojoba oil to rosehip seed oil to make the resultant mixture more potent.
Turmeric contains curcumin compound which helps to treat a number of skin conditions. Turmeric works best if the age spots are caused by UV overexposure or hormonal imbalance. To make a paste, mix one tablespoon of turmeric with some milk. Then, spread it on the dark spots and wash after 15 minutes.
Watermelon has a high amount of fiber as well as vitamins A, B and C which aid in removing the brown spots. Just cut a lemon and apply the juice on the affected area. Then, wash with plain water after 30 minutes. Perform this natural treatment two or three times a day.
18. Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains medium-chain fatty acids which help to eliminate skin conditions like age spots, stretch marks, and uneven pigmentation. Best of all, coconut oil hydrates flaky dry skin. Daily application of the oil will promote skin regeneration by sloughing off dead skin cells.
19. Lemon Juice
Lemon is commonly known as the dark corrector in Ayurvedic medicine. Lemon helps to maintain a clear, beautiful skin. Due to its strong bleaching properties, it works on the melanin to reduce the dark spots.
Take a fresh lemon, extract the juice and apply on the dark areas for about 15 minutes. After that, rinse off with cold water. You can also add some sugar, to the lemon juice, and scrub the affected area. If your skin is sensitive to lemon, you can add some honey or rose water. Use this regimen on daily basis and you’ll see positive results on the third week.
Just like other natural scrubs, a potato can exfoliate your skin by removing the dead cells. Simply chop a raw potato, extract the juice and rub it on your face. Since it’s a natural skin lightener, it will banish the pigmentation and the dark spots.
21. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar possesses high amounts of alpha hydroxy acids that aid in removing the dead skin cells to give a healthier complexion. Moreover, it helps to remove the impurities, dirt, and other toxins that can cause uneven skin tone.
To keep age spots at bay, apply raw vinegar on the brown spots and wash off after 20 minutes. You can also mix one teaspoon of ACV with one tablespoon of honey to make a paste. Then, spread the paste on the problem area and rinse off, with plain water, after 30 minutes.
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