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You don’t need to be a celebrity to age graciously and it is not mandatory to undergo complicated cosmetic surgery to effectively hide your age. Perhaps some of the most common skin issues that people of every age are confronted with, are sun spots, which just like the name suggests are caused by excessive exposure. While it is virtually impossible to avoid sun altogether, there are a couple of powerful homemade remedies that can remove or at least make age spots less visible.
Patience and diligence : These are the 2 keys in how to manage your hyper-pigmentaion (like age spots or dark spots) and the third key is of course, to have a realistic expectation.
Below are some of the lists of natural remedies to reduce age spots, it is cheaper, safer and effortless than a chemical peel or a facelift, these home remedies can help drop a decade from your face.
1Aloe Vera Gel
Most beauty creams are rich in Aloe Vera and they’ve got good reasons to use this ingredient, as it is an outstanding moisturizer. The gel version can be applied twice a day directly on the age spots and left for roughly one hour, to mitigate the effects of aging and sun exposure.
Apple cider vinegar has similar effects, only in this case the concoction is meant to be applied for around 45 min. while the drinkable version is supposed to be used for at least one month.
There is nothing wrong in combining these homemade remedy if you want to speed up effects, and another excellent addition would be to apply lemon juice. The acid in Lemon juice is a great exfoliator. Apply it on the age spots and leave the mixture for at least half an hour, then gently rinse with warm water.
Castor oil has been used for centuries as a skin tonic and cure-all. It is anti-inflamatory and being used to fade skin pigmentation. For best results, apply castor oil to the affected area twice daily. It may take around 6 – 8 weeks to see any results, but the spots should eventually start to fade.
Papaya contains chemical compounds and enzymes known as papain which are very effective in skin lightening and skin renewal when used in regular basis. Take a cold piece of green papaya and rub its fleshy side on the skin to reduce age spots. My method is to put the green papaya in a blender (after peeling off the skin) to make it smooth and apply the papaya on the affected area, leaving it for 15-20 minutes and then wash it away. Apply the papaya daily until the desired lightness has been attained.
Rubbing a slice of red onion on age spots can fade discolorations caused by overexposure to the sun since it possesses the same kind of acid found in fresh lemon juice.
7Tomato Juice and Buttermilk
Mix two teaspoons of tomato juice with four tablespoons of buttermilk to create an age spot treatment for the face. Apply and leave on the remedy for 30 minutes, and then wash off. Some people simply dab on buttermilk to affected skin to gain results.
Mash 1/3 cup of chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) with a little bit of water to create a thick paste for age spots. Every evening, apply the paste to spots and leave on until it dries. Make sure to wash off the remedy completely.
8Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
Mix fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil in a small container and store in the refrigerator for a home remedy to treat age spots on the face. Apply the oily mix before going to bed for an overnight treatment. During the day, rub fresh aloe vera gel into the face.
9Honey and Yogurt
Blend honey and yogurt to create a natural bleach that can lighten age spots. Mix 1 tsp of plain yogurt and 1 tsp of honey. Apply the mixture and let it sit for 30 minutes and rinse as usual. Do this once a day.
Buttermilk is an old folk remedy for age spots, it contains lactic acid which gently exfoliates sun-damaged skin and pigmented area.
The Power of Prevention
- Avoid the sun as much as possible during peak hours – 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. during summer and 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. in the winter
- Slather your skin – including your face, and the backs of your hands – with sunscreen, 30 minutes before you set foot outside. Make sure your sunscreen has an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15. The most effective sunscreens for guarding against age spots contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide. Re-apply every 2 hours.
- After you’ve been out in the sun,slather on some Vitamin E oil. An antioxidant, vitamin E may help prevent age spots by neutralizing skin-damaging free radical molecules. Because vitamin E produces free radicals when its exposed to sunlight, smooth it on only after sun exposure.