Hey Nurture My Body Family!
This time, I will be talking about age spots.
After a lifetime of being exposed to the sun, you're bound to have multiple consequences, including brown spots on your hands and face.
Age spots, technically known as "solar lentigines," are well-defined, uniformly colored areas of brown or grayish pigment that generally show up on the hands, face, neck, and chest.
Despite the name, these spots are not caused by age. Rather, they come from sun damage (so don’t feel old if you have them!).
Conventional treatment for hyperpigmentation includes bleach, specifically hydroquinone or tretinoin (Retin-A), which carry serious health risks like cancer, reproductive toxicity, and skin allergies. Also common are cryotherapy (freezing) and light therapy (either laser or intense pulsed light). Although effective and relatively safe, both of these treatments can cost thousands of dollars.
If you are concerned about the appearance of your age spots, here are some things that you can be doing:
- Up your antioxidants.
- Try a yogurt mask—yogurt contains lactic acid which lightens and exfoliates skin, but don’t do this if you have had a recent sunburn, windburn, wax or chemical peel because it could irritate your skin (I’ll be doing a homemade face masks post in the near future☺)
- Rub pineapple, papaya, cherry, pumpkin, grape, pomegranate, raspberry or other enzyme rich food on your skin. Natural food enzymes accelerate exfoliation of dead cells on the skin’s surface, which then stimulates the formation of new skin cells.
- Protect yourself from the sun. I keep harping on it, but use sunscreen!
In addition, try using our Regenerating Cream twice daily to aid cell turnover fading the age/sun spots while fighting wrinkles and providing the perfect amount of moisture.
-Sally, Summer Intern