What are age spots?
Age spots are also known as liver spots or sun spots, as well as lentigines. They are flat, yellow or brown discolorations of the skin. They usually occur on the neck, hands, and face in those people over the age of forty.
Age spots on the skin usually indicate there has been sun damage. They may also be caused by an impaired liver function, dietary and nutritional deficiencies. A lack of antioxidants in your diet may also play a role in the development of age spots.
It happens to the best of us, but don’t despair, there are a few things that you can try in order to lighten, fade or perhaps get rid of age spots.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Onion Juice
Apple cider vinegar acts as an exfoliator and also helps to lighten age spots.
Mix one part apple cider vinegar and one part juice of a finely chopped or a blended onion. Using a cheese cloth or strainer, squeeze the onion in order to extract its juices. Mix together and using a cotton pad, apply directly to the age spots. You may repeat this daily for about six-weeks. If the spots don’t disappear during this time, continue with the process until they do.
Aloe Vera gel, juice, or pulp may be used on age spots as well. Simply apply to the spots twice a day. You should see improvement in about a month.
Fresh lemon juice can be dabbed on the spot using a cotton ball twice a day. The lemon juice peels off the lower layer of skin, and in time should remove the age spot or at least lighten it. You should see results in six to eight weeks.
Prepare a concoction of radish, lime juice, rosemary oil, and vinegar. Apply to age spots.
Make a mask consisting of rose water and Sandal powder. Apply, allow to dry, then wash the area clean.
Mix 1/8 teaspoon powdered gotu kola into a cup of herbal tea or hot water along with 1/8 teaspoon of ginseng and a pinch of cayenne. This should eliminate the age spots within a matter of a few days.
Make a mixture of olive oil and vinegar in equal parts. Apply one hour before you bathe.
Prepare a mixture of one teaspoon grated horseradish root, 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon vinegar, and three drops of rosemary essential oil. Dab onto age spots with a cotton ball once or twice a day.
Though age spots are usually harmless, irregular spots that increase in size or change their appearance should definitely be looked at by a doctor because they may be a sign of cancer, disease, or liver malfunction.
To aid in the prevention of age spots, liver spots, or sun spots, you should avoid prolonged exposure to the sun, wear shades, and use a good sunscreen. You should apply sunscreen a half-hour before going outside and reapplied frequently for full protection.