Over time, our bodies begin to age and our skin loses its once youthful appearance. While some people age gracefully, most are forced to confront wrinkles and age spots. Are you growing old gracefully or are age spots revealing your true age? While you can’t completely halt your skin’s aging process, you can alter it. By understanding why we get age spots and how to prevent them, you may be able to hold on to youth a bit longer and promote healthy skin in the future.
Why Do We Get Age Spots?
For simplicity’s sake, age spots (also known as liver spots) are the result of repeated sun exposure over an extended period of time. While they don’t have anything to do with your liver, they have a lot to do with solar rays.
Our skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis (outermost layer), the dermis (middle layer), and the sub cutis (base layer). The dermis layer contains collagen, elastin, and a variety of other fibers that give your skin its youthful, smooth appearance. When these fibers are damaged by UV radiation (UVR), your skin incorrectly rebuilds. The result of this process is wrinkles, freckles, and age spots. Other contributing factors include poor diet, lack of exercise, poor skin care, and genetics.
Prevention of Age Spots
The good news is that most age spots can be prevented. The Skin Cancer Foundation has provided a few recommendations for slowing the development of age spots on your skin. Here is a brief look at some of their tips:
· Use Sunscreen. The best way to prevent age spots is through the use of sunscreen. No matter the time of year, sunscreen helps your skin maintain its youthful, radiant appearance. Sunscreen prevents harm to your skin’s fibers and allows your immune system the chance to repair existing damage.
· Exfoliate. By exfoliating, you remove the buildup of dead skin cells, remnants of self-tanning sprays, and other dirt that doesn’t come off with regular showering. The result is smoother, less-blotchy skin.
· Hydrate. Your skin needs hydration to maintain its youthful glow. Exposure to the sun, chlorine, and salt water dehydrates your skin and can cause it to age more rapidly. Dehydrated skin is far more susceptible to age spots.
Treatment of Age Spots
While proper measures of prevention reduce the risk of age spots, it takes a little more effort to reverse them once they have appeared. A variety of treatment options for age spots exist. Here are a few of the most common:
· Medication. It is common to use medication, prescriptions or over the counter, to reverse age spots. Most products use a combination of bleaches and mild steroids to fade spots over time.
· Laser/Light Therapy. For a slightly more invasive approach, some people use laser and intense pulsed light therapy to destroy melanin-producing cells without damaging the surface of the skin. Age spots begin to fade after receiving multiple treatments.
· Freezing. For a single age spot or small cluster, dermatologists will sometimes use cryotherapy. This procedure uses liquid nitrogen to destroy the extra dark pigment.
· Dermabrasion. This procedure consists of sanding down the outermost layer of skin and allowing a new layer to grow in its place.
· Chemical Peel. This process involves applying an acid on the outer layer of skin to burn away skin spots. Much like the dermabrasion process, a new layer forms to take the place of the older, discolored skin.
Most people like to deal with existing age spots in the least invasive way. We understand that, and therefore carry a number of pain-free products designed for in-home use. If you are interested in reversing existing age spots or preventing them in the future, consider trying some of the following products:
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This 4-in-1 soap contains collagen, glutathione, grapeseed oil, and vitamin C. It is designed to gently clean, whiten, and exfoliate sensitive skin. Its unique formula is specially designed to reverse the signs of aging and remove skin blemishes like age spots. It works by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed, opening clogged pores, and neutralizing bacteria. Once the skin is cleaned, this product prevents pores from clogging in the future by constricting the pore diameter and making room for new cell growth.
Considered the finest skin whitening product on the market, Dalfour Beauty is backed by terrific results. This product is botanically based and safe to use on age spots and other skin blemishes. Its advanced, non-greasy formula contains a combination of natural fruit and seaweed extract found exclusively in the Middle East. The cream can be used to reverse existing spots and prevent future spots.
It is impossible to stop time, but that doesn’t mean you have to show your age. With a proper understanding of the aging process, you can better prepare yourself for the future. Age spots are a natural result of exposure to the sun, but they don’t have to have a natural place on your skin.
If you have age spots, consider your treatment options. For effective in-home treatment, try one of our high-quality products. If you find them helpful, we would love to hear your story. Feel free to submit your before and after pics so we can share your success and inspire others.