What are age spots?
Age spots, also known as liver spots and scientifically as solar lentigines, are the result of a lifetime exposure to sun or tanning beds. These pigmented spots that occur due to the excessive buildup of melanocytes, that contain melanin, a natural coloring pigment in the skin.
How to prevent age spots naturally
Picking the right sunscreen is crucial
Always go for brands that come with a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and can go on till an SPF of 50 or higher, as they are designed to protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. Always make sure to reapply your sunscreen at least twice a day, especially if you are spending most of your time outdoor.
Add foods that are laden with antioxidant properties
Antioxidants are the best weapon that can be used against aging. So, you should add foods loaded with anti-oxidant beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and other age-fighting antioxidants to your diet.
Try eating lots of leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, kale and brussels sprouts), fruits (especially berries), and vegetables such as carrots, red pepper and beets.
Cover up as much as you can
Summers are quite bad in India and they are worst especially in coastal areas where humidity is maximum thereby incurring ultimate tanning.
So, try wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sit under an umbrella and cover your arms and legs with lightweight fabrics. Since the sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, whenever you are outdoors try covering up your body as much as you can.
Invest in a tinted or clear window screen that blocks UVA rays from passing easily through glass and heating you up.
Here are some home remedies for age spots, you can prepare at home:
- Apple cider vinegar – It consists of sulfur that is key to fight aging. The high acid content in apple cider vinegar also makes it an excellent skin exfoliating agent.
- Dab some on the age spots on face or any part of your body, before bedtime and then wash it off next morning. You can use this natural exfoliating agent to your beauty regime to prevent age spots in future
- Lemon juice – Here is another great natural exfoliating agent because of its high citric acid content. Lemon for skin also acts as a natural bleaching agent thereby help remove spots from face and other discoloration.
- Raw fruits – Fruits such as papaya pulp and pineapple consist of enzymes that boost skin exfoliation when used over time. Just apply the paste 2-3 times in a week for best results.
So those were some of the most effective ways on how to prevent age spots. Hope you found this post useful!