Contrary to popular notion, age has less to do with age spots than the sun has. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays damages collagen and elastin, which are chemical compounds in your skin that impart elasticity and firmness. Your skin thus loses its healthy texture and age spots, caused by overactive melanin-producing melanocytes begin to surface. It was once thought that age spots appeared after the age of 50 but it is now known that these spots can rear their dark and ugly heads at any age, making you look years older than your actual age.
Combatting the Sun
So, how do you keep these unsightly spots at bay? The trick is not only to camouflage them but also adopt measures that reduce the damage to the skin caused by ultra-violet radiation. Here are some handy tips:
- Pile on the sunscreen when you go out in the sun. Now that you know what’s actually behind age spots, this tip shouldn’t come as a surprise. Shop for a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays from the sun and apply it liberally on your face, neck, and arms before you step out into the sun.
- Revamp your diet to include more greens. An unhealthy and sun-damaged skin is at the root of age spots. So, to restore health to your skin and promote the generation of healthier cells, gorge on natural foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits. These low-fat food items will not only work wonders on your skin but as fringe benefits, you will also see the pounds and the inches peeling off.
- Increase the intake of vitamin and mineral-enriched foods. If you are gulping down the greens regularly, you will not be short on vitamins and minerals. Additionally, you can include skin-friendly foods such as carrots, nuts, fish, and yam in your diet to promote a younger and radiant-looking skin by improving the texture and smoothing out the tone.
- Use a skin brightening formula. You can scour the shops or browse the Internet to find a skin brightening formula containing brightening agents that promote the reduced appearance of age spots. There are formulas that contain Saxifraga Sarmentosa extract that is known to promote the reduction of visible damage caused by ultra-violet radiation.
- Use makeup to camouflage age spots. Once they have shown up, age spots do not disappear overnight; you need to follow the above-mentioned routine regularly to see a positive outcome. In the meantime, you can use a concealer or dab some foundation on your face to hide the age spots.
Prevention is the Best Medicine
As you can fathom, as in the case of many other skin problems, there is no better antidote to age spots than maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using sunscreen generously. Couple that with a clinically tested age spot serum and younger looking skin is yours.