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.

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