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5 Safe Ways to Lighten Age Spots

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Luckily, we’ve found safe, natural ways to lighten and prevent age spots. But bear in mind: Even though they’re benign, age spots signal overexposure to the sun—a risk factor for skin cancer—and some can resemble malignant growths, so ask your healthcare provider to examine any suspicious discoloration. Once you’ve determined your spots are purely cosmetic, try these simple solutions to watch those telltale signs of aging fade away.

Solution 1: Up your antioxidants
“Antioxidants are always good internally for the antiaging effect, but we can also benefit externally from these free radical–scavenging ingredients,” explains Myra Michelle Eby, founder of MyChelle Dermaceuticals, a bioactive skincare line. “Vitamin C, L-ascorbic acid in particular, is very good for reversing hyperpigmentation due to its bleaching effects.”
Try: MyChelle Perfect C Serum ($42, 0.5 oz; mychelle.com)

Solution 2: Try beta-glucan
According to Johnson, age spots typically signal a buildup of debris between the dermis and epidermis. He recommends using topical beta-glucan (a soluble fiber found in oats that stimulates skin-cell renewal) to clear the debris, boost circulation, and repair the damage at the dermal layer.
Try: Enkido Pure Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($60, 60 ml; enkido.com.au)

Solution 3: Raid the refrigerator
Look no further than your fridge for age-spot fighters. Stephanie Tourles, a holistic aesthetician and author of Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey Publishing, 2007), has had success using several food-based concoctions to lighten skin, even though studies on their efficacy are lacking. Yogurt, for instance, contains lactic acid, which lightens and exfoliates skin. Tourles recommends applying 1 tablespoon plain, organic yogurt to your clean face, neck, and chest and letting it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water. Do this once or twice a week, and follow with moisturizer. Warning: Don’t apply the yogurt mask to sunburned or windburned skin, or if you’ve recently waxed your face or had a chemical peel, because it could cause further irritation.
Try: Amala Hydrating Yogurt Mask ($58, 1.7 oz; amalabeauty.com)

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6:39PM PST on Dec 2, 2013

It is important to use sunscreen after treating your age spots. Sunscreen prevents your age spots from darkening. Once the melanocytes are activated, your best prevention is sunscreen. If you are thinking of using skin whitening cream, here are some helpful tips which I have read at http://www.audreyadams.net/best-skin-lightening-cream/.

12:56PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

Got it, thank you!

11:40PM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Thank you.

5:06AM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

thanks for great tips

4:26AM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

avoid sun

4:25AM PDT on Oct 17, 2013

Sometimes there is no help, never ever heard about Yogurt . New one for me, stay out of the sun and frankly don't get old!

3:01PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks for the advise. I've had a spot in my cheek since I turned 18, after an entire summer of playing tennis. My skin is very fair, and it couldn't take the sun, I guess. I avoid the sun like the plague now. I've tried many things and nothing seems to work. I will now try the yogurt. I hope it works this time!

2:31PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you for the advice.

1:39PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thanks

6:01AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Interesting article. I will give yogurt a try on the outside

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