Age spots or sun spots are blotchy dark brown spots that typically appear on the face, neck, back of the hands and other parts of the skin that are exposed to the sun. These sun induced freckles usually occur over time and become prominent as one gets older. It is for this reason that it is vital to protect yourself from the sun starting in early childhood, in order to prevent age/sun spots.
Below we've listed some effective home remedies for getting rid of sun or age spots.
After you have used a lemon for other purposes (such as cooking or making lemonade), save the peel and rub the inside of it onto the areas where you have sun spots. This will help lighten age/sun spots because of a bleaching action of the lemon juice. In order for this to work, you need to leave the lemon juice on your skin for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off with water. Do not use this remedy if you have cuts, acne or ulcers as it can sting, and do not go out into the sun with the lemon juice peel on your skin. Be patient when using this remedy-you might need at least 6-12 weeks to see results. (Caution: Overuse of lemon can cause skin peeling).
Apple cider vinegar has alpha hydroxy acids which exfoliate the skin and lighten it. However, because apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature, we also suggest mixing it with some olive oil first to combat dryness and prevent stinging or burning. Mix the two ingredients and using a Q-tip, dab it on the spots. Leave it on for 20 minutes then wash off with warm water. Repeat every day, twice a day preferably, to see results.
Papaya contains enzymes that lighten the skin tone and assist in treating acne, scars, rashes, boils, psoriasis, age spots, etc. Rub the inner skin of the papaya fruit onto the age spots and leave it on for at least 15 minutes before washing it off. Green papaya is also beneficial. You can apply papaya juice to warts, pimples, boils, age spots, sun damaged skin and other skin conditions. This remedy can also heal wounds, cuts and rashes and speeds up skin restoration.
Grate a raw potato and apply the juice to blackheads, whiteheads, eczema, acne, sun spots, under eye dark circles and other issues. With regular use, you can banish age spots permanently with this remedy. As stated before, be diligent and patient to see results.
Grate some onions and apply the juice onto freckles and sun spots. Onions contain sulfur and other skin exfoliating properties that repair the skin and promote new healthy skin. Apply onion juice at least 2-3 times a day to the sun spots and wash off after 10-15 minutes.
The lactic acid in buttermilk helps lighten age spots and other signs of sun damage inflicted on the skin by harsh UV rays. Buttermilk also reduces other signs of aging and gives a natural glow to mature, tired skin. Dab a bit of buttermilk onto the skin and wash off after 15 minutes using mild soap and warm water. Repeat daily. Buttermilk is also a fantastic remedy for acne. You can also mix buttermilk with lemon juice and dab the mixture all over the face for clearer, brighter skin.
Aloe vera contains natural flavonoids that lighten the skin when applied topically. Be very patient with this remedy-you will need at least 8-10 weeks to see results. Simply cut open an Aloe leaf and apply the gel to the face, hands and neck. Wash off after 10-15 minutes. Repeat this ritual twice a day or leave the gel on the skin overnight.
Sun’s harsh UV rays will darken existing sun spots--so it's a necessity that you avoid stepping outdoors without using a sunscreen. Apply a product with SPF 30++ liberally over exposed areas. Reapply after every 2 hours. You must apply sunscreen 10-15 minutes before stepping out.
Use a wide brimmed hat, a scarf or an umbrella when stepping out into the sun. Seek shade wherever possible. This will reduce your chances of developing age spots.
People love to get a tan in the summer months and spend hours at the beach for this purpose. Doing so, however, increases their chances of developing sun spots. While the sun's rays are necessary for vitamin D production, after more than 20-30 minutes of direct sun exposure, we all must take care to avoid its rays. As much as possible, avoid peak hours between 10 am to 4 pm. This is when UV radiation is the strongest. Also remember: even on cloudy, wintery days, you should still use a sunscreen.
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