How to reduce the appearance of age spots
Several people have asked me if there is anything that can be done to reduce the appearance of age spots, also known as liver spots.
These spots vary in colour from light brown to black. They're the result of excess production of melanin; this is the pigment that gives skin its colour. They're more common in people who are over forty years old. Or if you have fair hair, have a sluggish liver, or have a history of excessive sun exposure. They commonly appear on sun exposed areas, the face, neck, arms, and hands.
Age spots are not dangerous, if that's actually what they are. To be certain have your doctor take a look so that you can rule out anything more sinister. Most people just don't like the look of them.
There are some natural remedies that can help by working from the inside. These include a good quality vitamin C supplement, brands like Solgar or Viridian Ester C. Vitamin C can help lighten the hyper pigmentation and at the same time promote the production of collagen.
Pycnogenol also known as Pine bark inhibits excess production of the pigment melanin helping to break down and lower skin pigmentation so that the skin is lightened and more even toned. It stimulates the body's production of collagen and hyaluronic acid by 30-40% improving elasticity and hydration of the skin.
Externally you could try Viridian Repair 5 Serum. It has 100% organic ingredients, black seed oil (one of nature's anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine oils) flax seed, and safflower oil. And the essential oils lavender and chamomile. It's rich in antioxidants, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins A, B, C, and D all important for skin health. The high level of antioxidants makes it the perfect serum to use on age spots to help prevent further damage and to help reduce the appearance of them. The Repair 5 Serum is great for eczema, acne, acne rosacea, psoriasis, and for painful joints.
Trilogy Age Proof Botanical Lightening Treatment is a moisturising cream you could consider. When used on a daily basis it can help reduce and prevent the appearance of age spots.
An old fashioned cure is to mix equal parts apple cider vinegar with water, apply daily to affected areas for 3 minutes, then wash off.
I hope this helps.