Getting older can come with a host of changes to our minds and bodies.
We’ll take the wisdom, but we’d rather not deal with some other issues that pop up with every passing year — like dark patches on the skin, otherwise known as age spots. Follow our advice, and you’ll age with grace!
Get an aloe vera plant.
Just rubbing the juice from inside an aloe vera leaf over age spots twice a day can help fade and prevent them, research suggests. Aloe interferes with the enzyme that produces melanin in the skin.
Use a carrot cream.
A whopping 85 percent of folks who smooth beta carotene-rich carrot oil on their skin each evening see dramatic improvements in their age spots within eight weeks, a recent East Indian study shows. Betacarotene saturates the color-producing cells of the skin, preventing them from
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Use sunscreen year-round.
Research shows that the more often you coat splotchy areas with sunscreen, the faster spot-lightening remedies work. And using sunscreen year-round also prevents new blotches from cropping up. The reason: Age spots aren’t caused by age—the culprit is overexposure to the sun, which results in uneven production of melanin, the pigment that causes tanning.
Make a yogurt mask.
The lactic acid in yogurt mildly exfoliates and lightens the skin, say natural health experts. To do: Twice a week, apply 1 Tbs. of plain yogurt to problem areas on your face, neck and/or hands. Leave it on for
20 to 30 minutes, then rinse.
Apply perfume wisely.
Some perfume ingredients — including musk, bergamot, and sandalwood oil — interact with sunlight, worsening skin blotches. So
try spritzing perfume under your clothes, where sunlight can’t reach.
Use mushroom extract.
Most lighteners (including hydroquinone, long the gold-standard Rx) fade unwanted pigmentation by blocking the production of melanin — the pigment that causes darkening — deep within the skin. But new sun exposure or irritation can retrigger melanin production, redarkening the spots.
Enter a unique mushroom-derived enzyme, Melanozyme. Scientists recently discovered it KOs existing melanin, resulting in visible improvement within seven days, and significant improvements in 67 percecnt of subjects after one month. “Melanozyme actually dissolves the pigment already present in the cells, allowing the user to
see results much faster,” says Dr. Peredo.
And unlike other lightening ingredients, the enzyme is safe for sensitive skin. “This product does not cause irritation like hydroquinone can,” says Dr. Peredo — a big bonus, since “irritation can actually cause more hyperpigmentation.” Plus, it’s available over-the-counter.
One to try: Elure Advanced Brightening Lotion
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