Age Spots: What Are They and How Can I Treat Them?
What are age spots?
Age spots, also known as liver spots or sunspots, are dark, flat patches that can develop on the skin due to ageing or exposure to the sun. They are most commonly found on areas of the skin that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, hands, arms, and back.
Several factors can contribute to the development of age spots, including genetics, skin type, and sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can cause damage to the skin and trigger the production of pigment in the skin, leading to the formation of age spots.
While age spots are not harmful, some people may seek to remove or lighten them. Some of these 'remedies' are also excellent for maintaining overall skin health at all ages and stages!
How to effectively remove or lessen the appearance of age spots:
Wear SPF every day! Wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher can help prevent further sun damage and slow the formation of new age spots.
Topical treatments and targeted products with ingredients like Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant known to help brighten the skin and improve the appearance of dark spots. Hark & Zander's incredible HempBright Face the Day Crème is an easy way to add this fabulous ingredient into your morning skincare routine through its utilisation of Kakadu Plum (the richest source of Vitamin C found in nature).
Laser Therapy is another, more intense, option for removing age spots. It involves either a Q-switched laser or IPL therapy which target the pigment in the spots and breaks them down. It is more invasive and expensive than other alternatives but can be highly effective if this is the route you're looking to go down.
Keep in mind that these treatments might take a few weeks or months to really show results, and everyone's skin is different, so results can vary. But the most important thing you can do for your skin is to protect it from more sun damage. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen!
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