More and more women are asking the questions:
• What are those brownish spots that are starting to show up on my skin?
• Why are there more on my hands and arms than any other part of my body?
• How do I get rid of them?
These are age spots—flat brownish skin discolorations found on the skin, usually occurring in people over the age of 40; however, to be sure, rub your finger over them—if any have a raised bump or are discolored, they should be checked by a doctor for skin cancers or other abnormalities.
If they are flat and feel like natural skin, then they are likely age or “liver” spots, though they have nothing to do with the liver—they get their name from being the color of the liver. These age spots can take years to develop and are not likely to go away overnight, though with time and consistent effort they often can be treated naturally.
Since excessive sunlight is the major cause of age spots, it is important to limit sun exposure to healthy amounts. Even though sunlight is essential for the production of natural vitamin D, a vital item for optimum health, when you are in the sun too long it can be harmful. So when you notice your skin turning the slightest shade of pink from sunlight exposure, it is time to look for a shaded area.
In addition, our diet has a lot to do with the good health of our skin and limiting age spots. Eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible, and drink plenty of water to keep the system cleansed. For clear, healthful skin, avoid processed foods, fried food, junk foods, sodas, sweets, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.
One of the most common nutritional deficiencies that can lead to age spots is a lack of potassium. There are foods rich in potassium that we should include in our diet every day, such as, apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, dates, figs, kiwi fruit and melons. Others include beets, prunes, raisins, spinach, Brussel sprouts, lima beans, and tomatoes.
Once you have age spots, however, there are many natural remedies that can help lessen the coloring:
• Rubbing fresh Aloe Vera juice on the spots twice daily for two months, or castor oil on the spots every morning and evening;
• Applying organic buttermilk to the spots (the lactic acid in buttermilk helps to restore the skin);
• Every evening mash about 1/3 cup of chickpeas and make a paste by adding a little water, and apply it on the age spots. Leave it on until it completely dries, and then wash it off;
• Apply fresh lemon juice to the spots twice daily;
• Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with one teaspoon of orange juice. Apply on a cotton pad and bandage it to the area overnight.
Perhaps a simpler idea, though, is to simply whisk them away using one of the new beauty tools available. Two of the best on the market today are the new Riiviva Microderm diamond-tipped wand and PMD’s Personal Microderm kit. Both are at-home simple-to-use beauty tools that achieve marvelous results by easily removing the dead surface skin and bringing up the underneath, newer, youthful, vibrant skin.
Haley is the skin care and beauty expert at Riiviva.