Myth: Age Spots Are Simply a Fact of Getting Older June 08 2014, 0 Comments

Dark spots (a.k.a. hyper-pigmentation spots) are one of the most troubling skin concerns for just about everyone at any age. By definition, age spots (a.k.a liver spots) are a form of hyppigmentation that is quite common among women over 40.

Age Before Beauty?

It is widely believed that age spots are actually a result of aging. While there is some truth to the fact that age spots do appear after a certain age, age cannot be singled out as the actual cause. In reality, age spots are actually the result of too much sun exposure. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are able to penetrate through the skin regardless of the season or weather conditions. When your skin is over-exposed to the sun, the ultraviolet rays have more opportunity to enter your skin and to cause a reaction with your skin’s melanin producing cells. Melanin is responsible for the majority of your skin's color, hair color and even eye color. With prolonged sun exposure, the skin will darken to form a tan. Of course, tans fade as dead skin flakes away and new skin cells are exposed on the surface. Those skin cells can begin to show the signs of hyperpigmentation over time. 

So, how does sun exposure lead to age spots?

While you may recover from a tan within a few days while you are in your teens or your twenties, your skin will slow down on the production of new cells as you grow older, thus resulting in tans that last longer and bits of skin that stay the same for a much longer period of time. The spots that don’t disappear with the rest of your tan remain on your skin to be referred to later on, as age spots. A mistake most people make is to actually accept the myth and to do nothing about age spots. In reality, with the right skin care products, age spots can be reduced and in some cases, even removed completely.

It starts with limiting sun exposure and investing in a quality sunscreen lotion. This will prevent any future hyperpigmentation and keep any existing spots from getting darker. Consider using a facial lotion as a body lotion on troubled areas. Facial lotions typically include more and better anti-aging ingredients and those creams are especially good for troubled areas. Age spots are not permanent and can be removed with the right skin care regimen.