Natural Solutions For Getting Rid Of Age Spots
I began to notice age spots on my hands, in my 30’s. Everyone I knew, older than me, had them too, so I assumed they came with old age. I certainly didn’t consider myself “old”, so I decided that I would do whatever I could to get rid of them.
My Mother said they were “liver spots” and that it meant my liver wasn’t working right. I guess her’s didn’t work right either, because she had the same spots on her hands. My Aunt told me there was no cure for them so she covered them up with makeup. On my hands?
I’ve learned that they have nothing to do with your liver, and only indirectly, have anything to do with age. They come from excess exposure to sunlight and UV rays… spending a lot of time outside in the sun or in a tanning bed, which I have done.
There are several medical procedures that treat age spots, and I’ve tried most of them. They’re very expensive, painful and worst of all, the spots you have taken off are replaced by new ones in a little different area.
Here are a few home remedies I’ve tried that can reduce the appearance of them… different people get different results, but you should be able to find one that works for you. The best part is these home remedies are inexpensive and don’t have side effects or complications.
Lemon juice is effective for lightening the spots. The citric acid and Vitamin C in lemons has a bleaching effect by removing dead skin cells and revealing new layers of skin.
Apply a slice of fresh lemon to the age spots for 30 minutes and then rinse it off with cold water. Do this twice daily for about 2 months and you should see positive results.
NOTE: Do NOT go out in the sunlight right after applying the lemon juice. If you have sensitive skin, lemons can cause irritation and redness, so you may need to try a different remedy.
CASTOR OIL –
Castor oil has strong healing properties. Use a cotton ball, massage the oil onto the spots for a few minutes. Leave it on for 4-5 hours and then wash it off. Do this in the morning and the evening before bed.
VITAMIN E –
In addition to helping fade age spots, Vitamin E has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties.
Open a capsule of pure Vitamin E oil and apply it directly to your dark spots and let it soak in. Make sure that you use pure Vitamin E…. not a synthetic.
Buttermilk contains lactic acid which can restore and rejuvenate the skin, removing age spots and blemishes without drying out your skin.
Apply the buttermilk to the spots with a cotton ball. Leave it on for 15 minutes, then wash with lukewarm water. Repeat daily until the spots fade.
Another option… mix 4 teaspoons of buttermilk and 2 teaspoons of tomato juice together and apply to the spots. Leave it on 10 minutes, then wash with cool water.
Like buttermilk, yogurt contains lactic acid and also offers mild bleaching properties known to make the skin lighter and fade the age spots. Adding oatmeal and lime juice will increase the effectiveness.
Add 1 tablespoon yogurt, 2 tablespoons ground oatmeal, and 1 teaspoon of fresh-squeezed lime juice to a bowl and mix to make a paste. Apply the paste to the spots and leave for 30 minutes, then rinse the area with cold water. Pat dry and add a moisturizer. Repeat the process every day for one week, then twice each week. For best results continue twice weekly for 2-3 months.
Tomatoes have been used for years to treat age spots, thanks to their high lycopene content. Lycopene has bleaching properties that are known to lighten skin.
Take a slice of tomato and rub over all the spots. Leave on for 20 minutes and then rinse with cold water. Repeat twice daily until you get the results you want.
ALOE VERA –
If you have an aloe vera plant, you probably already know that it is a fantastic help for a whole slew of skin problems… poison oak, eczema, stinging nettles, burns, cuts, and scrapes. Well add getting rid of age spots to the list.
If you don’t have an aloe vera plant, they’re easy to grow and you can buy one at your local nursery or health food store, or get a “start” from a friend.
NOTE: Once you break an aloe vera leaf off, it is only “alive” and effective for a short time, so you will need to re-apply quite often. If you buy a product that says it contains aloe vera juice, be sure that it is processed properly and is stabilized. Stabilizing the juice is a patented process, and I am only aware of one company that offers that product.
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve tried several of these age spot removers and some sort of worked, others did nothing. I was about to give up when I read about this one. I’ve been very pleased, and still use it every 3-4 months, for “maintenance”.
The recipe is inexpensive with only 2 ingredients – an onion and apple cider vinegar.
1. Chop up an onion, put it in a zip lock bag and smash it up good, then pour it into a blender.
2. Add 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and blend until it’s smooth.
3. Apply a cotton ball soaked in the mixture to your age spots.
4. Use daily for 2-4 weeks – or until you get the results you want.
I use an apple cider vinegar that has the “Mother” in it…. don’t know if that helps or not, but, just in case it does, I want all the benefits I can get.
Remember, we all have different skin types, so what worked for me, may or may not work for you. If you try one, let me know if it helps. Or if you know of another natural solution, let me now and I’ll add it.