You know that feeling when you look at your face and realize your adorable freckles pale in comparison to larger patches of dark spots that seem to have come out of nowhere? Those areas are also called hyperpigmentation, and they can make even the most confident people feel insecure about their skin.
Is there anything you can do about age spots on your face, chest, or hands? You bet, and some of the easiest treatments do not require lasers or chemical peels to get real results. Here’s what you need to know about skin care for age spots to make a real difference in the quality and health of your skin.
The Inconvenient Truth
What is to blame for those unfortunately named age spots? Hormones and inflammation can play a role, especially as we age. Part of it could also be genetics, but the most likely culprit is sun damage after years of exposure.
To prevent new spots from appearing as well as to lessen any current dark spots, wear sunscreen daily, even on a cloudy day. An SPF of 30 or higher is what dermatologists recommend, and some products may brighten your skin while blocking broad-spectrum rays from the sun.
The Secret Ingredients
When it comes to treatments for dark spots, the keyword is brightening. Skin care for age spots is all about fading hyperpigmentation while evening out your overall skin tone, and not every product, even those that are considered anti-aging, can work magic on age spots.
Look for treatments that contain these ingredients:
- Vitamin C
- Glycolic, kojic, or azelaic acids
On their own or in combination, these antioxidants and extracts can increase cellular health, fade darkening, shrink pore size, and balance uneven skin tone. For example, Peter Thomas Roth Potent-C Serum blends vitamins C and E with ferulic acid to both brighten and firm aging or sun-damaged skin.
The Real Recipe
The challenge with skin care for age spots is that it takes consistency and time to see results. What kind of time and consistency are we talking about?
Expect at least four weeks of daily application of products for age spots to notice a difference. Even more aggressive treatments administered by a dermatologist or aesthetician would also be a waiting game, but these brightening products are in most everyone’s budget.
Let’s break down a typical skin care regimen that includes age spot treatments:
- Start with a gentle cleanser to remove makeup, dirt, excess oil, and other environmental pollutants
- Follow with a toner, such as PCA Skin Nutrient Toner, to exfoliate and nourish skin
- Apply a serum that is specially formulated for dark spots to brighten and deliver antioxidant benefits deep beneath the surface
- Use a deep moisturizer at nighttime to penetrate skin and allow it to work while you sleep
Before bed, use a night cream like Image Skincare Iluma Intense Brightening Creme that has been clinically proven to improve the tone and texture of your skin. You may also want to add a brightening mask once or twice a week to further infuse your skin with the nutrients it needs to be healthy and look its best.
The Best Cover
Makeup may not make your age spots disappear, but it can smooth your skin and cover dark spots while you wait for your treatments to take effect. Buildable or full coverage is the way to go, with concealer under foundation to hide dark spots and blend color.
LaLa Daisy has an amazing selection of concealers, foundations, and other products that can minimize discoloration, so find your favorites top brands at bargain prices. While at our website, check out our resource guide containing helpful information with tips for makeup and skin care for age spots.