Of all of the normal signs of aging on the skin, age spots seem to be the most troublesome for many people. These dark spots on the face, neck, and hands are caused by an increased production of melanin as the skin begins to age. Although they are not painful, they can be unsightly and extremely difficult to get rid of. However, there are a few simple steps that can help erase age spots and leave skin looking more even and youthful than ever.
Use Products with Kojic Acid and Other Brighteners
There are many ingredients known as brighteners, which can be found in nearly any type of skin care product. Kojic acid is one of the most popular because of its ability to stop the production of melanin and lighten existing dark spots. However, there are other brightening ingredients, such as Vitamin C and Arbutin. They all work in different ways so, in order to get the best results, try to include as many of them into your daily routine as you can.
Use All-Natural Skin Care Products
Regardless of what other products you use, you should have a cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen that you are using on a daily basis. For your regularly used skin care products, be sure to choose the most natural options available. Synthetic ingredients can lead to irritation, which speeds up the production of melanin in the skin. Not only will your skin become red as a result of the irritant, but it will more quickly develop dark spots that even kojic acid have a tough time fading. If a product begins to irritate your skin, stop using it immediately and consult with a doctor about the best ingredients for your type of skin.
Give the Products a Chance to Work
A common mistake people make is purchasing a product with kojic acid or arbutin in it and then tossing it when they don’t see results within a few days. As you begin your new skin care regimen, remember that it can take six to eight weeks for you to see a noticeable difference in the dark spots on your skin. Although the results are not immediate, they will eventually be dramatic and long lasting. If you give up on your products too soon, you will waste a great deal of money throwing away perfectly good products that would eventually transform your skin.
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