Aging gracefully is harder than it sounds. Waking up and finding changes in your skin texture and its tone is frustrating, negatively affecting ones self-confidence. You’re not alone though. Age spots are found on 90% of light skinned individuals over the age of 60. These spots can be extremely annoying, but are surprisingly easy to manage.
Age spots, or Lentigines, are small to medium sized pigmented marks commonly found on mature skin. While not directly caused by aging, they are consequences of the most superficial layer of skin beginning to thin. This is caused by too much sun exposure which increases melanin in the skin. Age spots are usually considered benign, as opposed to other skin spots that may have shown changes in color, size, or thickness. If you notice a spot like this consult your dermatologist as soon as possible.
While the most preventive measure against age spots is to keep out of the sun completely we know this isn’t practical, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen every day however may be just the right amount of protection you’re looking for. You can also diminish these spots by using the right topical treatments. Vitamin A (Retinol) is suggested for use after a long day in the sun to help repair damaged cells. It also reduces pigmentation by interrupting melanin synthesis, similar to vitamin C.
The miracle effects of Vitamin C on your skin are no secret. This Vitamin is constantly fighting free radicals created by pollution, smoking, sun damage, and stress. Free radicals enter the body and begin stealing important resources from normal healthy cells to use for themselves. Vitamin C destroys these culprits while also stimulating the formation of collagen to bring back your skin’s youthful bounce.
If you plan on purchasing a Vitamin C serum be conscious of what ingredients your product is made with. The biggest controversy found with Vitamin C is with its stability. Many producers of Vitamin C serums use lower quality and less expensive types of Vitamin C that can oxidize, rendering the serum useless before you get to the end of your bottle! Make sure you’re using a product with a stable form of Vitamin C, such as Stay-C 50. This type of Vitamin C is also known as Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate and acts the same as traditional Vitamin C but with an added salt molecule. This added salt molecule allows the Vitamin C to easily penetrate the skin and deliver the repairing antioxidants you’re looking for while preserving it from the oxidation process longer.
Getting older doesn’t have to be so hard. Leverage all the wisdom you’ve attained throughout the years on how to keep your skin healthy and happy. Use that knowledge to choose the right products for your skin and to keep your skin looking beautiful each and every day. Before long you’ll have everyone wondering how you manage to keep your skin looking so wonderful! It will be up to you if you want to give away the secret or not.