Q. Help! I am starting to notice age spots on my face, hands and body! How can I fight them? I worry about using products with bleaches.
Dr. Linda Miles L. Ac., D.O.M. responds:
In order to fight age spots, it is important to understand where they come from. Sun exposure is the major culprit behind these spots, as they are an accumulation of melanin (the pigment that is made when we expose ourselves to the sun). While we were enjoying sunning times outside, we were not wearing our antioxidants to keep the sun’s rays from doing damage, and we now have these “unsightly” age spots.
So now how do we get rid of them?
There are many ways to do this: from bleaching agents like hydroquinone and synthetic ingredients, to very natural alternatives such as those derived from plants and animals. In fact, there is a vast array of products containing natural ingredients that have been found to fade age spots. Some of these ingredients include alpha-arbutin (derived from bearberry); a combination of licorice, milk thistle, and vitamin C; and active plant stem cells (there are dozens in this category). There are others; the list goes on and on. Many of these ingredients now have great clinical studies showing that after about 28 days (one skin cycle), these spots are diminished in appearance, and with continued use, may seem to disappear.
derma e® has put together a terrific blend of licorice, milk thistle, vitamin c and alpha-arbutin in a rich moisturizing base that in our consumer studies has worked extremely well to banish age and dark spots. derma e®’s Skin Lighten does not contain harmful bleaches or hydroquinone and is one of the best natural “lightening” products on the market. It is ideal for your face, hands and body to help reduce discoloration and even skin tone. Also, to prevent further damage from the sun, remind yourself to always wear a moisturizer rich in antioxidants.
Dr. Linda Miles L. Ac., D.O.M., is Vice President of derma e® Natural Bodycare. Read beauty q & a with derma e for great tips on natural beauty and skin care.