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All you need to know about Age Spots

By world renowned skincare expert Lorena Oberg

what are age spots

As we all know very well, when we get older our body begins to be less responsive and resilient to the elements. Whether it be the smile lines that don’t quite flatten out after a good laugh or noticing additional brown patches after a holiday in the sun. For a lucky few, pigmentation spots won’t affect you but for those Fab After Fifty readers who suffer from age spots, this is my go to guide.

What are Age Spots and why do we get them?

Age spots, also known as liver spots or sunspots, are flat brown or black spots on the skin. As we age, the melanin (the part of your skin which gives it colour) becomes more active. This means it is more responsive to external factors, such as the sun.

As the sun-rays touch your skin, the melanin, which is also known as pigmentation, group together to form what we see externally as an age spot.

How can we prevent them?

A common misunderstanding is that in the UK, the cloudy weather can protect us against the sun’s harmful rays. In comparison to people living in hotter climates, this does work in our favour. However don’t be fooled by lack of heat on your skin, UVA and UVB rays do penetrate through clouds and will affect all uncovered areas of skin.

In short, the best way to prevent age spots is to apply sun cream every few hours. I strongly recommend using an SPF 50 as it gives your skin the best protection.

With the huge range of sun creams out there, it gives you no excuse not to use it. There are all varieties which range in price, SPF and consistency. If you’re not a fan of the sticky feeling, some of the higher end sun lotions will sit on your skin the way you like.

If you want to have healthy looking, ageless skin, never skimp on quality sun protection. Your skin has the most incredible rejuvenating qualities but not all skin damage is easily rectified.

Home remedies to lower their appearance

Have you ever noticed how your mouth feels after eating pineapple? That is because it contains an enzyme called Bromelain and it is known for it’s magnificent exfoliating qualities.

Rub fresh pineapple twice a day over affected areas and watch melanin spots fade. This method works by breaking down the melanin that has collected to form the age spot.

When attempting this technique, please be aware the pineapple must be fresh because once the fruit has been cut it loses its rejuvenating qualities. This also means canned pineapple won’t work.

Cosmetic treatment options for removing age spots

If pineapple doesn’t work for you or isn’t working at the speed you’d prefer, there are clinical treatments available to remove them.

One treatment worth considering is vitamin injections or Mesotherapy. This cosmetic treatment works with the similar principle as pineapple; by breaking down the collected melanin to smooth out skin tone. The small amount injected into the skin is enough to shift the age spots away. However you will also need to use a home regime of creams to keep the melanocytes in the skin from going into overdrive again.

Another option is laser. Some may find the thought of having a treatment with a laser quite intimidating. Nevertheless, once you’ve realised the benefits out-weigh the fear, you’ll think of the laser as your best friend. This treatment works by blasting the melanocytes cells apart. Although this method may require up to four treatments for best and longer lasting results, this is all dependent on skin type as well as the size and depth of the age spot.

A combination of the above clinical treatments is also an option.

Once you’ve decided you want to get a cosmetic treatment, your next step is to find a practitioner you feel comfortable with.

My top tips for finding the best practitioner for you  –

  • Do your research
    • Find case studies, they should be easily accessible.
      • If they are not then this should be seen as a red flag.
    • You will need to find an expert for both your skin type and one who can cater to your needs.
  • Book a consultation
    • Reputable practitioners are normally very busy so anticipate a long waiting period.
    • Expect to have to pay for a consultation; the best and busier practitioners cannot afford to have no shows.
  • Build a good rapport
    • Make sure you feel comfortable with the person who is about to alter your skin.
  • Don’t be afraid to walk out if you aren’t 100% comfortable
    • Undertaking a clinical treatment should not be taken lightly. If there is any apprehension, go with your gut instinct. If it feels wrong, walk away and find a practitioner you feel comfortable with.

Lorena Oberg skincare expert imageTo find out more about Lorena and Lorena Oberg Skincare please visit www.lorenaoberg.co.uk

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Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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