Diminish or Hide Age Spots and Freckles on Hands
Age spots are flat, brown, grey or black spots on the skin. They usually appear in places that have been exposed to the sun. People also call them liver spots, solar lentigines, sun spots, and senile lentigines. Strange, but true. Here’s how to prevent getting them or more of them on your hands.
Age spots: what to know
Age spots are caused by an excess of melanin in the skin. Doctors don’t know why they develop in the first place, but aging, exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet light, including tanning beds. They are most common on:
- the back of your hands
- your shoulders
- your forearms
- your face.
They may be light brown or black, have the same texture as your skin, don’t hurt and are quite safe.
Your doctor will usually diagnose age spots by simply looking at your skin, and if they are worried for some reason, they may perform a biopsy: remove a little skin so they can check it for abnormal cell activity or other problems.
There are ways that your doctor can remove the age spots if necessary, including dermabrasion, surgery, laser treatment and medications, but we like natural remedies, don’t we?
Home remedies to remove age spots
Lemon juice has a bleaching effect on the skin, and can help get rid of age spots. Lemons also help you achieve a soft, clear and beautiful complexion.
Apply lemon juice directly to the affected area. Leave it on for around half an hour, then wash it off under the cold tap. Repeat twice a day, for two months. If you have sensitive skin, dilute the juice with a little water, or honey or rose water.
Castor oil is very healing and when it’s combined with vitamin E oil, coconut, olive oil or almond oil, it’s even more effective.
Use a cotton ball, applying the oil onto the age spot. Gently massage it in, then leave it on for a couple of hours. You can then wash it off, if you like. You can use this technique in the morning and at night.
Apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps to dry out and fade the spots faster. Dilute a little apple cider vinegar in the same amount of water, the add a little honey. Apply this mixture to your age spots, then wash it off after a couple of minutes. Do this every day for a few days until you see results.
Aloe vera aids skin regeneration and it’s great for getting rid of age spots caused by sun exposure. Gently rub fresh aloe gel onto the affected areas, leave it for half an hour and then run it under the cold tap. Doing this twice a day and you should see some difference after about a month. Aloe vera juice you can buy in a bottle can also work but fresh is always better.
Onion juice is acidic and bleaches out the age spot. Garlic juice also works well. Simply slice up some onions and rub the juice that starts to come out onto the age spot 2-3 times daily. You can also mix a little honey with the onion juice. A quarter of an hour later, wash the area with a natural soap. This technique is great to use once or twice a day.
You will need to be dedicated to your skin for these techniques to work. So have patience, and you’ll see changes occurring gradually, but they will go away in time.
Home remedies to get rid of freckles
Sour milk contains lactic acid and it’s great for getting rid of freckles. This is a lovely, lovely remedy for people with sensitive skins.
Put some sour cream onto the freckles, and leave it to dry for 5 minutes. Wipe it off, instead of washing it off, with a tissue. Apply some moisturiser. Do this once per day.
Honey is excellent for fading those little freckles as it has enzymes in it that will lighten them. It’s also a lovely moisturiser.
Mix honey with a little hot water. Put it on your skin where the freckles are and wait for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water. Do this every day for a few weeks.
If your freckles are widespread, simply make this into a mask by adding a small amount of wheat germ, leave it on for 10 minutes or so, then wash it off.