As you get older, your skin is constantly being damaged by UV radiation, acne, and just aging in general. Staring into the mirror, you wonder what to do about dark spots, age spots, sun spots etc. There are a number of measures you can take to make sure your skin stays healthy and young.
With the field of dermatology quickly evolving, new cosmetic treatments are constantly arriving in the market to help with an array of problems. However, before you start begin treating existing spots, you must first take steps to prevent any future damage to your skin. The best way to do this is, you guessed it right, by using sunscreen daily. We may have heard that advice from millions of different sources, yet we still refuse to wear sunscreen. Don’t be lazy. It’s just one more step after moisturizing and will not take more than 10 seconds of your time. Sunblock prevents your skin and pre-existing spots from getting darker while also blocking UV rays that can cause cancer. You can even find moisturizers which have an SPF of 15 or higher and apply them in morning right after washing your face. If you have acne, you should consider using an acne repairing lotion beneath the SPF moisturizer.
Promote healthy eating habits
Like most conditions, your diet has a great impact on your skin. Eating a diet rich in orange vegetables and fruits including carrots, tangerines, and yams can prove to be beneficial for your skin in the long run. Leafy vegetables, vitamin A, and carotene are rich in antioxidants that help skin become resistant against ultraviolet rays, which in turn can help prevent against the development of future dark spots.
Exfoliation is the most important stage when it comes to lightening skin or dark spots as it will help scrub away dead cells and encouraging skin cell turnover. It helps remove the dry, outer layer of skin and reveals the fresh, vitalizing skin beneath, reviving your looks. Exfoliation is essential because as you grow older, the natural process of skin renewal becomes irregular, making the skin appear dry and rough.
There are many methods of exfoliation such as chemical peels, masks, dermabrasion, and the less common home remedies. These products can be found at any local drug store. Olay Regenerist products especially the MicroDermabrasion & Peel In One System are great for your skin. You should be on a lookout for scrubs that have salicylic acid, glycolic acid, alpha hydroxyl acids, beta hydroxyl acids, hydroquinone, vitamin A, and Retin-A, an acid form of vitamin A most commonly use to combat aging. If you are looking for a specific treatment and are willing to spend a rather larger sum of money, then Mederma skin care has received great reviews. Another cost effective and great product to remove acne marks is the Neutrogena Acne Mark Fading Peel.
Chemical peels, on the other hand, are a bit more effective than dermabrasion as they work deeper into the skin. The peel works by not only speeding up the skin cell turnover rate, but also by freeing the connections between surface cells. The damage done by spots, especially age spots, is much deeper into the skin, making the peel highly effectual. The chemical peel also helps rejuvenate the surface skin, boost collagen production and soften wrinkles, improving the overall look and skin tone.
Although dermabrasion and chemical peels are great methods to remove dark spots, home remedies are much gentler, cost effective and easy to use at your own time and privacy. The most common home remedy to remove dark spots is applying lemon juice to the skin, leaving it on for ten minutes and then rinsing. However, there are other lightening agents such as vitamin C, soy, arbutin, mulberry roots, licorice extract, turmeric powder, honey, mint leaves and etc.
Treatment: LASER RESURFACING
If you are willing to pay the price to have youthful and refreshing skin, then laser resurfacing is to an extent the best treatment for spots. It not only removes spots but can minimize the appearance of scars, lines, wrinkles, and hyper pigmentation. The treatment targets the spots at much more depth compared to chemical peels and dermabrasion which only remove a thin layer of skin. Depending upon how deep the damage is, you may possibly have to go back for two or more sessions. During the process, you may receive general anesthesia but the recovery time is pretty quick ranging from few minutes to hours. Also, the great thing about laser resurfacing is that there is no discomfort, scaring, bleeding or bruising compared to many other cosmetic surgeries. Laser resurfacing will remove the old layer of skin, revealing the new fresh and youthful skin.
These are just a few of the many tips you can apply to your lifestyle for cleaner and younger looking skin. If you have any tips of your own or questions feel free to share! I always look forward to your comments!