February 17, 2020 42 Comments
Age spots, sun spots, liver spots – they’re all different names for what is essentially the same condition. No person wants to look in the mirror and see dark spots on their skin. Many believe that this is a sign of aging that doesn’t occur until you get older. The truth of the matter is that age spots don’t have to occur with age. Individuals of all ages, skin tones, genders, and backgrounds can develop these spots on their skin. They’re most commonly found in areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, including the face, shoulders, chest, arms, and hands. While age spots can sometimes take on the appearance of cancerous moles or growths, a true age spot is harmless health-wise but may be damaging to your confidence or self-esteem.
Prevention is key when it comes to curbing the development of age spots. These most commonly occur when the skin comes in unprotected contact with the sun, and using sunscreen or avoiding uncovered skin exposure is your best means of prevention. If you already have age spots, however, there are a number of things you can do to treat them and assist in fading.
Age spots can range in color and size. Most commonly these are flat oval-shaped areas of increased skin pigmentation, and they may be tan, brown, or black in color. While most age spots are relatively small, they can begin grouping together to form what looks like larger coverage areas. No matter the size or color of your age spots, you do have options in helping the fading process.
There are a number of treatments out there that claim to help the fading of age spots, but only one has been used for generations in skincare – essential oils. Microdermabrasion, freezing therapy, and prescription bleaching creams may all be prescribed to aid in the fading of age spots, but many find that essential oils are more affordable, effective, and more accessible than any other treatment. Not all essential oils are created equal, and some have far better anti-age spot properties than others:
When using essential oils in fading dark spots, you won’t typically be using a diffuser or aromatherapy to do so. These oils will typically be applied topically to the affected areas of the skin, and it must be done with a sufficient carrier oil to avoid any burning, reaction, or further skin damage in the process. A 2.5% dilution is typically recommended, which equals to around 15 drops of essential oil to every 6 teaspoons of your chosen carrier oil.
When choosing your carrier oil, you’ll want to choose one that is right for your skin. Those who are acne-prone may not find the same positive results with coconut oil as a person with very dry skin, and might find grape seed oil to be the better choice. Some common carrier oils for topical skin applications are coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, and sweet almond oil among others. Your carrier oil will not dilute the efficacy of your essential oil, but ensure its safety for topical use.
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