Aging brings a heap of frustrating changes – white hairs, wrinkles, saggy skin and so on. Brown spots are definitely among the most annoying age-related issue. They’re not life threatening, but each of us dreams of having a flawless complexion and these dark spots certainly make that impossible. Worry not, we have hand-picked several natural ingredients to fade age spots that are easy to find, budget-friendly and more importantly….they actually work!
There are various factors that come into play and favor the appearance of age spots with excessive sun exposure being among them. Not to say you should avoid the sun like the plague – moderate sun exposure has its own benefits -, but do your skin a favor the next time you’re out in the scorching heat and wear a hat, sunglasses and apply SPF to prevent burning.
However, if you’re reading this you (or someone you know and are trying to help) already has the dreaded brown spots, and the truth is there are various ways they can be reduced. We have found some excellent natural ingredients to fade age spots you can use to brighten your complexion without resorting to aggressive or even dangerous cosmetic procedures. Plus they also work for freckles!
9 Natural Ingredients To Fade Age Spots (You Probably Already Have Some In The Kitchen)
Keep in mind that some of the age spot remedies listed below are acidic so you should never apply them on irritated skin (that will surely sting). Also, for those that have sensitive skin, we recommend you patch test any of these ingredients (in a place other than your face, such as the back of your hand) and use them on your face if you don’t get any bad reaction.
Even if you’re not a fan of lemonade, chances are you have some lemons on hand since they have so many other uses for both cooking and house chores. The acidic nature of lemons exfoliate the skin thus, can help you fade age spots with regular applications. You can apply a slice of lemon directly to the skin and hold it there for 10-15 minutes, but it is more practical to squeeze its juice and soak a cotton ball or pad in it.
Those with sensitive skin should dilute lemon juice in a 1:1 ratio using plain water or a floral water.
Did you know turmeric is used as a natural teeth whitener? It turns out, it also works for reducing age spots. Turmeric inhibits a pigment-producing enzyme in the skin so you can use it to achieve an even complexion. It could also help fade other types of pigmentation such as old scars and freckles. Use it as a paste made out of turmeric powder and water or even better, mix it with some lemon juice!
Parsley is one of my favorite cooking herbs, but its uses extend beyond that. It can help you lighten discolored skin and dark spots. You’ll have to make a paste out of it and apply it for 15 minutes 2-3 times a week. Give it a month or two and results will show up!
Hydrogen peroxide is a well-known bleaching agent that also happens to be extremely safe on the skin as long as it’s properly diluted. Keep it at a 1:1 ratio use whole milk or plain water to thin it (do not apply it undiluted!).
Buttermilk is another natural exfoliant, as it contains lactic acid. It gently removes the dead skin cells, including those of dark spots. This one is exceptionally easy to use: apply it as is on the trouble spots or areas, leave it on for 5-10 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.
Aloe vera juice promotes skin renewal so while it doesn’t work so well on its own for fading age spots you can use it in between treatments using other remedies (preferably acidic ones like lemon juice and the above-mentioned buttermilk) to boost their effects!
Since Aloe vera is incredibly skin-friendly you can use it twice a day and it can be applied undiluted on the skin.
Apple cider vinegar
Since acidic ingredients are so effective at reducing brown spots, we must not omit apple cider vinegar from the list. You can either drink a glass of water with 1-2 teaspoons of ACV mixed in, every day or dilute it with water (at leat 1:1 ratio) and dab it on the affected areas with a cotton ball.
Castor oil is not just a wonderful moisturizer, it also promotes healing and lightens the skin. The best part is you get to hydrate your skin and fade those annoying age spots at the same time! Use it as is on the pigmented areas every morning and evening and there will be visible improvement within a month or so.
This may not be the most popular remedy for age spots but it’s definitely an effective one. The herb contains glucosinolatesm, a compound that promotes circulation, and vitamin C that slows melanin production. Make a paste out of it and apply it directly on the skin for 15 minutes, 2-3 times a week.
We recommend you experiment a bit with these natural ingredients to fade age spots and see which ones work best for you. Also, if you know other effective and natural remedies for dark spots please share them with us and our readers in the comments section below!