As we age, so too does our skin. But while we still may be sharp, active, and youthful within, our skin may not be. Instead, it sags and wrinkles, and. worst of all, it tends to become discolored. Age spots, also known as liver spots or solar lentigos, are often flat brown, black or tan spots. They vary in size, but are commonly found on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. This is no coincidence -- these are the parts of the body most likely to be exposed to the sun. Indeed, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, more than 90% of the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging are caused by the sun. Those who use sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher daily show 24% less skin aging than those who do not use sunscreen daily -- so make sure to stock up on the screen and wear a hat!
In fact, the effects of the sun are so intense, that young people can get age spots, too, even though they tend to be most common for people over 50. Luckily, age spots are usually harmless and don't require any medical attention. But, it is best to see a doctor if they darken considerably or change appearance in anyway. This may be a warning sign of melanoma. Other signs include irregular or jagged borders, an unusual combination of colors, or the presence of redness, tenderness, or itching.
The good news is that there are many ways to fade your age spots. Using retinol, which is an all around anti-aging product, is a great way to target hyperpigmentation. As brown spots begin to form, retinol keeps them from reaching full maturity.
Dermatologists also recommend brightening all over, especially for complexions damaged by sun or hormonal conditions. Spot treatments can often be too limited, so don't be afraid to look to your favorite brands for their all over anti aging products.
Fine lines and wrinkles can be moisturized away -- but lentigos can be troublesome and persistent. Don't let them get any worse, and approach your skincare specialist about treatment today.