The older you become, the more likely it is that you’ll have to deal with these: age spots. The brown discolorations are usually most noticeable on the hands. Although they are completely harmless, many people don’t care for the dark splotches. Before you read on to find out how to get rid of them, you might be interested to know what causes them.
Age spots are the result of years of sun exposure. People who regularly use tanning beds are also prone to them. The reason is that UV-radiation stimulates the production of melanin, the pigment in the skin enables you to tan. This can later develop into permanent “age spots,” particularly on skin that has been often exposed to the sun and thus has a higher concentration of melanin. Even if many people find tanned skin beautiful, these spots are a rather undesirable side effect. So what can you do?
The best way to prevent age spots is of course good sun protection. You should try not to lie out in full sun too often. For people with fair skin tones this is especially high risk! Of course if the spots are already there, there is something you can do to alleviate them without having to resort to aggressive skin-brightening creams. Instead, you’ll find this unexpected treatment directly in your pantry: onion juice!
You read that correctly: onion juice mixed with apple vinegar is a super household remedy to lighten the skin. The secret lies in the alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that remove dead skins cells and reveal the healthy skin underneath.
And this is how it works:
Dice a fresh onion.
Then use a mortar and and pestle to crush the onion bits. Pour the virtually fluid onion into a blender or food processor and add 1/3 cup of apple vinegar. Mix until the liquidity is consistent.
Now you can apply the mixture to your skin with a washcloth. When you regularly apply this treatment, your age spots should be considerably less noticable.
In any case, you should definitely keep an eye on all spots and moles on your skin. While age spots are completely harmless, there are others that can be a sign of skin cancer. You should check with a dermatologist immediately if you have blemishes that change color or size or have an irregular border. Only a doctor can diagnose or rule out skin cancer and offer expert help in the case of an early diagnosis.
Who would have thought that it would be so easy to use a household item to combat age spots? If you want, you can try it at home right away!