Tips For Dark Circles and Dark Spots
All about dark spots or age spots
Dark spots or age spots can start to appear as we get older, particularly over the age of fifty, with the appearance of small, flat dark areas on the skin. Younger people can also develop these age spots if they spend a lot of time in the sun.
Age spots can vary in size, usually appearing on those areas that have had a lot of exposure to the sun - areas such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms.
Age spots are also known as sunspots, liver spots and solar lentigines.
Should we be worried about dark spots?
Dark spots are generally not a cause for concern but they do tell us that our skin has received a lot of sun exposure. They are a sign that our skin has tried to protect itself from more sun damage.
The dilemma we face is that we need regular exposure to the sun to boost our vitamin D levels. Ideally, we need sunlight but we do not need sunburn. We can use a natural sunscreen especially on the face or use a large shady hat. And limit our sun exposure to approximately twenty minutes a day between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.
While age spots may affect people of all skin types, they are more common in those adults with a fair skin. Unlike freckles, which are common in children and fade with no sun exposure, age spots don't fade.
The appearance of dark spots
- Flat, oval areas of increased pigmentation
- Usually tan to dark brown
- More likely to occur on skin that has had the most sun exposure over the years, such as the backs of hands, tops of feet, face, shoulders and upper back
- Different in size, ranging from freckle size to about 1/2 inch across
- Sometimes found grouped together, making them more noticeable
Should you consult your medical practitioner?
Age spots do not usually require any medical care. However, they may be confused with other skin conditions and should be checked if they are black or have changed in appearance. Such changes could be a sign of something more serious.
It's best to have any sudden skin changes evaluated by a doctor, especially if a spot:
- Is black
- Is increasing in size
- Has an irregular border
- Has an unusual combination of colors
- Is bleeding
The good news is that age spots can be managed naturally.
What causes age spots to occur?
Age spots are caused by overactive pigment cells. Ultraviolet (UV) light speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color. On skin that has had years of sun exposure, age spots appear when melanin becomes clumped or is produced in high concentrations.
It is also important to be aware that the use of commercial tanning lamps and beds also can cause age spots.
How to tend to age spots, naturally?
Using a natural formula for dark spots is a more gentle and safe alternative for your skin. There are no chemicals or synthetic substances in this natural Formula as only a pure blend of established ingredients are used, designed to go to work naturally with no pain and no scarring.
H-Age Spots Formula is 100% natural, safe and gentle, working to diminish the appearance of age spots quickly by evening out skin tone and working to fade those dark spots. The Formula allows for deep penetration while helping to balance skin tone for a more even skin tone without the use of harmful additives or chemicals.
What about dark circles under the eyes?
Dark circles under the eyes are very common being more pronounced in some people than others. It can make you look tired and older than your actual age. They are discolored patches darker than your own skin, that appear under the eyes. Some of the main causes of dark circles are genetics, aging, stress and lifestyle factors like sleep deprivation, smoking, and excessive sun exposure.
What causes them?
The skin under the eyes is very delicate and thin and contains less collagen and elastin than other areas of the face. This makes the skin more susceptible to damage and causes blood vessels to show through, which can cause a bluish tint. Lack of sleep or poor quality of sleep can make the skin appear paler, allowing the blood vessels and underlying tissue to become more visible, creating the appearance of dark circles.
Can you prevent dark circles?
There are several ways to prevent dark circles from forming or minimize their appearance. One of the simplest ways is to get enough sleep and improve sleep quality. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and try to establish a regular sleep schedule. Sleeping on your back with an extra pillow under your head can help reduce fluid accumulation under the eyes.
It is important to protect your skin from sun damage by wearing sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses. Smoking can also contribute to the formation of dark circles, so quitting smoking can help reduce their appearance. Eating a healthy diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals can also help prevent dark circles by supporting healthy skin. Drinking enough water daily to keep your skin hydrated is a must!
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Simply Eye Serum may help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time with regular use, while also providing a refreshing and cooling sensation to the skin. This eye serum is free of harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances, making it suitable for those with sensitive skin.
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