While wrinkles were once the only point of contention in aging skin, there is a rising concern over the treatment of age spots. If you aren’t sure exactly what age spots are, they’re flat, brown spots that can accumulate on the face, back, and other areas of the body… you may have mistaken them for large freckles! Here are a few causes and what you can do to treat them.

Sun damage
The most common trigger behind age spots is too much sun exposure… the heightened UVB rays can actually damage skin’s DNA leading to an increased production of melanin. So if you’re asking yourself, “why do I have age spots?” take a step back and evaluate how much sun exposure you get daily. Do you wear sunscreen or clothing that minimizes sun exposure? These could all be reasons why you have age spots on your face and other parts of your body! The solution is pretty simple: be proactive about skin damage, wear sun protection daily and recruit products that can reduce the appearance of age spots such as Rescue Me Essential Oil.

Inflammation from acne, allergies or diet
In addition to sun damage, inflammation can lead to age spots on your face and other parts of the body as well. However, inflammation from post acne scarring is probably the most significant cause since it can result in hyperpigmentation and discoloration. If you do suffer from acne skin, you’ll want to reduce the potential for chronic inflammation by avoiding harsh chemicals in products and makeup… we want to calm already irritated skin, not fuel it! And don’t forget that diet can play a crucial role in inflammation: avoid fried foods, saturated fat and foods high in sugar.

Environmental agents
Sun damage is the leading cause of age spots, no question! However, environmental agents also play a role; for example, smoking, drinking and high amounts of stress all enhance the effects of aging. Specifically, smoking correlates strongly with the appearance of age spots as it reduces the amount of oxygen and blood that’s carried to the skin. While the obvious solution here is a lifestyle change, exfoliation is extremely beneficial too! To reveal clear under-the-surface skin, apply Power Peel to the face and neck just a few times per week followed by Power Scrub the next morning.