3 Natural Remedies to Prevent and Treat Age Spots

| 9/9/2010 3:53:00 PM

Aging brings changes both good and bad. You might have a few more grey hairs, but you’ll get them at the expense of greater wisdom (and let’s not forget senior discounts). One sure sign of getting older is the formation of age spots, or liver spots. These tan, brown or even grey spots are areas of hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage earlier in life. When exposed to too much sun, your skin’s pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) can become damaged and consequently produce too much pigment, resulting in the brown spots associated with aging. Sun exposure can also damage the skin’s ability to receive antioxidants, which can help combat age spots.

Traditional treatments for age spots can be expensive and have serious health risks associated with them, from skin allergies to cancer. For a safe, natural approach to treating and preventing age spots, check out the home remedies below.

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Enjoy the benefits of old age without the addition of age spots. Learn how to diminish the appearance of age spots with the natural remedies below. Photo By Josh Janssen/Courtesy Flickr. 

1. Increase your antioxidant intake. 

Antioxidants are the best weapon we have against aging, so enhance your diet to include foods that contain beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and other age-fighting antioxidants. Try eating lots of fruits (especially berries), leafy green vegetables (such as spinach, kale and brussels sprouts) and vegetables such as carrots, red pepper and beets.