Having been in the film industry for decades, I know the huge difference that having great skin can make in an person’s life. I also know that even though skin conditions can be complex, their solutions do not have to be. That is why I developed my Divas Never Age® beauty approach, which is designed to deliver the right formulation at the right time to transform any skin type, no matter what its existing condition may be. At Divas Never Age®, our goal is to give a clinically proven yet easy-to-use regimen in order to give you great skin and boost your confidence. In this guide, my focus is on age spots- those unsightly brown skin patches which add years to your age. Read on for some amazingly simple solutions for age spots:
Skin Sun Damage – It’s Not What You See, It’s What You Don’t See…
Did you know? 80% of the skin’s damage lurks under the surface of the skin. Also, many women erroneously think that age spots are natural and that they occur with passage of time. This is not true. Age spots occur as a result of exposure to UV damage; and much of this damage happens underneath the skin’s surface making the skin appear dull and dark. This is the main reason why I recommend exfoliation. Exfoliation visibly lightens darkened skin and brings younger, lighter skin to the surface.
With regular weekly exfoliation at home you will see improved results, but in case of severe hyper-pigmentation, you may want to consider advanced dermatological treatments such as microdermabrasion and/or chemical peels. Nowadays, ablative and non-ablative laser skin solutions are also available which are proven to show dramatically improved skin within 6 to 8 sessions. However, all these treatments will be rendered ineffective if you do not use adequate protection following them. This is where a sunscreen comes into play- sunscreens with quality UVA and UVB protection can stop further damage and keep your skin looking younger and healthier.
A very important tool that you need to add to your arsenal are serums. I always stress upon the use of serums like my Divas Never Age® Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which is readily absorbed by the skin and helps lighten dull spots to reverse years of photo damage.
But, I am getting ahead of myself. Let me give you a step-by-step regime which is proven to completely reverse and erase skin hyper pigmentation caused by sun damage:
STEP-BY-STEP SOLUTION FOR AGE SPOTS
1. Cleanse Daily
Use a gentle cleanser that can clean away the look of discoloration and skin sun damage from the surface. Choose a cleanser made especially for your skin type. It should work gently yet firmly to remove the top dead skin cells and reveal younger looking skin without causing redness.
2. Use Brightening Peels
You can get skin brightening peels at your nearest salon or dermatologists’ clinics. Make sure you choose a Board Certificated Dermatologist. Brightening peels contain fruit and plant based acids which help brighten and re-texturize the skin to combat and repair years of sun damage. For extensive damage, you might need several sessions but always follow your Dermatologist’s instructions.
3. Camouflage Age Spots
While you work on your skin to reverse age spots, you can use a good foundation or even a brightening mist to cover up the blemishes. Choose a beauty cream/powder concealer and foundation that not just covers up imperfections but also helps your skin get vital nutrients to heal it in the process. Mineral makeup is what I recommend as it does exactly that – it covers imperfections but also provides superb sun protection and prevents further damage. Always use a Divas Never Age Serum® prior to applying the foundation.
4. Use A Sunscreen All Over the Face and Neck
This one is a no-brainer! You cannot expect all your products and treatments to work if you fail to provide adequate sun protection to the skin as you go about your daily routine. Wear a sunscreen with SPF 30+, no matter where you are. Indoors or outdoors, you must use a sunscreen and reapply it every 3 hours all over your face, neck and décolleté. The neck and chest are areas that are oft overlooked – women who do not use a sunscreen on this region tend to develop freckles and age spots on this area making them look older. Also cover up when you are outdoors with a wide brimmed hat or sunscreen and always use good quality sunglasses with UV protection. Believe it or not, your eyes can also get damaged by our friend the Sun. Seek shade where possible and avoid going out in the peak sunny hours between 10 am to 4 pm where possible.
5. Real Nutrition for Your Sacred Skin!
Now I come to my favorite and most important step in the age spot banishing regime. To enhance all of the above age spot reversal steps, you must provide some additional nutrition to your skin at day and night. This nutrition is available in the form of powerful ingredients and antioxidants like Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B3, Pomegranate and Green Tea among other fantastic organic ingredients.
Our Divas Never Age® Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains all these ingredients and more! It has Natural and Organic ingredients that are gentle yet effective. Here is a brief summary of its ingredients and they all help reverse sun damage, especially age spots:
- Hyaluronic Acid Though you probably associate the word “acid” with harsh and abrasive, hyaluronic acid is the exact opposite. It’s a humectant, meaning that it draws out water from the air and dermis. Hyaluronic may spur new collagen production.
- Vitamin C in the form of Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate– Reverse sun damage and age spots.
- Aloe Barbadenis juice– Obtained from Aloe Vera plant and provides sun protection by blocking 30% of UV rays.
- Niacinamide which is a Vitamin-B3 derivative– Prevents pigmentation from coming up to the surface of the skin. Thus, it literally stops age spots in its tracks!
- Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract or Green Tea Extract – A powerful antioxidant which provides internal protection to the body, and especially to the skin, by fighting free radical damage caused by the environment.
- Punica Granatum or Pomegranate extracts- Also contains Vitamin C. Research has shown that these extracts can reverse years of photo-damage caused by UV exposure.
- Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil –Another wonderful antioxidant which moisturizes skin and protects it from losing precious water appearing, dry, dull and more prone to sun damage.
As can be seen, it is very much possible to reverse age spots. Use these steps and do not forget to treat the face, neck and chest area where age spots are most prominent. Exfoliate, cleanse and treat your skin with respect and love.
Use a high quality serum like Divas Never Age® Anti-Aging Hyaluronic Acid Serum every morning and evening and start seeing noticeable lightening of the age spots.
To know more about beauty secrets and Diva Tips, take a look at my e-Book Divas Never Age® – “Divas Are Beautiful” – Book I.
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