The first thing that you’ll need to know in order to determine the best way to fade age spots on your face or body is what an age spot is. Age spots are areas of dark skin, or hyper-pigmentation, which form as a result of exposure to UV rays from the sun over time. It’s important to note that age spots do not cause a change in texture the way that a mole would. Age spots, which you may also hear referred to as sun spots, are flattened areas of darkened color on your skin that typically appear to be a brown color but may also appear black or even red. While you can develop an age spot anywhere on your body, areas that are commonly exposed to the sun such as your face and shoulders are more prone to developing age or sun spots.
Products to Fade Age Spots
The first step to fading age spots is, of course, to actually fade the pigmented areas of the age spots. Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel uses Hydroquinone, which is the strongest skin lightener that you can obtain without a prescription. Hydroquinone actually works to suppress the pigment production that causes age spots, sun spots and even freckles. However, Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel has an additional skin care and sun spot fading benefit. The product is formulated using Alpha Hydroxy Acids to exfoliate both surface skin and dead skin cells beneath the skin’s surface within follicles. That means that the Hydroquinone in Murad’s proven age spot and sun spot fading gel can penetrate deeper and work more effectively to lighten hyper-pigmented areas. The Alpha Hydroxy Acids also encourage the movement of the pigmented cells to the skin’s surface where they are more easily and rapidly treated. Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel can be used in both your morning and evening skin care regimen. However, it’s recommended that you stick with your typical skin care products and practices during your morning skin care regimen and only use your age spot fading gel as part of your evening skin care regimen. To fade your age spots and sun spots, apply Murad Age Spot and Pigment Lightening Gel after you cleanse your skin and then follow up with a skin or face moisturizer. In addition to fading sun spots and age spots, this gel also improves skin’s overall tone by lifting away other darkened or dull areas of skin discoloration for an overall even skin tone. The exfoliating effect of the Alpha Hydroxy Acids also works to improve skin’s overall health and give you that special Murad glow, free of dark spots, age spots or sun spots.
Exfoliate Away Age Spots and Dark Skin
While using a skin lightening agent to fade age spots is the most important step in the process, it’s also important that you work to actively improve skin tone and bring new cells to the surface. The most effective way to do that is with a strong Alpha Hydroxy Acid exfoliation. Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel is a weekly treatment that reveals brighter, smoother (and younger-looking) skin. It uses Glycolic Acid and Salicylic Acid to strip away dry and dead skin cells and resurface your skin to provide a brighter tone and smoother texture. Murad Intensive Resurfacing Peel only needs to be used once a week for ten minutes to experience visible results. In addition to an exfoliating and resurfacing treatment for your skin, skin that requires a treatment to fade age spots also has most likely experienced environmental aging and damage from prolonged exposure to UV rays over an extended period of time. A skin care product line that is specifically designed to combat the signs of environmental damage and aging on skin, including age spots, sun spots, a lack of glow and luster and “patchy” looking skin, is essential to undo the sun’s damage. Murad Environmental Shield and Essential-C skin care products use the power of antioxidants and Vitamin C to both restore skin from a state of environmental damage as well as to prevent future environmental damage. From skin cleansers to moisturizers to eye creams to skin serums, these products undo the damage that the sun and the environment have done to skin, including improving the appearance of age and sun spots. While fading your age spots will help you look younger, treating your skin holistically to address the many damaging effects of the sun and the environment is also a necessary step. Click the “Buy” button below to see Murad’s full line of environmental defense and Vitamin C skin care products.