Dark spots go by many names, but what they all have in common is the fact that most people wish that they didn’t exist.
Sun spots, age spots, liver spots etc. are all names for the same thing and luckily there are some things that can be done to safely lighten dark spots and restore a more even skin tone.
Your best defense is prevention. Since sun exposure is the primary cause of dark spots, a person can prevent further damage by staying out of the sun, using sun screen, or covering sun exposed areas with hats or clothes.
Unfortunately, most people with dark spots have had years of sun exposure, but the earlier someone practices sun safety the better and it’s never too late to start. Keeping dark spots out of the sun will in itself cause them to appear lighter over time and prevent further skin damage.
Lightening Dark Spots
Fading dark spots also involves using creams that have the ability to lighten the dark spot pigmentation. I tell people to avoid using chemical based creams, especially those containing hydroquinone because they are harmful to the skin and to the body, even linked to causing cancer.
Instead, I encourage people to use natural dark spot lightening creams to safely lighten the spots in order to even out skin tone. Natural products use plant-based ingredients that are chemically proven to lighten skin effectively and safely.
Use the cream as directed and expect to see improvement in about 2 weeks. Within a month to two months, results will be much more dramatic.
Remember to Exfoliate
Since natural dark spot lightening creams work in the deeper layers of the skin along with the skin’s natural cycle, people can help speed up this process slightly by helping to remove the dead skin cells at the surface. This helps expose the lighter skin underneath.
Using a gentle abrasive cloth or natural sponge, gently scrub the areas of skin undergoing the dark spot lightening treatment while in the shower or while washing. Be careful not to scrub too hard as this can irritate the skin, gentle is the key.
Dark Spots Won’t Lighten Overnight
There are no miracle or magic creams to vanish dark spots. It takes time to lighten dark spots and by following the above protocol, the skin will become more even and dark spots will become way less visible over time.
Spend your money wisely and only buy natural products that are guaranteed and you’ll be able to lighten dark spots safely and effectively.
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