63. Lighten Sun Spots and Dark Age Spots
What if there was a proven, safe and effective way to reduce the appearance of those dark spots? In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of topical vitamin C, formulated with lactic acid as a complementary partner and used as a weapon against these signs of aging and skin damage.
What Are Sun and Age Spots?
They are referred to by many different names, including sun spots, age spots, liver spots, and hyperpigmentation. These spots occur when the amino acid tyrosinase is stimulated to produce melanin, or pigment, in the skin. In the case of hyperpigmentation, an overproduction of melanin occurs is often in connection with UVA and UVB exposure and leaves small dark spots on the skin even after a tan has faded.
Sun spots are not usually a sign of any serious condition and may not need attention from a healthcare professional – but see your dermatologist if they become crusty or dark and irregular in shape, as skin cancer can appear in many different ways. Usually caused by UV exposure over time, they may appear as flat circles or ovals in any shade darker than your natural skin tone and can vary in size from tiny spots to about half an inch in diameter. The spots most commonly appear on the face, hands, back, chest, shoulders and arms. Although they can appear on anyone of any age, they are more common as we age.
Skin-Nourishing Benefits of Topical Vitamin C
This all-important vitamin cannot be produced naturally within the body, so we must consume it regularly in food and supplements to achieve the most benefit. L-ascorbic acid, the most easily absorbed form of this essential antioxidant, has been clinically proven to provide beneficial results that keep skin soft, supple and more youthful-looking. As an antioxidant, it combats free radicals that deteriorate the skin and cause lines and wrinkles to form.
Safe for most skin types, topical vitamin C cream with emollients helps keep skin hydrated by preventing moisture loss. It’s anti-inflammatory and helps to diminish redness and irritation, leaving you with a fresh, clear complexion. It also stimulates collagen production, reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, protects against sun damage and diminishes dark under-eye circles. Topical vitamin C has also been proven to correct hyperpigmentation.
How Topical Vitamin C with Lactic Acid Can Help Even Skin Tone
The enzyme tyrosinase is stimulated when the skin is exposed to UV rays. Tyrosinase, in turn, stimulates melanin production which is the pigment that determines the shade of our skin. Skin care formulas that include lactic acid in combination with topical vitamin C work to block tyrosinase and stop the production of melanin, keeping skin pigmentation balanced. Lactic acid in a cream with emollients also serves to keep skin hydrated and balanced, producing a soft and even skin tone.
L-ascorbic acid also evens skin tone and lightens sun spots and age spots by stimulating the dermal layer of the skin to produce more collagen, the essential amino acid that gives our skin its firmness. By stimulating collagen production and reducing skin cell turnover time, damaged skin cells are replaced more quickly with firm, healthy cells. At the same time, topical C penetrates your skin for protection from future UVA and UVB damage and doesn’t wash off like sunscreen creams.
The Right Product Choice
Insist on products that are built on a foundation of L-ascorbic acid, topical vitamin C, with lactic acid, designed to diminish hyperpigmentation, reduce the appearance of sun spots and produce an even skin tone for a vibrant, healthy complexion.In addition to topical vitamin C and lactic acid, look for pH-balancing skin conditioners, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory coconut oil and glycerin, humectants, skin moisturizing emollients, orange peel essential oil and botanicals (green tea extract).
Even if you’ve endured skin discoloration for many years, an L-ascorbic acid and lactic acid formula promises hope with positive results. As with any new healthy habit, you should commit to using the products consistently for 60-90 days in order to experience the most noticeable and measurable results.
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