How to Fade Age Spots
Our inbox is always full of questions on how to fade age spots on the skin. But before we tell you the 'how,' let's give you the 'why': So why do spots appear on the skin? Brown spots (called hyperpigmentation) are actually a clumping of skin pigments commonly caused by sun exposure, aging, acne, or hormone imbalances. They most often appear on the parts of your skin where the sun's rays hit it most frequently, like the tip of your nose, your hairline, and even the left-side of your face (for those of you commuters who drive with the sun hitting your window).
USE: Bioelements LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector to obliterate isolated spots, or LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightenerfor all over discoloration daily.
AND PLEASE: The sun's a likely culprit here, so don't forget the broad spectrum sunscreen! Apply it every day to help prevent new spots from appearing.
Gasp! What to do? Well, you could buy gloves to match every outﬁt you own, or you can learn how to prevent dark spots now with...
THE BIOELEMENTS 'SPOTLIGHT YOUR HANDS' PLAN:
IN THE MORNING:
Step 1: Begin by exfoliating with a chemical or physical exfoliant.
Step 2: Apply Bioelements LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector followed by LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener.
Step 3: Apply a borad spectrum SPF like Bioelements RayDefense SPF 30.
Step 1: Apply Bioelements LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector followed by LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener.
Step 2: Apply Sleepwear for Hands.
When our skin is exposed to UV (sun or tanning beds), its immune system triggers melanin production because it senses inflammation. It moves toward the outer layers of the skin and becomes visible as a tan. A tan is a response to injury (it’s not a sign of health) because skin cells have signaled that they have been hurt by UV rays.
High exposure to UV rays over itme causes damage to the skin cells, producing an uneven distribution of melanin. So instead of melanin being produced in an evenly distributed fashion, it clumps together and produces irregular, blotchy coloring or pigmentation in the skin.
90% of all case of melasma are women; an estimated 6 million women live in the US with melasma and 45-50 million worldwide.
Pregnancy, birth control, UV light sensitive medications or hormone replacement therapy can lead to an intense surge in melanin production.
THe technical term is Melasma - often called the “mask of pregnancy” because it commonly occurs during pregnancy or afterward. When it’s exposed to UV light, it can cause these pigmented areas to get even darker.
Often called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH, it’s pigmentation that is produced at the sight of inflammation after an injury has healed. Typical pigmentation-causing injuries include: acne, waxing, improperly performed laser treatments or deep extractions, abrasions, insect bites, and razor bumps. And, when attacked by UV light it will cause these pigmented areas to darken.
Without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can get trapped on the skin's surface. When they're trapped, they build up. Exfoliation is a key step when targeting dark spots and discoloration – as it speeds up cell turnover to remove hyperpigmented cells faster.
Exfoliation also removes the upper “crust” of skin so active lightening and brightening products can better penetrate the skin.
2. Lighten + Brighten
Each of the key ingredients in both Bioelements LightPlex MegaWatt Skin Brightener and LightPlex GigaWatt Dark Spot Corrector work together, from different angles, to target melanin production and fade the signs of existing damage.
3. Apply SPF
Sunscreen is key to preventing hyperpigmentation. Sun damage can cause an uneven increase in melanocytes, which produce irregular coloring or pigmentation on your skin. Flat spots of increased pigmentation - called solar lentigines - are usually brown, black, or gray, and can appear in areas most exposed to the sun. Solar lentigines tend to become more numerous with repeated sun exposure and with advancing age.