Dr. Anthony Youn, one of the country’s foremost experts in beauty and anti-aging treatments tells us in the PBS Special The Age Fix, that one of the most complaints among his patients are “Age Spots!” To get rid of these unsightly spots, many people resort to painful surgery, laser treatments, or chemical peels. But Dr. Youn explains that to maintain a youthful glow, it is important to exfoliate regularly! He says if we use these following Home Treatments and Remedies we might save ourselves a lot of pain and money!
As Dr. Youn explains, when we are young our skin cells turnover every 6 to 8 weeks. But as we get older this turnover slows down to 10, 12 or even 14 weeks!.. causing the dead skin cells to clump on the surface of our skin causing our skin to have a rough texture, fine lines and an uneven complexion. This is the reason why our skin gets less vibrant, more dry, and has more wrinkles as we get older.
Exfoliation helps get our skin cells to turn over faster! Exfoliating causes the upper layer of skin cells to slough off more quickly and this process actually sends a cellular signal to the basal layer skin cells to kick start and speed up that process!
You only need to exfoliate your skin 2 to 3 times per week. If you over exfoliate your skin, it can get red and irritated.
Dr. Youn says we can mechanically exfoliate using scrubs or chemically exfoliate using alphahydroxy acids. He shares the following home remedies.
Try this Mechanical Scrub Home Remedy:
- 1/2 teaspoon honey
- 1/4 cup warm reduced fat milk
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
Combine all ingredients. Rinse your face with warm water, put some of the scrub on a washcloth, and gently rub your face with it for about a minute or so. Then gently wash your face with warm water.
Don’t forget to mechanically exfoliate your body.
Dr. Youn suggests using a new kitchen sponge set aside just for bathing and showering, that has a rough side and a soft side. Use the rough side to exfoliate your elbows, knees and feet and the soft side for the more sensitive parts of your body.
You can also buy serums and scrubs at your local drugstore that are gritty and as you rub it on your skin it removes the dead cells.
Chemical Exfoliation uses chemicals such as alphahydroxy acid to remove those top layers of the skin.
Try this Home Remedy to make your own all-natural chemical alphahydroxy acid mask:
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 3 tablespoon orange juice
- 3/4 nonfat plain yogurt
Combine all ingredients. Apply it to your face and let it sit there for 20 to 30 minutes to allow it to dry. Rinse it off with warm water.
All of these ingredients contain alpha-hydroxy acids and the orange and lemon juices give you the added benefit of Vitamin C.
You can also buy alpha-hydroxy serums at your local drugstore, or use a medical grade alphahydroxy acid chemical peel through your doctor.
He explains that when we treat age spots, we are treating the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis, where age spots reside.
Try this Home Remedy to help lighten Age Spots:
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice – citrus acid in the lemon juice is a natural skin lightener
- 1 tablespoon soy milk – soy milk has enzymes which can inhibit the production of melanin
- 1 tablespoon honey – honey is the’ Jack of All Trades’ of home skincare. It has natural antibacterial properties so it helps reduce acne, soothes irritated skin, moisturizes dry skin and it also tightens the skin. Honey is a great ingredient to add to most home care skin regiments.
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and apply it to your skin.
Let it dry for about 20 to 30 minutes and gently wash it off with warm water.
Do this 2 to 3 times a week then after about 8 to 10 weeks you should start to notice a difference.
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