Treating sun spots is just as important as dealing with wrinkles. Here, Y offers some tips that are, well, spot on.
Women aged 30 and older are increasingly aware of new wrinkles with each passing year. Yet, evidence suggests that sun spots may have as much of an impact on age-related appearance as wrinkles.
Nearly 63 per cent of women older than 35 experience sun or age spots, discolourations and uneven skin. The dark side? The problem reflects your apparent age or lack of youth.
Dr Ellen Marmur, a prominent New York City dermatologist and author of Simple Skin Beauty, says: “Getting a clear, even skin tone without discolouration is just as important as wrinkle-fighting to achieving a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. To some patients, it’s even more important.”
Dermatologists like Dr Marmur call it hyper-pigmentation but its various types are commonly known as age spots, sun spots, liver spots, freckles and melisma; brown patches of skin triggered by a hormone imbalance. Age spots, sun spots and liver spots are all the same ailment — pouches of melanin where the skin pigment has overproduced and dumped uneven amounts, most of which are a result of sun damage.
According to Dr Marmur, the two most used topical treatments for discoloration are hydroquinone and retinoids, which both may have irritating side effects and require a prescription.
However, a new alternative, StriVectin-EV Get Even Brightening Serum, is an over-the-counter solution that has been clinically proven to work quickly minus the same risky side effects.
Myron Jacobson, chief scientist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry, says: “StriVectin-EV Get Even products, both the serum and new Get Even Spot Repair, combine natural ingredients like willow bark, Vitamin C and liquorice with our unique, patented form of Niacin for the most even supply of pigment, skin repair and anti-ageing effects. Studies reveal 85 per cent of women see reduced sun spots and a more even skin color after eight weeks of use.”
But to treat the long-term problem, sufferers of dark spots should also heed the following sun-related advice:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 all year-round
- For prolonged sun exposure, get a wide-brimmed hat to wear outdoors
- Neutralise stubborn spots with peach-toned concealer
- Beware of products that bleach skin, as this can cause white spots
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