Age Spots? See Spots Go.

At around the age of 40, you may begin to notice flat brown, black or grey spots on your skin. These are called age spots. They usually appear on parts of your body that receive the most sun exposure, such as your face, chest, hands and forearms. Experts believe that age spots are caused by ultraviolet rays from the sun, or from tanning beds. They are also thought to be yet another effect of aging.

Age spots, also commonly called “liver spots” or “sun spots,” are not harmful to your health and do not require medical treatment. However, many people consider them unsightly, especially because they are associated with the aging process, and of course we all want flawless, beautiful and above all, YOUNG skin! There are several methods for removing or improving the appearance of age spots.

Some people opt for dermabrasion, which essentially scrapes off the outer layers of your skin so that new skin can grow in its place. Chemical peels work in a similar fashion, except the process involves burning rather than sanding off the skin. Bleaching the skin can fade age spots gradually, but as noted on Healthline.com, “Bleaching and tretinoin creams make your skin more sensitive to UV damage.” It can also take several months before you begin to see any results.

Cryosurgery, which freezes the age spots with liquid nitrogen, can be costly, as can laser treatments, which work by destroying the cells that produce melanin. Because age spots are a cosmetic rather than medical issue, many people prefer a less aggressive solution. Smart Cover’s Concealing Crème covers age spots and other skin imperfections on the face and body, and because it’s waterproof, it’s perfect for long summer days at the beach. For a lighter touch, the Smart Cover Stick and Perfect Touch Camouflage Crème hide spots on the face in seconds.

Age is just a state of mind, especially when you have Smart Cover!

Chemical Peel Appeal

Chemical Peels offer a non-surgical approach to help with aging skin. Commonly used peels are Glycolic Acid based which is a natural product derived from sugar cane and is great for exfoliation and moisturizing the skin, while stimulating new cells.

These new cells reveal smoother, brighter, younger looking skin. Peels can help reduce fine lines under the eyes, around the mouth, and help with wrinkles caused by sun damage. Peels also help improve mild scars, reduce age spots, freckles, and dark patches (melasma) due to pregnancy or taking birth control pills.

Age SpotsOur customer Deana recently called from Florida telling us how she has been getting Chemical Peels periodically to keep her 50+ skin looking younger. However, her aesthetician suggested they increase the peel to 70% and it was too strong for her skin type and she had a negative reaction. She raved about how Smart Cover’s Camouflage Make up helped cover the severe red spots and sent us this before and after photo. She was so grateful for her best concealer so that she could return to work without worrying that people were staring at her forehead.

We asked Aesthetician Andrea Neubart, who has been a professional in the skin care field for over 20 years for some helpful tips.

Andrea says, ” I always begin with a consultation with my clients to learn more about their goals, lifestyle and skin condition.  Does she have time to follow up with more peels and follow close attention to home care? Is the skin thin or thick? What about sensitivity and will they stay out of the sun and wear higher sunblock? All depending on these answers it’s best to start with a low Glycolic %.”

How many treatments does one need?

According to Andrea, “Sometimes one peel is all you need depending on the goals and what type of peel treatment are they looking for.  We now have peels with a mix of ingredients to help with several issues such as lightening, firming, and wrinkle reduction. For more information, you can research some of the most popular peels now out on the professional markets: Obagi, VIP peels, Mediderma Peels by Sesderma Laboratories that are sold to medical offices.”