Age spots… Most of us will get them on our face at some point. These brown spots, sometimes called liver spots are technically called solar lentigines or lentigos. They seem to magically appear after the age of 50, although younger people do sometimes get them. They are generally caused by excessive exposure to the sun, which triggers the production of excessive amounts of a pigment. They are often raised and or scaly in texture. That right there should be enough to convince you to wear sunscreen to try to prevent age spots from forming in the first place.
Getting rid of age spots at the dr’s office:
Age spots can be removed in a doctor’s office or medical spa type clinic. I’ve had intense pulsed light treatments (IPL) and broad band light treatments (BBL) to zap the spots. The treatments are almost always followed with a peel. I’ve had a TCA peel on all occasions that I had these treatments. I found them to be very effective. In fact, I will probably have another one in the next few weeks. It’s best to have these type of treatments in the fall and winter months when sun exposure is limited. Dermatologists also have other procedures to scrape these spots form the face as well.
Covering your age spots with makeup:
If you have age spots and want to cover them up to make them less noticeable, you can use these simple techniques:
- Start with a freshly cleansed face.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! I cannot stress enough the importance of having a good foundation or base upon which to place your makeup. Find a good moisturizer for your skin type. I’m currently using Joy & Karma Hyaluronic Acid with Vitamin C followed by Soap and Glory Wish Upon a Jar Moisturizer with Peptides.
- Sunscreen is the best prevention. Use it daily, rain or shine. Most of the foundation products that I use have a good amount of spf in them.
- Foundation – I recommend using a light hand with foundation. You don’t want to over do it and end up with a caked on appearance. I like to use bb creams and cc creams myself, which provide coverage along with spf and moisturizers in them. Some of my favorites are Pur CC Cream, Kimiko Hydrating Tint, Avon Ideal Flawless CC Cream and It Cosmetics CC Cream. I use my fingers or a Beauty Blender sponge for application.
- Apply concealer with a small brush to target the spot you are covering. Some of favorites are Bare Minerals Bareskin Concealer, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer and Avon Anew Age Transforming Concealer.
- Apply a translucent setting powder over the entire face with a light dusting so that the powder doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles. I like Besame Vanilla Brightening Powder and Makeup For Ever HD Powder.
I hope this post was helpful to you! Let me know what else I can help you with.
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