Age spots, along with greying hair and wrinkles, are one of those signs of ageing that we’d all rather avoid. But what causes them? And more importantly, how do you hide them? Let’s have a look into the more common reasons behind these unwanted little spots, and what you can do about them. Read on to learn more about what is the best makeup for someone with brown age spots.
What causes age spots
Age spots, also known as Liver Spots, are very common. They are caused by the body producing excess Melanin, the pigment that is responsible for colouring the skin.
Our bodies produce more Melanin when exposed to the sun, as it can protect the skin, which is why you will find more liver spots on areas that are more exposed to the sun.
Age spots generally start appearing on those aged 40 and over, though they can start appearing much earlier, especially in those who are constantly in the sun and those who have lighter skin.
How to avoid age spots
The best way to avoid getting age spots is to limit your time in the sun. Using a sunscreen that has a minimum protection of SPF 30 is recommended for daily use; you should apply this 15 minutes before going outside and reapply it every 2 hours (more frequently if you have been sweating or swimming).
If you don’t want to wear sunscreen all day every day then try to cover the skin. You can wear long sleeves and trousers, and a wide brimmed hat – these can still be summery items, so don’t feel like you have to miss out on the weather!
Another tip to avoid age spots is to avoid tanning beds. These, although they can give you a golden glow, can contribute to a lot of the same problems that too much sunshine will bring.
Another very simple tip is to stay out of the sun between 10am and 2pm. This is the hottest part of the day where the sun’s UV rays will be at their strongest and most damaging.
How to remove age spots
You will find a bewildering array of anti ageing creams, gels and topical treatments – as well as surgical procedures – that will promise to rid you of age spots.
Some of these are widely known; others are less so and it is not recommended that you put anything on your face unless it has been approved by various professionals.
Prescription creams for age spots can contain Retinoids, Cortisone or Hydroquinone. These are approved by professionals and may help, but make sure you avoid any cream that contains Mercury. These “lighteners” are very damaging to the skin.
Home remedies for ages spots include Aloe Vera, Red Onion and Orchid Extract – these ingredients do claim some success at lightening age spots, and may creams contain extracts of them.
Surgical procedures, such as chemical peels and surgical removals of age spots are becoming more and more widespread, and they are effective – but like anything surgical, they come with their own set of risks.
You should always consult a professional before undertaking procedures like this.
What is the best make up for someone with brown age spots?
Applying make up to cover your age spots is a simple, quick and non invasive way of hiding the things you don’t want people to see. It comes with no risks to health, and minimal costs, so this is a good way to cover those unwanted spots.
- Start by washing your face with a mild cleanser, then pat dry.
- Apply a sun cream of at least SPF 15, before you start to apply your make up. Give it 10 minutes to soak into your skin before you start putting the make up on.
- Applying a make up primer to your skin (here are my favourite brushes), especially if you have a few lines and wrinkles, will smooth your face ready for the make up, and is an extra layer to cover those spots.
- Use a specialist age spot concealer that will help to hide the brown spots. These come in a huge variety of shades, so you can find one that matches your skin tone and will conceal any dark spots.
- Peach coloured concealer is the best at hiding dark spots, so dab a little onto each spot using a finger, then sweep the area with concealer to hide the lines.
- Apply the rest of the make up lightly, so that you don’t end up looking like a pancake!
- Brush the problem areas with a translucent powder, to set the concealer and give a light, even tone to your skin.
- You should make sure that all your make up is oil free, and suitable for sensitive skin, as this is far less likely to irritate your skin and cause break outs.
- If you have resorted to chemical or surgical treatments, consult your dermatologist before you apply any make up, to make sure that you aren’t going to be damaging or irritating the skin.
Age spots, although they are unsightly and may make you feel older than you are, are harmless and painless. You can easily hide them (you even don’t need a professional makeup artist!) and go about your daily life.
You should also follow the tips above to protect your skin and make sure the spots don’t multiply, even if you have already succumbed to having them.