Age spots, also commonly known as liver spots, are flat grey, brown or black spots that are similar to freckles. Age spots aren’t really caused by age, though they are very common in adults over the age of 40. According to the Mayo Clinic, age spots are actually caused by prolonged sun exposure, which is why they often appear on the arms, legs, hands and face. Age spots aren’t dangerous, but if you don’t like their appearance, there are natural ways to gently fade and remove them over time.
Combine 1/2 tablespoon lemon essential oil with 5 tablespoons jojoba oil in a small, sterilized glass bottle with a tight-fitting top. Shake the mixture to fully combine the ingredients.
Wash your skin with a gentle cleanser, and pat it dry with a clean towel.
Pour a small amount of the lemon and jojoba oil mixture onto a clean cotton ball or pad. Gently pat the lemon and jojoba oil mixture onto areas of skin with age spots. Avoid getting the mixture on areas of skin that don’t need treatment.
Allow the lemon and jojoba oil mixture to completely dry on your skin before putting on clothes. Use the mixture in the morning and evening after washing.
Jojoba oil is good for most skin types and ideal for those with normal skin that is neither too dry nor too oily. If you have very dry skin, try using coconut or avocado oil instead, and if you have oily skin, use sunflower or hazelnut oil.
Look for therapeutic-grade lemon essential oil that is vapor distilled. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are more powerful than those used for aromatherapy and are ideal for natural skin care, according to Barbara Close, author of “Pure Skin: Organic Beauty Basics." Therapeutic-grade essential oils can be found in most health food stores or ordered online through various retailers.
The University of Maryland Medical Clinic recommends wearing protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, when you’re out in the sun, as well as using a sunscreen with an SPF rating of at least 30 to prevent age spots.
Using lemon essential oil topically can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. If you can, avoid going out in the sun during the middle of the day. Wear sunscreen to avoid irritation, even if you’re outside only in the early morning and late afternoon.
If the mixture causes extreme redness or irritation, wash your skin immediately and stop using the mixture. Allergic reactions are not common, but they can happen.