Age spots are the dark discolored spots on the hands, face and neck. Also called liver spots or sun spots, these discolored areas are the result of too much sun exposure, reports the Mayo Clinic. As a person ages he becomes more prone to developing age spots. Many people find age spots unappealing so there are many products on the market that claim to fade age spots. But there are natural remedies as well to fade age spots. Lemon juice and sugar are two home remedies that anyone can use to fade age spots.
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Mix one part sugar and two parts lemon juice into a bowl. Use bottled lemon juice or squeeze the juice out of a fresh lemon.
Apply the mixture to the age spots with your fingers. Gently scrub the mixture into the age spots for two minutes. The lemon juice is a popular bleach for skin and hair. Sugar is used as an exfoliant to remove the dead skin cells. Once the dead skin is gone the skin regenerates itself, growing new skin that is less discolored.
Leave the sugar and lemon juice mixture on the skin for 15 to 20 minutes for additional exfoliation. This is optional.
Rinse off the mixture with cool to lukewarm water. The skin is now softer and smother because of the sugar. With repeated applications of the mixture on a weekly basis, the age spots fade in time. This can take several weeks or longer.
Avoid sun exposure early in life to prevent age spots when you are older.
Always apply a sunscreen or sun block when going outdoors.
References and ResourcesMayo Clinic: Age Spots (Liver Spots) -- Definition
Care 2: Lighten Age Spots and Freckles Naturally