40 is the new 30, or so they say and it’s probably true – except for one thing: your skin. In California, I see a lot of women in their 20’s with age spots from too much sun. It does not matter how old you are, take precautions!
Women like Jennifer Aniston, Julianne Moore, Adriana Lima, and Heidi Klum have all said that they feel sexier in their own skin as they’ve grown older. Confidence goes a long way…but so does taking care of your skin.
No matter how sexy, how confident, and how in shape you are as you get older, you still want to be the complete package, spot free. The years you spent playing in the sun and not taking care of yourself properly can wreak havoc on your skin, especially if we’re not paying attention. I can bet you have met one of those women who tell you their age (ahem, truthfully) and you are shocked, swearing they look about 15 years older, you DON’T want to become that woman.
Sun, wind, stress, dry air, fatigue, alcohol, drugs and more can make our skin age even faster than our bodies. Changes in our body chemistry, alterations to our diet and lifestyle, and illnesses can make our skin discolored; it’s hard to keep sexy and confident when you’ve got spots.
Age spots, also known as liver spots, develop because of age and overexposure to the sun, so all that time you spent tanning poolside are coming back to bite you. Your hands, face, arms, shoulders, and chest are the areas most exposed to the sun so they get the most age spots. Of course, those are also the areas most visible to that guy you’ve been eyeing at the office. And if having thin hair or going bald isn’t bad enough, you can get spots there too (for the guys out there use sunscreen especially on your head or wear a hat).
Most age spots are various shades of tan and brown, although they can be black or red as well. The deal is that after the age of 30 especially, your skin no longer has as much ability to regenerate after sun exposure but any age is at risk if you are sensitive to the sun. Honey, those are not freckles. So all those sexy women that liked to tan are going to start spotting. And those of you with pale, porcelain skin? Yup, you’re also more likely to develop spots, even if we haven’t spent years laying out in the sun.
Another fun thing to look forward to? Hyperpigmentation. Ladies with , Mediterranean, Latin, or African/Caribbean skin tones are more likely to struggle with this discoloration. Hyperpigmentation is basically the darkening or discoloration of different parts of your skin. Melanin determines our skin coloration; when you’ve got too much in certain areas, then you’re in trouble. Your spots may be nothing to be worried about, like age spots (aside from the obvious ‘ick’ factor), but these spots can potentially indicate a deeper problem. Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, Celiac disease, Nelson’s syndrome, Tinea fungal infections, mercury poisoning, and more can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin. But chances are very good that if you’ve got these annoying spots, it’s simply due to age, nationality, hormones and, again, too much sun.
In the second part of this article, it’s time to stop cursing those years you’ve spent enjoying the outdoors and find ways to treat these annoyances. And if you haven’t got spots yet but worry that you will? You can find out how to prevent them and keep your smooth, soft skin as sexy as ever.
Stayed tuned on how to get rid of age spots and hyperpigmentation in part 2!