Once age spots appear there’s nothing you can do to undo the damage to your skin. However, there are products that reduce the appearance of age spots. Typically they work in various different ways:
- Using bleaching agents such as hydroquinone to fade the dark pigment of the age spots
- Applying acid which peels away the surface of the skin
- Dermabrasion techniques to scrub away layers of skin
- Freezing the age spots to destroy the pigment and force the skin to heal in a lighter colour
Most over-the-counter products will use some kind of bleaching agent to reduce the appearance of age spots. You are more likely to find acid peels, dermabrasion and freezing techniques in beauty salons.
Before you decide which kind of product you want to use, consider your skin and the type of age spots you have. For people with just one or two very distinct age spots, a product with a pen-like tip can target a specific area. If your general skin tone is uneven you might need a more generic cream that you can use safely in a wider area. For example, you wouldn’t want to use a freezing product all over your face.
As with all medical conditions, before you attempt to treat your age spots, we do recommend you visit your doctor as some spots could be an indication of something more serious.
This age spot correcting serum uses Niacinamide as an alternative to hydroquinone and as it encourages cell production and lightens the skin gently, it is kinder to older skin. There is a travel size available for £25. Visible results after six weeks.
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps with damaged skin, and age spots are basically that, skin that is sun-damaged. This corrective solution also contains plant extracts. Visible results in eight weeks with 90% of women seeing a reduction in discolouration.
There’s a multi-targeted approach to reducing the appearance of age spots with this corrector. The product contains a patented formula that lightens the skin and natural acids to sooth it at the same time. Visible results after four weeks.
This is a good product for those just noticing the start of age spots as it contains plant extracts that slow down pigmentation, increase circulation and cell regrowth. It also has a rollerball applicator so you can target very small areas.
Anyone with oily skin doesn’t not want to add a product full of oil to their face. Obagi serum is oil-free and contains the highest percentage of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that can be absorbed by the skin. This concentrated serum not only reduces dark pigmentation but protects from future sun damage.
If you have clusters of age spots and want a product that you can use to cover a larger area then this is a good buy. It is a larger pot and a reasonable price. It uses ten active brightening ingredients to even out skin tone and reduces the appearance of age spots and other skin discolourations. Results in just 3-4 weeks.
This dual-approach uses the brand’s own serum infused with their lightening CL-302 complex alongside a soothing optimiser to stop the damage that causes darker tones.
Using a push-up brush, this age spot corrector has ingredients such as Delentigo which has a strong lightening effect on skin tone, plus plant extracts, vitamins and peptides to encourage cell renewal.
For stubborn age spots that have been around for a while, this creamy formula will make a real difference. It works on application and you can even feel it stinging a little bit. The ingredients include a whopping 25% vitamin C and we recommend you dab on a small amount of the cream last thing at night.
If you have really sensitive skin you don’t want to start putting harsh chemicals on it. This oil-free formula uses natural alternatives such as botanical extracts including cucumber and grapefruit combined with the power of Hyaluronic Acid to replace bleaching agents and gently reduce the dark pigments in age spots.