Age spots, or liver spots, are common and begin to appear as we age. These are flat brown spots that mostly surface on the hands, neck, and face, albeit they can manifest all over the body. As the name suggests, these brown spots are directly related to aging. However, there are many other causes for such spots, and in some cases, they may even be an indication of an underlying problem. One of the main causes of age spots is over exposure to the sun. When exposed to sun, the skin increases its production of the tanning pigment known as melanin, and increased production of melanin causes age spots. At other instances, age spots can signal an underlying condition such as damage to internal organs, including the heart, liver, or the retina. Some other factors that can result in the manifestation of age spots is improper nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking (including second hand smoke), and poor liver function.
Essential Oils For Age Spots Treatment: There are several home and natural remedies for age spot removal. Most of these remedies can be found in your kitchen or backyard. Apart from the use of lemon juice, buttermilk, and castor oil, to name a few, age spots can also be treated with the use of aromatherapy essential oils. When using essential oils, keep in mind that they cannot be directly applied to your skin and must always be mixed with carrier oils before application. Also, it is always advisable to perform a patch test before using any oil. In particular, pregnant women must consult their doctor prior to the use of any aromatherapy oil, particularly frankincense essential oil. Some of the common aromatherapy oils used for age spot removal have been listed below.
One of the most commonly used oils for the removal of age spots is frankincense essential oil. It has been known to work effectively and treat age spots in a short period of time. In fact, since ancient times, frankincense essential oil has been used as a miracle healer for various skin conditions. In order to use frankincense essential oil for the treatment of age spots, make sure that you have the pure essential oil and not a blend. Mix this oil with a tablespoon of castor oil and store in an airtight container away from light. You need to apply this mixture to the spots or the affected area, twice a day. Be careful when applying this mixture near the eyes, as it is not recommended. For age spots near the eyes, it is preferable to use only castor oil.
Apart from frankincense essential oil, lemon and benzoin essential oils are also known to be effective in age spot removal, owing to their bleaching properties. Apply a mixture of these oils with a carrier oil (such as almond) to the affected areas, twice a day. Avocado oil can also be used for the treatment of age spots and other sun exposure-related conditions. Other common oils that can be used to treat age spots are tea tree oil, grapeseed oil, lavender oil, and oil of