Age spots on the skin (also known as brown spots or liver spots) are associated with aging and exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun although there are many more causes. Age spots are characterized as hyperpigmentation of the skin. The spots are associated with aging because from approximately age 40 onward our skin tends to be less able to regenerate from exposure to the sun. The spots range in color from light brown to red or black and pop up in areas most often exposed to the sun, particularly the hands, face, neck, arms, and bald scalp.
Age spots were once believed to be caused by liver problems, but in actuality, they are most frequently unrelated to the liver. In addition to excessive sun exposure, possible causes also include poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, poor liver function, the consumption of oxidized oils, alcohol consumption, hormonal changes, and metabolic disorders. People who live in sunny climates are especially prone to age spots.
Age spots are the result of a buildup of wastes called lipofuscin accumulation, a byproduct of free radical damage in skin cells. The presence of these spots is a sign that free radical intoxication of the body is occurring. Lipofuscin accumulation is caused by a deficiency of several key nutrients: vitamin E, selenium, glutathione, chromium and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE).
Using poor quality or old cold creams, cleansing creams or solid moisturizing creams can also lead to the formation of brown spots on the skin because they contain hardened saturated fats that become rancid very rapidly thus creating free radicals. Not only do these free radicals cause brown spots, they can cause premature wrinkles. This is why it is important to be very selective about the types of skincare creams you use. The Ageless La Cure all Swiss-made line of products takes the guesswork out of it for you since they are organic certified, natural and manufactured under exacting Swiss practices and regulations.
The use of plants to treat skin conditions such as age spots is as old as humankind. Natural treatments are preferred: Alphahydroxy acids found in certain fruits, for example, increase cell turnover and their enzymes lighten the skin. The antioxidants in these fruits help to ward off ultraviolet rays to prevents new spots from forming.
PHYTO5, the maker of Ageless La Cure skincare utilizes the essential oil of the alpine flower edelweiss, wakame, a Japanese brown algae, and natural phytic acid in Perfection Cream to lighten brown spots.
Edelweiss essential oil offers a high antioxidant content more potent than vitamin C to attenuate dark spots. It is clinically proven to reduce brown spots and decrease melanin.
Wakame is Japanese brown algae and is proven to lighten skin and smooth out age spots as it simultaneously inhibits the formation of new spots.
Natural phytic acid is extracted from wheat and prevents brown spots by decreasing the synthesis of melanin. Phytic acid contributes to wakame’s potency.
In addition to these exceptional proven ingredients, Perfection Cream also contains the following natural ingredients with wonderful skin enhancing properties.
Shea butter from West Africa is very moisturizing and has healing and anti-inflammatory properties. It softens and smoothes skin and stimulates the synthesis of collagen. Shea butter is recommended for the prevention of wrinkles and aging of the skin while protecting it from harsh weather conditions.
Verbena flower water cools, softens, firms, heals and soothes the skin. (It is recommended for cases of psoriasis of nervous origin.)
Damask rose essential oil soothes irritation and redness and tones and regenerates the skin.
Balch, Phyllis A. Prescription for Nutritional Healing: a Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements. Penguin, 2011.