Lemons are one of the most effective remedies for naturally lightening age spots as well as freckles and other dark spots on the skin. They contain citric acid that helps by safely removing dead skin cells to reveal new layers of skin, similar to some medical procedures, while also providing a healthy glow. It’s important not to go out in the sun right after applying, as that can actually cause the skin to darken more than it was before. Also be aware that if you have extra sensitive skin, lemons can cause irritation and redness, – if that’s you, you may want to consider one of the other home remedies instead, or diluting it with rosewater first.
All you need for this remedy is a lemon and a knife. Slice up your lemon and then rub one of the slices onto your age spots. Allow the juice to sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing. Store remaining slices in the refrigerator for later use. For the best results, repeat the process twice each day until age spots diminish.
Onions can be effective for age spots as they contain sulfur compounds which serve as an antiseptic, as well as acids that help to exfoliate the skin. While the smell isn’t exactly pleasant, this is a great remedy for those who find lemons or vinegar too irritating. All you need is a knife and an onion. Slice up the onion and rub it over affected areas two to three times daily. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes and then rinse well, until the odor has dissipated. For greater effectiveness, mix a tablespoon of onion juice with two tablespoons of honey and follow the same instructions.
Most people work to get rid of dandelions in their lawn and gardens, but dandelions are actually a fabulous herb with numerous health and beauty issues, including being a great home remedy for age spots by helping to eliminate dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. Simply pull some dandelions from your yard and break off the stem. Rub the sap that oozes out onto your age spots. Apply twice a day, leaving on for several minutes before rinsing. You’ll notice the spots begin to fade, and your complexion will be clear and more radiant too.
Papaya contains alpha hydroxy acids and certain enzymes that can help exfoliate the skin as well as reduce blemishes, age spots, and other skin problems while also giving your complexion a more glowing appearance. Do keep in mind that as some people are allergic to it. Experts advise doing a 24-patch test first, which simply means applying to just a small area of the skin the first time you use it, waiting 24 hours, and if you experience no reaction, you can proceed further.
To use the papaya remedy, you’ll need a green papaya and a knife. Cut off a thin slice of the skin and the hold the fleshy side of the papaya to all age spots for about 20 minutes. As an alternative, you can cut up the papaya into tiny chunks and then press them into a pulp using a fork. Apply the pulp to your age spots and then allow it to sit for about 20 minutes before rinsing. Use this remedy once each day for the best results.