Thursday, January 28, 2010
How sorry I am for people that just want the facts, only to be fed one confusing thing after another. People just want to know how to remove age spots so that they don't come back. That's a simple enough question and deserves a straightforward answer that anyone can understand. So, in order to clarify the mystique of melanin, and how it relates to you, I am going to cut straight to the chase.
The major cause of brown spots on your skin is overexposure to the sun. Early on, when you are a kid, you are able to play out in the sun for hours and have a nice, even tan to show for it. Even if you sustain a burn, which is not a good thing, you will most likely heal without having any marks. The marks don't show up until you are older. Now one thing that is easy to understand about melanin is that your body produces it.
When you are out in the sun it is melanin that protects you by forming a tan, or dark pigment. The more pigment you have, the less likely you are to burn. Your miraculous body is able to produce more melanin, as you need it, to give you a protective layer.
The trouble starts as you get older, probably in your thirties. By then your body no longer works quite as well as it did when you were very young. You may start seeing signs of age, such as little wrinkles and a brown spot here and there. In your youth your body produced enough collagen and elastin to keep your skin looking great. Now your system is becoming more sluggish. You need to pay more attention to your diet and sleep habits. Probably the worst insult is to see brown spots multiplying. All you can think of is to remove age spots so they don't come back. Because probably everything you've tried thus far has not kept them away.
This is where the melanin story becomes confusing. The more sun damage you get, the more melanin you make. Only now that you are older, the melanin is coming in uneven, causing brown spots where there is too much of it.
You've probably tried over the counter bleaching creams. Or gotten hydroquinone prescriptions from doctors. Or even gotten the ugly brown spots burned off. But sooner or later, there they are again. All you ask is a way to remove age spots so they don't come back.
So one minute your body is making melanin to protect you from the sun, and that's a good thing. Then you are told that the best way to remove age spots so they don't come back is not to bleach them. Not to burn them off, but rather to reduce melanin. Yes. You heard right.
The best way to get rid of brown spots is to use a whitening cream that reduces the melanin in your body by half. With only half the melanin the brown spots, that are made up of melanin, will go away. This really does sound a bit confusing, but please accept it at face value because it is true.
Fortunately you can get a chemical free whitening cream that will nourish your skin even while it is reducing your melanin. The end result is soft, evenly colored skin without spots. The beautiful part is that this happens quickly and without irritation.
Your favorite whitening cream will be full of antioxidants, too, that will be like an invisible shield against the sun. It's a win win situation. The only thing you've got to lose is your ugly brown spots.
Monday, January 25, 2010
How to get rid of dark circles under eyes is a question not uncommon for many people all over the world and, as the search is big, so is the offering. But do these treatments work and what can we expect to obtain with creams and lotions?
There are good creams that help the dark circles become less visible and give you a fresher look but it is not an easy task if your case is a severe one. If you have hereditary causes for this problem, the creams and lotions will help but won't solve the problem; you need to consult with a dermatologist to help you find out a more radical solution. Most dermatologists will recommend a solution involving lightening components or even a specific chemical peel to ease out the pigmentation. If your dark circles are accompanied by puffiness or hollowness in the area under the yes, you might need more that that. Puffiness will require a specific surgical intervention to remove the fat bags accumulated; you can have bags and still have an hollow appearance under the eyes and for this, many dermatologists recommended a filling substance like glycolic acid to fill in the hollowness.
If yours is a milder case, you should not worry about needing surgical or aggressive treatments because most of the time, correcting your sleeping and eating habits will help a lot. Also a good eye cream that hydrates the area under the eye will be a great way to get rid of dark circles under eyes. Also drinking at least two litres of water is extremely necessary if you want your eyes and skin to look better. Try to eat as many fresh leafy vegetables as you can and get enough direct sun light but please protect your skin with appropriate sun screen or it will even worsen the dark circles.
It's not an easy task to get rid of dark circles under eyes; however, it is not an impossible task if you find an appropriate dermatologist and follow some simple diet and skin care steps everyday.