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Skin is the body’s largest organ. It provides a protective covering for the rest of our bodily systems and organs, but it is also the most exposed part of the body, and years of sun exposure can cause darkened patches on the skin commonly referred to as age spots. If your senior loved one has noticed a few of these spots turning up, he or she can lighten them with items commonly found in the pantry or refrigerator. Here are a few suggestions from Santa Clarita elderly care professionals.
Lemon juice is the most common home remedy for fading age spots because the acidic juice of the lemon has natural bleaching properties. Lemon juice also softens the skin and brightens the complexion. Rub the cut side of a lemon over dark patches of skin a few times a day, or create a paste using sugar and lemon juice, and rub it onto the desired areas. Rinse with warm water after five to ten minutes.
The lactic acid in buttermilk acts as an exfoliant, which removes darkened, dead skin cells, encouraging new growth of healthy skin cells. Buttermilk is non-drying and leaves the skin looking supple and fresh. Simply soak a cotton ball in buttermilk and apply to age spots twice daily.
The flesh of the papaya is filled with enzymes that clear the skin, drying up blemishes and brightening dark spots. Papaya acts as an exfoliant, sloughing off the top layer of dry, discolored skin. Mash a small amount of fresh papaya and apply to age spots. Rinse well after thirty minutes.
The acidity of onion juice acts as a bleach to lighten age spots. Onion is also chock-full of organic compounds like vitamin C that act as natural skin brighteners. Slice an onion and rub the affected areas with the slices a few times daily.
Learn more about senior health and wellness from Santa Clarita Home Care Assistance. We ensure seniors have the support necessary to maintain a high quality of life in the comfort of home through services like hourly, respite, and live-in elder care in Santa Clarita. Our care schedules are flexible, we never require long-term contracts, and our care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Give us a call at 661.259.9914 for more information.