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All-natural, chemical-free, inexpensive ‘Age Spot Eliminator’

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Okay, so we all get older. And one of the accompanyments is those dreaded telltale indicators, ‘age spots’. Those added ‘freckles’ on the back of the hands. What to do?
I discovered this ‘secret’ all-natural, chemical-free and very inexpensive, (actually free) cosmentic aid quite by accident. I remembered having heard about the benefits of citrus juices acting as an effective efoilent and skin softener by word of mouth, on the internet, and in some herbal remedy books I had read over the years. So, on Sunday, after sqeezing out the fresh lemon juice for my tea, I decided to give it a try and see if the touted benefits of lemon juice actually would work and soften my aging and now ruffening hands. What did I have to loose? (It’s amazing what we will recall and the lengths that we will go to attempt to thwart Mother Nature’s efforts to accurately depict our true chronological age, isn’t it? Self-help books tell us to ‘age gracefully and gratefully’. But, like many others, I won’t go down that path all too willingly. I intend to fight her all the way!)
Anyway, with that innocent and somewhat naieve mindset, I rubbed the ‘inside-out’ lemon peel onto the back of my hands very libberally. To my horror, out jumped one of those horrible signs of impending ‘old age’ into my vision–the dreaded ‘age spots’! In particular, one very large ‘freckle’ was smack dab in the middle of my right hand. There for all to see and assess. And thereby unceremoniously putting me into that ‘senior’ category. Ugh!!!
With growing melancholy over the next few days, I pondered upon my newfound plight. What do I do now? Chemical peel? Makeup application now to include my hands, too? Submit, and accept these doomsday age spots? ………. Little did I realize, but Mother Nature is also kind and loving–nature’s natural chemistry was actually at work to relieve my growing stress. For, by mid week, when again I was squeezing fresh lemon juice to add to my tea, looking down, that glaring ‘freckle’ on the back of my hand was all but a memory. Almost completly faded. And the few ‘brother’s’ surrounding it were also only slightly noticable! Enthusiastically I again rubbed the lemon peel on the back of my hands. By Saturday, my confidence had returned. Double bonus. My once-again youthful looking hands were both soft, inviting to the touch, AND ‘freckle’ free! Indeed, the citrus juice had done it job effectively and efficiently! (I already knew about the bleaching effect of lemon juice on laundry, but on the human body too?) And with no over-the-counter chemical side effects of store-bought peels and bleaches. And best of all, this remedy is cheap! I can use the money I save by not purchasing those expensive ‘age-spot’ removers for that new pair of gloves I have been coveting!
Now, whenever I notice a new age-spot appearing, or whenever I add fresh squeezed lemon juice to my tea, I will use the peel to liberally rub the remaining juices onto the back of my hands; leaving it on overnight, or at least until I finish relaxing with a good cup of green tea containing freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Since this inexpensive natural remedy works so well on age-spots, it stands to reason that fresh lemon juice from the rind will also help fade face freckles for those of you who sometimes would like to reduce their prominance. But, since facial skin is much more sensitive than your hands, apply with caution, testing a small area before going all out. Also, you may wish to dab the lemon rind in pure XXOlive oil for an added softening benefit.
(Pure lemon juice is not as effective in bleaching ‘age-spots’ as using the residual lemon juice on the rind. It is partly because the pith closest to the rind houses the greatest concentration of vitamins and minerals. Turning the peel inside out releases extra potent juices that are the real benefit to the skin, thereby being most effective as an effolient and a bleaching agent.)

PLEASE NOTE:

Having alleviated the harmless topical cosmetic evidence of ‘age-spots’ (or ‘liver spots’ as they are also known as), and once again waylaid signs of onsetting and advancing maturity, it is time to get serious and be prudent in examining, determining and eliminating the underlying cause(s) of these ‘inconvenient truths’. They can also be blessings in disguise when heeded. These ‘liver spots’ are indicators of possible serious underlying medical problems and therefore should not be ignored. It is strongly recommended that with the appearance of age spots, one closely examines their diet and lifestyle, attempting to eliminate the noted deficiencies for optimum health. Make sure that you have an annual thorough medical exam as medically advised for your age group.

Because ‘liver spots’ are associated with liver health and they indicate a buildup of wastes known as lipofuscin accumulation, (a byproduct of free radical damage in skin cells) which is most frequently associated with aging, they were dubbed and are more commonly known as ‘age spots’. In reality, these brown spots can appear anywhere on the body, and incredibly, at any age. (The most common appearances are on the face, neck and hands).

Factors leading to the formation of these brown ‘liver-spots’ include poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, poor liver function (one possible cause is as a by-product of consuming excessive alcohol), the ingestion of oxidized oils over a period of time, and, above all (as everyone should be adequately aware), excessive sun exposure.

These telltale brown spots are actually early indications that our body’s cells are chock full of the harmful type of accumulated wastes that will slowly destroy these same cells, including our brain and liver cells (according to extensive research conducted by Phyllis A Balch, CNC & James AF Balch, MD) . Put rather bluntly, they are a surface sign of free radical intoxication of the body that may affect many internal structures as well, including our heart muscle and our retinas. So pay heed!

The formation and retention of lipofuscin is also associated with a deficiency of a number of important nutrients, including vitamin E, selenium, chromium, and dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE).

Maturing adults (and the rest of us) who inadvertently sport ‘liver-spots’ particularly need to include in their daily diet the B complex vitamins for proper assimilation of all nutrients, additional Vitamin C which we all know as a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger necessary for tissue repair, and of course vitamin E which is also a powerful antioxidant which fights cellular aging by protecting our cell membranes. Eating foods higher in calcium, magnesium, Vitamin D3, and selenium are also very helpful in preventing these ‘liver-spots’. Grape seed extract in itself is another powerful antioxidant that helps prevent these telltale signs of aging. Most important, and I can’t stress this enough, is to consume the required daily water intake so vitally important to eliminate these and other waste products otherwise stored within and causing damage to, our body’s cells.

Commonly available herbs that help with toxic elimination associated with causing ‘liver-spots’, are as follows: ginkgo biloba, red clover, ginseng, green tea, and licorice. (Caution should be used in taking ginseng and licorice, as these two herbs can elevate your blood pressure. It is advised to steer clear of them if you have high blood pressure.). Taking, as individually tolerated, black radish extract or dandelion root and beet juice with distilled water and fresh lemon, fruit and vegetable juices are effective short-term-use liver cleansers helping to rid your body of accumulated toxins.

Vitamin C is found abundantly in foods such as: berries, citrus fruits, green vegetables especially asparagus, avocadoes, beet greens, broccoli, spinach, currents, tomatoes, radishes, onions, cantaloupe, lemons, oranges, pineapple, and peppermint.

Vitamin D3 is found in foods such as: fish liver oils, fatty saltwater fish, dairy products, eggs, dandelion greens, parsley, liver, oatmeal, and sweet potatoes.

Calcium is found in dairy foods, yogurt, flaxseed, salmon, seafood, green leafy vegetables, almonds, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, and dandelion greens.

Chromium is found in foods such as: beer, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, cheese, whole grains, blackstrap molasses, corn and corn oil, dairy products, eggs, mushrooms, potatoes, licorice, wild yam and red clover.

Magnesium is found in most foods, especially dairy products, fish, seafood, garlic, lemons, cantaloupe, apples, apricots, bananas, and avocados.

Selenium is found in brazil nuts (as little as 3 a day provide the daily recommendation), brewers yeast, broccoli, molasses, onions, salmon, seafood, wheat germ, whole grains, peppermint, garlic, ginseng, lemongrass and parsley.

In a nutshell, eat nutritionally several small balanced meals a day, follow a regular daily exercise regime, avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption, and drink plenty of good old-fashioned plain water will help keep your liver healthy and thereby avoid the appearance of those pesky ‘liver-spots’ in the first place!