Don't Buy Hand Cream For Age Spots

Published: 19th July 2009
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Why shouldn't you buy hand cream for age spots? First, the manufacturers use ingredients that are unsafe and could make the problem worse. Second, there's a lot more that you could do for your skin's health and appearance. Read on to learn more.

At a cost of $60 per ounce, you can get a product that contains hydroquinone and glycolic acid. Also known as alpha-hydroxy acid, the ingredient is not recommended for people that have easily irritated skin. That applies to most people over the age of 40. When irritation occurs, it causes increased, rather than decreased pigmentation.

Hydroquinone has been banned by several countries, because research indicates that it increases a person's risk of cancer. It should have been banned earlier, because it, too, can cause increased rather than decreased pigmentation and can result in the formation of black bumps requiring cosmetic surgery.

So, obviously, you don't want to use a hand cream for age spots that contains hydroquinone and glycolic acid. The safety of combining the ingredients has never been proven. Companies are allowed to release products that have never been tested for safety. They need only include a warning label.

A number of safe and effective ingredients are available. They include cyperus rotundus root extract.

Cyperus rotundus is a plant. To most people it is a common weed. To traditional healers, it has medicinal value. It has been used to relieve redness and irritation for many years. Recently, it was learned that it is beneficial for reducing age spots, because it inhibits melanin production.

The spot is actually a clump of melanin-rich skin cells.

Deep within the skin's dermis are specialized cells that produce new skin cells and the hormone melanin. The cells only produce larger amounts of melanin when stimulated. They are stimulated primarily by UV rays from the sun.

The reason that so many people look for a hand cream for age spots is that the hands are exposed to the sun more often than any other part of the body. Most people don't wear gloves. They rarely put sun-block on the back of their hands. So, anytime they are outdoors, the hands get a dose of UV radiation.

Since cyperus rotundus root inhibits melanin production, the only other thing that you need to do is speed up the production of new cells, which will be lighter in color. An ingredient that is known to increase production of new cells is bioactive keratin.

You won't find a specialized hand cream for age spots that contains bioactive keratin and cyperus rotundus extract. Creams that contain it were developed primarily for people that want to lighten or whiten their entire complexion. If that's not something that you want to do, you could simply use a body lotion containing bioactive keratin.

Bioactive keratin has been shown to increase production of SOD and glutathione, within the skin's cells. These antioxidants will lighten brown spots over the course of 4-6 weeks. So, instead of a hand cream for age spots look for body lotion with bioactive keratin. You'll be happy that you did.

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