Sun spots! Ahh! That dreaded phrase that seems to pop up in my conversations every spring and summer…

If you are anywhere around my age or older, you know exactly what these little annoying dark spots on your face are. Research shows that the sun’s ultraviolet rays are responsible for approximately 80% of visible signs of aging in your skin. Not only do sun spots on skin make you appear older than you are, but they can also be signs of increased cancer and health risks related to UV damage.

Yikes! I wish I would have heeded my parents’ warnings when I was laying out for hours rubbing bronzing oil all over my body in high school. Hindsight is 20/20. The good news is it’s not too late to reverse the damage of current sun spots and start to prevent future damage, in a natural way!

Read below for five ways to naturally help treat sun spots.

1) Exfoliate your skin. Regular exfoliation helps to get rid of the damaged skin cells on your skin’s surface that are discolored or darker, which helps to fade and eliminate sun spots. Exfoliation also helps your skin produce newer, rejuvenated skin cells.

2) Moisturize regularly. Moisturize your skin regularly, especially after exfoliation. This helps to nourish your skin and help it heal any existing skin damage. By keeping your skin moisturized, you keep your skin’s surface firm and healthy.

3) Eat an anti-aging skin-friendly diet. More specifically, include foods with vitamins C, A, and E like citrus fruits, tomatoes, sweet red peppers and broccoli, sunflower seeds, almonds, avocados, and all yellow, red and orange-colored vegetables.

4) Apply vitamins topically.  You should eat anti-aging, skin-repairing vitamins and nutrients, but it’s also beneficial to apply them topically to your skin. When used on your skin’s surface, these antioxidants can help reduce free radicals that lead to skin damage and discoloration, as well as protect from future damage.

5) Drink green tea.  Staying hydrated and drinking lots of fluids is essential to keeping your skin healthy and glowing. Water, of course, is number one. Green tea is another great fluid to consume, though. The polyphenols found in green tea are sometimes known as the “fountain of youth for skin cells” and some say it may even help rejuvenate damaged skin cells.

So get out there and enjoy the start of summer, my friends. Just be sure to take care of your skin while doing so!

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