Natural Age Spot Skin Lightening Recipe
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This Natural Age Spot Skin Lightening Recipe is built upon the understanding that “age spots” are caused by 3 main reasons, though there are also unknown causes for certain skin conditions like Vitiligo. To learn more about what age spots or liver spots are, see my article What are Age Spots?
I have been using this recipe and selling bottles of it in my shop for a few months now. My personal testimony is that I have been using it for that time and have had two spots lighten considerably; one much faster than the other. I am not a doctor and my comments have not been approved by the FDA. My recipes are based on my research and experience. My guess is that there is different kind of damage and to different depths. The first area is slightly lighter. This spots is on my face and is a standard “age spot”. The second spot started out darker and is almost non-existent. This second spot is the area I suspected as being cancerous, so I am thrilled at the results.
Rosehip Seed Oil – The best quality I could find at the best price I could find is at Mountain Rose Herbs (affiliate link). Rosehip seed oil is great for nurturing the skin. It soaks in and does not leave you greasy (great for if you want to add makeup afterwards). It has traditionally been used in skin lightening recipes because of it’s high fatty acids content. I can’t think of another carrier oil that would be better for this task.
Lemon Essential Oil – lemon is known to be lightening to the skin. Lemon essential oil is more concentrated than any lemon juice, so do not apply it neat (without diluting) to the skin or it can burn!
Grapefruit Essential Oil – grapefruit essential oil is known for its anti-bacterial uses and is often added to homemade household cleaners, as a gentle antibiotic for babies, or even as a cure for mastitis. It is rich in vitamin C, making it great for the skin.
Frankincense Essential Oil – frankincense essential oil is one of my favorite oils. You’ll be hearing a lot about it in the next year, because a number of Universities have been completing research on its incredible power. The findings have been amazing! I love it when the “professionals” back up what we’ve known for years. I actually say that in all honesty, because it means that more people will take notice and start looking into natural health for themselves.
Red Thyme Essential Oil – another one of my favorites, red thyme is very a very potent essential oil. It has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs.1 It increases blood flow to an area, raising your body’s ability to heal that particular area. It is high in phenols. Phenols are a natural part of the oil that your liver must process. This is why I state that this formula should be used for a period of time and then discontinued for a time. It is an amazing oil, and a great example of how essential oils are more complex then we may think when first trying them.
Natural Age Spot Skin Lightening Recipe
Keep this serum in a dark glass bottle to preserve the oils. Use 1-2 drops on a spot once to twice daily for up to 2 months. It will take weeks to see changes begin, though some have told me they saw big changes after just one week.
- 10 ml Rose Hip Seed Oil (or enough to fill ½ oz bottle after adding e.o.s)
- 30 drops Lemon Essential Oil (steam distilled!)
- 6 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
- 20 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 5 drops Red Thyme Essential Oil
- Combine all oils in a 15ml (1/2 oz) dark glass bottle.
- Shake to combine.
- Test on wrist before applying to face. If it is too strong for your skin then dilute it with more rosehip seed oil.
- Apply 1-2 drops to spot once to twice per day up to 2 months and then discontinue.
- Always follow up with a natural sun screen!!
- Allow 4-6 weeks to see change (your body has to heal and work on that area. This takes time.)
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Essential oils are serious business! They are powerful and complex.
Lemon and grapefruit essential oils can make you photosensitive. To use the amount of lemon essential oil in this formula, you must use steam distilled lemon essential oil. Cold pressed lemon oil is photo-toxic, while steam distilled is not. The amount of grapefruit essential added is not enough to cause photosensitivity. Cold pressed lemon essential oil is super hard to find, so make sure you wear a natural sunscreen over the applied area.
Red Thyme and Phenol
As stated above, red thyme is higher in phenols than some other essential oils. It is valuable enough that I would choose to use it every time I see the need. But I would not use it for more than 6-8 weeks because your body must deal with the phenols and excrete them through the liver.
Do not use if pregnant. Many essential oils can cause you to have contractions. If you are trying to speed up contractions during birth or reignite them for afterbirth, then myrrh and red thyme are options. Otherwise, avoid.
How it Works
These oils were chosen with the understanding that sun spots (a.k.a. liver spots, age spots, etc) are sun damage or your skin responding to some damage in some way. This serum will help your body heal and the area to lighten. This takes time as the essential oils cause your system to target that area. Once the damaged skin cells are healed the protective melanin layer will need to fade. Your body shouldn’t replenish the darker melanin layer because the skin cells are healed.
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