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Your Hand Cream For Age Spots Should Not Contain Hydroquinone

Before you buy a hand cream for age spots, take the time to learn about a hazardous ingredient that most of them contain. It’s called hydroquinone and if you see it listed as an ingredient, don’t buy the product. Here’s why.

Hydroquinone works by inhibiting melanin production. Melanin is a substance that is produced in some skin cells as a result of exposure to UV rays from the sun. People that spend a lot of time in the sun normally develop a tan. As we get older, the skin’s ability to recover from sun damage is lessened. Instead of an even tan, melanin clumps form. We call those clumps liver or age spots.

Inhibiting melanin production and stimulating the production of new, lighter colored cells is the key to age spot reduction. But, hydroquinone has been associated with cancer, in some clinical studies. The evidence was strong enough that several countries have banned the ingredient from use in cosmetics. The US is not one of those countries.

I don’t think that anyone wants to buy a hand cream for age spots that increases the cancer risk. We already have a 1 in 3 chance of developing some form of the disease in our lifetime. Men have a one in two chance. We are smarter to do everything that we can to reduce the risk. There are safer alternatives to hydroquinone. So, there is really no reason to take the risk.

One of the safe solutions is Shea butter. Shea butter is a pharmaceutical staple in some countries. In the US, it is usually found in small quantities, added to filler creams like petrolatum. But, luckily, we have the internet. So, we can order better products that include higher grades of the butter.

Not only is Shea butter a good hand cream for age spots, it has performs many roles that may be described as “anti-aging”. In clinical studies, it has been shown to transform the skin’s health and appearance is four to six weeks. It has natural anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activity, contains the vitamins A and E, as well as fatty acids that are essential for the skin’s health.

You may not be able to find a hand cream for age spots that contains the best grade of Shea butter, but you could consider using a nighttime face cream on your hands. One of the best ones contains it and a variety of other anti-aging ingredients. One of them, bioactive keratin, stimulates the production of new cells. Hopefully, these cells will contain less melanin, so they will be lighter in color.

There is another face cream that was designed for lightening. It contains extracts from the cyperus rotundus plant. Like hydroquinone, it inhibits melanin production, but it does so without being accompanied by any risk. It even reduces irritation and inflammation.

After you find a hand cream for age spots, remember to use caution in the sun. Melanin is the body’s natural protection against UV radiation and burning. If you take that away, you need to remember to always use a good sun block.

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