Question: I wear a daily SPF and haven’t tanned since my twenties. Why are my age spots becoming more noticeable?
The aging process results in the increased activity of pigment cells known as melanocytes, as well as a thickening of the superficial layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) which is made up of dead skin cells. Melanocytes begin to burn out when you reach your late 30s and 40s, making it more difficult for your skin to fight sun damage, which can result in uneven pigmentation.
The combination of a thickened and rough stratum corneum, in conjunction with the increased population of melanocyte pigment cells results in dull skin with more obvious discoloration.
This is exactly the opposite of the radiant skin seen on the youthful face. Chronic sub-clinical inflammation is a major contributing factor, which is why I strongly recommend taking antioxidant supplements, following the anti-inflammatory diet and applying topicals with anti-inflammatory properties. All of which will work synergistically to restore a more youthful brightness and radiance to the skin.