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Summer's almost over: time to fade your agespots & sunspots!

Posted by Sharon Gnatt Epel on

We recently got an email from one of our wonderful clients asking if it is okay to mix our Natural Age Spot Eraser with other products. She also wanted to know how hydroquinone works and why we don't use it in any of our formulations. We thought these were terrific questions and decided to post our answer on our Timeless Beauty Blog. Here is what we wrote:

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for your email. You've asked some very important questions that I wanted to answer personally.

In response to your first question, yes - mixing our Age Spot Eraser with sodium hyaluronate will definitely dilute our product and reduce its efficacy. It defeats the purpose of using a concentrate. Some of our other products like our Gentle Aromatherapy Face Wash, Nutrient Rich Face Creme and Breast SOS all contain ingredients that help fade dark spots and even-out skin tone. They are intended for general use all over. When you apply them, they uniformly lighten the skin, meaning that the dark spots as well as the underlying and surrounding skin will all lighten up a tad, thus gently evening out your skin tone and keeping it in check. That's usually sufficient if there are no truly outstanding age spots. But if there are, our Natural Age Spot Eraser is perfect because it is a concentrated beauty treatment. It is intentionally viscous so that one drop can treat multiple areas. It is meant to be massaged into the individual spots that are either stand-out large or have proven to be resistant to fading and need extra help. If you were to apply the serum everywhere, then you would still have relatively darker and lighter areas, right? The trick is just to lighten the darker ones. That's why we say that our Natural Age Spot Eraser is a spot treatment for spots. Does that make sense?

Our serum has already been safely diluted with carrier oils, so diluting it further with additional ingredients will definitely reduce the results you could otherwise get. By the way, this formulation has been tested by staff, clients and volunteers for over 10 years, and even though it is a concentrate, there has not been a single incident of hypersensitivity or rash reported by anyone who has used it. Most people use it daily to deter new spots from forming...others take a break once the spots have sufficiently faded and choose to wait until the spots re-emerge before they start applying it again. That said, please remember that everyone's body chemistry is different, so there could be variations and exceptions. 

Gentle exfoliation is also helpful in accelerating the age-spot fading process. Our Orange-Coconut Face Polish was created for this purpose and can be used 2-3 times a week before applying our Spot Eraser.   

To answer your second question, hydroquinone is a harsh chemical bleach that is considered carcinogenic. Many countries in the EU and Asia legally banned its use in skin care over a decade ago. Hydroquinone works by decreasing the number of melanocytes in the body - these are the entities responsible for melanin production. Melanin production is important because this substance provides natural SPF protection against the sun's damaging rays. You wouldn't want to stop melanin production in healthy skin because you'd burn every time you were exposed to the outdoors.

In addition to this, hydroquinone is considered problematic because it: 1 - is a known skin irritant, 2 - can produce a condition known as ochronosis (this is a blackish-bluish colored pigmentation that can suddenly develop on the skin even after a single application) and 3 - is not recommended for use by anyone other than very fair-skinned people because it can cause uneven pigmentation, which can look far worse than having a few age spots. 

We developed our all-natural, organic Age Spot Eraser with great care specifically because of these issues. You asked why other companies don't use similar ingredients? We think it may have something to do with the cost of production and the ingredients required to achieve safe results. Bleach costs far less than the professional-grade organic oils La Ishá imports from growers who raise plants specifically for therapeutic purposes. We also take great pride in making our skincare and believe in safeguarding our health. We don't have the same profit-margins that synthetic skincare products generate, but that's okay with us. This is about more than money. We believe that no one should have to sacrifice their health to look beautiful. Your skin is yours for life, so doesn't it make sense to take good care of it?

Please let us know if you have any other questions. We are always happy to help!


Sharon Gnatt Epel



Copyright August 2019 by Sharon Gnatt Epel for La Ishá

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