CAMEL MILK AND SUNSPOTS

FIND OUT HOW CAMEL MILK CAN HELP TO FADE SUNSPOTS

WHAT ARE SUNSPOTS?

Sunspots, sometimes known as age spots or liver spots, are flat brown spots that occur on sun-exposed skin. They are completely harmless, although many people think they are unsightly. They aren't cancerous and don’t create any health risk or require treatment.

So what causes them? Well, prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light accelerates the production of melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its colour. When melanin is overproduced, it becomes clumped, causing those areas of darker pigmentation that we call sun or age spots.    

Sunspots usually start to form after the age of forty, appearing first on the areas of your skin that get a lot of sun exposure. They often form first on the backs of your hand, but also on your face and shoulders. 

Age spots are just an unfortunate result of getting older in the sun, but many of us want to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons. So read on to find out how camel milk skincare can help.  

 

Diagram showing the mechanism of skin pigmentation

DOES CAMEL MILK FADE SUNSPOTS?

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There are two ingredients in camel milk which can help to lighten sunspots; Vitamin C and Lactic Acid.

Vitamin C is a natural antioxidant that protects your skin from from UVA and UVB rays, promotes collagen production and has been proven to be effective in lightening dark spots.

Lactic acid can also help to lighten sunspots. Camel milk is loaded with lactic acid, an Alpha Hydroxy Acid that’s is often described as the most friendly acid for sensitive skin. Just like other skincare acids, lactic acid gently sloughs away dead skin cells and leaves your skin looking fresh. But it also increases skin’s production of ceramides and helps it retain moisture, resulting in a plumper, glowier appearance

Having paler skin is something of a cultural obsession in India, helping to drive a $400M cosmetics industry. Camel milk treatments are now common place and Indian studies have shown that lactic acid in camel milk can significantly lighten hyperpigmentation on dark skin. It does take time, requiring application for at least three months.

Although camel milk is known to fade hyper-pigmentation, on its own, it's unlikely to have long term effect of deep sunspots. But if we add other proven anti-melanaogenic ingredients, then we can create and entourage effect that really does work.  So what other ingreients work? 

LICORICE ROOT

Liquorice root is a natural medicinal plant that comes from the glycyrrhiza glabra plant. It has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, bit is also widely used on sweets, drinks, and medicines. You can find licorice root in many forms, including teas, capsules, and topicals. As a skincare ingredient, liquorice root:

  •  Improves the look of dark spots,  helping to disperse the melanin in the skin and improving the appearance of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation associated with sunburn.
  • Slows down the formation of pigmentation by helping to prevent melanin from clumping. One of the key components of liquorice root extract is a flavonoid called glabridin. Research shows that glabridin helps prevent to prevent ultraviolet B-induced pigmentation from sun exposure. As ever, more studies are needed.
  • Boosts overall luminosity, because it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Image of liquorice root, used as an anti-pigmentation ingredient on CameLife Sunspot cream

TERPENES

Image of sun spots on the hands before treatment with CameLife Sunspot Cream

Terpenes are phytochemicals found in many plants which can promote the migration and proliferation of skin cells and also increase collagen production, resulting in quick wound healing. Terpenes such as terpinene, cineole and alpha pinene are known for their powerful anti-bacterial, antiseptic, antioxidant, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti-skin cancer properties. β-caryophyllene does has anti-melanaogenic properties, which means it slows the clumping of melanin into sunspots. All of these powerful phytochmcials are found in our proprietary terpene extract, helping to reduce dark spots and promote skin healing. 

Adding terpene concentrates to a sunspot cream is a game changer; small, newer sunspots may disappear quickly, whilst older, darker spots disappear after regular applications over a period of time. 

CBD 

There are some huge claims being made about CBD online, including the suggestion that it can remove age spots. There is no conclusive proof and lots of comment that CBD can't break down melanin and thus can't remove sunspots.  We do know that CBD oil contains both α-linolenic acid and linoleic acid, which help repair UV skin damage.

Both α-linolenic acid and linoleic acid can help to reduce the  hyperpigmentation, or excessive skin darkening by suppressing the production of melanin. CBD should slow down the sunspot growth and prevent spots getting darker.

Image of CBD oil used in CameLife Sunspot Cream

AND FINALLY

Our new sunspot cream containing camel milk, plant terpenes and CBD oil is now available in the CameLife store. 

We've packed this new cream with anti-melanaogenic ingredients, including camel milk, liquorice root, selected plant terpenes and CBD extract. Used sparingly and targeted at individual sunspots, it will break down and fade sunspots over time. Meantime, it will slow and stop their growth. 

It's not an instant solution; no cream can be as it takes time to break down the clumps of melanin

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