As we acquire more wisdom with age, there are some tell-tale signs that signal to others how old one may be. Greying hair for one can be easily colored or simply embraced. They say your hands often give away your age and sun spots on your hands are more difficult to cover up. Although they aren’t a concern for some, they can definitely be a sign of age and can be bothersome for others.
I distinctly recall I was in my 30s in a wine store when a store clerk asked me for identification, and there was a long line. The gentleman behind me replied (I will call him a gentleman because it is the polite thing to do), “Come on, really? Look at her hands she is not a teenager.” I laughed but I think I was partly insulted as I never thought in my 30s that my hands may be showing sun spots and age.
Aging itself is a beautiful process to show a life well-loved with various marks and wrinkles that help tell your story. However, there are some things like sun spots (also known as liver spots or age spots) that may not tell much of a story other than you spent too much time out in the sun without the proper protection.
Most commonly these sun spots occur on hands, shoulders, arms, and the face. They start showing up on adults over 50 and are more common on those with lighter skin. Generally, sun spots aren’t harmful, but if you notice any drastic changes, or irregular border, unusual coloring, bleeding, or increase in size, it’s always best to consult a doctor.