I’ve worked outdoors all of my life -- and now I have the age spots on my face to prove it. Age spots often look like freckles of varying sizes, and they range in color from light tan to dark brown. When you develop age spots, it’s your skin’s way of letting you know you’ve gotten too much sun. Unless you take steps to minimize sun exposure, age spots will return, and new ones may form. It’s also important to note that some cancerous and pre-cancerous growths can start out looking like age spots.