We’ve all seen women with perfectly smooth, tight facial skin, and then noticed their saggy, wrinkled, hyper-pigmented chest and neck. This is what can happen when you overlook caring for your neck and décolleté. Décolleté, is a French word meaning “wearing a low-neck dress,” is also the word we use to refer to our upper chest area, including the neck, cleavage and shoulder areas.
The neck and décolleté are areas that can easily age your look and should be part of your daily skincare routine. These areas don’t have as many reparative oil glands and have less elastic and thinner skin tissue than your face. So when we neglect it with a regular skin care regimen, it is one of the first places we can age ourselves.
Cleansing the neck and décolleté is as important as cleansing your face. Clean it with a quality cleanser. However, this skin can tend to be more delicate, so instead of harsher peels, try exfoliating with the Clarisonic Smart cleansing device which comes with a body brush to buff away the build-up of dead skin cells. Your neck and décolleté may require some laser work to reverse sun damage, and Aurora Medical Spa offers several options for treating sun damage in this area. Bottom line, don’t forget to treat your décolleté like you treat your face and keep cleansing.
Moisturize & Sunscreen
Extending your moisturizer and SPF from your face down to your neck every day is important in thwarting the environmental damage sun can have on this age revealing skin. You don’t necessarily need different products to prevent aging signs on your neck and décolleté, simply using a good daily regiment and a nourishing, restorative night cream are important. However, if the damage has been done, there are laser treatments that may offer you the sun spot and fine line reversing care this sun drenched area may require.
For night time moisturizing, nourishing and protecting skin from free radical damage with vitamins and antioxidants, try Skinmedica’s AHA/BHA Cream on your neck and décolleté. However, premature wrinkling on the décolleté is caused by more than the sun. It can also be caused by the way you sleep. To minimize wrinkles along your bust line, try sleeping on your back instead of your side. Sleeping is one of the leading causes of wrinkles, after the sun, and when you sleep on your side you are ironing in wrinkles into your skin. On average, we spend 2,500 hours per year sleeping, that’s a significant amount of reversing of the positive effects of our skincare treatments.
So overall, do not neglect this delicate area that tends to be associated with feminine grace. Protect it with skincare and nightly rituals that help you look as youthful in a winter scarf as you do in a summer sundress.