The sun loves our neck and décolletage…
So, your face looks 10 years younger (thanks to your outstanding skin care routine of course). You feel it’s as healthy as it can be… and yet your hands, neck and décolletage tell a different story. You always wear a hat and a good physical sunblock every day, what are you missing?
What to do?
Well you could wear high-necked clothes, scarves and gloves. However that isn’t always trending or practical, so here are some pointers.
The skin on the throat and particularly, on our décolletage is thinner. Like the area around our eyes, it contains less oil glands and fewer hair follicles. It is often exposed to (unprotected) UV’s and other environmental factors and therefore, ages much faster than our face. It also responds much slower than our face to renewal products and treatments, arg! Making maintenance of young skin definitely the way to go – prevention rather than cure! As we age, this area ages faster with more volume loss and increased inflammation. It becomes reddened, bumpy, shows capillaries and looks tight and thin.
Combining these factors with breast-squishing activities for women causes it’s own damage. Doing things like sleeping on your side and wearing push-up and sports bras, means that (unless you are quite flat-chested) you are more than likely to develop “cleavage” lines. This occurs as your breasts are squashed together and, just like your face, repeated muscle movements create lines.
Treatments for your neck and décolletage
The best treatments are slow ones. We’re talking gentle, nourishing treatments (both products and in-clinic) that stimulate the skin’s metabolism without irritating. The décolletage is actually more responsive than your face to these treatments. This is because it’s thinner, so it’s also more sensitive and will react poorly to ingredients that are too harsh.
Use products that are formulated especially for this area. The PCA Skin Perfecting Neck and Decollete cream is superb – use it religiously morning and night from your jawline to your breast line.
Whatever is left on your fingers after you’ve applied your cleansers, serums and moisturisers – take it all down. Down your throat to your décolletage. If your facial serums have very active ingredients – fantastic for you – just be a little careful in the creases of your neck. They can settle in them, creating some irritation.
Always sweep your hands UP towards your jaw – give your muscles all the help you can.
If your décolletage is uncomfortable at times, applying Osmosis MD Rescue serum, Osmosis MD Clear Plus mist and then the PCA Skin Perfecting Neck and Decollete cream will make a dramatic difference. It’s quite common for post-menopausal women to feel sore in this area – quite annoying too.
Facial treatments – when you have one on your face, ask if it’s appropriate for your throat and décolletage. Always add it in where you can. You really want to have hydrating treatments, such as Enzyme masks and then move onto the healing Lactic Acid treatments. These have been shown to gently exfoliate and soften your skin, whilst increasing the moisture-retaining abilities. They are much less irritating than harsher products and treatments.
Talking of facial treatments, you know how good a sheet mask feels. Why not try one for you chest? If your feeling super dry and know you need to jump start your recovery, consider Wrinkles Schminkles InfuseFAST Mask for your decolletage.
Prevention is better. So, always add your UV protection products to your neck and décolletage. Moisturise and keep it as hydrated as you can. A spray mist can be really helpful during the day.
Avoid further damage to your skin…
Products that are easy to apply and use during the day include:
- PCA Skin Perfecting Neck and Decollete cream will provide the nourishment your skin requires.
- Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush SPF30 protects your skin and evens out your skin tone, it’s very easy to apply.
- CosMedix Mystic spray is great during the day to top-up your skins hydration.
- Products to sleep in for cleavage and finer lines are the Wrinkles Schminkles silicone pads. Use the After Glow serum and the Cleaning Solution as well for best results.
If you have reached your 50’s or more and are “crinkly” where you don’t wish to be – let your children know NOW…
Prevention is easier than to cure!
Still not sure?
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