The importance of taking care of your face has been drilled into your brain since you started getting acne in middle school. But have you ever paid attention to your neck and chest? Unfortunately, the skin on your upper chest, also known as your décolletage, is often one of the first places to show signs of aging. That’s why prioritizing care in this area is so critical.
Pamper your décolletage and show it the love and attention it deserves with these helpful tips:
Cleanse and exfoliate beyond your face
Just as you would clean up your facial complexion, use a cleanser on your neck and décolletage. Elle magazine recommended using an amino acid-rich solution to lessen inflammation and remove toxins from the skin.
Don’t forget to exfoliate this area a few times a week as well. This will sweep away the dead skin cells of the décolletage and ensure the surface can absorb serums, moisturizers and sunscreen as efficiently as possible.
Use firming serum
Follow up with a firming serum to ensure the youthful texture of your décolletage. After washing under your chin, apply a firming serum in a circular motion until your skin absorbs the solution. The deep penetration will help correct damaged skin, strengthening its elastin and collagen.
Moisturize your upper chest and neck
Every good skin care regimen ends with moisturizing, and this certainly holds true when pampering your décolletage. Every time you’re finished cleansing, exfoliating and using serum, don’t forget to close up your pores with moisturizer. Your complexion will thank you later.
Sun damage will cause wrinkles all over the body if you don’t properly use SPF, and the earlier you start implementing sunscreen into your regimen, the better your skin will age over time.
“The majority of sun damage is done in childhood/teens/early adult including the décolletage area,” Dr Philippa Lowe, skin specialist at the Cranley Clinic, told Cosmopolitan magazine.
Because the décolletage is thin skin, it contains less sebaceous glands and melanocytes that are known to protect the complexion from ultraviolet rays. This deficiency makes your upper chest area more prone to sun damage, so always be mindful of the décolletage when applying SPF.
Consider a non-surgical Decolletage treatment
It’s inevitable: Gravity, UV damage, stress and the natural aging process can impact your skin and décolletage, even when you’re taking steps to ensure your glowing youth. Thankfully, non-surgical treatments use the body’s natural healing process to lift, tone and tighten areas that go through the side effects of growing older.
“A lot of women rely on foundation to provide protection, but they’re not blending it down onto their neck in sufficient amounts to block damaging UVA rays,” Tom Ogden, EU business manager at Alpha-H, told Cosmopolitan.
Ultherapy®, for example, is an innovative treatment that uses ultrasound to tighten areas on the face, neck and décolletage. Essentially, it’s the lift without the surgery!
IPL Photofacial, on the other hand, uses intense pulsed light therapy to target affected areas and stimulate the skin cells to produce new collagen. It can be used to treat pigmented and vascular lesions, as well as uneven skin texture and firmness.
Both non-surgical treatments are available at Ideal Image, The Advanced MedSpa. To learn more about how you can rejuvenate your décolletage, schedule your free consultation today.