“I hate My Neck”, or “my neck is making me look old”. These are some of the comments I hear from clients quite frequently.
Your neck and your décolleté (upper chest area) will show signs of aging before your face, in most cases, because the skin there has less oil glands, less elastin and thinner skin tissue than our faces. Women often overlook the décolletage and neck when it comes to skin care, not realizing they should be treating it with just as much care as their face
So just how should you be taking care of this delicate area? The first step, the same way you cleanse your face. Using the same cleanser start at the décolleté and work your way up your neck and then to your face in a gentle upward motion. After cleansing you should then follow with a serum/moisturizer that is rich in antioxidants such as Pomegranate Oil, Rosehips Seed Oil, Borage Oil, etc. Antioxidants fight free radical damage which leads to the breakdown of collagen and elastin. These oils also help the appearance of sun damage. Speaking of sun damage, you must apply sunscreen to your décolleté, neck and face anytime you are leaving the house, even on cloudy days.
It is also important to exfoliate your neck and décolleté to remove the dead skin so that your serum and moisturizer can penetrate the skin and not just sit on top. Since this area is delicate as discussed above, it is important not to use harsh chemicals or scrubs. Enzymes such as papaya (papain) and pineapple (bromelain) are perfect or gently massage a product that contains jojoba beads.
It is never too late improve the appearance of your skin and prevent further damage. Starting today, treat your décolleté and neck with the same care as your face. Use products with ingredients listed above and use sun protection. Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and is visible. As I always stress, using the right products and taking preventative measures are crucial to good skincare regime that will keep you looking fabulous.