We don’t think twice about spending 30-45 minutes, or more, in front of a mirror everyday taking care of the skin of our face. But do we give as much thought to the skin of our neck and chest (our décolletage)? We should.
With today’s necklines getting lower and more revealing, keeping the skin of your décolletage youthful and fresh is more important than ever. This idea was summed up nicely by esthetician Joanna Czech in an interview with beauty writer Megan Cahn. Ms. Czech said, “Your face starts at your nipples.”
But taking care of your décolletage can be a daunting task. What factors affect the skin of the décolletage? What products should I use to counteract these effects? And how often should I use them? This article will answer these questions and discuss seven tips that will have the skin of your décolletage looking smooth and radiant in no time.
What causes décolletage skin damage?
The major factors that cause skin damage are aging, sun exposure, lack of moisture, diet, and gravity. And because the skin of the décolletage is thin and delicate, it is one of the first areas of the body to show signs of damage.
This damage accelerates with aging. As we age, the collagen and elastin in the middle layers of skin begins to break down. The collagen and elastin act as a support system pushing out from underneath to keep our skin firm. When the collagen and elastin start to break down, the skin begins to sag inward resulting in small creases that eventually become wrinkles.
Sun exposure only hastens the aging process. The UV rays from the sun make the collagen and elastin break down more quickly than they would on their own. This results in skin that looks older than it really is. Couple that with a diet high in processed foods and lacking in fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water, and you’ve got a recipe for old-looking, wrinkled skin.
But don’t fret. All is not lost. There are steps you can take to counteract these damaging effects and restore your décolletage’s youthful glow.
The best décolletage skin care tips
Keeping your décolletage smooth and young-looking doesn’t have to be an involved process. Some simple additions to your existing routine—like wearing sunscreen, using a SkinPad, and drinking plenty of water—will go a long way toward achieving the repair and rejuvenation you’re looking for.
1. Use sunscreen
Protect yourself against the sun’s harmful UV rays and get younger looking skin in the process. Sunscreen should be applied to the skin of the décolletage before you leave the house in the morning, and then every two hours thereafter if you are spending time outside.
To block 97% of the sun’s harmful rays, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. And don’t be fooled by expensive sunscreens with ultra-high SPF. Sunscreens with high SPF can block slightly more UV rays, but none is 100% effective.
2. Cleanse the skin daily
It’s important to remove all the dirt and oils that build up on the skin of your décolletage over the course of the day. Before bed, use a gentle cleansing product like SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Cleansing Discs to lightly exfoliate, clear pores, and repair the skin of your décolletage.
3. Fight gravity while you sleep
Gravity can pull the skin of your décolletage into positions it wasn’t meant to take. Prolonged exposure to the abnormal skin positions caused by gravity can result in folds, wrinkles, and creases on your décolletage. This is especially true if you sleep on your side.
You can fight the effects of gravity by using a product like SiO Beauty’s SkinPad. The SkinPad is worn while you sleep and provides support to the skin of the décolletage. The SkinPad also works to repair existing wrinkles that may have formed and prevent new wrinkles from forming. It does this by creating a breathable micro-climate between the skin and the pad. This micro-climate draws moisture to the skin’s surface where it can help to give you a more youthful look.
4. Moisturize daily
As we’ve already mentioned, moisture is very important for the health of your skin. Your daily routine should include a product like SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Serum that works to rejuvenate and protect your skin. For best results, apply the moisturizer in the morning for all-day protection.
5. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
A healthy diet can work wonders for your skin by repairing damage from the inside out. Your skin needs the vitamins and minerals it gets from the foods you consume to function properly. Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables gives your body the nutrients it deserves. This, in turn, keeps your skin healthy.
Try adding a few superfoods like kiwi, avocado, and almonds to your daily diet and watch the healing begin.
6. Drink 8 cups of water every day
We can’t understate the importance of moisture for your skin. You wear a SkinPad every night and you apply a moisturizer every morning and that’s great. But you can add to the healing effects of these products by drinking at least 8 cups of water every day.
The skin is the last organ to receive the benefits from the water you drink so be sure to consume enough every day. If you find it hard to remember to drink, try carrying a water bottle and make it your goal to drink three or four of them in the course of your day.
7. Sleep at least 8 hours every night
While you sleep, your body works to rid itself of the stress hormone cortisol. Too much cortisol in the body leads to inflammation in various organs including the skin. This inflammation can hasten the breakdown of the collagen and elastin that keeps your skin smooth.
Try to get at least eight hours of sleep every night to give your body the time it needs to rejuvenate your skin. To make it easier to get those valuable eight hours, keep to a regular bedtime, turn off electronics at least one hour before you turn in, and reduce the temperature in your bedroom.