by Aymee Wilson, RN, BSN, Owner & Founder, Wilson Aesthetics
When taking care of the skin, you must remember to focus on your face and also give your neck and chest much care. Unless you want to look older than your age, you need to take care of this area because it’s one of the first areas to show signs of aging.
Where is your décolletage?
It can be found south of your chin, and the beauty industry refers to it as your neck and chest. This part of the body is prone to sun exposure and premature aging. This area is also a common hotspot for skin cancers to develop.
Sun exposure, especially repetitive, intense bursts, can result in collagen breakdown. It can also lead to brown spots and visible blood vessels, which are the tell-tale signs of skin damage.
Make your décolletage look younger
Getting a dose of sunshine every day is a great way to boost your mood and also increase vitamin D. However, getting too much sun exposure can damage your skin and increase your chances of getting skin cancer.
Plan activities that allow you to stay in the shade most of the time.
Apply broad-spectrum sunscreen daily
The ideal sunscreen must have SPF 30 or higher, and also it should be waterproof — applying sunblock with zinc and titanium because these active ingredients will work immediately after the application.
Gentle cleansing a must
Avoid scrubbing this area during your cleansing routine. Scrubbing too hard can irritate this delicate skin area and accelerate aging.
Instead of rubbing, gently apply cleanser using clean fingertips.
Wear clothes that provides shade
Wear a wide-brim hat. You also need to wear clothes that would cover your chest.
If you decide to exercise in the sun, you need to wear athletic clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor of at least 30.
Consult your derma ASAP!
If you spot signs of sun damage and advanced signs of aging on the skin of your neck and chest area, consult a licensed dermatologist. A dermatologist can use treatments that will improve the appearance of your décolletage.
Your dermatologist can use treatments like micro-needling, laser therapy or chemical peels. Some dermatologists use injectables that are effective in stimulating the skin’s collagen. Sculptra Aesthetic, for example, is an injectable cosmetic filler that may help you in making your décolletage look younger.