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How To Care For Your Décolleté
Your Skincare Guide for the Neck and Décolleté
When many of us think “skincare regimen,” we focus on the face. In an effort to maintain youthful, glowing skin many people dedicate lots of time and money perfecting a plan for sun protection, in-office procedures, and daily routines. But too often, one important area often gets overlooked: the delicate décolleté.
Décolleté (day-cole-tay) is a French word that describes the low neckline of a woman’s dress or top—and in the beauty world, it means the area of your chest and neck that a low-cut top would expose. Here are some expert beauty tips so you can keep your décolleté looking young and healthy.
Why And How The Décolleté Skin Changes
There are many reasons why skin changes as we age. The first thing to know about the skin of the chest and neck areas is that it is markedly different from your facial skin—and the skin on other parts of your body. We have far fewer sebaceous (fat and oil) glands underneath the skin on our décolleté than we do on our face.
Additionally, this area of our body loses its elasticity more quickly as we age. The neck skin in particular is much thinner and more fragile. It’s extremely delicate and more closely related to the skin of the eyelids than your cheeks or chin.
When it comes to skin aging, environmental factors are also at play. This area is often exposed to the elements, including the biggest offender: the sun. A good sunscreen is the most critical product for preventative and long-lasting skincare.
Sleep—or more specifically how you sleep—can also play a role in skin aging for the décolleté.
A lifetime of sleeping on our sides may leave permanent fine lines and wrinkles on your chest due to the scrunching of the skin coupled with the weight of your breasts adding to the creases.
When we’re younger, those “pillow lines” go away within 10-15 minutes of waking up, but as we age and the collagen and elastin production decline, it makes it more challenging for the skin to snap back.
Décolleté Beauty Regimen Basics
When it comes to prevention, a sunscreen is necessary to keep all of your skin looking and feeling young for as long as possible. But there are other steps you can take to help correct signs of discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles.
For starters, you could be including your entire neck and chest area in your overall skincare regimen. For tips on refining your regimen, learn about the best skincare products to use in proper order to get maximum results.
Start by cleansing with a gentle cleanser and warm water before applying any skincare. Because your décolleté skin is different from your facial skin, it requires a targeted approach with products specifically formulated to meet its needs. Enter Restorative Neck Complex with TriHex Technology®. This next-generation neck and décolleté firming treatment is specifically formulated to address the unique challenges of the delicate skin below the chin, including crepiness and photo-aged discoloration accumulated over time. TriHex Technology® works with the skin to clear out damaged proteins and build the skin back with new, fresh elastin and collagen, as well.
If you’re looking for more, try adding in Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology® , which nourishes and hydrates your décolleté with a unique combination of peptides that target collagen and elastin while also calming the skin. Adding a retinol to your regimen—and applying this to your décolleté—can also help improve texture and tone, while reducing fine lines. Try the Renewal Retinol in either 0.25 or 0.5 strength.
Microneedling and Your Décolleté
Finally, If you’re looking to take your skincare rejuvenation to the next level, certain procedures, like microneedling, have been shown to have increased benefits. One of the most popular procedures for your décolleté is microneedling.
Microneedling, also known as skin needling, is a minimally invasive therapy for skin rejuvenation. It includes collagen induction therapy (CIT) and percutaneous collagen induction (PCI) through which the needles puncture the skin and create a controlled skin injury to help produce new collagen and elastin.
If you are preparing for a microneedling treatment, consider pairing the procedure with a topical skincare product that will help improve healing and maximize benefits. Regenerative Skin Nectar with TriHex Technology® works synergistically with neck tightening, toning, and pigmentary procedures.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you are interested in this or other treatments to take your rejuvenation to the next level. If you need help finding a provider, you can do a quick search on our website to find a healthcare provider in your area.
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4. Watson, Kathryn. “What Causes Wrinkles on Your Chest and How Can You Get Rid of Them?” Healthline. 2020, Dec 17. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/chest-wrinkles
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