Caring For Your Décolletage
by Sheila Milroy
Décolleté, a beautiful French word meaning “wearing a low-neck dress,” is also the word we use to refer to our upper chest area, including the neck, cleavage and shoulder areas. The skin on the décolletage is one of the first places women show their age. This is because the area doesn’t have as many reparative oil glands and has less elasticity and thinner skin tissue than our faces. Women often overlook the décolletage when it comes to skin care, not realizing they should be treating it with just as much care as their face. We’ve all come across a woman with perfectly smooth, tight facial skin, and then noticed their saggy, wrinkled, hyper-pigmented chest and neck – this is what can happen when you ignore your décolletage! The best tip is to treat your décolletage like you treat your face: cleanse, moisturize, and apply sunblock.
Cleanse: Do not forget to cleanse your chest properly. The Clarisonic Smart Profile Cleansing Device comes with a body brush to buff away dead skin cells and unblock pores. The cleaner the skin, the better your products will absorb.
Moisturize: The décolletage is not only thinner than other areas but it also has less sebaceous glands. That makes it prone to dryness, so applying moisturizer daily is paramount. Our ability to retain water also diminishes with age meaning more wrinkles. Staying hydrated on the inside will also help fight the aging process.
Sunscreen: Applying sunblock is essential because the chest area in one of the most UV exposed areas of the body and therefore suffers sun damage when exposed over time. Be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when your neck or chest is uncovered. This is a must even in cloudy weather.
The quality of most daily body lotions is insufficient to treat or delay signs of aging on the décolletage. If you are serious about treating your chest, shop for décolletage specific skin care. Skin Deep offers Obagi Elastiderm for the décolletage, a lightning and wrinkle treatment system that has clinically proven results.