The global skincare market is a huge industry, profiting from the sale of products and techniques to help you achieve healthy and youthful skin. From procedures to tonics, to serums and vitamins, everyone is searching for the latest and greatest thing to retain that look of youth. However, when it comes to anti-aging, you’ll notice that most products focus only on the face, even though it’s not the first area to show signs of aging.
In truth, it is your chest area, or décolleté, that shows your age. This area is particularly susceptible to sun damage, as the skin is thin and can be reactive to heat and irritants, resulting in fine lines, broken capillaries, and discoloration. Thankfully, there are products available that can help you to preserve the youthful look of your chest area, and prevent any further damage from occurring. By adopting a regime to care for your décolleté, including cleansing, toning, and moisturizing, you can achieve a healthy and youthful décolleté.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to care for your décolleté, much in the way that you would care for your face.
Step one: Cleanse
You should cleanse your décolleté just like you cleanse your face. Although you aren’t necessarily using makeup on your chest, it still gets dirty after a day of exposure to the environment. Use a gentle cleanser to remove dirt, oil, and even perfume residue. When searching for a cleanser for this area, look for something that has hydroxyl acids as an ingredient to help with cellular turnover as it will assist to reveal younger, healthier skin cells.
Step two: Tone
Toning your face and chest is an essential step in skin care, as it balances the PH level of the skin so that the supplementary treatments (serums and moisturizers) work optimally. Look for a toner that is fragrance and alcohol-free, as the chest area tends to be sensitive and prone to redness, and may not react well to alcohol and fragrances found in some toners.
Step three: Serum
Next, apply a serum to your chest and neck. Using an anti-aging serum is always a great compliment to your moisturizer. In the case of the décolleté, look for a product that contains Vitamin C, as this is an effective antioxidant and anti-aging agent, as well as can brighten and rejuvenate the skin in the area. It also provides deep penetration of moisture, which will keep the area smooth and supple.
Step four: Moisturize
Pay a visit to your local aesthetician or beautician for some advice on the right cream for this area. Many companies make moisturizers specifically for the décolleté area. The application is key in this area of the body, as the muscles of the chest and neck operate like bands or chords, in a vertical fashion. Thus, spreading the cream upwards towards the jaw will help straighten and strengthen the area, as well as moisturize and hydrate.
Step five: Sunscreen
Sunscreen is arguably the most important treatment for your décolleté area. If you think about the physical placement of your chest, it has the largest surface area of the body that is exposed to sunlight on a daily basis. Applying sunscreen to this area daily will significantly reduce any further signs of aging. Select a high-quality sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 for daily use, and increase the SPF to 45 or 60 if you’re out in the direct sunlight or hot weather.
If you are prone to sweating or if you’re going to be swimming, ensure that you use a sweat-proof sunscreen, so it doesn’t wash away. Further, if you’re prone to breakouts, go for an oil-free or non-comedogenic sunblock. Finally, don’t forget to cover the area up with a shirt if you’re exposed to direct sunlight, and always wash the area off after being outside to prevent clogged pores and further damage.
You can also visit your aesthetician or medical spa to talk about procedures such as a peel, laser treatment or hydrating mask. All of these options are excellent choices to increase the tone and texture of your chest area. If you care for your décolleté in the way that you care for your face, you will retain that youthful glow for years to come!