Décolleté Beauty And Skincare Regimen
Most women spend countless hours during their lifetime perfecting their individual facial skincare regimen to keep their youthful, glowing skin. By their 40’s and 50’s, most women have honed their craft and found their own personal cocktail of skincare, sun protection, facial injections, and self-care facials.
But there is one equally important area that often gets overlooked when it comes to your beauty regimen, the décolleté.
Décolleté is a French word that literally describes the low neckline of a woman’s dress or top. In the beauty world, it is also used to describe that same area of skin that is showing when a woman is wearing a low-cut top or dress. You may also see it written as “décolletage”, but it’s referring to the same thing.
You may have leveraged your glowing skin in your 20s and 30s to show off your décolleté but later noticed that with age, the skin in this area changes over time. And it’s not like one of those, ages-like-a-fine-wine kind of situations...
We’re here to guide you through the details on why the skin changes, how it gets damaged as we age, and some expert beauty tips on how you can keep your décolleté looking fresh and young for longer so you can keep showing it off!
Why And How The Décolleté Skin Changes
There are many reasons why this skin changes as we age, just like the skin on the rest of our body. Some factors are environmental, but others are specific to the make-up of the skin itself.
The first thing to know about the skin of the chest and neck areas is that it is very different than that on your face and other parts of your body. The number of sebaceous (fat and oil) glands underneath this skin are far fewer than that of our facial tissue.
In addition, this area of our body loses its elasticity more quickly as we age and the neck skin in particular is much thinner and more fragile. The skin on the neck is more closely related to the skin of the eyelids than the face. Talk about delicate!
The environmental factors that cause damage to your décolleté are similar to those that can have negative impacts on our face and other parts of our body that are frequently exposed. The sun is of course the biggest offender which is why a good sunscreen is by far the most important and simplest beauty advice for preventative and long-lasting skin care.
You’ve probably also heard about the importance of sleep in a good beauty regimen. However, for the skin on the décolleté, how you sleep is important as well. Any side sleepers out there? A lifetime of sleeping on our sides will 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 and those fine lines and wrinkles hang around for longer than we would like.
Décolleté Beauty Regimen Basics
Like mentioned earlier, a good sunscreen is a necessary part of your beauty regimen to keep all of your skin looking and feeling young for as long as possible. But you may be wondering “okay, but I already have fine lines and wrinkles and my décolleté is showing signs of discoloration, what are my options now?”
The most important steps you can take is to ensure that you’re including your entire neck and chest area in your overall skincare regimen as early in your life as possible. If you don’t have an A to Z skincare regimen or are feeling overwhelmed with where to start, check out our skincare 101 article on the best skincare products to use in proper order to get maximum results.
Keeping the area clean with a gentle cleanser and warm water (not hot!) is very important. You also want to keep the area moisturized. If you haven’t tried the Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer with TriHex Technology®, it is a great way to nourish and hydrate your décolleté with its unique combination of peptides that target collagen and elastin while also calming the skin.
Also, remember how we mentioned that the make-up of the skin was different than that of the face and other parts of the body? This means that the décolleté has special needs and requires a targeted approach with products specifically formulated to meet its needs. Enter the ALASTIN Skincare Restorative Neck Complex with TriHex Technology®.
This next generation neck and décolleté firming treatment was specifically formulated to address the unique challenges of the delicate skin below the chin and above the chest such as crepey skin, and photo-aged discoloration accumulated over time.
Microneedling And Your Décolleté
Finally, If you’re looking to take your skincare rejuvenation to the next level, certain skincare procedures, like microneedling, have been shown to have increased benefits for skin by stimulating elastin and collagen production that decline as we age.
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.
Microneedling procedures combined with the use of peptide-containing topical skincare products have shown significant benefits for the skin to combat both the natural internal and environmental effects of aging skin.
The Restorative Neck Complex paired with Regenerative Skin Nectar, both featuring TriHex Technology® work synergistically with neck tightening, toning, and pigmentary procedures or as part of your daily age management skincare regimen.
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 one, you can do a quick search on our website to find a healthcare provider in your area.
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