How much time do you spend in front of the mirror every morning making sure your face is ready to great whomever you may meet? Twenty minutes? A half hour? An hour even?
Of course, you’ve got your beauty regimen down pat and look forward to the ritual. It feels good to take care of your face and your skin.
But are you giving any attention to your chest and your neck? Hopefully, you are.
Now, fashion is constantly encouraging you to reveal your true self, at any age, so making sure your décolletage (yes, that’s the lovely French word for your neck and chest) looks youthful and feels fresh is truly important. The question is:
How Can You Make Décolletage Skin Care a Part of Your Routine?
Well, not everyone really knows how to take care of her décollete. But that’s just because it’s not the most discussed area when it comes to skincare.
But don’t let the idea of paying attention to it daunt you. There are some very simple and luxurious ways to care for your chest and neck. Let’s answer some of your questions to help rejuvenate your décolletage and have you feeling radiant in no time.
What Major Factors Can Cause Damage to Your Décolletage?
There are 5 major reasons you may begin to notice décolletage wrinkles and damage in that area.
- Sun exposure
- Aging Process
- Nutritional habits
- Lack of hydration/moisture
Furthermore, the skin in that area of your chest can be particularly thin. Because of the delicate nature of the skin there, your décolletage can be among the first regions of your body to show signs of damage.
Of course, it’s fun to play in the sun. And, sure, the sun is good for you. But, unfortunately, the sun’s harsh ultra-violet rays from the sun can mean the accelerated breaking down of collagen and elastin. And when that happens, your skin will look older than it actually is. No, it’s not fair, but it’s true.
Further complicating the matter, UV rays also help to cause certain damage to your skin cells. What does that mean? Well, it makes it harder for your cells to repair themselves or grow new, healthy cells — which is their job.
The older you get, the wiser you become. But unless you’re smart about décolletage skin care, the visual signs of aging can increase there. Again, that’s because the proteins that keep your skin healthy and firm — collagen and elastin — break down faster the older you get.
Now, among the many functions of collagen, it makes your tendons, ligaments, and bones stronger and even provides scaffolding for skin damage to heal.1 So, what are the results of collagen and elastin breakdown? Simple: thin skin, sagging skin, and wrinkled skin.
You wouldn’t think what you eat could affect what you look like, but “you are what you eat” rings true for a reason. Turns out, if you’re eating a lot of processed foods and skimping on your fruit and veggie intake you’ll likely see the results in the mirror. But the good news is that dietary change may serve as one aspect of prevention as far as aging of the skin is concerned.2
It’s true — a sugary diet full of processed food is a recipe for a wrinkled décollete. But you can fix it. Your skin needs certain vitamins and minerals in order to stay young-looking and healthy.
Lack of Hydration/Moisture
As we’ve already mentioned, moisture is very important for the health of your skin. Your daily routine should include a moisturizer that works to rejuvenate and protect your skin. Furthermore, you want to drink as much water as you can. Recent studies suggest that adding a higher water intake to your regular diet could positively impact the physiology of your skin.3 Also, applying moisturizer in the morning for all-day protection will help a great deal too.
Finally, everyone lives differently. Some people race around and never get the sleep they need to stay healthy, while others may get loads of sleep, but they don’t eat well. Well, it all adds up.
How you choose to make it through your day has a lot to do with décolletage skincare. Of course, diet and sleep factor in, but you need to drink the right amount of water too.
Your lifestyle really can dictate how to take care of skin. And if you happen to drink a lot of alcohol or smoke — you may have to pay more attention to your skincare routine.
So, What’s Important When it Comes to Décolletage Skin Care?
For starters, maintaining a youthful, smooth décolletage can be easy — and fun. Check out the following tips, they’ll go pretty far to help you get some repair.
Tip #1 — Cover Yourself in Sunscreen
Remember, as fun as it is to play outside, the sun can be a real problem for your skin.4 Does that mean you’re bound to a life indoors? Of course not. Just protect yourself from the sun’s dangerous ultraviolet rays with sunscreen. And sunscreen isn’t just for the beach — you should apply it to your décollete every morning. And feel free to reapply about every two hours if you’re spending time outdoors. Also, pick a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Tip #2 — Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
The best thing about a healthy diet is that it really can lead to a healthy you. So, whether you’re concerned about weight gain or wrinkles on chest, a healthy diet be the key to repairing your body from the inside out. Your skin needs certain vitamins and minerals, and it gets them from the healthy foods you eat. So, you’re not just feeding yourself, you’re feeding your skin.5
Load up on fruits and vegetables to gives your body the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Specifically, you can find great anti-aging foods at your local market. For starters, add for the following to your diet and notice if your body starts to heal: almonds, avocado, kiwi. Your kitchen really can double as your medicine cabinet.
Tip #3 — Drink 8 Cups of Water Every Day
Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Has it been mentioned you must hydrate? One of the most natural ways to heal your body is to drink water — shoot for at least eight cups a day.
Here’s the deal: your skin is actually the last organ to reap the benefits from the water you drink. So that means you’ve got to drink enough that after your other organs have quenched their thirst, the body has water leftover to benefit your skin.6
It’s not as tough as you might think to drink all that water. Simply carry a thermos or small bottle of water with you — keep one in the car, on your desk, in your bedroom. If it’s there, you’ll use it. If you order a coffee or a glass of wine, simply ask for water at the same time. Because if the skin around your décollete is getting hydrated, you’ll have a better chance of keeping the area healthy and looking smooth.
Tip #4 — Cleanse Your Skin Everyday
Dirt and oil are everywhere. Though you can’t always see it, you can feel that stuff build up on your skin every day. Well, décolletage skin care is no exception. Frequent bathing has aesthetic and stress-relieving benefits, so make cleaning the area a part of your nightly routine.7 Just use a gentle cleansing product to help clean out your pores.
Make sure the water’s not too hot, as it could potentially damage your skin. Super hot showers can wash away the layer of sebum that keeps your skin moist. And if your skin is dry, it’s more likely you’ll deal with wrinkles. So, use warm water and try to keep your showers around 5 or 6 minutes long. Your décollete will thank you by looking smooth and healthy!
Tip #5 — Exfoliation Isn’t Just for Your Face
Your décolletage wrinkles appreciate gentle exfoliation just like your face does. Whatever product you use, try to keep it natural and gentle. And if the product contains microplastics, stay away. They’re bad for your skin and bad for the planet.
Now, there’s no need to over-exfoliate your décolletage — once a week is sufficient. You’ll get to remove some unwanted skin cells that have died, but you won’t damage the cells that are new or just growing.
Tip #6 — Catch Your Z’s
The more you age, the more your body depends on a good night’s sleep. And you can feel the consequences when you don’t catch your z’s, right? You see, at night your body actually rids itself of cortisol — the stress hormone. If there’s too much cortisol in your body, your organs — yes, even your skin — can become inflamed. And this can lead to the accelerated breakdown of elastin and collagen in your skin — which as you know might cause chest wrinkles.8
So, shoot for eight hours of sleep. Your skin will thank you. And if you have trouble falling asleep, tucking yourself in at the same hour each night. And do not take your electronic devices to bed. Keep them in another room — or if you must bring them into the bedroom, put them in a drawer. Furthermore, many people seem to fall asleep more quickly in a cool room — so, keep the temperature crisp.
Tip #7 — Get Moving!
Getting out into the world for exercise doesn’t always mean lifting tons of weight or sprinting marathons. A brisk walk can be all you need. Even a leisurely bike ride can be enough to give your body its aerobic fix.
Light workouts are great for your skin because they help relieve stress which can help prevent blemishes and keep your skin looking great. Also, if your fit or working on your fitness, your décollete may stay just a bit smoother.
Tip #8 — Everything in Moderation
Of course, you deserve a drink to unwind every once in a while, but if you drink too much you can cause some serious damage to your skin. That’s because alcohol dehydrates your skin… and you know moisture is a necessity when it comes to a wrinkle-free décolletage.
Also, free radicals and other toxins can enter your body via too much sugar and alcohol. Free radical damage can wreak havoc on your skin. So, enjoy that glass of wine or cocktail on the right night, but remember… everything in moderation.
Tip #9 — Stand Tall
There are so many reasons to consciously stand tall, especially as you age. Good posture is no easy feat, especially since our laptops and phones are begging us to hunch over hour after hour. But, bad posture can wreak havoc on your décolletage. Slumping and slouching creases and folds your chest, and this action (when repeated) could potentially cause wrinkles to form around your décollete. So, sit up straight!
Seriously, turn your thoughts to keeping your back straight and your shoulders pulled back. It will work wonders for your confidence and your neck and chest.
Tip #10 — Go Gently
Remember, the skin at your chest and neck is delicate, so be gentle. Don’t pull at it, or rub it too vigorously. Lather gently in the shower. And when you dry off, simply pat the area with a soft towel. Finally, when applying sunscreen or moisturizer, be gentle. Approaching your décolletage as if it’s delicate (which it is) will help you keep it smooth and youthful looking.
In The End…
Nurture and baby your décolletage. Handle with care. And keep your beauty regimen simple by including sunscreen and using gentle cleansers. Also, don’t forget to moisturize.
When you put all these tips to good use — eating well, moisturizing, protecting yourself from the sun, and being gentle — you ensure the health and beauty of your décolletage. And these actions will benefit your body in more ways than you know.