One area that always gives away your age is your neck and your décolleté. We often forget to take care of these sensitive areas! We spend so much time focusing on our face, we need to give that same type of care and attention to these surrounding areas. You are never too young to begin caring for your skin. But in this post we will address what you can start to do in each decade to combat the first signs of aging, all the way up to deeper lines and wrinkles.
In our 20’s and 30’s we need to start setting a base foundation for how we will care for our skin for years to come. As we begin to age, our body naturally stops producing collagen. This process begins in our 20’s. So we must do what we can to prevent the breakdown of our existing collagen. So what can you do to protect your skin from premature aging?
Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen daily. A large majority of the collagen loss in your skin can be attributed to UV sun damage. So make sure you do not forget your neck and décolleté when applying your SPF in the morning. You want to use an SPF of at least 30, and reapply consistenly when out in the sun for extended periods of time.
Moisturizers and Serums: When applying moisturizers and serums, don’t forget your neck and chest! Any serum from a hyaluronic acid, such as our Sheer Peptide. To a vitamin C, such as our Anti-Ox Ultra, will do your skin some good. It is also a good idea to begin using a product such as our Neck Smoothing Cream. With over twenty different tighteners, and gentle retinol. You can help prevent some of the environmental aging before it even begins. So be sure to show your face, neck and décolleté some love, daily!
Facials: Consistent facials at any age will be an important tool in your beauty arsenal. Facials address the face, neck and décolleté. Ask your aesthetician to upgrade your facial to either a microdermabrasion that for an additional fee includes your neck and décolleté, or a mild chemical peel that can stimulate new collagen and elastin, and soften lines and wrinkles.
By your 40’s and 50’s you should definitely be consistently applying sunscreen and at-home products like mentioned above. But as our skin continues to age and change, it is time to start focusing some of your in-office treatments on your neck and décolleté. Everyone ages differently, but it is not uncommon to begin seeing some lines and wrinkles (necklace lines) appear across the neck. Depending on how you sleep, you may realize the lines on your chest that you used to fade away not long after waking up in the morning, are now noticeable at all times. Sun spots are beginning to pop up, and you feel like you’ll never have your gorgeous, young looking chest again! But never fear. There are a variety of in-office treatments that you can utilize to turn back the clock.
Chemical Peels: Chemical peels are a fantastic place to begin. Chemical peels are no longer as daunting as they once were in the past. With the variety of peels that exist now, depending on the desired intensity, there are many peels that are an easy option to add in to your regular facial. Have you ever had one of our Brightening or Illume peels? Did you know both can be used on your décolleté? Because why stop at your face! Especially if pigmentation, or harsh texture is becoming an issue for you. Those two peels are a fantastic place to begin reversing those signs of aging skin.
PhotoFacials: Lasers are your friend when it comes to anti-aging treatments with minimal downtime. Photofacials are fantastic at not only treating unsightly pigmentation issues, but helping to tighten and tone the skin. Downtime is different for everyone, but is typically less than 24 hours. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart may be necessary for best results. But it is a fairly quick and easy way to turn back the clock!
Venus Viva and Diamond Polar: One of the newest additions to our office, but the most effective. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar Skin Tightening are two separate treatments, but they pack a 1-2 punch that is a great option whether you are just beginning to see the first signs of aging, or have some signs of advanced aging. The Venus Viva and Diamond Polar are both powered by radio frequency. The Venus Viva is comparable to microneedling, a buzzword in the aesthetics world at the moment. Radio frequency is used to create small pinhole channels deep down into the skin. These channels create a controlled injury in the skin, that results in the growth of new collagen and elastin. The radio frequency breaks down texture in the lines and wrinkles, smoothing the appearance of even the harshest of lines. Up to 3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart are suggested for best results.
The Diamond Polar utilizes radio frequency as well. But in this treatment the radio frequency is used to bulk heat the skin. When the skin reaches a certain temperature for a specific amount of time, it tightens and tones the tissues that have begun to have issues with skin laxity. These two treatments work beautifully hand-in-hand to deliver the best results possible! Skin tightening treatments may be done weekly, and in a series of 3-8 treatments, depending on the severity of the issues.
Home care will always be necessary to see your best, long-term results. The combination of skincare and in-office treatments will leave your skin in the best possible condition, despite the environmental and genetic odds we all fight daily. If your neck or décolleté have become an area of concern for you, consultations with our aestheticians are always complimentary. Schedule a consultation today, and let’s get you on the road to happy and healthy skin!