When it comes to taking care of your skin it’s easy to focus on just the face, neglecting the delicate skin of the neck and chest (sometimes referred to as the decolletage). Exposed to the same elements as your face, this often overlooked area deserves just as much attention as your face does.
The skin of the neck and chest is thinner and has fewer oil glands than other areas of the body and is one of the first areas on the body to show signs of aging. Making matters worse, sunscreen application in this area is easily forgotten making sunburn a common occurrence. Sagging skin, wrinkles and discoloration all appear below the neck as much as, if not more than, the face.
But fear not, following are some simple and effective solutions that will leave your skin, all of it, healthy and beautiful.
The first step in caring for your neck and chest is to cleanse the skin gently and effectively. Use a mild, non-drying cleanser (your facial cleanser should work fine) to remove dirt, sweat and pollutants. The Youth in Bloom Hydrating Cleanser is gentle enough for daily use.
Side Note: Usually, only the oiliest of skin types needs to cleanse morning and night. For most skin types a cool splash of water or gentle rinse with a damp washcloth will suffice for the morning followed by use of a cleanser in the evening.
Gentle, regular exfoliation is important to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Avoid overly abrasive scrubs that can cause irritation to the delicate skin of the neck and chest. The Cucumber Face Polish is an effective and gentle option for your face, neck and chest.
Moisturizing is key to maintaining healthy, radiant skin everywhere on the body. A well-formulated moisturizer will work for your face, neck and chest. You don’t need a separate product that claims to be made specifically for the decolletage. Choose a moisturizer that contains ingredients to help hydrate and nourish the skin. Look for ceramides, antioxidants and glycerin to name just a few great ingredients that will help keep skin healthy and supple. aos offers several well-formulated options.
If you’re feeling that the skincare products you use on your face are too expensive to use on this larger area, your body products may also work effectively. Look for the same nourishing ingredients in more affordable body product formulations. The antioxidant-rich Amber & Myrrh Firming Body Cream is deeply moisturizing and has been a customer favorite for years.
Treat & Nourish:
Adding serums and oils to the care of your neck and chest is a great way to boost moisture and address specific problems, such as dryness and discoloration.
Daily use of Ultra-C Serum is a must for keeping all of your skin healthy. Vitamin C helps brighten skin tone and fight environmental damage. For some Vitamin C can be sensitizing, so please do a patch test before applying it to your face, neck and chest.
Adding an oil to the care of your neck and chest area is a great way to boost moisture if you feel your facial moisturizer may not be emollient enough for the dryer skin south of your chin. Try adding 2-3 drops of Blue Sapphire Facial Oil to your current moisturizer before applying it to the neck and chest area. This antioxidant-rich oil boosts the effectiveness of any moisturizer.
The neck and chest are often exposed to harmful UV rays, which can lead to sunburn, dark spots and premature aging. Daily use of a SPF 30+ sunscreen will always and forever be the best thing you can do for your skin…all of it. The Broad Spectrum Sunshade Lotion comes in two sizes so you can always have some with you.
With consistency and proper care, you can keep all of your skin healthy and confidently wear those v-neck styles.