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You may know the basics of caring for the skin on your face, but what about the rest of your body? The truth is, the skin on your neck is one of the first to show the signs of aging, so it deserves the same level of attention (or more) as the skin on your face.
As you age, the collagen and elastin in your skin begin to break down. These are the proteins that help keep your skin firm and smooth, which is why you will start to see your skin wrinkle and sag. The skin on the neck and décolleté is already thin and delicate, so it is even more prone to damage.
Unfortunately, many women don't realize the importance of taking care of this delicate area of skin until the signs of aging have already started to set in. Read on to find out the importance of taking care of your neck and cleavage, and for product recommendations to keep your skin looking young and firm.
Tips for taking care of the neck and décolleté
When you think about the visible signs of aging, things like wrinkles and age spots probably come to mind. Fortunately, hydration and sun protection go a long way in preventing these side effects. Other signs of aging like uneven skin tone, sagging, and creased skin tone tend to show up earlier on skin that hasn't been protected from the sun - especially areas that are often overlooked like your neck and cleavage. The skin in this area also has little subcutaneous fat and fewer sebaceous glands, so it tends to dry out faster.
Caring for the skin on your neck and cleavage should be more than an afterthought - it should intentionally be part of your daily skin care routine.
Here are some simple tips to take care of that delicate skin:
- Always include your neck and décolleté in your daily cleansing and moisturizing routine, but avoid using harsh exfoliators in this area - use a gentle scrub
- Stick to gentle products that won't damage or irritate your skin - strong anti-aging products like retinol can be a little too strong for that thin, sensitive skin.
- Wear broad spectrum sunscreen daily and cover your neck and chest if possible - wear SPF 30 or higher for maximum protective benefit.
- Avoid "technical neck" - weakened muscles in the neck associated with spending too much time looking down - which can contribute to neck problems, headaches, and even sagging skin or wrinkles.
- When applying moisturizer to your neck and chest, apply upward from the base of the neck to the jawline to help lift the skin instead of pulling it down.
- If you have a tendency to sleep on your side, this could contribute to a sagging effect and accelerate chest wrinkles - try sleeping on your back instead.
- Apply a hydrating mask to the skin of your neck and décolleté once a week to replenish hydration - the extra hydration can help plump your skin to hide wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
It's never too early to start taking care of your skin. Whether you're twenty-two or forty-two, it's important to maintain a daily skin care routine to keep your skin clean, healthy, and hydrated. Read on to learn more about Yon-Ka products to add to your skincare routine for anti-aging benefits.
Recommended Yon-Ka products
There is no magical skincare product that can completely stop time, but with the right ingredients, you can significantly slow down its progress. The good news is that the skin on your neck and chest doesn't need any special ingredients - the same anti-aging ingredients that keep your facial skin taut and toned will work just as well for your neck and cleavage. . You only need to use separate products for these areas if you are responding to different skin concerns, such as dry or acne-prone skin.
French skin care brand Yon-Ka Paris has harnessed the power of natural plant extracts to treat, heal and restore skin. Using a combination of cutting edge aromatherapy and herbal medicine, Yon-Ka formulas deliver scientific results to keep your skin looking its best, no matter what your age.
Here are some of the best Yon-Ka products for the neck and décolleté:
- Advanced Optimizer Lift Gel - This fast-absorbing firming firming gel is specially formulated for the neck, décolleté and bust area. Enriched with hibiscus peptides to stimulate collagen and glycosaminoglycan production, it also contains sweet almond protein to shape and lift the skin. Apply after cleansing and toning, starting with the bust area and making upward movements towards the décolleté and neck. Use twice a day (morning and evening) for an intensive one month program then switch to daily use for maintenance.
- Booster Elevator + - Packaged with over 20 plant extracts, this hydrating fluid booster amplifies the effects of your favorite moisturizer to tone and tighten facial contours. This formula is enriched with potent botanical extracts such as Rosemary, Sage and Hops with exclusive Yon-Ka Quintessence for an uplifting aroma and additional firming benefits. Add 1 to 2 pumps to your daily moisturizer to firm and firm the skin of the neck and décolleté.
- Phyto 152 - This invigorating body cream contains 9.5% rosemary essential oil to firm and tone the skin, giving it youthful contours. Apply to freshly cleansed skin while it is still damp, focusing on the neck and décolleté. Use in combination with Booster Lift + or Galbol 190.
- Galbol 190 - Enriched with botanical extracts like silicon-rich horsetail and firming rosemary essential oil, this hydrating fluid concentrate quickly penetrates to firm and redefine the bust area. Apply morning and evening after showering, focusing on the affected areas.
The truth is, we all age, but we all age differently. Your skin is as unique as you are and it is important to choose the right skincare products for your skin type, even for your neck and décolleté. Consult Yon-Ka Skin Advisor for product recommendations or stop by Spa partner Yon-Ka for a skin analysis and consultation to address your skin concerns.
We all dream of flawless, glowing skin, but with new products constantly hitting the shelves and the seemingly endless skincare advice out there on the Internet, it’s not always easy to figure out the skincare routine that’s going to work best for you. You know the basics — drink plenty of water, get enough sleep, and wash your face, but what about everything in between ? Luckily, there’s no need to shell out tons of cash on any magical procedures or expensive creams to achieve flawless skin.
We spoke with dermatologists and top beauty experts to put together a list of some of the best skincare tips. From choosing the right cleanser for your skin type to the importance of cleaning your makeup brushes, these easy tricks — plus some top-tested product picks from the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab — will help guide you to glowing skin ASAP.
' For oily or acne-prone skin, a salicylic gel or benzoyl peroxide wash works great, ' says Dr. Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Santa Monica. ' For dry mature skin, use either a moisturizing glycolic or milky cleanser. For skin with brown activités or melasma, use a brightening wash, such as an α hydroxy acid cleanser. '
' The best times to moisturize are right after you get out of the shower and right before you go to bed, ' explained Dr. Janet Prystowsky M. D., an NYC-based dermatologist. Avoid lotions with heavy fragrances and make sure you find a moisturizer gentle enough for every day use with zero irritation.
Dr. Tzu says figuring out how to avoid touching your face is very important. It doesn’t just spread bacteria and cause breakouts — it can lead to scarring, an increase in wrinkles, and even the flu or other viruses.
Every skin professionnel we spoke to emphasized the importance of hydration. ' A lack of water means less radiance and more sag, ' says Dr. Mona Gohara, a dermatologist in Connecticut. She suggests choosing products ( cleansing, moisturizing, and anti-aging ) that have hydrating formulas. And, bien sûr, drink around eight glasses of water a day.
Don’t just watch out for the sun — getting too close to heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on your skin. ' It causes inflammation and collagen breakdown. I recommend staying at least ten feet away, ' explains Dr. Debbie Palmer, a New York dermatologist. So next time you’re roasting chestnuts or s’mores over an open fire, take a step back.
' We lose 50 million skin cells a day, and without a little extra nudge, they may hang around leaving the skin looking sullen, ' says Dr. Gohara. tera fight this, you should ' choose a product that is pH neutral so it doesn’t dry as it exfoliates. ' And don’t just stop with your face — the skin on your body needs exfoliation, too.
A balanced diet is important, but there’s more than one way to give your skin vitamins. There are also topical antioxidants, which are serums and creams that contain ingredients that nourish the skin ( think vitamin C serum ! ).
' These can really help to repair the skin from sun damage, ' says Dr. Palmer. Not sure how to use them ? The best time to apply them is right after cleansing so that your skin can soak them in, or they can be layered under your sunscreen for added protection.
Though it’s tempting to grab a coffee the minute you wake up, Joanna Vargas, a skincare facialist in NYC, says choosing the right beverages can be a game changer. ' Drink a shot of chlorophyll every morning to brighten, oxygenate, and hydrate your skin. Drinking chlorophyll also helps drain puffiness by stimulating the lymphatic system, so it’s also good for cellulite. '
If you’re not keen on downing a shot of the stuff, chlorophyll supplements can be found at many drugstores and health food stores. She also advised drinking green juices with lots of veggies in them : ' It will transform your skin in a matter of days — and it helps oxygenate the skin and stimulates lymphatic drainage, so it’s de-puffing, too. '
' Your skin has a natural barrier to retain moisture, and essential to that is omega-3 fatty acid, ' Joanna advises. ' Flax seeds on your salad or even walnuts will be an instant boost to your omega-3, thus increasing your skin’s ability to hold onto moisture. ' And be sure to eat a diet low in foods with a high glycemic index ( simple and complex carbohydrates ).
to fight septicémie and clogged pores, Dr. Prystowsky recommends washing concealer and foundation brushes once a week. For brushes you use around your eyes, she recommends twice per month, and for any other brushes, once a month is fine.
Here’s how : Put a drop of a mild shampoo into the palm of your hand. Wet the bristles with lukewarm water. Then, massage the bristles into your palm to distribute the shampoo into the brush. Avoid getting the metal part of the brush wet/or the base of the brush hairs because the glue could soften and the bristles could fall out. Rinse the shampoo out and squeeze out the water with a towel. Lay the brushes on their side with the bristles hanging off the edge of the counter to dry.
' Many people feel they only need to protect themselves on sunny days or when visiting the beach, ' says Dr. Palmer. ' But the truth is that we need to protect our skin even when we’re driving a car, flying in an airplane, or running errands. It’s the daily ultraviolet exposure that contributes to the visible signs of aging. ' What kind of sunscreen is best ? Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a SPF of 30 or greater — and remember that it needs to be reapplied every 2 hours.
We’re talking SPF makeup, sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. ' Preventing sun damage is a million times better for your skin than treating it after the fact, ' says Dr. Prystowsky.
' Fad products and fancy ingredients are fun to try, and sometimes they work well, ' says Dr. Prystowsky, ' but usually they’re off the shelves just as quickly as they’re on them. ' Find a cleanser and moisturizer that you know work for you, and keep them at the core of your routine.
It’s not just about getting eight hours a night. Skin will also benefit from regularly using clean silk pillowcases. ' The material glides easily and prevents creasing and wrinkles, ' says Jesleen Ahluwalia, M. D., a dermatologist from Spring Street Dermatology in New York City. ' Silk is also easier on hair — it helps avoid tangles and breakage. ' Better hair and skin while you sleep ? Yes, please.