Why is that we’re excellent at exfoliating, protecting, treating and moisturizing the skin on our faces twice a day, yet the thin, delicate skin that nests around the chest is often left to its own devices? Totally disregarded like a pair of cheap pumps you instantly regretted buying last fall.
Now, don’t pretend this doesn’t apply to you, because we don’t believe it. Even the most shrewd moisturizing addict has to admit, the face beats the body every time.
The thing is, the skin on your neck and décolletage is on show almost as often as that on your face. Scarf-season aside, your neck is always exposed to the elements. And your chest? Well, who doesn’t love a cute, low-cut top or sexy LBD? Not to mention summer garb such as strappy sundresses and swimwear… All this exposure to environmental aggressors, added to that unstoppable thing called ‘getting old’ equals all manner of visible signs of skin aging around the chest area. And nothing adds extra years to you like a wrinkled, sagging or sun-damaged cleavage.
But fear not, dear HintMDers, because fortunately there’s a wealth of medical-grade skincare and minimally-invasive treatment options available for anti-aging your décolletage with very little effort.
Furthermore, an aesthetic subscription covers them all.
So, let’s delve in, shall we?
At The Aesthetic Physician’s Office
1. How To Tackle Discoloration
Removing dead skin cells through gentle microdermabrasion is a great way to smooth lines, fade pigmentation and boost cell turnover for fresher, healthier skin. For deeper chest lines that are more like crevasses than creases, you could also ask your derm about including regular chemical peels into your treatment plan. Peels use a combination of glycolic, salicylic, carbolic, trichloroacetic and lactic acids to gently cause your skin to ‘blister’ and peel off, revealing fresher, younger skin underneath.
Either of these will work wonders for creating your best chest ever – likewise, they’ll make the rest of your skin creams absorb so much better, giving you more bang for your buck in the long run. Which is nice, right?
2. How To Improve Volume And Elasticity
You might not immediately think of hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvéderm or Restylane when weighing up your anti-aging cleavage options, but their ability to replenish lost moisture and enhance volume make them a fabulous option for the skin on your décolletage. With immediate results and zero downtime, HA fillers offer visible benefits that can last from six months to a couple of years. Certainly worth mulling over, don’t you agree?
3. How To Say Buh-Bye To Crepey Skin
When it comes to treating moderate surface clinkles, you’d be wise to think about some kind of laser resurfacing treatment. Fraxel, CO2 and YAG lasers help trigger the production of collagen and elastin and are super-popular for addressing lines and crepiness, plus they can treat discoloration at the same time as an added bonus.
We also love Ultherapy which uses micro-focused ultrasound technology to penetrate deep into the skin where it strengthens its foundation to improve texture and tone, and help smooth lines and wrinkles.
Ask your aesthetic physician about adding one of these to your subscription plan and you’ll notice the benefits in no time.
Products To Try At Home
1. The Firmer-Upper: Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté Rejuvenating Complex
The skin on your chest is super-thin and has very little fat, so fail to look after it and it will punish you later in life – guaranteed. Neocutis Micro Firm Neck & Décolleté harnesses the power of MPC, a Micro Protein Complex that nourishes and promotes the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid within the skin. This, combined with glycolic acid, stabilized vitamin C, glycerin, argan and jojoba oils make it a total genius for tightening and firming the delicate neck and décolletage area.
2. The Brightener: Alastin Restorative Neck Complex
This is a big winner in the HintMD office. If you’re one of those people who live for seeing visible results from your skincare, then Alastin Restorative Neck Complex is right up your alley. Incorporating the brand’s special TriHex Technology, along with peptides and antioxidants, it works to promote collagen and elastin production, while helping to improve firmness, tone and hydration. HintMD writer, Georgia claims it’s significantly evened out her pigmentation issues so much that she now couldn’t live without it.
3. The Anti-Acne Solution: Glytone Acne Treatment Spray for the Back & Chest
Treating aging is all well and good, but if you have bigger problems in the form of acne blemishes, Glytone Acne Treatment Spray for the Back & Chest could be just what the skin doctor ordered. Its hero ingredient is good old salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that penetrates deep into your pores to ditch dead skin cells and cut through excess oils. Salicylic acid also has awesome antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties making it hard to beat in the battle against acne.
PS: In all honesty, all of the above will prove absolutely pointless if you fail to wear sun protection on a daily basis. So, above all else, ensure you apply SkinMedica Daily Physical Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF30+ over your chest area every morning if it’s going to be exposed to the sun. You will not regret it.