Monday, October 13, 2008

Tips for a Beautiful Neck & Dècolletè

Although the neckline and chest area are some of the most viewed body parts and the most likely to give away your age, they're still the least pampered. Don't overlook your neck and dècolletè any longer by following these tips.

Provide protection. It's said that the way your neck ages is about 20%genetics and 80% how you care for it. So, every time you head outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your neck and dècolletè (and all exposed areas) 20 to 30 minutes before leaving the house. Look for either a titanium dioxide & zinc oxide formula, or a sunscreen with avobenzone (a.k.a Parsol 1789), Helioplex, or Mexoryl.

Share your basic routine. If you’re treating your dècolletage differently than your face because you don’t want to waste your expensive products on such a large area, it’s time to consider the alternative (think dull, sagging, aging skin). Make your neck and dècolletè part of your morning and nightly skin care regimen by also using your cleanser, toner and moisturizer on these areas. You can also add a product specifically formulated for the neck and dècolletè areas.

Do damage control. If you're already noticing sun damage or aging skin, know that many treatment options are available. Because of their exfoliating properties, alpha hydroxy acids, particularly glycolic acid, are ideal for helping damaged skin. After exfoliating, follow with an anti-aging moisturizer that contains antioxidants.

Indulge. Look into other ways you can pamper your dècolletage. Some day spas offer special masks that target the neck and chest as well as massage therapy to help support your firm, taut and healthy skin. Also, try at-home treatments like massage oils with vitamins A or E and nourishing creams with anti-aging ingredients like retinol, beech extract or vitamin C.

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