The skin on your neck and décolletage is delicate. If you’ve exposed it to sun, smoked, if you haven’t cleansed, exfoliated and moisturised it the way you have your face, the chances are it’s crêpey and wrinkled.
Thanks to High50 for these tips, by the way!
And it’s not just women over 50 who suffer from this; men acquire the turkey-neck look too.
We all know what happens as we age – we produce less collagen so our skin becomes less firm and plump, our ability to retain water diminishes and women produce less oestrogen, which has an impact on cellular activity. Wrinkles happen due to the loss of skin elasticity.
Cleanse your neck and décolletage both morning and night. After the morning cleanse, apply moisturiser, using an upward, circular motion from the top of your cleavage to under your chin – massage it in well to boost circulation. Your neck skin might require a richer product than the one you use on your face. Try Dr. Spiller Biomimetic Skin Care Neck and Decollete Cream, a rich cream with unique plant extract “KigeliaAfricana” to help tighten and firm the skin of the neck and décolleté.
Exfoliate the neck and chest area at least once a week to encourage cell turnover and keep the skin free of ingrained dirt and dead skin cells. This area is delicate, so avoid products that contain sharp particles and use a gentle, non-abrasive exfoliant.
- Use sunscreen
Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to your neck and décolletage every day and re-apply it if you are outside for long periods of time, even when it is overcast or cloudy.
- Eat oily fish and take a fish-oil supplement
Keep your nutrition rich in anti-oxidants, especially Omega-3 acids, which are present in oily fish. These do wonders for skin rejuvenation by boosting collagen production. Eat at least one portion of salmon, mackerel or sardines a week and take a daily fish-oil supplement.
Pomegranates, acai berries, blueberries and green tea also help you stock up on antioxidants.
- Stop smoking
Heavy smokers are almost five times more likely to have excessive wrinkling than non-smokers. Smoking damages collagen, and lip pursing and squinting while inhaling creates wrinkles in the delicate skin directly under your chin.