How To Start Caring For Your Décolletage
When it comes to skincare routines, can you guess the body part that barely gets a look-in and is often last in line to receive a pampering?
The décolletage sits just below the neck and above the boobs; that delicate swathe of skin where your necklace ends and your scoop-neck tee starts. This underrated body part is not only subtly beautiful, but one of the first places to show signs of skin damage, so we reckon it’s time to give it some love.
Cleanse and hydrate
Skincare blogger Caroline Hirons is known for her mantra #takeittothetits, and this straight-to-the-point reminder to extend our facial skincare routines well beyond the chin makes sense. Hands up who’s guilty of neglecting their neck and the bits below?
A gentle, everyday cleansing product such as the NAOBAY Equilibria Gel To Milk Cleanser can be used right down to the breasts to shift bacteria without stripping the skin. Containing organic olive and sweet almond oil to moisturise and encourage natural skin cell turnover, plus soothing apricot oil to revive the skin, this cleanser turns from a translucent gel into a creamy milk cleanser upon contact with water.
The Dr Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser is packed full of vitamin C and E and cocoa butter. Finish with a sweep of it over the neck and chest after cleansing to nourish and protect the skin.
Revive and Renew
A build-up of body products and bronzer can cause blackheads and spots on the neck and décolletage, so for a deep cleanse and a gentle exfoliation to revive the whole area, reach for the Magnitone Barefaced Vibra-Sonic™ Daily Cleansing Brush. Using vibra-sonic technology, this oscillating brush will remove dead skin cells and promote circulation to the neck and chest resulting in firmer, smoother skin.
Did you know that it’s not just your face that can benefit from a skin-restoring mask treatment? For an overnight moisture fix, the Balance Me Restore And Replenish Overnight Repair Mask can be applied to the face, neck and chest and left to do its magic as you sleep. This ultra-hydrating formula will replenish the skin’s moisture barrier and boost collagen production to the chest area thanks to its anti-ageing wonder ingredient, Tri-Peptide.
If you’ve ever burnt your décolletage in the sun, you really will know how fragile this bit of the body can be. The skin on the neck and chest is ultra thin, produces much less oil than the face does and also has fewer melanocytes (cells that protect from UV rays), meaning it’s so much easier to damage than say, your arms, and is much quicker to show signs of ageing.
To combat this potential décolletage damage, the smart thing to do is apply sun protection daily – even when it’s cloudy. The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF 30, is a no-residue, all-natural mineral sunscreen containing finely micronised titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that offers stellar protection against harmful UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen’s deeply penetrating ingredients of aloe, rosehip, shea butter and calendula will help to hydrate and leave the décolletage feeling smooth and soft – keeping crêpey skin at bay.