Looking after our Decolletage
Why do we need to take care of our decolletage as we age? Is the skin on our decolletage really so different from the rest of our skin? We usually start to take very good care of our facial skin during our 30’s and 40’s to stave off aging, without realising that our decolletage is one of the first areas to show the signs of aging, and give away our true age. The skin on our decolletage is thin and delicate, and is often exposed to the sun via low cut tops and dresses. Added to this, we often forget to moisturise our decolletage (and neck), so it’s no wonder it starts age with discolouration, blotchiness, lines and wrinkles long before the rest of our skin.
Whilst by the time we hit our 40’s, most of the damage is already done, there are some specialised products you can use, developed for this delicate area, to keep your decolletage looking as youthful as possible. Remember to always (always) apply sunscreen during the day. Some of the products we love, to help protect this area are:
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Neck & Decollete Firm & Repair Cream
Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti-Aging Neck and Décolleté Firm & Repair Cream is a gentle firming cream formulated to work on sagging skin, wrinkles, loss of elasticity and age spots. This luxurious formula with advanced Idebenone technology plus a protein restoring complex helps correct and protect the appearance of dry, delicate, vulnerable skin on your neck and décolleté. Your skin feels instantly tighter, toned and intensely nourished with moisture. With continued use, the formula fights dryness and helps to reduce the appearance of existing dark spots and sun damage, and helps support skin’s vital collagen and elastin to help fight lines, wrinkles and crepiness for firmer, more lifted, smoother, younger-looking skin. 50ml RRP $130.00.
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Neck Serum
Jurlique Herbal Recovery Neck Serum is a silky and lightweight, easily absorbed cream that leaves a protective film on your skin. The serum works to help firm, improve skin elasticity, brighten and smooth the delicate neck and décolletage area, leaving your skin looking and feeling, refreshed, silky and hydrated. The Herbal Recovery Neck Serum formula is enriched with balancing rose, brightening elder, hydrating chamomile and calming viola. Complementary actives in the formula include firming seaweed extract, moisturising oils of rosehip and avocado, and ginkgo and vitamin C, to deeply moisturise and help improve skin brightness. 30ml RRP $95.00.
A perfect multi-use, budget busting product – NIVEA Creme is a gentle, yet hydrating creme that works to protect your delicate decolletage skin by building a protective layer underneath the creme, to protect delicate skin from harmful influences like heat, humidity, cold, pollution etc, and it prevents loss of moisture by retaining it within the skin, under the protective barrier. Your skin is left feeling soft and supple, and small, crepey lines are minimised. Perfect if your decolletage is sensitive, or super dry. 60ml RRP $4.20, 150ml RRP $7.99.
Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Neck Contour Treatment
For a decolletage (and neck) that has started to show regular signs of aging and dehydration, Shiseido Benefiance Concentrated Neck Contour Treatment is an age-defence retexturising cream specially designed to support the unique needs of neck and decolletage skin. The formula contains Shiseidos exclusive Anti-Photowrinkle System, to help counteract the appearance of future wrinkles, and Hydroxyproline, a high-technology amino acid that helps stimulate natural collagen production. Used regularly, it helps to restore a feeling of firmness, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and creases, leaving your neck and decolletage area looking silky smooth, and glowing with hydration. 50ml RRP $80.00.
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Creme for Throat and Decolletage
Another wonderful product for neck and decolletage skin that is really showing signs of aging is the Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age Correcting Creme for Throat and Decolletage. Developed specifically for your delicate throat and decolletage areas, the formula helps to minimise the look of crepiness, discolourations and imperfections that occur with age. Exclusive Re-Nutriv Life Re-Newing Molecules help repair, recharge and restore your skin’s energised, radiant appearance over time, for a more youthful decolletage. 50ml RRP $210.00.
Cancer Council Day Wear Face Sunscreen SPF 30
Of course, all of these wonderful nourishing and correcting creams are wasted if we incur further damage to our decolletage area, so it’s really important to wear sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 when you are outdoors, to ensure the delicate area stays protected and is not damaged and aged further. Look for a light weight sunscreen such as The Cancer Council Day Wear Face Sunscreen SPF 30, a lovely light weight moisturising lotion that can be used every day, and doesn’t feel heavy on your delicate skin (of course, use it on your face as well)! Containing Broad Spectrum UVA and UVB protection, the formula helps prevent further visible signs of aging. 75ml RRP $14.95.