The French have a beautiful word for…well, everything. But the one we’d like to talk about is décolleté, which refers to the wearing of a low-necked garment. Your décolletage—the exposed part of your neck, chest, shoulders, and cleavage while donning such attire—is all too oft oublié (forgotten) when it comes to your daily beauty regimen. We’ll break down in plain English why you should start including your décolletage into your skin care routine tout de suite!
Compared to other parts of your body, the skin of your neck and chest are uniquely delicate. With thinner tissue, fewer oil glands, and less elasticity, your décolletage is consequently highly responsive to histamines (manifesting hives and blushing more readily), and is one of the first places on your body to show signs of aging and the results of sun damage.
Even sleep, innocent as it seems and necessary as it is, poses risks to your skin’s stamina, collectively causing wrinkles in the places subject to compression and curling up that comes naturally and is often involuntary during the night. This can be offset, though, by beginning to bestow on your delicate décolleté the same consideration you show your face.
If you’re experiencing some preexisting upheaval in your skin’s stasis, a soothing solution like Dermalogica’s UltraCalming Serum Concentrate will help assuage inflammatory triggers while easing discomfort, bringing balance to your décolletage and inevitably making it more receptive to routine cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing.
Eminence’s use of botanicals plus hyaluronic acid in their Hibiscus Ultra Lift Neck Cream will extend just beyond preventative measures to assist in waylaying premature sings of aging like neck lines and sagging. Plus, pourboire, it’s 100% natural, organic, and sustainable.
If you don’t already, by committing to daily use of a failsafe SPF, like herbal Hempz Yuzu & Starfruit moisturizers, you can enjoy all the benefits of the sun without unwittingly exposing your delicate décolleté to harmful UVE/UVB rays and free radical damage.
So while you’ve been scrutinizing your laugh lines, crow’s feet, dark circles, and enlarged pores north of the border, you may have allowed the area due south of your chin to fall off the radar. The good news is it’s not too late to begin doting on your décolletage, and it’s truly as simple as carrying over exactly what you do for your face to the tune of only a few extra minutes each day. Your skin will say, “Merci beaucoup!”