When it comes to skincare and reversing the signs of aging, most of us tend to focus on our face. The neck and décolletage (chest area) are often neglected, even though the skin on these two areas is one of the most delicate parts of the body.
It is also among the first places to betray your age or show signs of aging.
What Makes the Skin on Your Neck and Décolletage Different From Your Face?
The skin on your neck and chest area produces less sebum than the skin on your face. This only means that there is less natural oil or moisture that can protect the skin from premature thinning and sagging. It is also very delicate and fragile, and has less collagen than your face and cheeks.
Furthermore, the skin in both areas contains less melanocyte, the skin cell that produces skin melanin (pigment that gives your skin, eyes, and hair color). Melanin is known to protect the skin from the sun by blocking UV radiation.
Limited production of this cell makes the skin susceptible to daily sun damage than other areas of the body.
The neck and décolletage are usually exposed to the sun and other harsh elements, which set the area up for fine lines, sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and other skin issues that can make you look older. Both areas, furthermore, are often ignored when applying sunscreen, making them quick to show signs of premature aging.
How Can You Treat Your Neck and Chest Area Right?
Start with extending your skin care regimen (cleansing and moisturizing) to your neck and chest area. Here are a few other tips on taking care of both areas right:
Apply Skincare Products Beyond the Face
The products you use on your face to treat dark spots, fine lines, and other signs of aging can be used on the neck and chest area. These include oils, moisturizers, and serums with anti-aging ingredients like Vitamin C, retinol, and glycolic acid. Be sure to perform a spot test on the area before applying the products.
Slather on Sunscreen
Don’t just pat the sunscreen on the area; make sure that it is covered properly. Also, be sure to choose products with an SPF of at least 30 and have antioxidants or moisturizing ingredients. Do take note that a foundation with SPF is not enough.
Exfoliate Once a Week
Your neck and chest area can benefit from exfoliation to slough away the layer of dead skin cells. This also enables faster absorption of ingredients in your skincare products, so they could work better on the skin.
Consider Aesthetic Treatments
At Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore, we offer a number of nonsurgical treatments that can address the early signs of aging on the neck and décolletage. Here are some of them:
Ultherapy is a US FDA-cleared non-invasive procedure that can tighten the skin on the face, brows, jawline, and neck without cuts, needles, and stitches. It has also received the European CE mark for non-invasive sculpting and lifting of the upper and lower face, neck, and décolletage.
Ultherapy in Singapore works by delivering time-tested focused ultrasound energy that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin. This triggers the regenerative process that jumpstarts the production of new and fresh collagen, which then enables the skin to achieve a gentle yet noticeable lift over time.
You may notice firmer and tighter skin after just a single session, but you can also consider additional treatments for better results. You can read our previous blog to find out more about reversing neck aging with Ultherapy.
Exilis Ultra is an FDA-cleared device that combines radiofrequency and ultrasound energy to tighten the skin and stimulate collagen production. It features a small applicator for tightening the skin on the face, neck and decolletage, and a big applicator for targeting and reducing fat on the belly, arms and thighs.
The best thing about Exilis Ultra is that it delivers effective skin tightening without the longer downtime period associated with an invasive surgical treatment. It also uses Energy Flow Control (EFC) to monitor and adjust the amount of energy to ensure that it delivers the optimal level of power in the treated area.
At least four to eight sessions are needed spaced weekly to see results. However, this will also depend on your skin and the severity of the concern. The procedure can be used as a stand-alone treatment or be combined with other non-invasive procedure. Here at Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore, we use it as a maintenance procedure to extend the lifting effects of Ultherapy.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Don’t neglect your neck and décolletage. Follow the skincare tips mentioned above to take better care of these areas.
Contact Cutis Laser Clinics in Singapore today and schedule a consultation with our Harvard-trained aesthetic doctor, Dr. Sylvia Ramirez, to learn which procedures are right for you.