MATURE SKIN: TIME TO PAMPER MY NECK
Along with our face, hands and chest, our neck skin quickly shows the passage of time. Over the years, it loses elasticity and firmness, becoming loose and flabby. So now’s the time to give it some much-needed attention. Below is everything you'd want to know about mature skin, including:
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKINCARE
GIVE YOUR NECK SOME LOVE
You know your skin type and how to take care of your face, but what about your neck? Neglected, right? Well here’s your neck rescue action plan. First, use a scrub once a week to get rid of dead cells. Neck skin is extremely thin and fragile, so go gently and only use a product with fine grains (you can use the same scrub that you use for your face). Finish off by applying a moisturising and nourishing lotion, smoothed down to your cleavage. From the age of 50 onwards, use a neck-firming treatment that’s rich in hyaluronic acid and antioxidants. Look up to the ceiling and apply the lotion using upward strokes, as this will help smooth out your neck skin. As soon as the sun pokes out its nose, opt for a richer neck-firming formula that contains an SPF.
Time To Tone Up
A few simple stretching and toning exercises are great for firming up neck skin, too. Place your hand on your forehead and push your head against it, giving your neck a forward stretch. Hold for 10 seconds and then release. Next, put your hands behind your head and look up towards the ceiling. After 10 seconds jut out your jaw, to stretch your neck muscles to the max. Stick with it: these exercises firm up the neck and help reduce double chins.
Adopt New Habits
Pay constant attention to your posture throughout the day. Sit up straight when you’re in front of your computer and write text messages with your phone at eye level, rather than hunching over the screen: hunching can cause shoulder and upper back pain, as well as encourage neck wrinkles to appear. Don’t forget to cleanse your neck at night, to rid the skin of environmental impurities. Go for a soothing, lipid-rich cleansing oil, and finish off by splashing your neck with cool water (even if you hate the cold) to firm up the skin.
A Smooth Décolleté!
Over the years, the delicate skin on your décolleté gets damaged: wrinkles, marks and redness start to appear, the skin gets crepey and leathery, and sunbathing causes vertical lines to appear at the top of our breasts and move up the décolleté. Help is at hand – here are our tips on how to smooth out your décolleté.
Blast With Cold Water
Every time you shower, finish with a blast of cold water over your breasts and décolleté – it will firm and tighten the skin immediately. (Just try to keep the shrieks to a minimum.)
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SKINCARE FOR YOU
What you need are products that enrich skin and contain tightening and hydrating elements as well as an SPF. The top ingredient to look for? Hyaluronic acid. It hydrates and plumps up the surface of the skin, while stimulating the support fibres (collagen and elastin) underneath, and boosting cell renewal. If this describes the anti-wrinkle treatment you use on your face, just sweep it over your neck and décolleté, too.
And use a gentle scrub once a week to get rid of dead skin cells – it will leave skin soft, and stimulate microcirculation.
Try Hyaluronic Acid Injections
Want to go a step further? Then try mesotherapy – local hyaluronic acid and vitamin injections, administered by a dermatologist. They will fill out wrinkles and kick-start collagen and elastin production, for long-lasting hydration. After a few sessions, your décolleté will be beautifully smooth.
Prime Your Posture
Two things to do every day: stand tall and avoid sleeping on your side (the weight of your breasts stretches the skin on your décolleté). Every evening before going to bed, stand upright at the edge of the bed, roll your shoulders from back to front, then stretch your back by pulling your shoulder blades together. This opens the chest area and improves posture.
Make Sure You've Got Good Support
It is inevitable: our nemesis, gravity, gets us all in the end. But if you wear a badly fitting bra, you’re not doing yourself any favours, as the support fibres in your skin have to work overtime to support the breasts, and little by little, they lose their elasticity and the skin creases. Follow the advice of a lingerie consultant to choose the correct bra. Your décolleté will love you for it.
Article supplied & written by Marie Claire, part of Hearst Communications, Inc