Tips for Improving Your Décolletage
No matter how much effort you spend on making your face look even younger, don't let your décolletage give your true age away. Dr. Schultz shares some tips from improving your neck and chest.Read Transcript
Ladies, don't let your décolletage let you down by giving away your real age. Especially given all of the time and effort you put into making your facial skin look younger, more beautiful and better. And even if you do take care of your décolletage, in reality, it needs more effort than your face does because, the décolletage has four problems that the facial skin doesn't have. First, it doesn't have nearly as many oil glands, and the oil glands are so important in repairing the skin after it's been damaged by the sun or anything else. Second, it doesn't have as much elastic tissue to help maintain a nice tone. Third, the skin of the décolletage is just thinner to start with and, lastly, the reality is, you don't put as much effort into sun protection with the décolletage, as you do your face. That's just the way it is.
The three main signs of aging in the décolletage are brown spots, red, broken capillaries and texture, which is like cigarette paper or crepey. The brown spots are age spots, liver spots or sun spots. The red discolorations are large broken capillaries where you can actually see what looks like a spider vein on your face, or else it's just diffuse pink blotches, and pink blotches are just lots and lots of tiny broken spider veins. And lastly is the texture issue where the skin becomes almost the texture or consistency of cigarette paper, what we call crepeiness where the skin becomes dull and matte and perhaps even a little bit scaly. So what can you do to help repair and prevent further damage in the décolletage. For prevention, of course, use a sunscreen every day with an SPF between 15 and 30 with UVA protection but, in addition, every evening use a topical antioxidant with vitamin C. In terms of repair, it's easy to repair the damage that has happened to the décolletage. The brown spots can be treated at home with topical bleaches and antioxidants in addition to exfoliants. It may not work as quickly and may take several months but the topical treatment can be effective. In the office, these brown spots can be zapped with a laser which makes them go away much more quickly. For treatment of broken capillaries, unfortunately, there's no home treatment that will make them go away but, on the other hand, painless and quick laser treatments in your doctor's office will repair the red discolorations. And lastly, for the texture and cigarette paper quality of the skin, at home, exfoliants and moisturizers will help improve that texture. And certainly, in your doctors' office lunchtime peels with either glycolic or salicylic acid helps the texture and certain lasers can really improve that texture and make it almost look normal. So ladies, there's really no reason to let your décolletage let you down.