Whether you're a skin care junkie or a skin care newbie, you've likely thought a lot about improving the skin on your face: diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, fighting breakouts, and brightening the tone and texture. But how much time have you thought about your décolletage, or the skin on your neck, chest, and shoulders? This skin needs just as much care as your face for a few reasons: It's thinner, doesn't have as much elastic tissue to help maintain tone, and doesn't have as many oil glands, which are important in repairing the skin after its been damaged by the sun.
There are a few things you can do to take action now, for a smoother, brighter décolletage. Dr. Schultz revealed some of his go-to tips.
1. Exfoliate each evening
Dr. Schultz recommends that all of his patients exfoliate every day, but not just the face, the neck and chest area, too. A glycolic exfoliant (like The Progressive Peel) removes the dead skin cells sitting on the surface that can make your skin look uneven, dull, or cause breakouts, revealing the glowing skin underneath.
2. Use Vitamin C
Hold the orange juice. We're talking about topical Vitamin C like BeautyRx's Triple Vitamin C Serum. It's the single most effective antioxidant in fighting free radicals and preventing the signs of aging. Applying the serum each evening after exfoliating will help make the skin on the neck and chest look brighter, smoother, and younger.
3. Don't Forget the Sunscreen
You've heard it once. You've heard it twice. You've heard it over and over again, but the daily use of sunscreen is the best preventative step you can take! Dr. Schultz recommends applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 to 50 and UVA and UVB protection, like Solar Defense Sheer Sunscreen SPF 50.
4. See Your Dermatologist
Still feeling unhappy about brown spots or broken capillaries on your décolletage? Dr. Schultz recommends you talk to your dermatologist about in-office treatments like lasers and bleaches that could help improve the look of the skin.
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