When applying facial skin care, most people know to massage products thoroughly throughout the face, including around the eye area. But did you know you should also apply your facial skin care products to your neck and décolleté?

What is Décolletage?

Décolletage comes from the French word meaning “expose the neck.” Décolleté describes the upper part of your torso (your chest area).

Why You Should Care for Your Décolleté

If you neglect your décolleté, you risk leaving it vulnerable to harmful UVA exposure, sun damage, wrinkling, and other skin issues.

The same goes for your neck as your neck can be a hotspot for UV-exposure and recovery in this area takes a while. While caring for the skin on your face is important, neglecting your neck and décolleté can result in uneven, prematurely aged skin.

Caring for Your Neck and Décolleté

The skin on your neck and décolleté has a different cell composition than the other parts of your body — the dermis is thinner and more prone to wrinkling.

It also doesn’t contain as many oil glands as the face, which means it has trouble producing and keeping moisture. 

Take these simple, everyday steps to care for your neck and décolleté.

Avoid the Sun and Use SPF

This is a golden rule of skin care. When possible, avoid the sun and always apply SPF. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends an SPF of at least 30 for ideal protection.

Cleanse Gently

The skin around your face, neck, and especially your décolleté is thin and delicate.

Therefore, when cleansing, be especially gentle. Avoid harsh scrubbing or vigorous rubbing. Instead, use the tips of your fingers to gently apply your cleanser.

Avoid Hot Water

Hot water strips the skin of essential nutrients and damages your skin barrier. This results in premature aging and increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Use lukewarm water on your neck and décolleté.

Use Nourishing and Targeted Skincare Products

Nutrient-dense skin care products keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Healthy and hydrated skin is smoother, softer and tighter. 

Targeted products for your neck and décolleté such as NeoFirm from Neocutis firms and tightens skin, supports the restoration of lost collagen and elastin, and diminishes the appearance of age spots/uneven skin tone.

However, some skin care products can carry harsh ingredients that damage the delicate skin on your neck and décolleté. If you are unsure of what products to use on your face, neck, and décolleté, consult with your BodyLase® skin care professional.

Consider Specialized Treatments

Special treatments, like Fraxel and Morpheus8, rejuvenate your skin by evening your skin tone, healing sun damage, and tightening skin by addressing sagging skin. 

These treatments help you achieve a more youthful skin texture, which you can then maintain with the right products and lifestyle.

Eat Well and Hydrate

Some aspects of your skin health come from the inside out. Therefore, you should eat nutrient-dense foods and drink lots of water.

These steps will help you keep your neck and décolleté youthful and healthy. Curious about other ways to protect your youthful appearance and how our treatments can help? Talk to the team at BodyLase® to learn more.