It’s easy to focus on your face when taking anti-aging measures, but while the signs of skin aging around your eyes, mouth, and across your forehead may seem most obvious to you, there are other areas that can be just as revealing. Fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin can also develop and become apparent in all sorts of spots—not just on your face—if not properly addressed. So, take care of your skin and consider more than just your visage when tackling the common signs of skin aging. Below, we’re pointing out three areas you may overlook when it comes to your anti-aging skin care routine.
OVERLOOKED ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE SPOT #1: YOUR DÉCOLLETAGE
Much like the skin on your face, your neck, chest, and shoulders can wrinkle and lose elasticity over time. Sun exposure and environmental stressors can accelerate this. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun accelerate skin aging—which means sun protection is a must for any anti-aging skin care routine. And while you may already be applying sunscreen to your face regularly, make sure you’re extending that same attention to your décolletage.
For your neck and chest, you can use a body sunscreen or you can carry your face moisturizer with SPF down past your face. The latter is a great option for streamlining your beauty routine! Try using the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Moisturizer SPF 30, which is formulated with glycolic acid, vitamin C, and Pro-Retinol and can help reveal brighter skin, correct uneven skin tone, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It contains broad spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen to help protect against the sun’s aging UVA/UVB, meeting the Food & Drug Administration’s recommendation to apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day. You can further shield your décolletage by wearing a light scarf around your neck and chest while outside, as well as avoiding the sun’s peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
At night, your décolletage still needs a little love! Instead of reaching for your normal night cream, apply one that’s formulated for use on the face, neck, and chest, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Honey Night Balm. The formula melts onto skin with long-lasting, non-greasy, non-sticky hydration to comfort and strengthen mature, very dry skin. Your décolletage will be left firmer, stronger, and more resilient.
Editor’s note: Ready for more details on how to take care of your décolletage? Here’s A 4-Step Skin Care Routine for Your Décolletage.
OVERLOOKED ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE SPOT #2: THE TOPS OF YOUR HANDS
Prone to experience the same external skin aging factors as your face, the tops of your hands are likely to develop age spots, wrinkles, and sagging skin prematurely if left unprotected. The AAD states that you should apply sunscreen to your hands to protect them from premature aging, as well as consider applying a glycolic acid or antioxidant product to your hands to help repair any sun damage. You should also keep your hands moisturized to maintain a smooth, youthful appearance. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra Nutrition Manuka Honey All Over Balm - Face/Neck/Chest/Hands is infused with manuka honey, calcium, and antioxidants to relieve mature, very dry skin. Your skin will be left looking more youthful with a healthy glow. Apply it in the morning and before bed to keep your hands properly hydrated, as well as throughout the day for on-the-go moisturizing.
If your hands need a little extra care, try applying your hand cream or all-over balm before slipping on a pair of cotton gloves. To take your hand care routine even further, here are 10 Ways to Show Your Hands and Nails Some Major TLC.
OVERLOOKED ANTI-AGING SKIN CARE SPOT #3: THE TOPS OF YOUR FEET
Because they aren't exposed all the time, your feet are an area of your body that you likely neglect when it comes to your anti-aging skin care routine—and that's a mistake. Especially vulnerable to skin-damaging sun rays throughout the sandal-wearing seasons, the tops of your feet can also be affected by the sun’s harmful rays and other environmental stressors that can dry out unprotected skin. Keep your feet looking their best by taking in all the tips from our article, Your Foot Care Routine for Soft Feet.
In our humble opinion, you can never have too many anti-aging skin care tips and tricks. For more where this came from, read our Best Anti-Aging Skin Care Tips.