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By now, you’re probably well aware of how important maintaining a daily skin care routine is—but how much time do you spend pampering the skin below your face? If your answer is not much, then you’re missing out. While your complexion definitely deserves special TLC, you should extend your skin care routine to your neck and décolletage as well. After all, why should your face get to have all the skin care fun? Below, learn exactly what your décolletage is, then find out how to care for this part of your body—including how to incorporate a neck and chest moisturizer and other skin care products like facial cleanser into your daily skin care routine for your décolletage.
Décolletage is a French word and typically refers to the low-cut neckline of a dress—but when it comes to your skin care routine, the term means your neck and upper chest—the same area that would be exposed by the aforementioned low neckline. If you happen to be a fan of V-neck shirts, then you may want to consider taking care of this area to help ensure it looks its best whenever it’s exposed. Keep reading to learn how to do just that!
Now that you know what your décolletage is, it’s time to learn about how to take care of it. Here, find a step-by-step skin care routine for your décolletage. In general, you should be able to use your skin care products on your face, neck, and chest, but you can also look for skin care products specifically designed for your neck and décolletage as well—the choice is up to you as to what to use.
The first step in any skin care routine should be cleansing, as this can help rid the surface of your skin of any dirt, makeup, or impurities that may have built up throughout the day. Reach for a gentle facial cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Nourishing Cream Cleanser. This daily cream facial cleanser, which is meant for mature skin, is formulated with replenishing oils to help gently yet effectively cleanse without over-drying. After you’ve cleansed your décolletage, pat—don’t rub—with a towel to dry off.
Décolletage looking a little on the dull side? A buildup of dead skin cells on skin’s surface could be to blame. Enter exfoliation, the process of sloughing dead skin cells away from the surface of your skin. While some people can handle daily exfoliation, others may only be able to do so once or twice a week—so pay attention to how your skin responds in order to figure out what works for you. When you do exfoliate, pick a gentle face scrub and use it on your décolletage when you’re in the shower, using circular motions before rinsing off. For a face scrub you can use on your lips too, try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Sugar Nourish & Soften Face Scrub.
Just as cleansing should be part of your daily skin care routine, so should moisturizing. As skin matures, one of the biggest changes is loss of moisture, nutrients, and natural oils. As a result, your face, neck, and chest can be left feeling very dry. The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Hydra-Nutrition Golden Balm for Face, Neck & Chest is a rich, luxurious, non-greasy balm that can help intensely moisturize mature skin and provide long-lasting hydration. Every morning and evening, apply it onto cleansed skin. You can use it alone or under makeup.
In the morning, taking sun protection measures before you head outside is key. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), you should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating. So, when applying sunscreen to your face, extend it down to your neck and chest. In addition to that, the FDA recommends limiting your time in the sun (especially during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.) and covering up any exposed areas such as your décolletage. And remember to pack accessories like UV-blocking sunglasses and a broad-brimmed hat with you!
Next: How to Create a Skin Care Routine for Your Body.