Neck and Décolleté

The delicate skin tissue on the neck and décolleté usually gets overlooked and isn’t treated as much as the face. The décolleté, the upper torso on a woman, is also an area of the skin that gets a lot of sun exposure, yet is overlooked when using an SPF product. Skincare or sunscreen is usually applied to the face and, somehow, the neck and décolleté get neglected. This lack of protection accelerates the aging process of the skin tissue as well as causes hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation, a skin condition, shows up as patches of discolorations or dark spots. These spots form when UV rays damage the melanin (skin color), causing it to overreact and create little areas of deformed coloring. These areas can be splotchy, brown, red or even black spots on the skin's coloring. Other forms of hyperpigmentation can form from such skin conditions as psoriasis and acne and affect the skin's pigmentation. Some medication and improper use of skin-lightening products can also cause hyperpigmentation.

There are ways to repair skin on the décolleté that has been damaged. Professional-grade skincare lines have products designed to address these concerns. Anti-aging ingredients of peptides and stem cells firm and tighten the skin. Hyaluronic acid increases hydration levels. These ingredients are especially beneficial to this specific skin area because it contains fewer sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (oil) to keep the skin lubricated and moisturized. Products containing emollient ingredients keep this delicate skin tissue from wrinkling and drying out.

These specific skincare products also have skin lighteners that address the sun damage to the décolleté and correct the discoloration. Neck and décolleté creams containing Kojic acid, bearberry, licorice root extract and even daisy flower extract lighten the areas of hyperpigmentation. These particular ingredients also act as tyrosinase inhibitors, meaning they protect the melanocytes (melanin-producing cells) from UV damage and prevent the melanin from overproducing and causing skin discolorations.

Daily application of these products to the décolleté reduces future damage to the skin tissue, reverses the signs of aging and lightens discolorations. Practice diligence, though, when treating hyperpigmentation. It takes time to lighten the areas of discolorations. Persistence with a daily regimen, incorporating a treatment cream and a daily sunscreen, will show progress in the skin. Avoiding direct exposure from the sun also helps prevent and keeps the hyperpigmentation at bay.

As with any skin care regimen, sunscreen is very important. A broad-spectrum UVA/UVB SPF of 30 or higher is recommended to prevent further sun damage and photo aging as well as just provide overall protection. Using a sunscreen in a daily routine will ensure the lightening products will be more effective and prevent issues of hyperpigmentation from worsening.

Prevention is critical to caring for your skin, so start using a daily regimen for your décolleté, neck and face to ensure the most effective anti-aging and hyperpigmentation treatment. Incorporating professional treatments with an esthetician every six to eight weeks will also enhance results to preserve the quality of your skin as well as reverse any damage. Just some extra TLC and attention to the décolleté every day will ensure a radiant and more youthful appearance with an even skin tone. 

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