Most skin care products are made only for your face, but do you know that your neck and your chest are two of the most delicate areas of your body. These are the first places to show signs of sun damage and wrinkles, after your face. We tend to neglect these zones, but we need to understand that these areas are much thinner as compared to our face. There are very few lipids and sebaceous glands in these areas, which are responsible for protecting our skin from external factors. This is why it is important to take care of our neck and our chest equally. Here are a few tips you should follow, to get a firmer and younger looking neck and chest.
Sleep on your back
One of the biggest culprits for wrinkles on your chest is the way you sleep. If you're busty, there is a greater chance that you would get lines on your upper chest. If you have a habit of sleeping on your sides, your breasts fold over which can lead to creases and lines on your skin? This happens even if you sleep on your stomach. It accents the horizontal bands on your neck, as your chin is tucked down. To catch some zzz's without causing your skin any trouble, sleep on your back with your head resting on a pillow designed for those who sleep on their backs. To prevent rolling over to your sides during the night, tuck another pillow under your knees.
Use a neck cream
Yeah, it sounds crazy that there's a whole separate product just for your neck! But using it is a good idea as face creams may be too harsh for your neck, which is a very sensitive, dry area. Keeping this in mind, neck creams are designed specifically for your neck's thin skin, just how a face wash contains a different formula than that of a body wash. When choosing a neck cream, look for peptides which help build collagen, niacinamide that helps strengthen skin and reduces brown spots and redness, firming extracts such as rye to fight sagging, and seaweed or hyaluronic acid to keep the skin moisturized. Make sure that you apply the neck cream all the way down to your cleavage. This is because the entire area is exposed to the elements.
Exfoliate your skin gently
Regularly exfoliating your skin is great as it triggers the skin's collagen production, which in turn helps keep your chest and neck even-toned and smooth. But avoid overdoing it as it can cause irritation, redness and in some cases, even mild burns, because of the ingredients contained in all these products. Dermatologists suggest that you should be extremely careful while using body or facial cleansing brushes. If these are pressed too hard against the skin or if used for a longer time period than recommended, these can lead to abrasions. Therefore, it is good to exfoliate daily using a scrub that is gentle and has extra-fine particles.
Use sunscreen on your neck and chest
Now that the importance of sunscreen is known to all (it is, right?), you should spare a few seconds to apply a broad spectrum SPF on your upper chest as well as your neck, generously. Why? This is because the skin on your neck is much thinner than the skin on your face, which makes it more vulnerable to damage from the sun and skin cancer. Due to the presence of fewer oil glands here, it can also age prematurely. Dermatologists suggest that you should use a moisturizer or sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 45, which also contains antioxidants such as vitamin E, niacinamide and vitamin C.
Increase intake of water.
Drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated and toned. You can also jazz up your water with lemon or opt for fresh fruit juices like aloe vera juice to tighten your skin and maintain a healthy glow. Aloe vera helps increase the body’s natural collagen production, which greatly reduces your saggy skin.
Visit a dermatologist for extra care
If you want to try more advanced solutions, you can apply a prescription retinoid cream, which may help improve sunspots or crepey skin. You can also go for in-office treatments if you want faster results. Consult your dermatologist to find a suitable treatment.