While performing facial services, I often notice that the skin on the neck looks older than that of the face. Women who are diligent about applying moisturizers to their face neglect to protect the neck and décolleté (fancy name for the upper chest region).
One might think that the skin on the neck and décolleté is essentially the same as the face. However, since there are fewer oil glands in this area there is a tendency towards dryness. Additionally, the skin here is very thin and fragile. Collagen breakdown can be seen upon close examination. Facial skin, in contract, has a layer of adipose tissue which functions like a cushion. There is also a network of blood vessels in facial skin that is minimal in the skin of the neck and chest.
As we age, the dermal layer of the skin breakdowns and thins. This is especially apparent on the delicate skin of the neck and chest region. Subsequently, this area is more apt to develop a saggy, crepe-like appearance with visible wrinkling due to dehydration and loss of elasticity. There will also be an increase in lines and uneven pigmentation from years of sun damage.
Even though the neck and upper chest region are exposed to the same ultraviolet assaults as the face, they tend to be more vulnerable due to the above-mentioned factors in combination with minimal, if any, sunscreen protection. Skin degradation is cumulative and is a telling sign of a client’s age. Because the skin on the neck and décolletage are thin, sun damage causes a breakdown of the supporting network of collagen and elastin. The result is that the skin loses its elasticity and firmness. It is important to protect the skin from damaging UV rays by routinely applying a broad spectrum SPF after moisturizing…even during the winter months!
Note that for women with extremely loose saggy skin — aka, the “turkey neck” — the only way to eliminate this condition would be with a surgical procedure performed by a plastic surgeon.
The good news is that it’s never too late to begin properly caring for your skin. Recent advances in the science of skin care have produced products that are extremely effective in combating the signs of aging skin on the neck and décolleté. Peptides, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, antioxidants, etc. are just a few of the amazing ingredients that work to repair this damage.
If you are serious about your skin, I will be happy to discuss your concerns. As a licensed esthetician and skincare therapist, I have the knowledge, education and resources to turn your skin around. I will teach you proper techniques and provide you with outstanding products which will help to repair and improve your skin condition. You will be rewarded with a healthy, glowing, radiant complexion! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lori Weintraub is a licensed skin care therapist, holistic health coach, and PCOS hair removal expert. She offers online consultations, skin care lessons, exceptional products and hand-holding guidance to help women over 40 regain their youthful glow. Learn more here.