Why skincare should go beyond your face.
The neck always seems to end up forgotten. However, your neck and décolletage are often the first places that show signs of ageing—even before crow’s feet and lip lines, sigh. Neck wrinkles tend to be darker, heavier, and more pronounced especially when they are not properly attended to.
Bottom line? You need to treat your neck and chest with the love and respect your treat your face (hopefully). If anything you should treat your décolletage even better than your face because the skin is so thin, meaning it has a higher risk of environmental damage.
So how do you keep your neck just as beautifully radiant as the rest of your face?
1. Don’t forget to cleanse.
At the end of the day, you wash your face to get rid of a buildup of makeup and dirt—but what about your neck? Your neck and chest have the same pores and sebaceous glands as your face does, which means that these pores can also get clogged with dirt and grime.
Even if you don't directly apply foundation to your neck and décolletage, think about all that bacteria, grime and sweat from the inside of your shirt, or your makeup that make have dropped.
While you’re cleansing your face, add a dab of product to your neck and chest as well. Rather than using your hands to splash away—which can get a bit messy—use a towel or washcloth soaked in warm water but always be gentle.
2. Use a good cream or serum.
Because your neck can show signs of ageing even faster than your face, it’s doubly important to use a high-quality product. Certain retinols are especially good for the neck and chest because it is able to penetrate deeply into the skin.
When applying the serum or cream, massage it into the chest in a circular motion. Move from the middle of the chest towards the shoulders and from the base of the neck up to the chin.
It is so important to keep your neck moisturised, although your neck and chest have oil-producing pores, there are fewer sebaceous glands than the face. This means the neck produces less oil, so the area can easily get dry and irritated.
Because the neck has less oil, you can generally use heavier and thicker products - this will give it a hydrated barrier to protect from environmental pollutants and toxins.
When you’re cleansing, toning, firming, and moisturising, always apply the product in an upward direction. This helps fight against gravity and encourages lifting, which can minimize sagging and wrinkles.
5. Avoid “tech neck.”
In today’s modern world, everyone is looking down at phones or laptops all day long. This repeated motion of looking down can cause wrinkles and creases in the neck. Because you’re constantly doing this movement, over time the skin starts to sag and fold that way, creating deep indents that are hard to solve.
The best solution? Try using your phone less and focus on the world around you! If you have work to do, put your device at eye level while in use.
Applying daily sunscreen to your face applies to your neck and chest too. Because the skin on your décolletage is so thin, it can burn quickly and intensely. Make sure you protect it with a daily SPF of at least 30.
The Bottom Line
Treat your neck like an extension of your face. With thinner skin and less oil production, the neck needs to be cared for in a hydrating and moisturizing way. Keep your neck firm and tight to ensure that your age-defying beauty doesn’t stop at the chin!