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Decollete Skin Care

Do you take care of your Decollete? Do you know what it is? Decollete is a French term given to the upper chest, neck, cleavage and shoulder areas. It is one of the first places on a woman to show age and so should be cared for in a similar way as we care for our faces.  If you spend much time outside, this area is often exposed to sun too but we tend to not pay so much attention to putting sunscreen here.  The Decollete is prone to hyperpigmentation and degradation of collagen that occurs due to exposure to UV light.

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There are important physiological differences between the face and decollete.  Skin on the face contains more sebaceous or oil glands that help lubricate and protect skin moisture. The skin on the neck and chest is thinner and has less adipose tissue.  The dermis also quickly thins in the chest area. Together this means the chest is more prone to dry skin and ultimately results in a sagging, crepe – like appearance. Melanocyte activity also results in hyperpigmentation spots.  Erythema (redness) and telangiectasias are also common. Telangiectasias are dilated blood vessels or spider veins.  A common formation of wrinkles on the neck are those that occur in horizontal lines across the neck and are known as ‘necklace’ wrinkles.

Another condition found on the neck and chest is Poikiloderma of Civatte (PC). This refers to a combination of hyperpigmentation and dilated blood vessels that occur on the sides of the neck but avoids the front of the neck or throat area.  It causes a mottled appearance to the skin. This condition is related to sun exposure but also to cosmetics or perfumes that are worn in that area of the neck. It is also related to hormones and increases with menopause.

So how do we care for the decollete?

Be sure to apply your sunscreen to the neck and chest area as well as your face.

Remember to always moisturize your decollete area and massage the moisturizer into the skin.

Focus on ingredients in moisturizers that address firmness and elasticity – hyaluronic acid, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, vitamin A, vitamin C.

Focus on ingredients that address hyperpigmentation and redness – vitamin C, kojic acid, lactic acid (fruit extracts), green tea, algae, niacinamide. This may mean using a mask several times a week in this area as  you would on your face.

Products that we recommend for this area are Springtide Gold Face Cream, Razz Tightening Serum, Starbright Mask and Oasis Spray Lotion. Its not too late to care for your decollete! So go ahead and wear that great low cut dress and a necklace or earrings that draw attention! Realize your skin!

How to do a Steam Facial

Giving your face a steam facial will help to relax facial muscles that lead to wrinkles, as well as promote exfoliation, moisturizing, cleansing and overall rejuvenation of the skin. The herbal aromatics will also help you relax.  Enjoy doing a steam facial 1-4 times a month.

How to do a steam facial.

You will need: stove, pot for heating water, large heat-proof bowl, Herbs for Steam facial, face cleanser, face moisturizer, large towel to cover head.

HFirst wash your face with calendula/oatmeal soap or Meadow Mist Cleanser

  1. Heat about 3 cups of water to boiling in your teapot.
  2. As the water is heating, put 2-3 tablespoons of your herb mixture into a large metal bowl. The bowl should be larger than your face.
  3. When the water boils, pour it over the herbs.
  4. Allow to cool just slightly. Put face over the bowl, far enough up so as to not get burned from the steam. Cover your head (and the bowl) with the towel to hold in the steam. Enjoy the steam for about 5 minutes. Stop if it is uncomfortable or move your face farther from the steam if it is too hot.
  5. Rinse your face with cool water and pat dry.
  6. Massage a good moisturizer or serum to the face such as Springtide Gold or Razz Tightening Serum.
  7.  Your skin will take on a new glow, and so will you.

Contraindications

Because steam will cause blood vessels to dilate, steam facials are not recommended for people with rosacea.

Some herbs that are good to use in your steam facial include mint, rose petals, lavender buds, fennel, yarrow or hops. You can also use a steam facial  to help control nasal and sinus congestion.