Neck and Chest Care: Expanding Your Skincare Routine
The neck and chest are areas of common complaint for women. This is primarily because these areas often display signs of aging that are difficult to conceal. Aging does not have to be scary, and CF is definitely pro aging; growing old is a beautiful privilege. That said, we all want to feel confident and comfortable in our bodies, and for some women, these areas can be a source of insecurity.
Whether or not this is the case for you, it’s definitely a good idea to expand your skincare routine to your neck and chest, simply for the fact that you will be protecting yourself from skin damage. If these are areas of concern for you, we’re going to be upfront - short of surgery, there’s no miracle cure. But there are a lot of things you can do to improve redness, discolouration and skin tone. If you’re too young to have experienced any of this, preventative care is just as important and really, now is when you should start protecting the skin on your neck and chest.
The biggest issue with these areas of the body - since they are typically neglected - is sun damage. Sun burns or repeated unprotected exposure to sun can weaken the walls of capillaries, which already occurs naturally in the aging process. Also normal for the aging process is losing collagen and general deterioration of the skin’s structure. What this means is that skin flares up more easily. Skin on the chest and neck is also naturally thin, so damage is especially visible.
Generally, a good rule of thumb is anything you put on your face, you should also put on your neck and chest. It’s important to be consistent with what and when you’re applying. If you can be consistent, it’s much more likely you’ll see the results you’re hoping for.
Here are our recommendations for taking better care of your neck and chest.
Lather on the sunscreen
Like we said, sun damage is your biggest enemy. Hopefully you’ve already made a habit of using sunscreen daily (even when it’s overcast) and using moisturizers and foundation with spf. If you haven’t, it’s time to start.
Look for products with retinol
Retinol is a crucial ingredient for sun-damaged skin. Its effects have been well-researched and when used regularly, it can improve the appearance of sun damaged skin.
Get your antioxidants x 2
You want to get your antioxidants on your skin and in your body. Vitamin C is great for sun damage and skin rejuvenation. Topical application of vitamin C can lessen pigmentation, prevent redness by strengthening capillaries and rebuild collagen. Skin will have a more even tone and the improvements to skin’s structure will encourage firmness.
Ingesting vitamin C will also help to strengthen capillaries, and for those prone to rosacea or bruising, the internal effects of vitamin C can help with these issues as well.
Recommendations: Age quencher, green smoothies, green tea, or anywhere else you get your antioxidants.
While there’s no miracle cure, it’s never too late to prevent future damage. You might not see drastic changes but if improved tone, texture and firmness will give you more confidence, then we think it’s worth giving these tips a try.