Beauty School: DON’T FORGET YOUR NECK AND CHEST!
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We gotta tell you: These two areas are wondering why on earth you’re ignoring them. They’re delicate, they’re the first place to show wrinkles and sun damage, and they’re next-door neighbors to your face. Thankfully, it’s never too late to start a little TLC that will seriously turn back the clock.
SLEEP ON YOUR BACK
One of the main culprits for chest wrinkles may be your snoozing position—especially if you’re busty. “The bigger your breasts, the more likely you’re going to get lines on your upper chest,” explains New Orleans dermatologist Mary Lupo, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at Tulane University of Medicine. “If you’re a side sleeper, the breasts fold over and create creases in the skin.” Same goes for resting on your stomach: “This can accentuate the horizontal bands on your neck, because your chin is tucked down,” says dermatologist Patricia Wexler, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. For the most skin-friendly shut-eye, rest your head on a pillow made for back sleepers, then tuck another pillow under your knees to help prevent rolling over during the night.
USE A NECK CREAM
We know what you’re thinking: a whole separate product just for your neck? But it’s a good idea, because while it’s true that neck creams and face creams contain essentially the same anti-agers, “your face products may be too harsh for this very dry, sensitive area,” says Lupo. “Neck creams are designed specifically for the thin skin here—much like how body wash and face wash formulas are quite different.” Wexler recommends picking one with hyaluronic acid or seaweed to moisturize; peptides to build collagen; niacinamides or Niacyl to strengthen skin and reduce redness and brown spot; and firming extract like rye to combat sagging.
SLATHER SUNSCREEN DOWN TO YOUR CHEST
Since you’re already applying broad-spectrum SPF on your face every morning (riiiiiight?), take an extra few seconds to rub another big dollop on your neck and upper chest. “The skin here is much thinner than the skin on your face, so it’s more vulnerable to sun damage and skin cancer,” says Wexler. “This area also has fewer oil glands, so it can age prematurely.” For those reasons, Wexler recommends sunscreen or moisturizer with a minimum SPF 45 (SPF 30 may not be enough for such thin skin), “and look for one that has antioxidants such as niacinamide, vitamin C, or Vitamin E for extra protection.” Wexler likes EltaMD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46, which contains niacinamide. “It’s also fragrance-free and uses only physical sunscreens, so it won’t irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin,” she notes.
Source: Redbook. May, 2016.