People spend a lot of money and time taking care of their face because they think that is the first thing others see. Two areas that are often neglected are the neck and décolleté. The décolleté is the upper chest area including the cleavage and shoulder areas.
To the naked eye, the skin on the neck and décolleté does not appear much different from that of the face, but it is quite different. Facial skin has a higher number of sebaceous glands (microscopic glands in the skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter) that provide natural lubrication and protection. There are fewer sebaceous glands on the neck and chest, resulting in a tendency toward dryness . The skin on the neck and chest is thinner with less adipose tissue—the fat layer that supports the dermis—and more blood vessels. The already-thinner skin on the neck and chest is quick to develop the sagging, crepe-like appearance, as well as an increase in chest-area wrinkles, especially with sun exposure. We apply sunscreen to our faces but often forget about our neck and upper chest.
It is never too late to begin caring for your skin. Using ingredients with peptides and retinol support collagen and elasticity stimulation for stronger, more supple skin. If you have hyperpigmentation (brown spots) use products with licorce, lactic & kojic acid to lighten the area. For redness use a product with brown or red algae.
Additional treatments to consider are treating the skin of the neck and chest with regular superficial chemical peels. Blended peels are particularly helpful for treating these areas, because they typically contain combinations of lower percentages of several peeling agents, making them gentle, yet tremendously effective.