How to Keep your Décolletage Looking Youthful

Anti-ageing for your Neck and Chest

How to Care for Your Decolletage

Restore and protect with natural skincare

When it comes to caring for your neck and chest, the signs of ageing, many attributed to sun damage appear in many forms from crepey skin, hyperpigmentation and freckles, loss of skin tone and sagging. Over the years and decades are possibly all guilty of neglecting this area of the body. We are often asked if there is a need for a targeted décolletage cream. The short answer is no. There is a common rule that we apply to our face care and it’s unofficially titled… “take it to the bust”. Read on to learn what you can do to prevent premature ageing and keep this area looking youthful and toned.

What is my décolletage?

In the cosmetic industry, the term “décolletage” refers to the area of skin on the upper chest and neckline, extending from the shoulders down to the bust line. This area is often exposed to the sun and other environmental stressors with little protection or daily care. 

Do I need a Neck Cream?

Buying a separate product for your decolletage is unnecessary, it contributes to over consumption and landfill while also being a hit to the hip pocket. The only time we recommend a targeted product for this area is if you are addressing a skin concern such as hyper pigmentation where you may need a brightening formula or you are addressing very dry skin where a balm or oil may be the best answer. 

Your daily face moisturiser is an effective treatment for this area. There is no scientific proof that we have found and trust us we do a lot of research, and we have not found any evidence that in convincing in the claim we NEED a separate neck cream. In saying this, I will recommend a product that is well priced and ideal as neck and chest cream for anyone looking for a fragrance-free anti-ageing cream for this area ensuring your very precious and expensive moisturiser goes a little further. Read on. 

The 7 Causes of Ageing to the Décolletage area?

A combination of intrinsic (natural aging process) and extrinsic (environmental and lifestyle factors) contributes to the visible signs of ageing in the delicate décolletage area.

  1. Sun exposure: The décolletage area is often exposed to the sun, leading to photodamage, including wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots. UV radiation from the sun breaks down collagen and elastin fibres in the skin, leading to loss of elasticity and firmness.
  2. Decreased collagen and elastin production: As we age, our skin produces less collagen and elastin, proteins that provide structure and elasticity to the skin. This reduction in collagen and elastin leads to sagging skin and the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.
  3. Loss of moisture: Ageing skin tends to lose moisture and become drier over time. This can result in dehydration and a dull, rough texture in the décolletage area.
  4. Gravity: Gravity contributes to the downward pull on the skin over time, leading to sagging and drooping of the décolletage area.
  5. Hormonal changes: Hormonal fluctuations, particularly during menopause, can contribute to changes in skin thickness, texture, and elasticity, leading to visible signs of ageing in the décolletage area.
  6. Sleeping position: Sleeping on one’s side or stomach can cause creases and wrinkles to form on the décolletage area over time.
  7. Poor skincare habits: Neglecting to moisturise and protect the décolletage area, as well as not using sunscreen regularly, can accelerate the signs of ageing.
Our Top Tips for Keeping your Décolletage Youthful

Topical treatments along with the use of daily sunscreen can visibly improve the look of the décolletage. 

  • Take it to the Bust: take your face treatment serum and moisturiser down your neck and chest to the top of your bust line. If you’re using a very expensive cream, and trust me, I know the feeling it can be easier said than done! My neck and chest certainly need anti-ageing treatment. As an alternative to your very expensive face cream; I love the Les Huilettes Universal Emulsion Cream for so many reasons! This anti-ageing emulsion is fragrance free, so it doesn’t interrupt my perfume, it’s lightweight but highly moisturising, it leaves my neck and chest hydrated, with a velvety feel and it helps prevent little breakouts which my chest tends to be prone to. With vitamin A, E and F along with essential fatty acids from the Shea Butter base, this cream provides the ideal support for keeping the decolletage nourished, line-free while helping to minimise the look of pigmentation and sunspots. 
  • Be diligent: be consistent with your regime as you are with your face care. Just like your face regime, cleansing and daily moisturising will bring the same skin rejuvenating benefits to the décolletage. Focus on your nightly cleanse, extending your cleansing down the neck and across the chest. Use a gentle cleanser that gently lifts grime and pollution as well sunscreen. I love the thorough cleanse of the Jojoba Citrus Gel Cleanser by The Jojoba Co. The addition of Vitamin B3, otherwise known as Niacinamide, is the perfect ingredient for keeping the skin bright, supporting areas of the body that have accumulated sun damage over time. The multi-tasking ingredient is also known for its ability to stimulate collagen and help in preventing acne and blemishes. Combined with a gentle daily polish from an all-natural Konjac Sponge, you will be surprised just how quickly the chest area can look more youthful and even in tone.
  • Apply Sunscreen: just as do with your face, apply your daily sunscreen each morning to your neck and chest. A BB Cream is a great product for offering both hydration and protection. The WOT NOT Natural Face Sunscreen and BB Cream provides skin with the goodness of organic jojoba oil and aloe vera while protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. Apply your BB Cream SPF 30 over your moisturiser for added hydration, applying to the face, extending it down the neck and across the chest to the top of the chest. This morning practice protects the delicate skin on the neck and the chest as you undertake your daily activities… think walking to get your morning coffee, driving in the car and even the short stroll to the letterbox. It’s the daily ritual and commitment that can make all the difference in the youthful appearance of your décolletage.


SPF 30 Natural Face Sunscreen and BB Cream

Lightweight matte finish cream. SPF30 BB cream formulated with organic botanicals to hydrate, nourish and prime, leaving skin silky smooth, luminous and shielded from the sun’s harmful rays. Best For: Daily sun protection in all skin types, including sensitive skin. Volume: 60g
  • Exfoliate Weekly: Just as do your face extend your weekly exfoliating treatment to the chest. We recommend avoiding the delicate neck, starting your exfoliation at the collar bone extending across the chest to shoulders and down to the top of the bust. When exfoliating the décolletage, it’s important to use gentle exfoliants specifically formulated for this delicate area of the skin. Avoid harsh scrubs or exfoliating brushes that could cause irritation or damage. Select a multi-functional exfoliator, I love the mon huilette Scrub by Les Huilettes. The natural can sugar provides glycolic acid a natural AHA that gently lifts dead skin cells to stimulate collagen and reveal brighter skin. The Green Tangerine is rich in antioxidants and helps to prevent acne while treating skin marks and spots.


Mon Huilette Scrub

Exfoliating scrub balm.

All-natural gentle exfoliating face and body scrub for softer and more nourished skin.

Volume: 170g

Best for: exfoliating face and body, normal and combination skin.

If you are looking for a quick and productfree alternative introducing an exfoliating glove suited to the delicate neck and chest, the Hydrea London Carbonised Bamboo Exfoliating Glove or the Copper and Cotton Exfoliating Spa Mitt are a perfect addition to your shower regime. Be sure to follow your weekly exfoliating treatment with dose moisturiser to nourish and protect the new skin.

  • Treat with a Mask: Anti-ageing treatments are not exclusive to the face. Extending your weekly face mask to treat the skin across the chest and bust line will bring big results for minimum effort. Select a resurfacing mask that brings the benefits of natural vitamin A or retinol alternatives and naturally AHAs to help fade sun damage and minimise those pesky vertical lines that appear on the décolletage over time. The VENN Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask or the VOTARY Radiance Reveal Mask offer salon-like results at home.
  • Add an Oil: if you suffer from little extra dryness or uneven texture, add a drop of face oil or body oil to your moisturiser for an extra boost. The well-known adaptogen, Ashwagandha in the Dr. Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil helps to promote collagen production and reduce inflammation, leading to improved skin elasticity and texture in the décolletage area. Its antioxidant properties also aid in protecting the skin from environmental damage, supporting overall skin health.


Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil

Lightweight oil serum. A fusion of the highest quality silky soft, lightweight oils, enriched with a carefully selected potent combination of plant extracts and vitamin complexes, brimming with antioxidants. Improves skin elasticity, smooths fine lines, reduces redness and refines pores. Best for: all skin types. Volume: 120ml

Caring for the décolletage is an essential component of any comprehensive skincare regimen. By incorporating targeted treatments, regular exfoliation, and sun protection, you can maintain the health and appearance of your décolletage, ensuring a smoother, more youthful-looking looking complexion…..after all, your décolletage deserves just as much attention and care as your face.

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