Anti-aging skincare routines are something that we all end up being a little interested in eventually. After all, it seems like all our efforts before the problem starts did nothing since the problem actually started. This isn’t a healthy way to look at it. All the skincare that we do before it drifts towards focusing on anti-aging techniques serves the purpose of delaying when we have to become truly concerned about them and likewise helps to minimize the overall effects by comparison to others who didn’t take such steps. None of this stops it from being a little disheartening to see signs of aging where you didn’t want them. Most of us concentrate on our face to help minimize the signs, but they are prevalent in various places and not just above your jawline. Taking care of areas below it can be particularly beneficial to maintaining a youthful look. This is particularly true when it comes to the neck and decolletage.
The Importance of Care
We feel the need to stress that this routine needs to be average for all of us. This is because focusing just on your face ends up ignoring so much. The neck and decolletage tend to show age very clearly if they are not tended to and when paired with a comparatively well-cared for face it leads to clear visual dissonance. It makes it harder to maintain the look that you desire if your appearance is telling two separate stories. This is the same reason that you’re told to take care of your hands as well. Maintaining a healthy appearance that ages gracefully involves caring enough to put in the effort to target these problem areas to help minimize issues. Your face isn’t the only part of your skin that is sensitive. Remember that any area that enjoys routine exposure to the sun is going to need that extra bit of care to help minimize the effects of sun damage over time. With that in mind, let’s return to the topic at hand and look at the kind of habits you want to cultivate.
Extending Things Downward
You can actually get a lot out of simply remembering to extend the routine you use for your face downward. Rinsing, cleansing, and moisturizing the area will go a long way towards helping to keep the area healthy. You are going to want to pay particular attention to extending exfoliation into this area. This is thanks to the fact that the neck and decolletage tend to gain a heavily degree of sun exposure and as a result the extra exfoliation will help remove any dead skin and keep the area clean for nourishing products. Moisturizing regularly will also provide a great deal of help. The sensitive skin of your neck and decolletage is thinner than the rest of your skin just like your face. Adding that extra moisture back helps to protect against the inherent moisture loss from the skin being thinner and helps it remain more youthful and plump. All of these are things you can do for the area to help heal and maintain, but you need to do one more thing to keep the area below your jawline happy: protect.
Sunscreen Is Always Necessary
There is no escaping the fact that the best thing you can do is to remember to regularly apply sunscreen to your neck and decolletage. A lot of outfits exposure this area and the sun damage will add up over time. Sun spots, fine lines, and other issues all tend to appear readily in this area thanks to this fact. When all you need to do is remember to apply a sunscreen following the basic rules, there really isn’t much of an excuse not to make the effort to care for the area properly. This involves make sure you’re using a sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection of at least SPF 30. We should all probably escalate this rating some as we age, but it is important to note that you get diminishing returns from numbers higher than 30. So don’t end up going too high unless advised by a doctor. Additionally, you’ll want to consider looking for one a sunscreen that utilizes zinc oxide. It is a physical blocker that will reflect the UV rays instead of absorbing them instead of your skin. Reflecting them provides better protection.
Anti-aging routines are key for many sections of your skin. After all, there are plenty of places that can show the tell-tale signs of age beyond our face. The hands are a prominent one, but even more prominent is your neck and decolletage. Without proper care, they’ll give an idea of your age even if you take perfect care of your face. Aging gracefully takes its share of work and we must all accept that if we wish to age well.
Combination skin is one of the more common skin types. It is technically a mix or two or more types at once, but the general rule for most skin is that some areas are a bit more oily or dry than others on many faces. This makes proper treatment for skin something of a haphazard affair where a product good for one area might be less suited to aid another. That can cause problems. As a result, taking care of combination skin often feels like a balancing act where we’re trying to help the most parts of our skin at a time while working against any potential negative effects to the areas that aren’t benefiting. The situation is incredibly frustrating to those of us who try so hard to help our skin be as healthy as it can. Fortunately, it isn’t that difficult to work towards properly caring for combination skin. You’re just going to have to invest a little more time than you might if you had a more consistent skin type.
It is important to stress that some skincare tips are universally useful. Combination skin needs to be regularly protected by sunscreen just as much as every other skin type. It might even be a little more important in some cases given it means some parts of your skin might actually be highly susceptible to the sun while others are more resistant. Fortunately, combination skin doesn’t change the general rules for sunscreen. You’ll need to find one that offers broad spectrum protection that is at least SPF 30 to protect your skin. We recommend increasing the SPF rating to 50 if you’re in your 40s or above simply as a protective measure as skin begins to noticeably thin. Additionally, you’re better served by looking for sunscreens that include active ingredients like zinc oxide. This means the sunscreen is a physical blocker. These sunscreens entirely reflect UV rays rather than just absorbing them and thereby provide the most thorough protection.
Given combination skin’s potentially wide spread of traits, it is best to err on the side of caution in most cases. This means favoring less potent exfoliating products to help clean and protect your skin. A chemical exfoliation product is the best in this case. We recommend sticking to ones that utilize beta-hydroxy acids such as glycolic or citric acid to help clean your skin. These are effective, but skin friendly options that don’t put excess strain on sensitive skin. You’ll most frequently find these products as easily spread gels meant to be left on for a little while to achieve their purpose. The active ingredients in these products are necessary for getting the job done as they help to dissolve and break up clumps of dead skin cells, oils, and grime that can get caught in your pores. Avoid using products with salicylic acid, if you can, as that ingredient could potentially be too harsh for the more sensitive sections of your skin and cause problems.
Moisturizing combination skin is an admittedly difficult proposition if you have mixed areas of dry and oily skin. The proper level of moisturizer for one will inherently cause problems for the other by being too much or too little. We have to find a way to balance these extremes when working to protect combination skin. As a general rule, a water-based gel product is going to serve combination skin the best. Gels aren’t quite creams and as a result have a lower chance of causing problems for oily patches while still being thick enough to cling and provide the moisture necessary to protect dry skin. They need to be water-based to further this goal. Oil-based gels will quickly cause problems for oily patches if you’re not careful. You should expect to apply this kind of moisturizer a few times a day for maximum effectiveness. It may take a little experimentation ti find the right amount for your skin.
Caring for combination skin is a headache-inducing task sometimes. Conflicting skin types have always been frustrating, but we’ve found ways to cope with the challenge. Overall, you need to be both gentle with and protective of your skin to ensure the best results. Proper steps to protect it will let it heal and remain as healthy as it can on average while being gentle will ensure products don’t overly upset a delicate balance. We can’t say that there won’t be problems as you work out this balance, but when you finish you’ll know your skin better than before.
Skin care is almost always centered around your skin type. We design our routines around what our skin will tolerate and what we need to make up for any shortcomings. This lets us maintain the kind of appearance that we want regardless of genetics disagreeing with our desires. As in most things, it pays to be well-informed when it comes to skin care. People don’t try to tailor their facials at a spa to their skin needs. This isn’t necessarily a horrible decision when it comes to people with less problem prone skin, but it can be disastrous for those of us who do our best to maintain such skin. It makes learning how to pick the right facial ideal so that everyone can take the best care of their skin.
As one of the skin types most susceptible to damage, people with dry skin generally need to do their best to pick appropriate facials. The key here is to try to find hydrating facials to compensate for the dryness of your skin. These take many forms, but facials involving natural ingredients such as fruits and vegetables often include various complex compounds that help do just that. Discussing with the staff at a spa can generally help you find the appropriate facial for just this. Remember to avoid harsh ingredients and scrubs to ensure your skin isn’t irritated by the facial though. Hydration is key. Depending on the spa, you may be able to get an incomplete list of the kind of ingredients to expect to be used in the facial. Ones that utilize hyaluronic acid and natural extracts are likely to be your best friends.
Oily skin is particularly prone to problems from ill-chosen facials. This is because so many ingredients can increase buildup on the skin and cause a breakout. Sadly, it is often particularly true for many fad facials. Oily and acne prone skin require a much more delicate hand. You are primarily going to be interested in finding facials that center around oil controlling ingredients and steps. This can vary depending on the spa, but facials include alpha hydroxy acids and oil control masks are good. Traditionally, this typically involves a form of clay mask, but modern spas typically include far more steps. It isn’t uncommon for steam and deep cleansing ingredients to be used in these facials. As with other facials, try asking the staff to get an idea of what facial might be best as spas generally lack universal names for a given class of facial.
Aging skin has a cluster of potential issues that often makes it particular finicky. On one hand, it can be oily, but at the same time, the skin is starting to dry out in some places and cause a combination skin type. The gradual loss of structure starts to cause wrinkles while the skin itself gets thinner and has trouble taking the same level of potential manipulation a normal facial might entail. The best thing you can do is find a gentle facial that focuses on moisturizing and nourishing the skin. Facials that utilize nutrient rich serums and provide facial massages that work to minimize wrinkles are one of your best choices with aging skin. These generally require you to read what each facial entails in order to find a suitable one. Avoid harsh products, scrubs, and other techniques that are hard on your skin. The key now is to encourage your skin’s natural repair capabilities and health.
Picking the right kind of facial isn’t that difficult if your spa has clear outlines of what to expect with each service. Not every spa does this though. You can learn what you’re looking for through careful questioning of staff and picking a facial based on what you know your skin needs. Think of it as an extension of your daily routine. Many know their skin well and there is no excuse not to utilize this knowledge when letting someone else care for their skin for a time.