Winter in New York State has been tediously long and when the weather finally showed some interest in spring, it felt like I was back in a summer dress for the first time in an age. Showing even just a little cleavage reminded me that investing in chin to nipple skincare is essential if you want to enjoy the summer with confidence. After two years of getting my face's skin into pretty good shape, I have only this year really started to focus on my décolleté
and I am getting some good results in time for exposure to summer necklines.
My core plunge into summer regimen involves a neck cream
and a new find for beautifying breasts
. But before I get on to them, I should mention that there are a few other things in my arsenal that really help. One is exercise
. Months ago, I remarked on how nice my friend Emily's décolleté was looking. Typically, she shrugged off the compliment, but then added that exercising helped. I took this to heart and I have definitely found that regular resistance exercises with hand weights give just the right amount of padding to help plump out the skin. Using a cleansing brush every day is also helpful, especially for those of us who are prone to the odd cleavage breakout (by breakout I am referring to zits
, not wardrobe malfunctions). Also worth a mention is glycolic exfoliation with either Lumixyl's GlycoPeel
or La Vie Celeste's gel mask
A good neck cream is critical and I find that I keep going back to Osmotics Necollete
($75), which is also designed to be used on the décolleté as well. It has two cutting edge ingredients: a tripeptide aimed at sagging skin (subjects in clinical trials - although not independent ones - saw a decrease in double chins) and one called Essenskin
that specifically targets the neck with a mix of calcium and amino acids. I have seen improvement also in rough sun-damaged skin on my neck, and Stephanie
also had good results on crepey skin and is on to her second pot.
Talking of rough, sun-damaged skin, I am paying the price for years of neglecting my neck and décolleté when it comes to applying sunscreen. Now that I am reformed, I reach for Suntegrity Body Protection sunscreen ($29) with super safe zinc oxide
and anti-aging antioxidants from green tea
. It requires a little blending, but for a mineral sunscreen
I find it does not leave a white cast.
Finally, a product that surprised me with how good it is - La Isha Breast SOS
($45). This mix of essential oils is a great way to give a girl's breast friends some TLC. As I mentioned in my review the other day, after several weeks of using Breast SOS
I’d say my breasts look more supple and perhaps (although this is doubtless wishful thinking) a little perkier.
In putting this post together, I thought it would be fun to create the Plunge Into Summer Collection. So we've bundled Osmotics Necolette, Suntegrity for body and La Isha's Breast SOS for $119 in the TIA shop, with a savings of $30. This summer, feel confidant and sexy.
Ingredients in Necollete
Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Pentylene Glycol, Calcium Hydroxymethionine, 3-Aminopropane Sulfonic Acid, Polysorbate 20, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Tetradecyl Aminobutyroylvalylaminobutyric Urea Trifluoroacetate, Glycerin, Magnesium Chloride, Saccharide Isomerate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Carbomer, Tromethamine.
Ingredients in Suntegrity
Active ingredient: Zinc oxide 20%
Other ingredients: Water (Purified), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Capric Caprylic Triglycerides, Sorbitan Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Hexyl Laurate, Jojoba Oil, Cetyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt), Sunflower Oil, Cucumber Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Tea-Oil Camellia, Pomegranate Oil, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil , Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil,Citrus Reticulata Blanco (Tangerine) Essential Oil, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide*, Ethylhexylglycerin* *Paraben-free anti-microbial.
Ingredients in Breast SOS
A proprietary blend of Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Organic Hemp Oil (Cannabis sativa), Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil (Rosa rubiginosa), Organic Pomegranate Seed Oil (Punica granatum), Organic Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum inophyllum), Essential Oils of Rose (Rosa damanscena) and Sandalwood (Santalum album), Amber, Tocopherol