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How I am going to plunge into summer

June 1, 2011 Reviewed by Marta 13 Comments
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, sunscreen 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, aloe and pomegranate. 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
  • September 30, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Julie, I am still using Necollete (I just finished my second jar). I have somewhat (not super) sensitive skin and I have been fine with it.

    Thank you for the nice comment on my arms. Since there has been some interest in this part of my anatomy lately (my secret desire to be Madonna is no longer secret), I will post an article in the next day or so on my routine.

  • September 29, 2011

    by julie.00

    PS I just saw the picture of you with makeup on and your arms looking very cut. Amazing!! You look ten years younger than your original photo.
    What kind of upper body workout have you been doing??

  • September 29, 2011

    by julie.00

    Hi Marta,

    I'm not new to TIA, but my first time commenting. I've been dying to know how you're doing with Necollete so far.

    My neck area has been looking atrocious lately. I'm 35 years old and signs of aging are really starting to become amplified. I've been on the fence about Necollete as I'm sensitive to everything. I know this has nothing to do with it, but I associate Osmotics with copper and I keep thinking that their neck cream has some in it.

    Would you recommend it for super sensitive skin?

  • June 3, 2011

    by Stephanie

    Ahhhh- you meant Clarisonic ....I thought you were using a brush like the kind one uses to wash one's back...I have a Clarisonic , but it's not the body kind just the face kind. Still, the tool should do the job for my neck and chest...

  • June 2, 2011

    by Sunday

    ***and Especially after dry brushing with Clarisonic THAT is a magic combo.

  • June 2, 2011

    by Sunday

    OOOHHH!!! I do LOVE SenZen DD Eye Cream as my Neck & Décolleté Cream ~ it just works so lovely and the firming is noticeable! THANK YOU again Oksana for the idea!!!

    If anyone has other ideas for 'it was meant for this, but I ended up using it for that' do tell.

  • June 2, 2011

    by Susan

    Thanks Oksana. I'll look into it.


  • June 2, 2011

    by Oksana

    both Sunday and I ended up using SenZen DD as a neck/decolette cream - wonderful results! just a suggestion.

  • June 2, 2011

    by Susan


    I had no idea Infinity was a "moot point," but I thank you for your answer, regardless.

  • June 2, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Stephanie
    I find Jackie Warners Circuits are great for toning upper body.

    Yes, I should have mentioned LED - that is really helpful too - increasingly I use the Sirius as the larger surface of the panel makes the whole thing more efficient.

    I used a loofah for years and its not a patch on a powered cleansing brush - Clarisonic if you can afford it or the Skinsonic. Sorry!

    I've been wearing Suntegrity quite a bit recently and it really does double as a moisturizer, which makes it a great 2-in-1 for travel.

  • June 2, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Susan, its a moot point right now because Infinity is out of stock and won't be back for a few months according to SenZen. I get good results with both. But Necollete is lighter, which some might prefer.

  • June 2, 2011

    by Susan

    Hi Marta,
    How would you compare Necollete to SenZen Infinity?

  • June 2, 2011

    by Stephanie

    Hi Marta,
    Can you give any details about the exercises you're doing to assist with your summer prep? Also, are you using the baby q, the sirius or any other advanced treatment on your décolletage?

    You've mentioned dry brushing in several articles. Do you think that gently using a dry loofa might be beneficial in the same way? I ask because I have a brand new loofa that I've never used which gives me dirty looks from time to time as it sits there in its wrapper collecting dust....

    I'm still liking Nécolleté and my new plan is to compare it to Reluma although I am taking a short break while I wait for this bout of eczema to clear.

    Finally, I would like to give honorable mention to the founder of the Suntregity, Tricia Trimble, who personally extended incredible customer service my way when my Suntegrity shipment was lost in the mail. I spoke with her when my package was over a week late, and she immediately sent me a new order.


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