This is a new, regular Marta This Month series that kicked off at the end of last year with a run down of my facial regimen. Since that hasn't changed very much, I am focusing this month on what I am doing for my neck and decollete. Actually, I am excited to write this post because I have hit on a bit of a winner.

One of the insights that I recently had was courtesy of some sunburn that was afflicted with whilst in Nicaragua last Thanksgiving. I was reading in the shade for several hours one day and my neck, shoulders and arms got quite red. Interestingly, my face did not and I am willing to stick my neck out and conclude that the antiaging serums that I have been putting on my face are not only mending prior damage but preventing new photodamage. That's not to say, I am advocating going without sunscreen (clearly it is needed even in the shade). What I am saying is that my neck needs all the serums and masks that my face indulges in.

The first issue I needed to tackle was the patches of rough, scaly skin that had built up on my neck. I have tried various glycolics, including some of our Five Best picks, IMAGE Ageless and Kiss My Face. IMAGE helped, but not enough. I needed heavier guns if I wasn't going to end up looking like a reptile's belly. Suddenly, an idea came literally from nowhere to try Cosme Proud's Gold Revitalizer ($100 at the TIA store).

I remembered being given a demo of this Japanese potion that contains flakes of real gold and being impressed by its exfoliation power. Gold Revitalizer, is a thick, but not sticky gel flecked with surprisingly large flakes of gold. The procedure requires the gel to be massaged into the skin until all the gold flakes have disappeared. This takes a few moments. Then the skin is rubbed to exfoliate. Since then, I'd found out more about the role of gold. Apparently, gold’s negative ions remove the positive ions from our skin. Negative ions (hard to come by in our polluted atmospheres) are regarded as an important health treatment in health. A new baby’s skin has only 20% positive ions, whereas as we age we accumulate more. Positive ions contribute to skin aging and negative ions temporarily weaken the skin barrier, opening up the skin to make it more receptive to the potion’s other ingredients: collagen, licorice, a lightener called diacetyl boldine, which comes from the bark of a South American tree, and conchiolin protein from pearls.

Somehow, it struck me that this was what my neck needed. Three days of daily use on my neck and chest and I knew I was onto something or, so to speak, struck gold. A couple of months after using it about four or five times a week, I am doing a happy dance. My neck is smoother and less ruddy and my chest less dry. Overall, the skin is firmer and clearer.

Cosme Proud suggests that the Gold Revitalizer be followed by its Platinum serum. As I didn't have any of that around, I've been experimenting with what I have had to hand. The best results have been with Revive by Pure Radiance($98.99 at the TIA store) followed by Hydropeptide serum ($117) and April Rain Night Rainew ($127.79 at the TIA store).

A couple of things to note regarding the Gold Revitalizer. It has butylene glycol (not to be confused with propylene glycol), which while seemingly non-toxic can be an irritant. There is one paraben fairly high up the ingredient list.

I have also been using a face mask at least once a week. Again, I have been grabbing whatever is around and these tend to be a couple of favorites from the Five Best facial masks - Abrione and Amala. Finally, my neck and decollete regimen is topped off with a once weekly blast of LED with the Baby Quasar ($422.39 at the TIA store)  (as well as once monthly at the Ildi Pekar salon).

PS: We'll soon be creating a new section for all the Marta This Months to reside in and for you to easily find.

Ingredients in Gold Revitalizer

Water, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Soluble Collagen, Diacetyl-boldine, Polysorbate 20, Methylparaben, Allantoin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Potassium DNA, Hydrolyzed Conchiolin Protein, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Scutellaria Root Extract, Saxifraga Samentosa Extract, Gold, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Squalane, Seaweed Extract, Caprylic Triglyceride, Fragrance