Are you ready to plunge into summer with lower necklines and strappy sundresses? Over the past year or so, I have become convinced that a simple regimen is needed for a chin to nipple makeover: exfoliation and brightening, firming and feeding. And I’ve been getting some great results — there’s still work to do, but my neck and décolleté are looking better than they have in quite a few years.
Now, in my role as Truth In Aging’s helmswoman, I get to try a lot of products. The following are among the best I have found for the neck and décolleté. Of course, I’m not suggesting that you need them all, but I am giving the benefit of my testing experience so that you can pick what seems to fit both your needs and your means.
Exfoliation and Brightening
Compared to my face, the texture of my neck is dull and rough, so exfoliation and brightening is a priority. I’ve been very pleased with BRAD Biophotonic Sublime Youth Creator Gel-Cream ($245 in the shop). Sublime definitely helps improve texture due the retinol (in encapsulated form — so this is good for us sensitive types and BRAD says it reduces the ingredient’s ability to make us more sun sensitive). My neck looks a little red immediately after using Sublime, but over time, it has helped my skin look smoother. There is much more Sublime than retinol (which is why I use it) - there are the Matrixyl 3000 peptides, a very interesting plant stem cell and tons of amino acids. The other thing I should note is that gel-like consistency goes an awfully long way, and my pot seems to be lasting ages.
I also like the convenience of a quick swipe with Arcona The Solution Pads ($42 in the shop). By using them sometimes as an alternate to the Sublime, I am helping to eke out a more expensive product. Glycolic acid in these pre-soaked pads is given a helping hand with beta glucosamine. This is an amino derivative of glucose and is used as a pH adjuster in skincare, and it also helps with exfoliation.
I am an extremely impressed convert to Osmotics Blue Copper 5 Prime ($135), which is formulated for women over 40 and especially for those experiencing the skin symptoms of menopause such as thinning, dulling and sun sensitivity (all me — or at least, all my neck). There are four key ingredients, and one in particular is helpful for firming. It is the peptide acetyl tetrapeptide-2, and it compensates for hormone loss as well as counteracting the force of gravity. You can also hold your head high with the help of Matrixyl 3000, triple strength copper peptides and artichoke extract, which increases skin thickness and hydration.
Ultra Renew Sculpt ($129 in the shop) is very helpful for firming the neck and décolleté using its LED and ultrasonic modes. The ultrasonic is 1MHz, which is better for the body as it penetrates further than 3MHz (used for the face).
Apart from Prime (see above), MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop) has made more of a difference on my neck than anything ever before. It has just one active ingredient, a form of ubiquinone (the active component of coenzyme Q10. This is an antioxidant, but one that was developed to target mitochondria, one of the things responsible for cell energy. Therefore, MitoQ is supposed to support healthy skin cell function. All I can say is my neck and décolleté look healthier than they have for quite a while.
I have not woken up with chest creases for some time, and I put that down to Stemulation Relance Body Lotion ($98 in the shop). While I use it as an all-over body lotion, I pay particular attention to anywhere that is likely to be exposed. With stem cells and exfoliating acids, this is a genuinely anti-aging body lotion. For an inexpensive approach to exfoliation, I would highly recommend Lather 10-Minute Brightening Mask With Glycolic Acid ($28). Although designed as a mask, I simply leave it on, as it absorbs well enough, and it really helps to give the décolleté some summer luster.
Marta Wohrle is an anti-aging skin care and beauty expert and the founder/CEO of Truth In Aging. Marta is dedicated to uncovering the truth behind anti-aging product claims.