Skin-baring season is approaching and with it will come the need to revamp our skin care routines. There will be increased sunscreen application and the use of lighter, high temperature-friendly moisturizers. There will also be more care and attention towards the oft neglected neckline-to-cleavage zone, the décolletage. More susceptible to irritation and scarring than the face and other parts of the body (it has fewer hair follicles, sweat glands, and oil glands, all of which aid in the protection and healing of skin), it requires some TLC to stay in great shape. New York City-based dermatologist and founder of PolisheD Holistic Skincare, Dr. Natasha Sandy gave us some tips for getting and maintaining killer décolletage and shared some of her favorite creams and lotions for the area—her favorite cleavage products, if you will. Take note.
Can you walk us through the basics of décolletage care?
Dr. Natasha Sandy: The must dos are to use a gentle cleanser and a hydrating daily moisturizer. It’s also important to apply sunscreen all year round to limit sun damage and to keep the skin healthy and glowing.
How can you treat acne in the area?
I typically recommend benzoyl peroxide (BPO) products, retinoids, and products with salicylic acid. Anything prescription-strength should be used sparingly to avoid additional irritation, and again, using sunscreen is an absolute must. Many acne treatments increase sensitivity to the sun, thus increasing the risks for burns and hyper-pigmentation.
What if you have dry skin?
Products for hydration should contain hyaluronic acid and ceramides. Quality lotions and creams that can be used on the entire body are good, too. Selections should be based on your skin type, so in this case, you’d want a product formulated specifically for dry skin. I like EltaMD UV Facial Broad-Spectrum SPF 30+ ($28, skincarerx.com).
Any other product recommendations?
Nia 24 Sun Damage Repair for Décolletage and Hands ($60, nia24.com) which has a brightening complex made with licorice, mulberry and bearberry extracts, and Revision Skin Care Nectifirm ($68, skinmedix.com), an algae- and ceramide-infused cream that reduces dryness and helps the skin retain moisture. There’s also SkinMedica Dermal Repair Cream ($129, skinmedica.com) which moisturizes with vitamins A and E.
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