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Give yourself a summer cleavage boost !
While our complexions always seem to get the lion’s share of attention a recent survey revealed that a huge number of British women are as unhappy with their décolletage as they are with their facial wrinkles. But then we spend years pampering our faces only to let our chests give us away. The skin just below the neck can reveal a woman’s age just as easily as her hands and because the skin is thinner and more delicate than on the face, it’s the first place where we develop wrinkles. It is also prone to photo ageing so advancing years, too much sun, combined with the natural thinning of the fat under the skin can result in all sorts of problems from crinkly chests, crow’s lines between the cleavage , crepey skin and the dreaded age spots. But fear not as there are some great treatments around to give you a divine décolletage.
A course of treatments to stimulate collagen production, combat hyper-pigmentation and tighten the skin is the most effective way to deal with a dull décolletage . Most clinics will offer you a bespoke treatment combining two or three of these procedures for maximum results.
Tackle age spots/fine lines
A chemical peel can shave off the years in less than an hour by treating age- related problems like fine lines. It will also encourage a thicker dermis to give skin a plumper younger appearance. One will make a difference but a course of six, a week apart will give best results . Use SPF50 after to protect your skin .Results should last up to a year. From £70 per peel. http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/chemical-peels/
Tackle crow’s lines and crinkly chests
Restylane helps restore smoothness and plumpness to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin to replenish moisture and is especially formulated for sensitive areas like the décolletage. Three treatments, two weeks apart will help diminish the appearance of fine crepey lines and plump up skin tone. Results should last a year – from £350 a treatment http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/dermal-fillers/
Tackle Saggy skin on chest
Pelleve will tone and plump the décolletage and under the bust area. It uses radio frequency waves to stimulate collagen production to smooth and tighten sagging skin The treatment is pain free and the results are excellent, and there’s no downtime. One treatment gives instant results but a course of 4-6 treatments will give lasting effects with one maintenance treatment every 6/12 months. From £250 per treatment http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/pelleve-for-loose-skin/
Tackle sun damaged chests
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) will rejuvenate areas of sun-damaged skin. A chemical cream is applied which makes the damaged skin cells sensitive to light, so when the area to be treated is exposed to a special red light, the damaged cells die off leaving the undamaged ones unharmed. A one off treatment. You must useSPF50+ afterwards to protect against further sun damage Contact 0207 436 4441, costs £1,500 http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/photodynamic-therapy/
Sculptra ,a collagen stimulator, will plump and smooth out cleavage wrinkles, boost collagen levels as well as improve skin quality. A course of three treatments, four – six weeks apart gives best results, a noticeable difference is seen around four months after treatment. Results generally last two to three years, – from £450 per treatment. http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/sculptra-the-liquid-facelift/
Tackle Dull Crepey Skin
*IPL will help rejuvenate a dull décolletage and improve skin tone. An intense pulsed light is used which releases energy into the skin which then stimulates regeneration of the cells, and boosts collagen. You’ll need four to six treatments from £120 per treatment, which will last up to 18 months . Use SPF 30 after the treatment to protect the new skin. It is best to have this treatment when you will not be in a sunny climate, – we advise 4/6 weeks either side of a sunny holiday. http://harleystreetskinclinic.com/ipl-treatments/
DIY TIPS FOR A DVINE DECOLLETAGE
*The skin on the décolletage doesn’t produce as much natural oil as the skin on your face so start caring for your neck and chest area as you would your face – when applying your cleanser and moisturiser make sure you take them right down to your chest.
*Start using a good sun protection with a minimum SPF30, every day of the year to protect and reduce future damage – a light tan on the décolletage will also help disguise deeper creases and lines. But fake it – use a self-tanning moisturiser that has been formulated for the face and décolletage.
* A build up of dead skin cells will make your décolletage look dry, lifeless and accentuate lines and wrinkles so start a gentle weekly exfoliation treatment – you don’t have to buy expensive products – a handful of sugar mixed with some olive oil or honey will make a good gentle homemade scrub. Don’t overdo it though as the skin here is very delicate
* One of the biggest chest crinklers is often down to the way we sleep Curling up on your side means that by the time you wake up in the morning your chest may be covered in as many creases as your crumpled pillowcase so retrain your sleeping habits –There are now special anti wrinkle bras that you can wear in bed that will help stop the formation of chest creases and soften the ones you already have by providing a layer of cushioning between the breasts to prevent then being squeezed together while you sleep.
For longer term changes professional or cosmeceutical skin products are best. They are mostly available from skin clinics and salons where staff are qualified to assess your skin and recommend these higher-strength products, although you can now buy them from some bigger pharmacies and find certain ranges online. But it’s best, to get some advice from an expert before making a purchase for two reasons: firstly, to limit the risk of any skin reactions and, secondly, to help you find the right products for your skin’s needs. Also most of these creams don’t come cheap- but you will get results
Our favourite cosmeceutical brands are Obagi, NeoStrata, Jan Marini. Try Obagi’s ELASTIderm Décolletage System, £110 a wrinkle reducing lotion and a skin lightening complex which is an intense four week course and brilliant for tackling fine lines, pigmentation and restoring healthy looking skin.
Call 02074364441 for more information