Aging, a universal process that we all endure.
To stay young, we eat clean, maintain physically active, take supplements, and try to adopt a healthy daily routine. But despite what we do, the signs of skin aging seem to be impossible to avoid. Because it is a process that is orchestrated by our genetic makeup, the environment and lifestyle.
How many of you were told once you reach the age of 25, everything goes downhill? Your metabolism slows down, you start to experience hangovers, and the biological clock begins to tick faster. Premature fine lines and wrinkles become visible by the time you reach 30. Your skin will lose collagen and elastin gradually, looking thin and withered. While advanced cosmetics and makeup skills could ease those signs on your face, one thing cannot be hidden is the wrinkles and sagging of the décolleté – an area that often gets neglected but is a serious giveaway of one’s real age.
How should we keep our neck and chest looking young? We might have just the answers at our North Vancouver practice.
1. Apply moisturizer and topical treatment
Neck skin is 1/3 thinner than facial skin and doesn’t produce oil like the face does. Given the primary functions of the neck, it moves constantly and gets stretched all the time. Keeping neck skin moisturized with topical treatments will help fight against aging. And remember, you don’t need the luxury brands, just the right regimens with high-performance ingredients.
Tripeptide-R Neck Repair is a newly developed topical cosmetic solution released by SkinCeuticals. It consists with the optimized concentration of pure Retinol, Tripeptide concentrate and Glaucine Complex, and has been clinically proven to effectively smooth visible horizontal lines, firm neck skin and reduce crepiness.
While Retinol helps regulate cellular growth and stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, Glaucine complex reduces matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs, the enzyme breaks down collagen and inhibiting its reproduction). At the same time, the Tripeptide works to induce glycosaminoglycan synthesis which will resist laxity.
The texture of the concentrate does not leave a sheer of grease or give off heavy, unpleasant feeling. Contact us to reserve you Tripeptide-R Neck Repair.
2. Protect from blue light and UV damage
We look at glowing screens day and night, either on our phone or a computer monitor. This “tech neck” issue and blue light damage takes another toll on the collagen and elastin fibers in the neck skin. On top of that, if being exposed to UV rays without protection, the damage to neck skin can be detrimental, causing dark spots, rapid loss of firmness, laxity and rough texture.
Apply SPF daily to the neck and chest area. For maximum protection, dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.
3. Boost collagen
Naturally, as we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, the very element helps the skin cells renew and repair. Through good diet and supplements, a person can boost their collagen level in the body and extend the lifespan of collagen. But it will not stop the collagen breakdown induced by external factors.
Using non-invasive in-clinic treatments to stimulate the natural production of collagen in the neck and chest’s dermal layers can be very effective for advanced skin aging, as those treatments yield accuracy and precision.
Microneedling, or dermarolling, is a non-invasive procedure that involves rolling of needles over the surface of the skin to create “micro-injuries” in the epidermis (the top layer of the skin). As a natural reaction, the body will be triggered to produce new collagen and elastin to heal those “wounds”. When combined with radiofrequency-stimulated heat, the Infini RF Microneedling technique can amply the impact and significantly improve the sagginess and wrinkles in the neck and chest area.
Often, dermatologists recommend ultrasound therapy to candidates with mild to moderate skin laxity. Ultherapy is the only FDA-cleared non-invasive technique that leverages traditional imaging so machine can go deeper than epidermis and direct energy to tissues that are to be targeted. Those skin cells react to focused thermal energy by producing new collagen and elastin, lifting and tightening skin on the neck and smoothing lines and wrinkles on the décolletage. As the neocollagenesis process takes place over 2-3 months, the improvements will develop over time. And gradually, you will receive positive, natural-looking results.
4. Sculpt and redefine
For advanced skin aging areas that show excess fat and loose skin, sometimes cosmetic procedures that incorporate injectable treatment are preferred.
“Nefertiti Neck Lift”, also known as the “mini facelift”, is a non-surgical procedure treats the platysma band of muscles which go vertically from the bottom of the face to collarbone. The name comes after Queen Nefertiti who is known for her beauty and elegant neck and jawline.
By injecting small doses of Botulinum Toxin along the lower jawline and down the lateral aspects of the neck, the underlying muscles slowly and gradually relax, allowing the skin wrinkles caused by those muscle contractions soften. Overtime with proper re-application, Nefertiti Neck Lift redefines the jawline and rebalances the muscles to give a “lift” in the neck area, reducing the appearance of the jowls created by gravity and aging. This treatment is ideal for patients whose downward-pulling neck bands are disrupting the contour of their lower face.
Another option can be a soft fillers injection to smooth the horizontal lines, or the “neck lace lines” that appear on the neck area after constantly tilting our heads forward to look down at our mobile devices.
Good skin care routine shouldn’t stop at your chin. Pay equal attention and care to your neck and chest area to slow down the signs of aging. We can’t reserve aging, but we can age gracefully and positively. If you’d like to learn more about neck and chest skin care options at our medi spa in the North Vancouver area, request a consultation online. You can also contact our practice by phone at (604) 980-3993.