Joanna's Tips and Tricks

Sexy Summer Décolletage (Year-Round)

If you’ve always believed your face ends at your chin, it’s time to think again. If the idea of planning your wardrobe around your extensive collection of turtlenecks sounds less than appealing, then it’s time to start treating your neck and chest with the same attention you give to your face. These areas often get just as much exposure to the elements as your face but often get neglected in our anti-aging routines. Premature aging in the form of wrinkles, sagging, unevenness and discoloration can creep up seemingly out of nowhere. That’s why it’s important to start showing your cleavage more love. Today.


Why isn’t a little after-shower body lotion enough?

The skin on the neck and chest is quite thin and delicate, containing less sebaceous glands (that produce skin-lubricating oil) than your face and also fewer melanocyte cells (the cells that produce melanin and provide UV protection). This means that this area is much more prone to damage than you may realize and needs more TLC than your standard body lotion can provide. These steps should have you V-neck ready come summer:

Cleanse

This area often doesn’t get cleansed properly, but trapped dirt and sweat from tight sports bras/working out can cause breakouts and a buildup of dead skin cells can make the skin in this area look dull. Start by dry brushing before you shower, then wash with a soap that is gentle and draws out impurities. The Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar’s velvety feeling lather thoroughly cleanses without drying, so it’s excellent for all skin types. Twice a week use an exfoliant on the neck and chest to eliminate dead skin cells and prep the skin for the products that stay on your skin. Yes To Carrots Polishing Body Scrub contains virgin coconut oil, which provides skin with nutrients it needs to stay hydrated. Always pat dry and avoid rubbing or pulling.

Joanna Vargas Miracle Bar, $22, Amazon.com
Yes To Carrots Polishing Body Scrub, $3.57, target.com

Get Some Antioxidant Action

Since you have less natural oils and sun protecting cells in this area, a vitamin-rich treatment is a must for maintaining suppleness. The Joanna Vargas Daily Serum is a multi-vitamin cocktail that contains vitamins C, E, A and F as well as, hyaluronic acid to bind moisture to your skin. Skinceuticals C E Ferulic contains 5% ferulic acid to enhance protection against environmental damage caused by free radicals. Unrefined grapeseed oil is loaded with moisturizing fatty acids and vitamin E, is free from synthetic ingredients and you can probably find it at your local market. Apply one of these treatments after you shower while skin is still damp for maximum moisturizing power.

Joanna Vargas Daily Serum, $85, Amazon.com
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic, $160, skinceuticals.com

Moisturize

Make sure to use a high quality emollient rich moisturizer on the neck and chest. Your facial moisturizer is probably more high performance than your body lotion so you can take it on down south to your décolletage. If you prefer to keep ‘em separate, try Anita Grant Virgin Mango Butter Coconut whip, it contains Vitamins A, C, & E and selenium and helps protect skin from UV damage.

Anita Grant Virgin Mango Butter Coconut Whip, $15.40, anitagrant.com

Protect

Always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen – even in cloudy weather. Morrocanoil Sun Lotion SPF 50 also helps alleviate dryness and rough, uneven texture with antioxidant rich argan oil and Vitamin E.

Morrocanoil Sun Lotion 50 SPF, $32, sephora.com