You’re diligent with a facial skincare routine that consists of cleansing, moisturizing and using SPF and you invest in specialty serums and moisturizers to firm, lift, minimize wrinkles and to lighten age spots, freckles and discoloration. You also have a favorite body scrub and body lotion that you use daily. But what about areas of the body that are often overlooked, such as your neck and backs of hands? Here are some tips and suggestions to treat these areas.
Neck and Décolleté
- This area is sometimes referred to as “the French face”, since European women tend to invest in products for this area as seriously as they do for their faces. However, attention to this delicate area has been increasing for the past several years in the U.S. and other countries, since recent polls on anti-aging have mentioned that people notice a neck that has sagging skin or a chest that has age spots as much as skin on the face. The skin in this area is thicker than the skin in the face and there are various specialized products and methods that address anti-aging concerns. For repair, there are over-the-counter serums and moisturizers to firm, minimize lines, wrinkles and crepiness and tackle age spots. Surgical methods such as neck lifts and laser resurfacing can help to minimize or eliminate extensive lines or discoloration, while newer, non-surgical procedures such as skin-tightening utilize methods such as plasma resurfacing and fractional laser treatments. For younger skin needing preventative measures, extending facial serums, moisturizers and SPFs past the face and onto the neck and décolletage everyday will help minimize future extensive treatment.
Backs of Hands
– Another commonly overlooked area that is just as prone to dryness, crepiness and age spots and discoloration as skin on the face. Prominent veins and bones and dry, ragged cuticles can also contribute to the aging process. There are various non-surgical treatments to help treat, including using hydroquinone serums or fractional laser treatments to address age spots and discoloration and using a microdermabrasion scrub on the hands to minimize lines and crepy skin. Hand creams have evolved with ingredients such as shea butter and Vitamin E help with over dried skin, botanical brighteners such as mulberry and kojic berry and SPF. Surgical treatments include sclerotherapy for prominent veins, Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments to minimize spots and an injectable solution called Radiesse (consisting of a calcium micro sphere that is suspended in a water-based gel) for bony hands.
Elbows and Knees
– Dryness and discoloration in these areas is quickly becoming an increasing concern. For dryness, use a thicker moisturizer with shea butter or Vitamin E. For discoloration, some shower gels and body scrubs incorporate licorice, a botanical brightener, or glycolic acid, which won’t actually lighten but can help with discoloration by evening skin texture and creating a more even skin tone. Some body moisturizers also contain glycolic acid, or soy and pomegranate, two other botanical brighteners that minimize discoloration and uneven skin tone.