A great quote from Nora Ephron, author. "Our faces are lies and our necks are the truth."
Necks and Décolletés (which is the upper part of a woman's chest) are particularly vulnerable as we age. The delicate neck skin is thinner and has fewer glands and less collagen than the face. For some reason facial products don't seem to make it down to this area and body lotion doesn't seem to make it up that high. Which leaves this area totally untreated. (To be clear face products should go on the neck and body lotion on the chest)
Not only is the skin thinner but the neck does so much work. Everyday it supports the weight of the head and it's skin is constantly being stretched by turning side to side and looking up and down. The chest does not get overworked the way the neck does but is subject to the effects of body positioning, particularly during sleep. Sleeping on one's side can produce vertical wrinkling. (I told you to sleep on your back)
These areas are always treated in a facial treatment. For home treatments first start by remembering to cream twice a day. Home products such as IWR peels help brighten, firm, and allow moisture to penetrate better. Rejuvenating Neck and Chest cream... WORKS!!! ( anyone reading this and using this product please add a comment about it on the website. I know anyone using this product says the same thing IT WORKS!)We offer neck and chest treatments in the salon as well. Great add on in a treatment or quick and easy to come in and do just that.
Our hands also tell the truth about our age. Dark spots, dry, cracked skin is painful and ugly. We do glycolic treatments as well as Vitamin C treatments on the hands. Paraffin treatments are great this time of year. Our Christine Valmy Hand Aid cream is wonderful. Some tips for those out of control cuticles (which just get worse if they overcut them) Soak hands in a basin of warm whole milk for several minutes. The lactic acid in milk helps remove dead cells and soften the cuticles; the natural fats help replenish dry skin. Push your cuticles back by gently massaging oil into them. We sell a wonderful Apricot Cuticle Oil by Essie in the salon.
Skin Barrier: This is something I talk about before the weather changes.( November) Being on top of this before it begins to get cold and heat is on will help you avoid the dryness and irritation that is caused by the elements in the air or lack of. The skin barrier protects the skin by destroying bacteria before it enters. If you strip the skin of that oily most outer layer of skin we call the 'acid mantle' bacteria will find it easy to attack the skin. It may also disturb the distribution of dead skin layers on top of the epidermis which can lead to sensitivity, redness and flaking. The barriers function is to keep the good stuff in and the bad stuff out. We need to attract water and lock in moisture. As we age the process slows which allows the barrier to break down. This is why we exfoliate because the shedding of dead skin slows down and needs help. Having said that if you over exfoliate the skin you will become sensitized and unable to retain moisture. This is why at this time of year I recommend moisturizers that attract water to the skin, especially important to wear night creams this time of year and important to protect your skin and lock in the moisture. Perfecting Serum is a product that will do this. Also the hydrating sprays such as Valmist II, Valmist I, and Nanoestique are very helpful in creating the balance your skin needs this time of year.
Drinking Water!!!! Not your favorite thing to do... Oh well do it anyway!!!
"NOW IS THE RIGHT TIME" (Lotus Sutra)