“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
– Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
This quote has stuck with me since my days as an undergrad English major, while taking a class in the Harlem Renaissance . Albeit this quote was not aesthetically intended, my mind was always revolving around this concept, particularly on how it can tie into skincare. How? Simple. Time will answer the question as to how well you took care of your skin.
Most of us spend so much time focusing on taking care of our face but forget about other telling signs: our hands, neck and décolleté, These overlooked areas are also prone to sun spots, fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration and redness. If you have inadvertently neglected these areas, here are some solutions to rectify these issues.
Sunscreen /Targeted Creams
Inarguably the least expensive and easiest to use is broad spectrum sunscreen. When we are driving, UV rays penetrate the glass causing damage to our hands and décolleté leading to pigmentation later on. Extending your sunscreen application to these areas (which we should already be doing anyway) will help.
Certain creams can also help with the appearance if sun damage is minimal. PCA Skin Perfecting Neck and Décolleté and Revison Skincare Nectifirm are examples of great products to look into.
Exfoliation treatments such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels can provide improvements in the color, tone and texture of treated areas and typically don’t require much downtime.
For skin that has extensive damage, a visit to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon would suit best where they could perform IPL treatments, lasers (Fraxel, Active FX or Thermage), Botox or surgery, depending on the results you are looking for.
Remember that prevention is always the best rule to adhere to and will save you time and money in the long run.