Caring for the neck & décolletage

Caring for the neck DecolletageIt is not surprising that signs of ageing such as wrinkles, discolouration and loss of elasticity, causing ‘crepey’ skin show up on the neck. The latter resulting in the rather derogatory term “turkey neck “! There is no doubt that today’s women take good care of the facial area, but are guilty of neglecting the neck and chest. It therefore makes very good sense that Dermatologists state that “the area of neglect starts at the nipples and ends at the jawline“.


One tends to be fanatical regarding the application of sun-blocker products to the face, forgetting about the importance of the neck and even the upper hands.


Another area which is lovingly cared for is the skin around the eyes, known to be the thinnest and most delicate of the body.


A brief lesson in anatomy reveals that a large sheet of muscle, called the platysma, extends from the chest wall up the neck to the lower jaw and is significant in that the skin on the neck is as fragile as that on the eyelids and should never receive vigorous massage.


A visit to a professional therapist is a great advantage so that massage at home can too be carried out correctly.

The chest is prone to much exposure to the sun and damage occurs not only due to the thinning of the skin, but to the fine capillaries, which later manifests as unsightly redness and sensitivity to heat.


Fortunately, with correct massage and the use of reputable beauty products, some damage can be reversed. As for our younger readers, it is recommended that from the age of 30 years onward the face, neck and chest be nourished to retard the ageing process.

Caring for the neck and décolletage has been stressed, but thicker, heavier creams are to be avoided as these can ultimately stretch the delicate tissues.


MATSIMELAS’s gentle ALOE VERA facial range includes a superb moisturizing cream, light on the tissues yet capable of nourishing and hydrating the neck area and their rich shea based BODY BUTTERS supply much needed nourishment to the skin of the chest and hands.