Having been a beauty lover for most of my life, I’ve always been clued up on the benefits of sun protection. But does that mean I listened? No, which is why I now find myself on a quest to repair my sun-damaged chest.
I’ve always been diligent when it comes to face sunscreen and taking care of my skin… from the neck up. But now the contrast between my chest and face is getting quite obvious. Dammit.
So if you’ve found yourself in the same boat or are looking to take care of your décolletage before things get dire, here’s everything I’ve been doing to rectify the situation.
My sun-damaged chest before…
Even minus the freckles, the skin on my chest is quite pigmented. The sun damage has also created a fair bit of texture and combined they leave my décolletage looking almost lizard-skin-like. This is what I’m keen to fix and I’ll be extending the routine up my neck also, in order to prevent it from the same fate.
What I’m doing to repair it
Dedicating to daily vitamin C and sunscreen
First things first, there’s no point starting a journey of repair unless I’m also going to commit to preventing any further damage. So I’ve been extending my morning antioxidant and sunscreen protection all the way down to my boobs, and not getting dressed until I’ve done so.
For my dose of vitamin C, I’ve actually found myself partial to oil over serum. I find the texture to be really nourishing for the dry skin I’m combating and it goes further to cover a large area. I like to use the same sunscreen as my face for blending ease, and prefer a spreadable, fluid-like formula for such a reason also.
- Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil, $110 at Sephora
- esmi Skin Minerals Acai Skin Balancing Face Oil, $65 at esmi.com.au
- Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen Oxybenzone Free Formula, $42 at MECCA
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+, $22.39 at Chemist Warehouse
Extending my exfoliation routine
To combat present texture and to help fade pigmentation, I’ve begun using a chemical exfoliant on my chest as well as my face. I do this every third evening or so to help resurface the skin.
- Alpha-H Liquid Gold, $59.46 at Adore Beauty
- Dr. LeWinn’s Reversaderm Corrective Skin Peel, $23.69 at Chemist Warehouse
Using chest (and neck) specific treatments
Although I’m constantly told how different the skin on our neck and décolletage is, I do think a lot of the products in our face and body routines can do double duty. Repairing sun damage on the chest can’t be that different to the face after all. But I have been testing the waters with area-specific treatments too…
The Wrinkles Schminkles Chest Wrinkle Patch is one product I’ve found actually works. It tackles my lizard-like skin overnight and leaves it looking smooth come morning. So far the results have only been temporary, (kind of like a plumping sheet mask before makeup) but I’m hoping with prolonged use it’ll have a long-term effect.
I’ve also been trying the SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair, which is specifically formulated for the neck but I use it on the chest also. She’s outrageously expensive but my pigmentation is already seeing an improvement so stay tuned on this one…
- SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair, $225 at Adore Beauty
- Wrinkles Schminkles Chest Wrinkle Patch, $42 at wrinklesschminkles.com.au
Utilising leftover hydration
Ever tried a serum you didn’t quite like? Or a moisturiser with a texture too tacky? Or a smell not so great? Don’t waste it. Use it on your chest!
Let’s be honest, the thought of wasting your exxy face creams on your chest is an uneasy one. We’re not made of money. But I tell you what, it’s a great place to slather your duds! (Or just the ones that didn’t quite make the face grade but still have plenty of benefit).
The results so far
It’s been about three weeks since my initial before picture and while the changes aren’t yet visible to the naked eye, I myself have noticed some improvement.
My texture is smoother, particularly the day after exfoliating. I think the pigmentation creeping up my neck has also begun to fade thanks to the Neck Repair. But the chest still has a while to go, and the results aren’t impressive enough for an after picture just yet.
I’ll continue with the above routine for another three weeks and update you on the progress… stay tuned.
In the meantime, do you have any sun-damage repair tips I can try? Have you had any success with any chest/neck products?