The Biggest Skin Care Mistake You Might Be Making

Updated 2/28/15. The skin on the neck is an extension of the face so using products on this area is very important. After all, who wants to have smooth skin on their face and a dry, crepey neck? In the photo above, I show France’s royalty, Brigitte Bardot. While I love that she is aging gracefully (as so many French women do), this shows the importance of extending your skin care products onto your neck and décolleté which it appears she may not have done.

Most women know to apply moisturizer daily and nightly to the neck and many do. The mistake is made in treating the neck as an afterthought. A woman will typically rub moisturizer onto her face and then whatever is left over on the fingertips will extend down on to the neck. Sound like you? While the intention is good, it’s truly not helping that much in the quest for smooth, moist skin on the neck. This particularly applies with sunscreen, which is considered to be the best anti-aging product in the world, since the #1 cause of premature skin aging is UV rays given off from the sun. The little amount being applied as an afterthought is hardly enough to do its intended job since sunscreen needs to be applied generously in order to offer full sun protection. Two great sunscreen options are Age Defense Moisturizer SPF 30 (for sensitive skin) and Daily Protection SPF 30 (for oily, acne-prone skin and a favorite of actress Sofia Vergara).

Read: Which Is Better? SPF 30 Or SPF 100?

So what is the best way to help prevent and smooth wrinkles on the neck area? The neck should be treated separately to ensure it has the attention it needs. This means applying one application of moisturizer (with sunscreen during the day) to the face, and then a second full application to the front and sides of the neck. This will ensure that the neck gets a proper coating of moisturizer and sunscreen protection to keep it looking soft, smooth and damage-free.

In addition, retinol is a powerful ingredient found in high-performance products to use on the neck and chest at night. I recommend my clients to use Advanced Resurfacing Serum because it’s formulated for sensitive skin yet has the ability to dramatically smooth the texture of the skin, with continued use.The skin on your neck and chest is an extension of your face so be sure to care for it as faithfully as you do your face.

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