It’s a known fact that women tend to take good care of their face and delicate eye area, but we get lazy when it comes to the skin below our chins. The all important neck and decollete are often neglected—not receiving their fair share of rejuvenating anti-aging creams, serums, and a daily dose of SPF50. The result is not so pretty. Lines, wrinkles, creases between the breasts, and premature skin sagging are the consequences, especially in an area that is so often exposed to the sun’s harmful rays. Just as your hands can give away your age, so too goes your chest.
Ultherapy has made a big splash as the first and only FDA cleared non-invasive treatment for the neck, eyebrow, and under-chin lift. Now Ultherapy is poised to tackle the chest area too. It has recently received an FDA nod to improve lines and wrinkles of the décolleté.
The Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment uses the same signature imaging and focused ultrasound technology that delivers energy deep below the skin. It stimulates the natural formation of collagen and elastin in the skin’s foundation to gradually smooth chest wrinkles to make them less noticeable.
According to New York Plastic Surgeon Bryan G. Forley, “Results from Ultherapy are typically visible after about three months, and in some cases, a second treatment is advisable at that time. The treatment takes less than an hour for the full face and neck, and you can go back to work or resume your normal routine right away. I think it will be a great addition to treat the decolletage as well.”
As with the FDA-cleared Ultherapy procedure for lifting the neck, eyebrow, and under the chin, results for the décolleté can be achieved with a single treatment with no downtime. “There is a high patient demand for a safe and effective solution to treat the chest, but the only options available involved needles, multiple treatments, recovery time, and/or restricted sun exposure,” said principal investigator Sabrina Fabi, MD of Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego. “Now, with the Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment, I can offer women a solution that consistently works and can be done on their lunch hour, at any time of year.”
The Ultherapy Décolletage Treatment will soon be available at more than 1,500 dermatology and plastic surgery practices across the U.S. Find an ultherapist near you at ultherapy.com.
Though you may be tempted to get a gorgeous tan poolside or at the beach, don’t even think about it! Tanned skin is damaged skin courtesy of UV exposure. It increases the risk of cell mutations, which can lead to skin cancer, plus it’s a major factor in premature aging. And if you think you can get a safe tan with a tanning bed, think again. Tanning beds are even more risky than the sun, increasing a person’s risk of developing melanoma by 75%. However, a nice, golden glow does have its beauty benefits—it makes teeth look whiter, eyes look brighter, and it evens out skin-tone making spots and veins all but disappear.
Since baking in the sun is not an option, it’s nice to know there are alternatives. Here, pro tips on how to get sun-kissed skin, sans sun.
BRONZER: Bronzer is the fastest, easiest way to get golden. It’s available in a variety of formulas and finishes. Apply it in natural light and avoid telltale lines by extending it down your neck and onto the collarbone. Celebrity Makeup Artist/Beauty Expert, Julianne Kaye shares these tips for getting a natural looking temporary tan with bronzer:
- Choose a formula based on your skin type. A cream formula works well for those with drier skin. If you’re acne prone or tend to get shiny you’ll like a powder formula.
- Your best bronzer shade is a couple of shades darker than your natural skin tone and not shimmery or orange.
- Bronzer looks most modern when it’s applied subtly and strategically, like the sun just kissed your face.
- A matte bronzer is ideal for the face. Brush it on the hairline by the forehead, hollows of the cheeks (contour), and over the bridge of the nose. Then, use a highlighter cream to add a little shine to the high points of the cheek bones, inner corners of the eyes, and down the bridge of the nose. Girlactik Chic Shine in Starlet Pink ($18) is a nice one.
- Avoid shimmery bronzer or highlighter on crepey skin or lined areas. It will only make them appear more pronounced.
Five to Try:
It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer ($34) is a waterproof, anti-aging, color correcting bronzer formulated to treat, nourish, and impart a gorgeous glow. Can be worn on the face and the body.
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder ($36) gives you sheer, buildable coverage that blends easily.
Karora Instant Tan Wash Off ($25) transforms pasty face and body skin in seconds. This water resistant formula stays in place and can be rinsed off with soap and water.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Bronzing Glow Liquid ($60), a moisturizing, anti-oxidant liquid bronzer that can be used on the face or body for a luminous glow. Wear alone, layered, or mixed with moisturizer. After applying, wait 5 minutes before dressing. It will not wear off on clothes.
NYC Sun “N” Bronze Bronzing Powder ($5), an ultra-fine, lightweight pressed powder formula with a combo of bronzers and highlighters for a flawless, customized, natural glow.
SELF-TANNER: The beauty of self-tanner is that it’s head-to-toe healthy glow can last up to seven days. The downside is that if it’s not done properly it can look orange, uneven, and streaky. Fortunately, Dera Enochson , founder and CEO of XEN-TAN shares her foolproof tips for a perfect self-tan:
- In the days leading up to your self-tan, use a gentle body scrub, concentrating a bit more on the drier areas (i.e. elbows, knees, ankles). Don’t scrub too vigorously though, since the product works on the dead surface skin cells.
- Before tanning, avoid anything with oil and moisturizing products so the self-tanner can get right down to your skin without anything blocking it.
- Shave before tanning. If you have sensitive skin you might need to wait a few hours afterwards to avoid irritation.
- If you use retinol products or anything similar you may find your tan is gone shortly after you apply them. Try using your retinol product at bed time and your tanner during the day so some color remains in the day.
- In the days after tanning, use a light daily body moisturizer to keep your tan as long as possible. Avoid heavy creams as they’ll make your tan fade unevenly.
- When showering (and washing your hands) just pat your skin dry. Don’t use the towel too briskly because it will buff tanned skin cells off.
- Swimming tends to fade your tan faster. Try to limit yourself to 15 minute dips and gently pat dry afterwards.
- It’s time to reapply when you start fading. If you aren’t skilled at applying tanners use the gradual self-tanners that add a little color every day for great results.
- Though many products can be used on the face and body safely you’ll want to only use face tanners on the face. These are usually formulated with added skin care ingredients and less fragrance so they’re more gentle. If you tend to break out use a light, oil-free product. You can also use a tanning mitt and spray mist on it and then sweep it on your face since tanning mists tend to be lighter and most don’t have oily ingredients. You’ll like Xen-Tan Deluxe Tanning Mitt ($8).
- Self-tan works according to how much DHA you get on your skin so you can control how tan you get. With lotion, a thinner coat will give you lighter results while a thicker coat can get your super-dark. With a mousse or mist you can apply one coat right over the top to be even darker.
- To prevent streaking don’t rub the self-tanner into your skin with too much pressure. Trying to blend too much can cause the product to grab in spots and pull away from other areas. Self-tanners are meant to glide over the skin like you are frosting an angel food cake.
- If you’re wondering how you can avoid “orangey” results you need to know that DHA (the tanning ingredient in self-tanners) works on the proteins in the skin so the color comes out different on everyone. It usually looks most natural on those with olive skin but the best results happen when those with fair skin use a thin coat of a darker formula and reapply it 3 days later and those with darker skin use a lighter-toned formula. This way, paler skin gets a brown (not orange) finish and those with darker skin get that JLo Glow.
Xen-Tan Transformation Ultra ($65) is different than other self-tanners. Depending on how long you leave it on before rinsing (anywhere from 45 minutes to 10 hours) will determine how deep your tan is. Plus, you’ll love the fresh cucumber—melon scent.
Supergoop! Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse ($38) does triple-duty. It’s a self-tanner, moisturizer, and broad spectrum SPF 20 in one.
Paula’s Choice Sun 365 Self-Tanning Concentrate ($17) turns your favorite moisturizer, sunscreen, or lotion into a self- tanner. Brilliant! Use a half-pump for a light glow and several for a deep, dark tan.
Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion ($26) is specifically formulated for face and body. It’s formulated with Avene Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften, has antioxidants, and won’t irritate sensitive skin.
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer ($9) used daily will gradually give you natural-looking, streak-free, gorgeous color. Apply more frequently for more noticeable results.
The little things—exercising regularly, staying hydrated, eating well, shielding your skin from the sun, getting enough shut-eye—make a huge difference in how youthful you look, but sadly they can only take you so far. With the right beauty tips, erasing a decade or so is as easy as unzipping your makeup bag.
GO DEWY: The more hydrated your skin is, the younger it will look. Start with an extra-rich moisturizer and stick with creamy makeup. ”Light textured, dewier formulations are less likely to accentuate wrinkles,” says Dr. Jeannette Graf, MD, assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, NY. Foundations infused with humectants and light-reflectors will give you smoother, younger-looking skin. Try Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Light Reflecting Foundation ($39) or Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, ($62).
Celebrity makeup artist Misha Shahzada of Artist & Agency and Avène agrees. She gets a dewy effect by warming foundation with her finger tips before applying it and follows that up with a damp Beauty Blender Sponge ($19.95) to sheer it down as too much foundation will actually add on years. “I like to spritz the Beauty Blender with Avène Thermal Spring Water ($18) so it’s extra hydrating.” says Shahzada.
After applying your foundation, target areas that need a bit of coverage with a creamy concealer. Along with under eye circles and any redness or blemishes, apply your concealer to the inner corners of your eyes, which can always use some brightening. A concealer pen like like Shiseido Sheer Eye Zone Corrector ($30) works brilliantly.
GET CHEEKY: There’s no denying it, rosy cheeks are youthful. To wake up your face, smile and apply a nice warm, pink-toned cream blush to the apples of your cheeks, blending upwards toward the temple. Cream blush will be absorbed into the skin and won’t sit on the surface like powders can so you’ll get a natural lit-from-within glow. Shahzada loves Chanel Cream Blush ($38), which “is very sheer and never blotches!” NARS The Multiple ($39) is another great option.
Finish with a touch of highlighter on your upper cheekbones for added dimension and extra radiance.
EYE LIFT: Line upper eyes right at the lash line to create the appearance of a naturally lush lash. Brown or black will look the most natural. Shahzada likes using a “waterproof pencil and smudging it a little bit with a small liner brush to soften the effect.” Even better, work the line slightly up and out past the outer corner to create an understated lift.
Choose eye shadows in warm nude, taupe, and brown tones layered on top of an eyeshadow base beforehand to prevent creasing and fading.
To look more wide-eyed and awake line the inner rims of your eyes with a cream-colored pencil like Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude ($20). Cream pencils look much more natural than white but have the same eye-opening effect.
Curl lashes with an eyelash curler so eyes look bigger and brighter. You’ll avoid lash breakage by using a high-quality eyelash curler and curling close to the lash root, before applying black or dark brown mascara. We love the Shiseido Eyelash Curler ($19).
Brows tend to thin out as we age so it’s important to fill them in for a youthful, yet well-groomed look. “A fully actualized eyebrow—not too thin, not too short, not too far apart—is the easiest way to perfect your appearance short of plastic surgery,” says New York City based brow expert, Ramy Gafni. “It’s like makeup that you don’t remove.” After filling in, always brush through so brows look completely natural, not harsh. Try Ramy Perfect Brow Wand ($28), a waterproof brow filler with highlighter that miraculously works for all hair colors.
LIP SERVICE: Shahzada recommends ”moisture rich lipsticks to prevent lip lines and to keep lips hydrated.” A lip stain topped with clear gloss is a nice option to prevent color from bleeding. Makeup artists agree that deep, dark colors add years. Instead, opt for rosy-toned hues such as Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Rose Petal ($25) or Benefit Benetint ($30) for instant youth.
To make thinning lips appear fuller, Dr. Graf says to use “a nude lip pencil on the outer border before applying your lip color.” You can also finish with a touch of gloss in the center of your lips for a fuller looking pout.