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RED CARPET DÉCOLLETAGE: The secret to Oscar-worthy skin


It’s awards season, which means an abundance of décolletage on display. At the recent Golden Globes, necklines plunged deeper than ever, putting the drama of beautiful skin center stage.


How do the stars reveal so much skin without revealing their age? Prevention is key. We spend a lot of time focusing on our face, but often neglect the delicate skin of the décolletage (from jawline to areola). The skin in this area thinner and more fragile than the dermis of the face. Add to that the fact that the décolletage also gets a lot of exposure to sun and environmental pollutants and you have a recipe for accelerated aging. Sometimes this imbalance creates a mismatch. It’s not uncommon to see a face that says 30 while the chest says 45. Clearly, the décolletage requires special attention.


To help you prepare for your own big reveal, the Doctor offers some advice on keeping your "Valley of the Dolls" looking smooth, supple and gloriously glowing.  


Protect Your Skin From UV Damage

The number one thing you can do to keep your décolletage smooth, firm, and even-toned is to protect the area from age-accelerating UV damage. Use sunscreen every day. (You get a pass if you’re wearing a turtleneck.) Vivant’s Day Treatment Lotion with SPF 15 is the perfect morning moisturizer for use during a normal daily routine. The light, non-greasy formula contains zinc peptides and whole leaf aloe for an added boost of cell repair and regeneration. If you’re going to be spending more time outdoors than just shuttling between home, office, school, etc., bump up to an SPF 30 sunscreen, which blocks 97% of UVB rays. Anything beyond that is just extra chemicals with little extra protection.   


Keep The Creases Off Your Cleavage

As we age, collagen decreases and skin loses firmness and elasticity. Sun exposure accelerates the process and leads to the formation of vertical lines in the area where you’d rather people were looking at your statement piece necklace. Now consider the weight of your breasts, pressed together like a closed book while you sleep, making those vertical lines can become deeper like a creased page. That is a book you don’t want to read. Sleeping on your back will help keep your cleavage smooth and crease-free. If you’re a dedicated side sleeper, you can mitigate the effects of the gravitational compression by sleeping in a bra (underwires are not recommended). Halle Berry has been doing it for years. Seems to be working for her.


Cleanse & Nourish

Give your décolletage some TLC with a cleanser that nourishes and hydrates. Vivant’s gentle Cleansing Milk is a luxuriously creamy wash fortified with antioxidant grape seed oil to hydrate, protect skin from free radical damage, and stimulate cell repair. You can combine it with Buffing Grains once a week to remove dead skin and help boost collagen production. Because the skin of this area is thinner and more sensitive, keep physical exfoliation to a minimum, otherwise, you could end up causing irritation and damage.


Say Ta Ta To Wrinkles and Sag

We like the firming, lifting and brightening strength of retinoids and peptides to keep the region surrounding the globes golden. Try three times a week the one-two punch of Vivant’s Derm-A-Renew, which combines patented Vitamin A Propionate with oligopeptides to accelerate cell renewal and stimulate the production of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin. Nightly, apply Vivant’s Wink Eye Rejuvenation Cream, which, despite the name, is definitely not for your eyes only. Packed with peptides, caffeine, grape seed oil and Vitamin A, the antioxidant and nutrient rich formula will help reduce the appearance of age spots, smooth fine lines and firm sagging skin.



The thinner skin matrix of the décolletage means it loses moisture more rapidly than the face. A moisturizer with that offers both hydration and renewal is an essential for this area. Try Vivant’s Marine Skin Nourishing Cream, an intensely hydrating and deeply nourishing blend of antioxidants, bioactive marine minerals, amino acids and sea proteins to replenish and restore suppleness and elasticity.


Try A Peel

If you’re afraid your décolletage is beyond repair, don’t despair. A peel may be just the thing you need. A chemical peel works well for the neck and chest, but because of the sensitivity of the area, a lighter superficial peel is in order. Ask your aesthetician about Vivant’s skin-optimizing ProZyme® Lite treatment. This anti-inflammatory blend of bromelain enzymes extracted from pineapple juice and stems delivers proteolytic (protein digesting) exfoliation and promotes collagen production, leaving skin brighter, smoother, and infinitely more supple.  



And, of course, beyond topical solutions, be sure to nourish your skin from the inside out. A good low glycemic diet, plenty of water, sleep, and exercise to oxygenate and increase circulation are all extremely important factors in maintaining optimum skin health.


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