Most women have started a skincare routine for their faces. It’s never too soon or too late to begin one! But a common mistake that most make is only focusing on their faces. There are 3 parts of our body that are the most forgotten. Do you have any guesses about what the forgotten areas of skin might be?
I am guilty of this; I can admit it! But it is something that I have made a conscious effort to improve. I am a big proponent of aging gratefully but there isn’t any reason why we shouldn’t take care of our skin the best we can. You can make a few small changes that will make a huge difference in your skin. I am here to help, let’s go!
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1. Neck & Upper Chest
Have you ever heard of “crepey neck”? I know you would recognize it if you saw it. I started to notice around a year ago when I saw pictures of myself, I was starting to get a “crepey neck”. It was time for changes in my skincare routine and it started with one small mindset change! Treat the skin on your neck and chest like it’s your face. Why do we stop the use our skincare products at our jawline?
4 Steps to Improve Neck & Upper Chest Skin
- Cleanse – Extend your facial cleansing down to your neck and upper chest area. These areas are much more delicate and need more than just “soap”!
- Exfoliate – I have mentioned many times how important exfoliating is. I have noticed that a lot of people only exfoliate their faces. Your upper chest area needs to be exfoliated regularly too. It will help to remove dry/dead skin cells, unclog pores, boost collagen production, and makes your skin look brighter.
- Moisturize – Just like with cleansing it’s recommended that you continue to use your “facial” moisturizer on your neck and upper chest. It is so important to keep our skin hydrated.
- Sunscreen – I have done several blog posts about sunscreen and commonly missed spots. I don’t know about you, but my upper chest tends to get more sun than other parts of my body. Our skin is thinner there and can sometimes be more sensitive. So, as you are applying your daily sunscreen to your face just keep going down to your neck and upper chest daily!
I don’t know anyone that likes the look of old wrinkly hands! It has a way of sneaking up on us though, one of those forgotten areas of skin! As we age the skin on our hands loses elasticity and gets thinner. Our hands are also a prime place for “age spots” to appear.
3 Ways to Improve Aging Hands
- Sunscreen – This can be one of the most forgotten spots to apply sunscreen or you apply it and wash your hands. And well you wash all the sunscreen off! Please don’t forget to protect your hands from the sun.
- Exfoliate – Yep, I am telling you again! Don’t forget to exfoliate your hands. It is especially important in the winter months to get the dry, dead skin cells removed.
3. The Skin Around the Lips
Have you noticed an increase in fine lines and wrinkles around your lip/mouth area? It is very common with age to get more of them with age. My blog post that I mentioned earlier talks a little about this, 5 Everyday Habits that Cause Wrinkles that you might want to check out.
3 Ways to Reduce Fine Lines & Wrinkles Around Your Lips
- Eye cream – You read that correctly! Do you know that great eye cream that you have been using around your eyes to help fight fine lines and wrinkles? Use a little of that around your lips!
- Limit straw use – Yep, always using a straw or even smoking can increase the fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth. Those repeated movements, so throw away the straw and drink from the glass instead!
- Sunscreen – I am sure by now that all of you are using a daily sunscreen but are you using sunscreen on your lips when you are out in the sun? Protect those lips which in turn will help with the skin health around your mouth area.
There was a common theme will a lot of these areas. Two of them are exfoliating and sunscreen. They are both important along with having a great skincare routine. It’s never too soon to start or too late, to begin one!
Now we don’t have any excuse to forget those areas of skin that are so easily forgotten. I did a blog post a while back on sun safety and all the most forgotten spots for sunscreen. You can check that out here. Please share your thoughts on today’s post and if you have any other “forgotten” areas that you want to share with us!