History speaks of “a face that launched a thousand ships,” so it’s no surprise that when one considers a personal and financial investment in skincare, it’s above-the-neck beauty that snags top priority.
Of course the face should stay front and center of a skincare commitment – it is, after all, front and center – but that doesn’t mean the skin covering the remaining 90 percent of the body should take a backseat.
As the body’s largest organ, skin in its entirety should receive top billing in regard to a daily regimen to maintain health and beauty – especially during swimsuit season.
Make sure you’re on track with total body skincare by incorporating these below-the-neck skin tips into your regular routine:
Make sure moisturizers head south of the face. A common skincare mistake too many make is stopping the application of facial moisturizer at the chin. Much like the face, the neck and décolletage are prone to a significant amount of sun exposure and are actually more thin and delicate. Provide these areas with ample protection by extending your daily moisturizer with SPF south, using a gentle dab and pat method with fingertips. Since the skin in the neck area is particularly thin and thus prone to sagging, consider using a separate moisturizer packed with peptides. Control’s Anti-Aging Face & Neck Cream, which offers a powerful cocktail of peptides, lactic acid and antioxidants, is a great pick.
Don’t let hands divulge your age. Age is just a number, but don’t let your hands do the talking and divulge digits that don’t accurately represent the youthful way you feel. Because we often pay far less attention to the skin on our hands than we do to the skin on our face, sun damage can have our “handiest” body parts looking like an old leather bag. To avoid the appearance of sun spots and wrinkles, apply sunscreen to hands as avidly as you do to your face, and don’t forget to reapply often, since we wash hands regularly. Also, remember that hands are essentially “tanning” during car trips, standing by windows – even walking to the mailbox each day!
Revive recurring dehydration areas. Elephants are the cutest, but dehydrated, elephant-like skin on notoriously dry areas like knees, elbows and heels are anything but. Invest in a body moisturizer that is tough enough to attack tough skin, damaged by years of sun exposure and other harsh and dehydrating conditions. Control’s Intensive Body Smoothing Lotion, powered by glycolic acid, is essentially a peel in a bottle that helps even out rough areas – from cracked heels to bumpy keratosis pilaris on the arms – in just a few short days.
Here’s to healthy skin from head-to-toe!
Do you neglect certain areas of your skin? If so, which ones?