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The unique characteristics of the skin on the neck and décolleté mean that this delicate area is one of the first to show signs of aging in a particular way. To address them, we first need to know what this part of our body needs. For instance, do you know why this area ages prematurely? Find out here and learn how to prevent aging of the neck and give your body the attention it deserves.
THE ANATOMY OF THE NECK
Owing to its crucial position, the neck — and more specifically its 26 muscles — performs many functions in our day-to-day lives, from breathing and chewing to stabilizing the head. This constant movement of our muscles affects the skin, causing wrinkles and sagginess to develop with time and repetition.
DISTINCTIVE FEATURES OF THE SKIN
On one hand, the skin in this area is much thinner and finer than the skin on the face, making it more fragile and less resistant to external aggressions. In addition, the skin loses thickness with age. On the other hand, this area has fewer sebaceous glands, essential to maintaining the skin’s natural hydration. Last but not least, on the neck and décolleté we have less collagen and elastin fibers, which are responsible for keeping the skin firm and flexible.
WHY DO THE NECK AND DÉCOLLETÉ AGE PREMATURELY?
In addition to this area of skin’s unique attributes, it experiences a loss in bone volume over time. This affects the cheekbones, chin, and jawline. This impacts the neck’s appearance as the bone contracts and the musculature relaxes, aggravating the effects of gravity and increasing sagginess in this area. Another relevant factor is that the neck and décolleté are most exposed to external aggressions; above all, solar radiation accelerates signs of aging.
Remember, your beauty routine should extend past the chin!