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The chest and neck area is one of the most visible areas on your body, and unfortunately it’s also one that shows signs of aging. You may keep your face radiant and glowing, but a glance down to your chest will reveal your true age. To keep your chest looking young, you need to treat it just as you treat your face. Here are three tips on how to keep your chest looking young and to prevent further damage.
Sure, you use a body wash or a soap on your chest, but if you want to keep your chest looking young and radiant, that isn’t going to be enough. You want to make sure you’re getting your chest clean and that you’re removing any dead, dry skin which makes your skin look dull and aged. The solution to this may already be in your bathroom: your cleansing brush. Cleansing brushes supercharge your facial cleansing and they can do the exact same for your chest. If you don’t have one, or don’t want to use a cleansing brush on your skin, you can also look for cleansers that contain an AHA or a BHA to chemically exfoliate your skin. BHA is also known as salicylic acid while there are a few types of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). Both lactic and glycolic acid peels are commonly used on the chest.
Use Sun Protection
You know this, you hear this all the time and yet you might not heed the advice. Seriously, using an SPF on your chest each and every time you are going to be exposed to UV rays is a critical part in keeping your chest looking young. Anita Sturnham, founder of the Nuriss Clinic in the United Kingdom says, “your skin is exposed to a variety of environmental attackers on a daily basis, but UVA/UVB radiation from the sun is the biggest contributor to free radical damage. This is irreversible damage that accelerates aging…” Your chest and neck are two of the most affected areas on your body when it comes to sun damage. Prevent further damage and signs of aging by beginning to use a sunscreen every single day, regardless of the weather forecast.
Get Vitamin C
Vitamin C is important to your body for a number of reasons, but it is one of the greatest skin care ingredients that you can use. According to some studies, when a moisturizer with SPF is used with this antioxidant-rich vitamin virtually doubles the effectiveness of the sun protection. At the same time that you are getting a higher level of protection from ultraviolet radiation, the vitamin C is also promoting cell renewal. Vitamin C has also been shown to lighten sun damage and age spots, so your skin will look more even. L-ascorbic acid is the most frequently used form of vitamin C for cosmetic purposes, so check for moisturizers or serums that include this on the ingredient list.
In addition to the tips listed here, you should always make sure that you are drinking plenty of water and keeping your skin hydrated. A collagen supplement is something else some dermatologists recommend to help reverse the visible signs of aging. By being diligent about your skin care routine, you can keep your chest looking as young as you feel.