Your face isn’t the only area of the body to show signs of aging, even though it’s the area that gets the most attention. The truth is that wrinkles can develop on any area of the skin. Some areas, such as the upper chest, are more likely to wrinkle and show signs of aging. That’s because the skin in those areas tends to be thinner than the skin elsewhere. It’s also common for people to ignore those areas when applying sunscreen or lotions.
Your chest doesn’t have to give away your age, though. Here’s what you can do to keep it looking youthful.
Take Preventative Measures
You know what they say: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While you obviously can’t stop the clock or keep yourself from growing older, you can take steps to protect the skin on your chest. Get in the habit of applying a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to the area daily. Reapply often if you’re spending the day outdoors or doing any sort of activity that involves water or sweating.
To help minimize wrinkles on the chest area, it’s a good idea to use a lotion or moisturizer that contains retinol. You have two options when it comes to lotions to use on the chest area. You can look for products specifically designed for the neck and chest, which often contain higher concentrations of active ingredients than facial products. Or you can find a facial product with a higher than average concentration of retinol. Products with higher concentrations of active ingredients are usually labeled as being for “deep wrinkles.”
Another thing that can cause chest wrinkles and signs of aging is smoking. If you’re a smoker who’s looking for reasons to quit, keeping your skin looking youthful for as long as possible is always a good one.
Smooth Wrinkles with Ultherapy
If you’re already seeing wrinkles and other signs of aging on the chest, treating those signs of aging is the way to go. One non-surgical option for smoothing chest wrinkles is Ultherapy. Also known as Ulthera, the treatment uses ultrasound energy to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It’s also commonly used to help tighten sagging skin in the brow and chin area.
The treatment works by stimulating the production of collagen in the dermis (the lower layer of skin). Treatment takes about 15 minutes and doesn’t require any downtime or a lengthy recovery. While you might seem some improvement right away, it usually takes a few months before the final results are fully visible.
Improve the Skin with a Laser Treatment
Redness and dark spots are two other signs of aging that often appear on the chest. Usually, a combination of excessive sun exposure and the aging process in general contributes to the development of redness and spotting. Laser treatments like intense pulsed light (IPL) can often help minimize redness and areas of hyperpigmentation on the chest.
IPL is a non-ablative treatment, meaning it won’t damage the outer layer of skin. Instead, the laser beams target the lower layer, leaving the top intact. Areas of excess pigmentation or damaged blood vessels absorb the energy from the laser, which causes them to break apart. The body eventually reabsorbs the pigment or blood vessels, so that any spots or redness fade from view.
Usually, treatment with IPL takes less than 30 minutes. The caveat is that you might need two or more treatments to get the best results. Often, it takes a few weeks before any results are visible, as well. Treatment with IPL is relatively comfortable and doesn’t require anesthesia. Many people are able to get back to their daily activities right away, without any downtime.
If you’re concerned about the signs of aging and want to maintain a youthful appearance for as long as possible, it’s essential that you focus on all areas that can develop wrinkles, redness, and other signs of aging. Don’t neglect your chest! To learn more about what you can do to fight the signs of aging all over, call 281-810-9083 to schedule a consultation at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique in Houston, Texas, today.