Most of us spend our fair share of time (and money!) trying to eradicate signs of time on our faces—but it’s safe to say that we don’t pay as close attention to our bodies. There’s no denying that aging process has an impact on skin below the neck. Some may see dry, rough skin and crepey texture on the chest. Others may see sagging and age spots, and some may see all of the above. But with these three face-inspired skincare tips, you can hit the pause button on aging body skin.
#1 Protect Skin from Damage with Antioxidants
After unprotected sun exposure, free radicals are the number-two cause of skin aging. These unstable molecules basically scrounge around for an extra electron to make them stable, and they damage the DNA of our cells in the process. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals by “donating” the electrons they are so desperate to acquire—and in turn shield our cells from damage. Antioxidants come in many forms, but the big ones to look out for are vitamins C and E.
#2 Eliminate Dull, Dead Cells
Our skin’s natural renewal process slows down with age, so dull, lackluster skin cells overstay their welcome. To get rid of these cells and reveal radiant, younger-looking skin, it’s important to exfoliate regularly. The easiest way to do this is with a scrub in the shower, and for even more effective skin rejuvenation, look for products that incorporate anti-aging ingredients you’d use on your face.
Adore Cosmetics’ brand ambassador, supermodel Erin Heatherton, told InStyle that one of her favorite products for her beauty regimen is this Calming Body Peeling Scrub.
#3 Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize
You know how a grape turns into a raisin when you allow all of the moisture to evaporate? The same happens to your skin, but you can keep it plump and juicy with an effective moisturizer. Shea butter, sweet almond oil and aloe vera are particularly good at hydrating thicker body skin, so be sure you give yourself a daily dose from the neck down.
Both the Spirit – Calming Peeling Scrub & Body Butter from Adore Cosmetics are featured in Celebuzz!’s 28 Swoon-Worthy Holiday Gifts for the Makeup Lover and Beauty Junkie, ranking #11.
#4 Use More
The skin on your neck and chest is more similar to facial skin than the skin on the rest of your body. To reap the maximum benefits from the skincare products you use on your face, use a little extra so your neck and chest can get in on the action—and always rub any excess on your palms into the backs of your hands to keep them looking youthful.