Any skincare lover worth their weight in antioxidants knows that a preventative, reparative anti-aging routine is non-negotiable if you want to keep your skin looking healthy and youthful. Unfortunately, most people forget that the skin below their neck is included in this maxim. Just as your face can show the effects of time and environmental damage, so too can the skin on your body. Dark spots, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and extreme dryness are all common issues that can appear as you age.
That’s why it’s so important to use products in your routine that are specifically geared towards protecting and repairing the skin on your neck, chest, and the rest of your body. Fortunately, there is no shortage of creams, lotions, and treatments that do just that. Here are some of our standout picks—all available at Dermstore, the beauty destination famous for its derm-approved selection of skincare brands—plus tips on what to look for when you’re shopping for anti-aging products.
Why does the skin on your face usually show the signs of aging first? Because it is the most exposed to environmental aggressors like pollution, blue light, and UV rays that cause hyperpigmentation, loss of firmness, wrinkles, and dryness. Facial skin is also more delicate and thinner than the skin on your body. However, with a regular anti-aging routine, you can keep skin protected and looking its best for longer. The secret: Use ingredients that are proven to help skin fend off free-radical damage and boost its natural biological functions.
Dermalogica AGE Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50
A combination protective and reparative moisturizer, this medium-weight cream contains antioxidant-rich white tea to help counteract free radical damage, plus the all-important SPF 50 to guard against UV rays. It also contains a unique polypeptide that has been shown to help improve the appearance of photodamaged skin, as well as palmitoyl tripeptide-5, a synthetic peptide that can aid in stimulating collagen production.
Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Cream
Help to strengthen the fragile skin underneath your eyes with this advanced anti-aging eye cream. Its unique formula—proprietary bi-mineral complex of copper, zinc and malonic acid—works with your body’s own natural renewal process to encourage collagen and elastin production, helping to give you a firmer, smoother, more refreshed gaze.
One advantage that your face has over your neck and chest is a plethora of oil glands that produce naturally hydrating oils. Your face also has more natural fat, which helps maintain its smoothness and volume for longer. Because the skin on your neck is thinner and—without that fat—more susceptible to the effects of gravity, it will fall victim to sagging, crepiness, and laxity over time.
Neck and chest creams tend to be thicker and more moisturizing to help offset that lack of natural oils, and they’re packed with ingredients to promote firmness, increase elasticity, aid in fine line reduction, and minimize sun spots. Pro tip: When you’re applying SPF, don’t stop at the jawline—make sure you are covering your neck and chest as well to ward off the effects of sun damage on that delicate skin.
SkinCeuticals Tripeptide-R Neck Repair
Using a tripeptide complex combined with a lower-strength retinol—so it’s less likely to irritate sensitive skin and better suited for daily use—this potent treatment targets age-related damage, including horizontal lines, sagging, and crepiness.
SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream
Specifically formulated for the thin and delicate skin on the neck and chest, this cream blends nature and science into an effective formula that helps to visibly firm, smooth, and lift, as well as protect. A specialized blend of green algae, lemon balm, and shiitake mushroom extract help encourage skin elasticity and dermal thickness, while botanical antioxidants guard against free-radical damage.
The skin on your body is naturally thicker and stronger than the skin on your face and neck, meaning it takes longer to show signs of aging. When those effects do appear, they are usually in the form of loose skin, hyperpigmentation, dryness, thinning, and rough texture. Look for an anti-aging product that focuses on smoothing, firming, tightening, and strengthening the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Caudalie Vinosculpt Firming Body Cream
Promote skin that looks firmer, more toned, and tightened all over with this luxe whipped body cream. Enriched with grape-derived polyphenols (a naturally occurring organic compound) and iris extract for antioxidant protection, plus grape seed oil and shea butter to moisturize, it softens and smooths for what can appear to be a lifting effect.
Paula’s Choice Skin-Smoothing Retinol Body Treatment
Restore radiance and re-texturize rough skin with this retinol-infused body lotion. The blend of antioxidants and a specialized retinol complex encourages cell renewal and smooths dry skin as it helps even out tone and bolster’s skin’s glow.
Eminence Organic Stone Crop Contouring Body Cream
With constant washing, often with harsh and moisture-stripping soaps, your hands need all the hydration they can get to avoid the barrier weakening that can lead to dryness. Couple that with the fact that most people don’t regularly apply sunscreen to the back of their hands—and that hand skin lacks fat and natural oil glands—and it’s no surprise your hands develop dark spots, dryness, and wrinkles faster than other areas of the body. Products that combine retinol and deep moisturizers are the best way to keep hands soft and smooth. And, of course, don’t forget to apply (and reapply!) sunscreen daily.
Goldfaden MD Hands To Heart Anti-Aging Plus Brightening Hand Treatment
With retinol, niacinamide, and Coenzyme Q10, this hand cream helps fade hyperpigmentation and dark spots and boosts cell turnover to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reinforce skin’s lipid barrier to hydrate and plump. Hands can begin to look and feel smooth, soft, and even-toned with regular daily application.
The reality of a complete anti-aging routine is that it takes a village—you need a variety of products to cover the myriad issues that crop up as skin ages. It can be overwhelming to figure out what works best for your skin’s top concerns. That’s why all-over anti-aging kits that feature a sampling of products for you to test out can be a smart (and cost-effective!) solution.
Best of Dermstore Problem Solution: Anti-Aging Regimen 2021
If you’re not sure where to start and need help developing a routine, consider this curated regimen, which features everything you need to get started minimizing visible signs of aging. Inside this 10-piece, special-edition kit, you’ll find a mix of deluxe samples and full sizes of bestselling, dermatologist-recommended essentials curated by the Dermstore team.
Standouts include Revision Skincare’s Brightening Facial Wash, to exfoliate without stripping skin; iS Clinical’s Pro-Heal Serum Advance Plus for complete antioxidant protection; SkinMedica’s Instant Bright Eye Cream, for visibly firming, de-puffing, and brightening effects; a full-size of EltaMD’s derm-favorite hydrating sunscreen; ORA’s Deluxe Microneedle Dermal Roller tool, to manually stimulate new collagen production; and Neocutis’ Neo Firm Neck & Décolleté Tightening Cream, to enhance visual firmness and deter fine lines and wrinkles on the delicate skin on the neck and chest. It’s everything you need to get started on your anti-aging journey, already picked out and vetted by the pros who know.
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io