We often neglect age revealing areas in the process of preventing and reversing visible signs of aging on our faces. A smooth, taut, flawless face is usually the primary goal, however this can look out of place (or worse yet, unnatural) with weathered skin on the neck and chest below. The hands are another age revealing spot, especially after youthful plumpness is lost, leaving visible bones and veins behind. In most cases, simply extending your skincare routine to these oft-ignored age revealing spots can their appearance—and there are plenty of rejuvenating products and treatments that can turn back the clock (and help keep your age a secret) as well.
With thinner skin that’s likely being denied the benefits of your facial skincare (and sunscreen in particular), the neck tends to show more obvious signs of aging and sun damage. Add in the muscle laxity that develops over time and the effects of spending more time than ever looking down at your phone (i.e. “tech neck”) and you have all the elements for an age revealing spot.
Product pick: Formulated to address common neck issues like lines, crepiness and discoloration, Alastin Restorative Neck Complex helps support the skin’s natural collagen and elastin either on its own or in conjunction with office-based skin-tightening procedures.
Treatment tip: When vertical neck muscles become a focal point that detracts from your otherwise youthful visage, Botox injections can help soften their appearance.
The chest faces similar aging challenges as the neck—including fine lines, discoloration and crepey skin. You can blame this on thin skin, accumulated sun exposure and a lack of preventative skincare—or you can start doing something about this age revealing area.
Product pick: If you wake up with “sleep wrinkles” that stick around until lunchtime, SIO Beauty’s Skinpad is just what your décolletage needs. Just apply the reusable silicone sheet at bedtime and you’ll wake up to smooth, plump, visibly rejuvenated skin.
Treatment tip: The same in-office treatments used to “freshen up” your face can work wonders on the chest. From Halo and BBL treatments to erbium and CO2 resurfacing, the ideal treatment for your chest depends on the level of damage and willingness for downtime, as well as your goals. Just be sure to see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has experience using a variety of modalities on skin tones similar to yours.
Visible bones and “liver spots” practically scream your real age. Restoring a youthful appearance requires addressing the volume loss as well as the skin’s texture and pigment changes—and promising to apply sunscreen throughout the day, especially when you’re behind the wheel.
Product pick: Featuring a DIY chemical peel to kick rough skin to the curb plus a rejuvenating hand cream that helps firm the skin while promoting more even skin tone, the Exuviance Age Reverse Hand Rejuvenator system has all of your aging hands’ needs covered and keeps the age revealing to a minimum.
Treatment tips:For a dramatic time-rewind in just a few weeks, a combination of injectable filler to restore volume and hide visible bones and veins plus a laser treatment like Fraxel for dark spots is the way to go.
It’s a fact: The lips thin with age, and in addition to deflation you’re likely to get wrinkles both on and around them due to years of smiling, sipping and pursing. Keeping your lips’ appearance in line with the rest of your face is as easy as pumping up the volume—and yes, improvement can look super-natural.
Product pick: Patchology’s FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gelsare infused with a blend of peptides, niacinamide and green tea extract to visibly smooth and plump your pout in just 5 minutes.
Treatment tip:Injectable fillers to the rescue once again, but no need to worry about trout pout. The latest hyaluronic acid fillers (think Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Volbella) are made specifically for areas with thin skin, such as the lips, for the most natural-looking results.
It’s possible you’ve never given your knees a second thought, but if you have (or you’re looking at yours right now), there’s no need for wrinkles or sagging that adds years to your legs. And for the record, you wouldn’t be able to bend your knees if not for a little extra skin, so don’t be too hard on yourself.
Product pick: Dermarolling produces micro-injuries that help stimulate your skin’s natural collagen production. GloPRO’s Microneedling Regeneration Tool goes a step further with the addition of LED light and subtle vibration—and the Body MicroTip Attachment Head can help smooth things over in the knee area (and beyond).
Treatment tip:If you’re so inclined, energy-based skin-tightening treatments can give loose skin around the knees a lift, and perhaps hide how many revolutions you’ve made around the sun.