noun dé·col·le·tage \(ˌ)dā-ˌkä-lə-ˈtäzh, (ˌ)dā-ˌkȯl-ˈtäzh, ˌde-klə-\
- : the top of a woman's dress, blouse, etc., that is cut very low so the top of the woman's breasts can be seen
adjective dé·col·le·té \(ˌ)dā-ˌkäl-ˈtā, -ˌkȯl-, -lə-ˈtā; also dā-ˈkȯl-tā\
- 1: wearing a strapless or low-necked dress
- 2: having a low-cut neckline
Poikiloderma of Civatte
We dermatologists use this (also french) term to refer to sun damage in the sun exposed area of the neck and chest. Poikiloderma of Civatte is characterized by persistent redness and tan or brown discoloration and is more noticeable in the winter when the summer tan fades in the surrounding, unaffected skin.
Lentigines is the plural form of the word lentigo which describes brown sun spots that, unlike freckles, don't lighten and darken in response ot sun exposure. Lentigines have an annoying way of becoming more noticeable when self tanner is used.
The price some women pay for their enviable cup size. Sun damage and side sleeping make these much worse.
are you making style decisions to conceal the aging on your chest?
DON'T LET YOUR TAN LINE DICTATE YOUR NECKLINE
The same treatments that work on the face can be applied to the décolleté area to prevent, restore and repair a healthy glow. The problem is, it's just not as easy. When it comes to the décolleté area, we are more apt to:
1) skip our skin care routine and sunscreen,
2) not notice when we're getting sun exposure, and
3) pay less attention to the early signs of damage until an occasion where we want to wear a different neckline (a décolletage in particular) and then notice the uneven coloring.
pull out your turtleneck and do something about it...
1) Skincare--you can do a lot with a retinoid. Try using your retinol or other retinoid more regularly in this area. You'll get better results with some coaching and guidance. This area reacts strongly, making you think you're allergic to the product but what's really going on is a dramatic version of the same "out with the old and in with the new" process you've seen with your face.
2) Intense Pulsed Light--heavier treatments look unsightly for several days but they save you time and money. Schedule your treatment in turtleneck season so each treatment can make bigger gains.
3) Chemical peels--many peels can be done with minimal peeling but this is the season to opt for the more aggressive ones that can render more of an effect.
4)Fillers--Whether it's a scoop neck dress or a cherished charm necklace, wrinkles really do detract from the décolleté area. New applications of safe, subtle fillers can undo those creases. Combined with peels and lasers that address the health of the skin, fillers can save you from a leathery texture that makes you want to wear turtlenecks year round.
Schedule your visit at Mindful Dermatology to make sure you're making the most of turtleneck season.