By Dina Fierro
Your neck, your bust, your hands; what do they have in common? Erogenous zones for sure, but don't forget that each can also reveal telltale signs of aging.
While botox, lasers and topical treatments abound to keep delicate facial skin line free, many women ignore other areas of the body prone to the hands of time. While we're sure that dermatologists and surgeons everywhere are coming up with ways to treat these regions, for the time being give these superficial remedies a go. You'll be surprised by the results that will come from diligent application!
For hands, try Pevonia's Youth Renew Caviar Hand & Foot Cream (http://www.pevonia.com/ and www.banyancityspa.com). This rich moisturizer keeps hands soft and helps combat lines and spots with an exclusive-and luxurious-formula that includes Beluga caviar. This product was first used to treat celebs to hand massages at the Cannes festival earlier this year.
Another great pick for hands is Lippmann Collection's Rich Girl Cosmeceutical Anti-Aging Hand and Cuticle Cream (http://www.beauty.com/). With SPF 25, coneflower and hydrocotyle extract, an herbal ingredient that reduces puffiness, this multi-tasker offers sun protection to prevent further aging and works to reduce age spots. Moisturizing agents like avocado, jojoba oil and shea butter keep skin soft and the thick cream absorbs efficiently.
If you're simply taking preventative measures, check out the fun hand products from Cake Beauty that smell like vanilla, and employ milk protein, marshmallow extract, rosehip seed oil, avocado oil and mango butter to smooth and moisturize cuticles and hands (www.cakebeauty.com).
For the neck, something super rich and thick is best. Jurlique's Neck Serum (http://www.spalook.com/) is a unique blend of herbal antioxidants, organic herbal extracts (including rose, licorice, black elder and viola), vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and precious essential oils. It's expensive but it effectively and visibly diminishes lines and sagging.
For a less expensive but still efficient neck treatment, we love DHC's Revitalizing Moisture Strips for the Neck (http://www.dhccare.com/). Comprised of a soft polymer gel and antioxidant olive leaf extract; calming aloe; and brightening extracts of peony and mulberry, these neck masks infuse the skin with moisture and add vibrancy.
To firm the bust area, Sisley's Phytobuste Intensive Bust Compound (http://www.amazon.com/) is an expensive pick that promises ‘wow' results. This serum helps regain lost skin tone and resilience. Every woman deserves a luxury. This serum helps regain lost skin tone and resilience with firming botanicals like horsetail, ivey, red vine and algae extracts. Apply nightly for recovery or maintenance; it's a luxury every woman deserves.
For the bargain beauty junkie, try Nivea's Age-Defying Moisturizer (http://www.dermstore.com/). This reasonably priced lotion is the first drugstore product of its kind. Nivea's formula uses added creatine, an energy-producing ingredient naturally found in skin, to support the skin's natural anti-aging functions. Try it on your bust, upper arms and upper thighs.
Another skin problem that plagues older women are unpleasant age and liver spots, which usually show up on gals as young as 40. If laser and Portrait Plasma treatments are out of your price range, try these topical treatments. To fade age spots, a topical skin lightener is best. We like B. Kamins Bio-Maple Skin Lightening Treatment (http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/). This powerful treatment gradually fades sunspots and age spots. It's light yet moisturizing and blends easily.
For a comparable drugstore product, try Porcelana's Fade Dark Spots Series, available as a Nighttime or Daytime Treatment (http://www.drugstore.com/). The series uses active lightening ingredients, including hydroquinone, with natural goodies like antioxidants and botanical extracts. Use one product or both-either way they help reduce fade dark spots and other skin discolorations.
Remember that to really see results from skin products, included those described here, you should allow a minimum of four to six weeks to judge efficacy.
If you're willing to spend time and money on treatments, inquire about the Thalassothys bust treatment at the Sothys Institute; Portrait Skin Regeneration at 5th Avenue Dermatology Surgery and Laser Center to treat wrinkles and spots; the Seaweed Manicure at Faina European Day Spa; or the Firming Neck Treatment at the Affinia Wellness Spa at The Benjamin hotel.
While it's true that time catches up with everyone, there's no reason not to look your very best, year after year. Here's to getting older and wiser!