As with hands, your neck can give your age away faster than a glance at your passport. Even smooth-skinned British beauties tend to ignore what happens below the chin-line – in fact, for many women, a cursory swipe with moisturiser constitutes neck care. The result? Sagginess, wrinkles, tell-tale crêpiness. In short, a neck and décolletage that looks older than the rest of you.
Yet on the Continent, it’s a different story. There, the neck is an erogenous zone, on which TLC is regularly lavished. The result? Necks that stay firmer, smoother and more swan-like for longer. As Paris-based facialist Jickie Leray explains, ‘French women regard their neck and décolletage as an extension of their faces. So everything they do for their face – cleansing, protecting, ritually moisturising – is extended right down to the bust-line.’ And if your new beauty resolution is to take more care of your neck, that’s a pretty good blueprint.
As we age, growth hormone production drops - oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels fall, leaving the skin less able to repair and regenerate itself. The slowing down of collagen production from your 30s onwards also affects the feel and appearance of skin.
The delicate skin of the neck, breast and décolletage is unique, it has more in common with facial skin than the skin of the body. Skin in this area is thin and constantly under stresses from gravity, movement, abrasion and perspiration. It has fewer oil glands and therefore pores here remain smaller and more narrow.
Active ingredients have traditionally been associated with our facial skincare products and up until now the décolletage has been largely ignored by both traditional skin and body care regimes.
STELLAR DÉCOLLETAGE products effectively target wrinkle depth, loss of firmness and elasticity, hyper-pigmentation, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, and restore the natural moisture balance within the layers of the skin.
The French word décolleté, literally translates to “wearing a low-neck dress.” If you’ve been defaulting to turtlenecks because of a less than perfect ´neck and dec´, get ready to take the plunge thanks to our new products and treatments for a resurfaced, smoother and firmer décolletage.
Treat your décolletage with the same care as you treat your face. Use products that contain active ingredients and use an SPF whatever the season.
- Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate, at least twice a week. Use a polish or exfoliator that has flexible, gentle particles that are no more than 300 microns in size, or below for this delicate area of the body.
- Make sure the products you use on your décolletage contain an antioxidant, for example, vitamin B3, vitamin C, vitamin E. Antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals and pollution, whilst protecting the collagen within the skin.
- Don´t skip the water, keep the skin hydrated from the inside out. We suggest 8 medium glasses per day.
- Change your sleeping position, sleep on your back as much as possible. Gravity and differing sleep positions can lead to creases in your décolletage forming over time.
- Moisturise your décolletage daily, after exfoliation will give optimum results that last all day.
- Do not spray fragrance directly onto the chest, stick to the pulse points.
- Get as much sleep as possible, aiming for a target 8 hours. Skin repairs itself overnight, the more sleep, the more time the skin has to regenerate.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Your skin needs to repair itself from the inside too, a balance of greens and fruits will give your skin essential nutrients and keep it healthy.
- Add a few superfoods to your diet, turmeric, avocado, blueberries or salmon for an extra skin loving vitamin boost.
- a change in size or shape
- a lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast
- a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange)
- redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple
- your nipple has become pulled in or looks different, for example changed its position or shape
- liquid that comes from the nipple without squeezing
- pain in your breast or your armpit that’s there all or almost all of the time
- a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone
If you notice a change, it is important to see your GP as soon as you can.
British Vogue, The Times and Women´s Health have all published articles in recent weeks, examining the necessity of skincare formulated specifically for the neck and décolletage.
It has been a hot topic in the US and the number of skincare brands providing products for this area of the body has risen significantly in the last two years.
And now, we are catching up!
Breast and décolletage skin is different from the skin on the rest of your body, it is thinner and more delicate, containing less oil glands. It is constantly under stress from gravity, movement, abrasion and perspiration, ageing on average three years faster too!
From your 30´s onwards hormone production drops (oestrogen, progesterone and yes, testosterone!), leaving your skin less able to repair and regenerate itself. The slowing down of collagen and elastin production from your 30´s onwards, affects the feel and appearance of your skin.
A lot of women only start to notice this part of the body once they have an issue. Fine lines, sun damage, stretch marks and hyper- pigmentation are the main concerns of women over 30, with deeper lines being the primary concern of women over 45.
STELLAR DÉCOLLETAGE products are formulated specifically for this delicate area of the body. Advanced skincare with active ingredients that effectively target these concerns.
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In 2017, our skin is facing unprecedented challenges and the industry is peddling to keep up with emerging trends such as ‘tech-neck’, heightened interest in mono-tasking and now urban skin stress.
Pollution has long been an issue grasping the headlines and now we are finding out the affect that urban skin stress is actually having on our skin. Most of us live in an environment with higher pollution levels than recommended - which poses the question, what does this do to my skin?
Harmful particles found in the air (e.g. from car exhausts) can rest on your skin causing irritation and potential chemical damage. If exposed over a long period of time, these airborne molecules can lead to ‘accelerated ageing’. So, what is being done?
The beauty industry works fiercely to meet the market’s needs as the idea of ‘urban skin stress’ gains momentum, with few results available from mainstream sources as of yet. Your skin is unique, reacting to pollution in specific ways personal to you - making it difficult for the industry to develop a one product solution. So, what can you do in the mean time?
A key concept to take away from this is the importance of skin preservation. Nourishing, hydrating and protecting your skin has never been more important. Well preserved and nourished skin provides the perfect natural barrier against harmful airborne particles which is the best defence!
Why do we need vitamin C for our skin?
Vitamin C is a key anti-ageing skincare ingredient that helps to gently brighten, smooth and even out your skin tone. It's one of the most powerful antioxidants that help to protect your skin against free radical damage caused by the environment, which can breakdown your collagen and encourage fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
Vitamin C is key in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, the structural building blocks of our skin. Both collagen and elastin are naturally occurring proteins in our bodies that diminish as we age, they play a very important role and are responsible for maintaining the strength and elasticity of skin.
Elastin, as the name suggests is the body´s `elastic´, it allows skin to resume it´s shape after being stretched. So, the vitamin C in your skincare products plays a key part in encouraging the production of elastin in your skin.
Vitamin C can help prevent skin damage and restore skin after it has been damaged, it is an all round, skin loving, superstar ingredient.
Keep in mind that all antioxidants, including vitamin C, remain vulnerable, and will break down if routinely exposed to air and light. That means if you want to get the best possible results from your antioxidant-enriched skincare products, then buy only those that are packaged in opaque tubes, air-restrictive bottles, or pump containers so the ingredients remain stable after you start using the product!
Any vitamin C product in a clear glass jar or bottle isn´t a good purchase!
STELLLAR DÉCOLLETAGE - Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist is an all natural antioxidant boosting oil.
Inca Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis linneo), our hero ingredient, is a plant native of the high-altitude rainforest of the Andean region of South America and especially of Peru. It grows as a vine in the wild and has long been a component of the diets of the Chancas Indians and other tribal groups of the region. This seed is valued for its high oil (54%) and protein (29%) content.
It restores the skin´s moisture balance, limits dehydration, strengthens and rebuilds the skin´s natural barriers. With antioxidant and anti-ageing properties, that condition and protect, leaving the skin soft and supple.
Inca Inchi Oil is the anti ageing superstar in our Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist, a unique blend of six oils that hydrate, condition and protect the skin of the décolletage.
Incredibly lightweight, this dry oil is absorbed easily helping to diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks.
Our overnight complex aids skin cell regeneration whilst you sleep!
STELLAR DÉCOLLETAGE Velvet Restore Sleep Complex contains Milk Peptide Complex, which boosts the production of essential proteins, collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, reducing wrinkle depth and improving skin texture and firmness.
This luxurious anti ageing conditioning treatment enhances the quality of your skin from within. Use twice a week for a perfectly nourished and glowing décolletage this summer.
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Protect and nourish your décolletage this summer. Dehydration can lead to fine lines and wrinkles becoming permanent. Hydrate your body and skin at the same time for a summer long glow.
Our Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist is a unique blend of six natural oils that hydrate and condition leaving skin soft and supple.
Incredibly lightweight, this dry oil is absorbed easily into the skin helping to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Inca Inchi Oil is our hero anti ageing ingredient.
Wonderful to see our Luminous Perfector Treatment Polish feature in the Times Magazines round up of top products for the neck and décolletage.
As beauty journalist Lesley Thomas highlighted, summer 2017 is all about the décolletage. We were delighted to feature in Lesley´s selection.
Hello, I'm Helen Erichsen and I'd like to introduce you to STELLAR DÉCOLLETAGE the first skincare regime for the breast and décolletage.
I’ve been a self confessed product junkie and skincare enthusiast, for as long as I can remember. After living an outdoors lifestyle in Scandinavia for several years, I noticed that the harsh winters, beautiful summers and fjord dipping was starting to take it´s toll on my skin in general, but especially my décolletage. On trips home to the UK I stocked up on premium skincare products and oils, determined to find the perfect active ingredients that would rejuvenate and restore my skin.
I developed one particular regime that evolved over the years and used it regularly. I was hooked and convinced that other women would love these results too, and there it began.
It was simple, I wanted to create products for the breast and décolletage that absolutely worked. Products that were effective from the very first use.
After research, it seemed I was far from alone and over recent years there had been a number of other women searching for breast specific ´skincare´ products. Their concerns ranging from fine lines and loss of elasticity to lack of radiance and hyper pigmentation.
I enlisted the help of a beauty industry expert and formulation chemist and together we recreated and enhanced the regime, carefully choosing a combination of heavy weight actives to give amazing results.
It was essential that all the ingredients performed a role, nothing unnecessary, no sparkle, no colour. We wanted new and innovative ingredients that layered and worked well together. Ingredients that were skin loving and most importantly effective. It was very important that the active ingredients were included at high levels to give visible results.
The formulas combine high quality facial-grade active ingredients with hard-working naturals that improve skin texture, firmness and elasticity whilst maintaining optimum skin health of this delicate area.
STELLAR DÉCOLLETAGE is about revealing your glowing décolletage yet equally about loving the feeling of perfectly nourished and conditioned skin, whilst wearing your favourite white shirt.
We couldn´t be more thrilled that our Elixir Extraordinaire Dry Oil Mist was featured in the July issue of British Vogue, which hit the shelves on the day of our launch!
The amazing Caroline Hirons feels as passionately as we do about protecting the skin of the décolletage.
It seems the combination of tapping into the 'Mono Tasking' trend and a renewed interest in the décolletage - 'The Cleav-age' as it has been dubbed - means the launch of STELLAR DÉCOLLETAGE is very timely.