NECK + CHEST
When the temperature rises, necklines fall. “Women obsess over every millimeter of their face, then completely ignore everything from their chin down,” says New York City-based dermatologist Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., Ph.D. Remember the ultimate skin-care rule: Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 15 or higher every day—including your neck and chest. This will help prevent sun damage that can lead to age spots, sagging and wrinkling. If you already see these signs, consider a trip to your dermatologist. “A gentle, in-office chemical peel can improve skin tone and texture,” says Alexiades-Armenakas. If you’re the do-it-yourself type, rub an athome exfoliation gel on your neck and décolletage in circular motions for a few minutes, two or three times a week. It will leave your skin refreshed and give you a complexion you can feel confident about.
1 Ling Skincare Rescue Skin Peel ($65; lingskincare.com) reveals younger-looking skin without causing redness and irritation.
2 Clarins Bust Beauty Extra-Lift Gel ($58; clarinsusa.com) is a plant-infused firming gel that lifts, tones and supports your skin.
3 Colbert M.D. Intensify Facial Discs ($52 for 20 discs; colbertmd.com) gently exfoliates and promotes cell turn over on your neck, chest and face.
4 Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Sun- Damage Daily Moisture Lotion SPF 28 ($13; target .com) banishes fine lines and age spots.
5 Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream ($58; drhauschka.com) contains hydrating oils such as macadamia and argan to replenish dry, irritated skin.
These leg joints are one of your body’s most overworked parts, helping you kneel, bend and climb all day long. It’s no wonder they can show signs of wear and tear in the form of thick, dry, discolored, itchy skin. Like your elbows, it’s important to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate your knees. “Because they work so hard, the skin on the knee often looks much older than the rest of the leg,” says New York City-based dermatologist David Colbert, M.D. Choose a gentle cleanser, then exfoliate in the bath or shower two or three times a week. Rub in a circular motion on and around your knee, rinse and pat—don’t rub—dry. This will help whisk away dry, flaky skin. To get even more visible results, use a retinol. (That’s right—retinols aren’t just for your face!) It will help keep cell turnover constant on your knees, evening out skin tone. Finally, hydrate with an antioxidant-rich body butter.
1 Crabtree & Evelyn Citron Honey & Coriander Skin Smoothing Body Scrub ($20; crabtree-evelyn .com) exfoliates with soybean wax beads.
2 Caudalíe Vine Body Butter ($36; caudalieusa. com) is rich in grapeseed butter and grapeseed oil as well as hydrating vinolevure.
3 REN Moroccan Rose Otto Body Wash ($27; renskincare.com) is infused with Moroccan rose, palmarosa and geranium oils, which cleanse and moisturize.
4 Chantecaille Retinol Body Treatment ($92; chantecaille.com) delivers retinol, a potent anti-aging aid, into skin.
5 Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Argan Dry Oil ($30; kiehls.com) smoothes and adds radiance to skin. Bonus: It can be used on hair to smooth split ends.