This is why you should never spray perfume or put aftershave on before you go out to the sun!
Did you know that you could be prematurely ageing your skin just by spraying on your favourite perfume? So you have a fantastic skin regime and you are super conscious when it comes to anti-ageing skincare, however just before you go out that favourite fragrance is sprayed liberally over your neck and décolleté -admit it- is this you? What you have to know is that your gorgeous scent could be causing pigmentation, age spots, lines and wrinkles. Oh, noooo!
How is perfume affecting your skin this way?
Your favourite perfume is likely to contain alcohol, you see, which when applied to your exposed skin during daylight hours, causes it to become photosensitive to sunlight. This means your skin is more likely to suffer from sunburn, leading to wrinkles, pigmentation and possibly even skin cancer.
In fact this habit we have of spraying perfume or aftershave on your neck and chest, then going out into the sun can cause a skin condition called Poikiloderma of Civatte. The skin then looks mottled, with patchy colouring hyper and hypo-pigmentation alongside broken capillaries.
What makes your neck and décolleté particularly vulnerable?
The skin on your neck and décolleté is thin and UV rays can penetrate quickly, causing havoc and damaging the skin here. I see many women with speckled pigmentation patches on the necks and chest area.
How to protect your neck and décolleté.
Sunscreen should be applied all over the face and all the way down to your neck and chest. Choose a broad spectrum sunscreen which is protecting you against UVA rays which are the ageing ones and the UVB rays which are the rays that burn the skin.
If you already have pigmentation what can you do?
I would look to use products that help stimulate skin cell renewal to freshen your skin up and hopefully some of the pigmentation will fade. Chemical Peels done by a good facialist will help. Using a cleanser exfoliator with glycolic acid and apply an anti-oxidant serum under your moisturiser. Remember to apply SPF on top of this.
Where should you spray your perfume?
I always advise ‘spray it into the air just in front’ and then walk into it. I also think its ok to spray on the inside of your wrists.