Wearing a Strapless Wedding Dress? Make Sure Your Décolletage Is Ready

Give your cleavage area some extra pampering before your wedding day.
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by Sophie Ross
sophie ross the knot bridal fashion and beauty expert
Sophie Ross
Bridal Fashion and Beauty Expert
  • Sophie Ross is a Senior Copywriter at Adore Me.
  • Sophie is an experienced style and beauty writer.
  • Sophie worked as an Associate Editor for The Knot from 2017 to 2019.
Updated May 21, 2018

Décolletage is essentially a fancy word for your cleavage area—aka, your chest, neck and lower chin. And it's easy to neglect—you might have an obsessive skin care regimen that only focuses on your face.

But it's essential—especially if you're wearing a strapless, off-the-shoulder or sweetheart neckline at your wedding—to think about how your décolletage will look in photos. (You don't want discolored tan lines or crepey skin to take away from your gorgeous makeup, do you?) The good news is, it's totally easy to put a regimen into place to make sure your décolletage is as dreamy as the rest of your wedding day look.

Use a special cleanser.

Your skincare routine should begin in the shower. Use a cleanser—from your face down to your chest—rich in amino acid to firm, tone and reduce redness and inflammation. This one removes toxins as well, and smells amazing.

Remember to exfoliate.

Exfoliating is super important for, well, every part of your body. Basically, scrubs will "buff" your skin to ensure it's ready to absorb whatever other treatment you're about to apply. A luxurious body buff—like this one—will promote circulation and remove the buildup of dry, dead skin. In turn, you'll have a firm, smooth and glowing neck and chest area.


A firming serum is your new best friend.

In the weeks leading up to your wedding, pick a penetrative serum to massage into your décolletage area daily (straight out of the shower—after you've exfoliated—is always a good time). A serum like this one will restore firmness and elasticity, especially if your skin's recently been damaged by too much time in the sun.

Never stop moisturizing.

You might already use your favorite scented lotion every day, but if you're trying to get your décolletage in tip-top shape for wedding photos, it's time to bring in the big guns. Use a firming body or neck lotion after your serum application—this one will make the delicate skin on your neck and chest area feel firmer, tighter and hydrated. Plus, it promises to camouflage skin imperfections.

Make it glow.

You know how a great sheet mask makes your face feel especially gorgeous before a big event? Yes, those exist for your décolletage area too—and they work just the same. (This one even has gold in it for extra glow.) You can also use a body oil or your favorite highlighter to give your chest area a little shimmer before your ceremony, and you can ask your makeup artist to subtly contour your cleavage area with bronzer (no, that's not a technique only utilized by Kardashians).

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