As much emphasis as we put on anti-aging routines for the face, somehow our necks are still being left out of the conversation. Given that this is the part of our bodies closest to our face, it makes sense that we should give it just as much attention. Unfortunately that is not the case; as the skin on our faces remains bouncy and fresh, the skin on our necks and chests are hopelessly neglected and thus succumb to the effects of aging.
Not all hope is lost! There are some preventative measures and treatments that can improve the look of our necks, ensuring that our skin remains seamlessly healthy:
Take It Down: As a general rule of thumb, everything you do for your facial skin care routine should also be done to your neck. Start taking your cleansers, exfoliants, toners, serums, masks, and moisturizers to the neck and décolleté (that’s French for chest) to ensure that the rest of your visible top half gets all of the nutrients and antioxidants that your face gets to enjoy. Make sure you apply your products in upward motions to discourage sagging (more on that later).
Sun Set: Using the products for the face on the neck includes using sun protection on the neck to curtail sun and blue light damage that can cause hyperpigmentation, dehydration, and (of course) wrinkles. If you use nothing else on your neck, always ALWAYS use sun protection of at least SPF 30.
The Magic Touch: While microcurrent treatments and fillers are also options for reducing wrinkles and sagging on the neck, facial massage is an effective, less invasive approach. When done properly, facial massage increases blood flow and strengthens the muscles, which will in turn cause the skin over the muscles to firm and tighten. Incorporating a gua sha or jade roller will also help smooth things out. Below, here is one of my favorite facial massage videos, done by professional facialist Abigail James.
Mind Your Movement: With the increased use of cell phones and poor posture, we are also increasingly bending our necks forward. When we encourage gravity in this way, we also encourage wrinkles and sagging. The natural lack of collagen in this area further encourages this consequence. When using your phone, start holding it up rather than looking down. Also, consider using a blue light filter on all of your technical devices to reduce your skins’s overall exposure and help prevent damage.
Below, a product roundup perfect for nurturing your neck: