You have your skin care routine down perfectly ― never has your face looked more vibrant and glowing. But then you look down, and there it is: the neck. Often plagued with wrinkles, bands and sagging, the neck is one of the quickest and most obvious body parts to show aging.
Even using your traditional skin care routine on the neck doesn’t always seem to help these issues. So what are the best ways to combat and smooth these age-showing fine lines? We’ve asked experts in the field.
Is there a way to prevent aging in the neck?
Stopping sagging and wrinkles before they start is the best solution. “It is always easier to prevent rather than repair damage or rejuvenate,” Gmyrek explained. Here are some of the possible measures to take:
Sunscreen is the No. 1 suggestion by all the experts. Damage from the sun increases the look of aging on all parts of the body. Already use sunscreen for your face? “My recommendation is to always apply the same skin care routine you do on the face to the neck,” said Dr. Azza Halim, a physician based in Florida.
Topical treatments and creams are another means of prevention. Gmyrek suggests topical antioxidants, such as vitamin C and vitamin E, which can help reverse the damage caused by sunlight and pollution. To help stimulate collagen, retinoid creams are a solid choice.
Diet also can factor in to how our skin looks. A diet rich in antioxidants and with minimal sugar prevents collagen damage, according to Gmyrek. Ordon also explained, “Weight fluctuation plays a big part in your neck. If you have done yo-yo dieting, that is going to contribute to laxity of the neck.”