Look up. Now look down. Look side to side. Great! That's what we're here to talk about—the best neck creams for all that head-turning movement. Whether you're at yoga, the office, or even just crossing the street, your neck moves constantly, and each motion contributes to wrinkles that form in its folds every day. And with the amount of time we spend staring at our phones, it's no wonder that even 20 and 30-somethings are noticing more fine lines, sagging skin, and wrinkles in their necks. Given that we're so dedicated to firming and tightening the skin on our faces, why should we treat our necks any differently? You've undoubtedly heard it said: Your neck is part of your face, too.
The skin on the neck and décolletage is more fragile than the skin on the rest of your body, which is why it's even more essential to find a product that's both effective and gentle on the area.
Do neck creams really work?
Says Lara Devgan, M.D.: "It’s not realistic to think that a neck cream is going to give you the same result as a surgical neck lift. But it will add significant value in nourishing the delicate tissues of the neck, improving the elasticity, and reducing signs of aging."
In addition to neck creams, prevention is key for keeping your neck looking rejuvenated rather than waiting for these lines and wrinkles to appear before you intervene. We spoke to dermatologist Rachel Nazarian, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology Group, to get her tips.
Tip #1: Stop looking down at your phone all the time.
Unfortunately, constantly flexing your neck creates a new set of wrinkles (a.k.a. Tech Neck). In an age where our phones are essentially an extension of our bodies, there's only so much you can do to stop yourself. But there are some exercises that elongate the neck, as well as release tension. Get the lowdown.
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Tip #2: Moisturize your neck every day.
Moisturizing will prevent and minimize the appearance of neck lines. And while you can totally use the same formula you do on your face, if you're really dedicated to the cause, it's worth investing in a neck-specific cream. "They help a little more with tightening and include slightly different ingredients, like caffeine," explains Dr. Nazarian. The derm recommends formulas that are lightweight, gentle, and packed with peptides and anti-oxidants.
Devgan notes: "Generally, the categories of ingredients are the same, but neck products can have ingredients with a higher percentage of fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamin E, and of tightening ingredients, like niacin, antioxidants, and ceramidase."
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Tip #3: Wear SPF on your neck every day.
The best medicine is prevention, and as you might have suspected, the sun is the biggest offender when it comes to early signs of aging. What you might not know is that your neck is at greater risk from sun damage because the skin is even thinner than that on your face.
"Damage from ultraviolet light causes laxity of the delicate neck tissue, leading to sagging of skin and enhancement of the lines," explains Dr. Nazarian. So make sure you're applying sunblock daily with a minimum of SPF 30.
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Tip #4: Cleanse your neck before bed.
It's annoying but cleaning your neck is equally important as washing your face. "If you don't shower at night, micropollutants and free radicals from the day can cause premature aging of the skin on your neck," cautions Dr. Nazarian.
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Tip #5: Try a skin-resurfacing treatment on your neck.
"Chemical peels, microneedling, and lasers such as Fraxel help resurface the skin, minimize lines, and tighten the neck by inducing collagen production," Dr. Nazarian says.
Essentially: "You want to treat your neck like you treat the rest of your face," says Dr. Devgan. "The neck is a special kind of axial joint that has to move in all different directions, and that lends itself to premature signs of aging and wrinkling. So, starting a neck cream before you notice a problem can help you avoid a problem in the first place."
Laura Lajiness Kaupke is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, and lifestyle topics, including beauty, home, fitness, and travel. You can see her work across various outlets, including VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Glamour, Town&Country, InStyle, Esquire, Women’s Health, Brides, Refinery 29, Coveteur, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Byrdie, WWD, Footwear News, Well+Good, The Editorialist, among other titles and brands. Laura has worked in the fashion industry for over 11 years and held senior fashion editor positions at Popsugar and The Zoe Report, with additional experience as a copywriter and fashion publicist.
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