As you're probably already aware, neck skin is very similar to facial skin. When it's exposed to pollution, sun, and UV rays, it loses its elasticity and tone. Also, collagen production diminishes, inspiring the skin to wrinkle and sag.
Wrinkles begin popping up in our 20s and 30s, and advanced wrinkling begins at around 50. But, thankfully, we can take measures to improve the quality of the skin on our neck.
The secret is getting proactive beginning right now. Here are the steps we can take.
#1 - Neck Exercises
Tighten and tone the neck muscles, increase blood flow to the area, and boost the production of collagen through neck exercises and face yoga. Note that neck exercises prevent the formation of neck wrinkles rather than eliminate existing wrinkles.
#2 - Retinol-based Neck Creams and Serums with Vitamin C
Experts agree that creams, serums, and lotions containing vitamin C are particularly effective. They act as antioxidants when applied to the skin and shield it against UV damage while increasing the collagen factor.
Retinol is also invaluable when it comes to cell regeneration. It speeds up the process of cell turnover to produce younger, softer-looking skin.
#4 - Regular Exfoliation
Dead cells noticeably dull the skin’s appearance. Exfoliating removes these cells along with acne-causing dirt and oil accumulated in the pores. The fresh skin revealed is more easily penetrated by anti-aging products.
#5 - Dermal Fillers
Injectable dermal fillers plump up the skin in the targeted area while simultaneously smoothing the surface. Do some background research on all the options out there, as their usage depends upon what you want to see. These products are temporary, so you'll have to watch closely and get touch-ups from time to time.
#6 - Botox Injections
Another option for eliminating neck wrinkles is Botox. This involves the injection of a small amount of botulinum toxin into the skin. It must be mentioned there are some side effects to using them, so you may want to discuss the pros and cons of using them with your doctor.
#7 - Always Wear Sunscreen
Shield the skin from the sun’s damaging rays by wearing sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
#8 - Stay Hydrated
Drink 8-10 glasses of water, as it helps reduce the toxins in your body and keeps your skin fresh and hydrated.
#9 - Moisturize Your Skin
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! It's so important because as we age our skin becomes drier and drier. Also, as menopause creeps in, it can dramatically impact the quality of our skin. Make sure you moisturize your neck and chest just as often as you do your face.
#10 - Eat Well
Eat a well-balanced diet, and make sure that you don't drink too much alcohol or coffee. The more powerful nutrients in the form of whole foods, the better it will be for your skin.
#11 - Manage Stress
Chronic stress plays a huge role in premature skin aging. Take plenty of time to rest and calm your nerves. Yoga and mediation do wonders for skin!