There are many ways aging creeps into our appearance, from fine lines around the eyes to dark spots. One often overlooked yet highly frustrating place this happens is our neck. The formation of lines and eventually, sagging skin, can add years to our appearance. In fact, the late Nora Ephron even titled one of her best-selling books, I Feel Bad About My Neck, about this very aging phenomenon.
The neck and chest area are often forgotten in many women’s beauty routines, but it’s worth noting that French women have incorporated this into their skincare regimens for years. Reducing the appearance of neck lines is one of the best ways to maintain a more youthful appearance.
Luckily, there are many preventative measures you can take to keep neck lines from forming. If you already have neck lines, all hope is not lost, as there are also ways to get rid of them once they’ve formed. Below we’ll explore 9 strategies to help you say goodbye to pesky neck lines once and for all.
1. Wear SPF on your neck
The importance of wearing SPF on your face is a well-known “must” for even the least health conscious among us. However, many women overlook wearing an SPF daily on their necks and chests, and only apply SPF to their faces. It’s crucial to begin thinking of your neck as an extension of your face. The skin on your neck is thin and actually has less fatty, age preserving tissue than that on your face, which calls for extra care. Make it a habit to extend you facial moisturizing and SPF routine to your neck, as well.
2. Utilize simple exercises to tighten and tone the skin
Neck lines are often the product of excess or loose skin. While there are many reasons our skin loosens over time, including loss of collagen, it is possible to strengthen it with simple exercises. One of these entails a movement that mimics kissing the sky. Here’s how you do it: while sitting safely and comfortably in a chair, tilt you head back and look up. Pucker your lips as if you’re about to kiss the ceiling. You’ll feel a tightening in your neck. Hold this position for about five seconds, then tilt your head back down and rest. Repeat the exercise about 5 times daily.
3. Start using a Vitamin C serum
Repeat after me: Vitamin C. A healthy amount of collagen is a major indication of youthful skin. Did you know that Vitamin C is a component of collagen? Collagen is a protein in our skin that works to promote resilience, elasticity and health. With age, collagen fibers lose their elasticity, which manifests as sagging skin. Therefore, it’s important to do as much as possible to boost collagen production, and Vitamin C serums can help. While some Vitamin C Serums are pricey, they’re worth it. Using one of these can help your skin look years younger. In addition, Vitamin C is full of antioxidants that fight the adverse effects of free radicals. These will help the skin not only appear tighter, but brighter as well.
4. Invest in a retinol based cream
Retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, has been proven to be effective in fighting wrinkles. In fact, it’s one of the few readily available and affordable options that actually reverses the signs of lines. Retinol boosts collagen production, which makes it a great solution not only for the neck, but the face as well. Remember how we discussed extending your facial routine to your entire décolleté? Use retinol not only on your face, but also on your neck to get rid of neck lines. Just be careful not to apply them before stepping out in the sun! If you regularly use retinol based creams you will see improvement in no time.
5. Slather your neck in coconut oil
Let coconut oil be your new best friend. It’s an excellent source of healthy fats that can help reduce the sign of lines if you massage it onto your skin. Because the skin on your neck is thinner and more sensitive, coconut oil is a great option because it is not harsh. Coconut oil is proven to fight free radicals that cause premature aging by attacking the connective tissues that support your skin. In addition, it’s an excellent moisturizer, which naturally helps restore and maintain your skin’s elasticity.
6. Try SiO’s smooth brightening serum made just with your youthful neck in mind.
While the above methods take different tactics to get rid of neck lines, The SiO Beauty Décolleté Serum combines the very best of these in one package. Designed for the neck and décolleté, our serum helps give you that skin-plumping hydration that boosts collagen, naturally keeping your skin more resilient. It will also protect against environmental damage, such as toxins from pollution and free-radicals, a must for protecting your neck against all forms of aging. Our serum also offers a next level Vitamin C Matrix that maximizes absorption. As discussed, Vitamin C is an excellent way to keep your skin youthful and healthy.
7. Hydrate hydrate hydrate
Did you know that staying hydrated is one of the best ways to keep your skin looking healthy and supple? It’s also one of the easiest and cheapest ways to guarantee better looking skin in your neck area and beyond. Water makes up 64% of your skin, and a lack of it can lead to decreased collagen production which speeds up the aging process.
In addition to drinking plenty of water, the foods you eat can be an incredible source of hydration. Stock up on watermelon, celery, cucumbers, and other foods with high water content to stay hydrated effortlessly. A humidifier can also help if you live in a place with an arid climate.
8. Properly cleanse the neck area
You surely wash your face at night, but what about your neck? Exfoliating encourages cell turnover as it rids your skin of excess dead skin cells. Neck skin is sensitive, so you don’t want to exfoliate every day, but once a week will do the trick.
We recommend our Decollete Cleansing Discs made specifically for this part of the body. While many cleansers are too harsh for neck skin, these clean you skin carefully and gently.
9. Keep your chin up
Maybe it sounds too good or easy to be true, but holding your chin high will help prevent and reduce the appearance of neck lines. By physically holding your neck in a position where the skin doesn’t wrinkle you’re able to prevent neck lines from forming in the first place. Time spent hunched over laptops further aggravates neck wrinkles. If you find yourself hunched over your computer, invest in a stand so it meets you at eye level. Yoga and pilates can also help strengthen the spine so your default spinal position is straighter and taller. These exercises provide the added benefit of helping you feel and appear more confident and graceful.
Get Rid of Neck Lines The Right Way
Your skin is what you show the world, and as such it deserves the best you can provide for it. Implementing these strategies will help you to both reduce the appearance of existing neck lines and prevent more from forming in the future. In addition, many of these tips will give you healthier skin, overall, not just around the neck! If you’re interested in a further treatment with fast results, try SiO Beauty’s Complete System.