How to Get Rid of Neck Lines
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 12 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. Just to give you some perspective, the reason that SPF is so incredibly important is that, when used regularly, it can help prevent you from developing further signs of aging.
Those pesky UVA rays are a nightmare for the collagen and elastin in your skin. Which means that if you’re not using a sunscreen regularly, all that hard work you’re doing taking care of your skin won’t do you much good! But let’s face it: it’s easy to ignore and difficult to do consistently unless you’ve already developed the habit.
On top of that, 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 your facial moisturizing and SPF routine to your neck, as well.
Our recommendation? Make sure that the SPF you’re using is at least 30 or above, to offer you maximum protection.
2. Utilize Simple Exercises To Tighten And Tone Your 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.
It may sound a bit silly, but take our word for it! These exercises can work wonders when it comes to dealing with those annoying neck lines.
Here’s how you do it: while sitting safely and comfortably in a chair, tilt your 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 your 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 your skin not only appear tighter but also brighter.
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 appearance of lines. Retinol boosts collagen production, which makes it a great solution not only for your neck but for your 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.
Before we move forward, we think it’s important to mention that you should almost certainly start with an over-the-counter retinol instead of going for the prescription-strength retinoid creams.
It’s easy to think that bigger (and more powerful) is better, but make no mistake. The skin around your neck is some of the most delicate skin on your entire body. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, a powerful retinoid cream is almost sure to be too much for you—and likely to cause more harm than good. Additionally, be careful not to apply your retinol before stepping out in the sun!
That being said, if you regularly use retinol-based creams, you will see improvement in no time.
5. Slather Your Neck With Coconut Oil
Let coconut oil be your new best friend. It’s an excellent source of healthy fats that can help reduce the signs of aging if you massage it onto your skin. Because the skin on your neck is thinner and more sensitive, coconut oil is a great option since it is not harsh.
Still not convinced? This antibacterial, antimicrobial, antifungal natural supplement is so good for your skin that you could even use it to make a powerful homemade face wash!
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 NeckLift Patches Made Just With Your Youthful Neck In Mind.
While the above methods take different tactics to get rid of neck lines, the NeckLift combines the very best of these in one package. This patch fits perfectly around your neck, and it intensifies hydration and support skin’s ability to retain moisture, minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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 percent 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 And Exfoliate Your Neck Area
You surely wash your face at night, but what about your neck? Exfoliating encourages cell turnover because 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.
Here’s the beauty of exfoliation. Even gently exfoliating regularly can have some pretty incredible results on the appearance of your neck lines. Typically, you’ll want to go with either a BHA, AHA, or enzyme exfoliator to basically resurface your skin.
How does this help you? Well, all of these acids and enzymes work to remove dead skin without rubbing. And no rubbing means a reduced likelihood of causing more lines to form.
If you’re wondering which products are right for you, we recommend our Decollete Cleansing Discs made specifically for this part of the body. While many cleansers are too harsh for the skin on your neck, SiO’s Decollete Cleansing Discs will carefully and gently cleanse your skin.
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 your 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.
10. Use A Neck Mask To Help Firm Your Skin
OK, so here’s something you may not be aware of. One of the major causes of premature aging is weight fluctuation. And unfortunately, your body doesn’t care whether you’ve lost a ton of weight or gained a few pounds.
Dramatic weight loss and gain in a small period of time can cause the skin on your neck to expand or contract. This leads to the sagging skin and those pronounced neck bands we all know and hate.
So, what are your options for dealing with this? One that tends to work pretty well for most people is learning to incorporate a neck mask into their skin care routine. The great thing about neck masks is that they use the same skin care ingredient infusion that makes face masks such an effective tool.
The best neck masks use a series of advanced peptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines on your neck and arginine to help boost your skin’s firmness and elasticity. For best results, use the SiO NeckLift patch.
11. Use A Toning Device To Undo Years Of Neglect
At this point, I think it’s time we acknowledge the people who were a bit late to the party. While making your skin care a priority in your 20s would’ve been ideal, we don’t live in a perfect world. The reality is that there are plenty of people reading this right now who have just started taking their skin care routine seriously.
If you fall into that category, we’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that those years of neglect have probably done a number on your skin’s health. The good news? There’s still time to save it.
Enter: the toning device. Your typical toning system will use a gentle vacuum on your skin that will both lift and release it. This process tightens and stimulates your skin, while low sonic vibrations help improve your skin’s ability to absorb those anti-aging creams and serums you’re using.
12. Embrace Targeted Neck Line Treatment
As useful as these supplementary tips are, it’s important to note that they’re just that: a supplement to a great skin care routine. If you’re looking for truly noticeable results when it comes to getting rid of your neck lines, you’re going to need to tackle the root of the problem.
Targeted treatment for neck lines is important, particularly because of the way that serums are designed to penetrate more deeply than moisturizers can. But where most people mess up is that they ignore the importance of following up that treatment with a moisturizer.
Why are moisturizers so important? Because they provide your skin with the hydration it needs to keep your neck firm. Or to put it even more simply, this one-two combination of serums and moisturizers can drastically reduce the appearance of lines.
Here’s a reminder of what you should look for in any skin care products you use. First, you’ll want to remember how important peptides are when it comes to supporting your skin’s natural collagen. Beyond that, elastin is going to be massively helpful when you’re looking to reduce the appearance of existing lines and prevent the formation of new ones.
Antioxidants also have a major role to play in the fight against neck lines. By repairing any free radical damage you currently have and protecting you from free radicals in the future, antioxidants ensure that you have a fighting chance when dealing with neck lines.
And you can’t forget about retinol and how it will help you increase the rate of skin cell turnover, arguably one of the most powerful tools in the fight against aging.
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 your neck! If you’re interested in further treatment with fast results, try SiO Beauty’s Complete System.