You work hard to prevent wrinkles on your face. You moisturize. You exfoliate. You protect it with sunscreen. Even with all that hard work and vigilance, many of us forget that the skin doesn’t stop at the chin. Yes, you may give plenty of attention to your face, but what about your neck?
The skin of your neck is just as delicate as the skin on your face. As such, it deserves to be treated with just as much care. Whether you’re concerned with preventing neck wrinkles from forming, or you’re looking to treat existing neck wrinkles, there are steps you can take restore the youthful appearance of your neck. This article gives you 8 of the best neck wrinkle prevention and treatment options.
1. Moisturize Your Neck
Preventing neck wrinkles follows much the same routine as preventing face wrinkles. A daily moisturizer works to keep your skin hydrated so the collagen and elastin can function to keep your skin taut and plump.
When you’re finished applying a moisturizer to your face, continue applying that same moisturizer to the skin on your neck. It’s best to use an oil-free formula so you don’t clog your pores. This can result in other problems like acne.
2. Apply An Anti-Aging Serum
Anti-aging serums work just as well on the neck as they do on the face. These anti-aging serums often contain wrinkle-fighting retinoids that can reduce the severity of the neck wrinkles that already exist. At the same time, they can work to prevent new neck wrinkles from forming.
3. Adjust Your Diet
It’s important that you provide your skin with the vitamins, minerals, and moisture it needs to function properly. These nutrients can, and should, be supplied from the outside in the form of creams and serums. But more importantly, they should also be supplied from the inside through your diet.
Preventing neck wrinkles begins by getting enough vitamin C, E, and A in the foods you eat. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of these, and other vitamins, so be sure to consume them every day. A piece of fruit with breakfast, a salad with lunch, and steamed or raw veggies with dinner is a great way to give your body what it needs.
It’s also a good idea to take a multivitamin every day. Doing so ensures that any deficiencies in your diet are covered by the multivitamin.
4. Drink Water
The water you consume every day keeps the skin of your neck supple and healthy and helps prevent neck wrinkles. Drink at least 8 cups of water a day to ensure that your body is hydrated.
If you find that difficult, start by drinking 2 cups of water first thing in the morning when you get out of bed. Then drink another 4-6 cups throughout the morning and afternoon. Try to refrain from drinking close to bedtime so you can sleep through the night.
5. Wear Sunscreen
Sun exposure and damage is one of the primary causes of neck wrinkles. Applying a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to your neck can help prevent future neck wrinkles from forming. And be sure to reapply the sunscreen every two hours to keep your skin protected. If you don’t have sunscreen, consider wearing a light scarf to keep the sun from striking your neck directly.
6. Exercise Your Neck
Regular neck exercise can also help treat existing neck wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. When your muscles are tighter, they pull on the skin the covers them. This can result in a tightening of sagging skin and a smoothing of neck wrinkles.
One of the simplest neck exercises is to sit in a chair and tilt your head up toward the ceiling. Pucker your lips like you’re trying to give someone a kiss. Then, stick out your tongue and try to touch your chin. You should feel the muscles and skin of neck tighten as you do this. Hold for a count of five and then return to a normal position. Start with 2 sets of 5 reps and work up from there.
7. Exfoliate Your Neck
Exfoliation encourages cell regeneration and gets rid of dirt and dead skin cells. It’s important to exfoliate the skin of your neck at least once a week if not more. But be sure to use a product that isn’t too harsh or you can cause more problems than you’re trying to prevent.
We recommend SiO Beauty’s Décolleté Cleansing Discs. The gentle yet effective combination of glycolic and lactic acid encourages exfoliation and removes dead skin cells. This cleansing effect will reveal the healthy, glowing skin underneath and help prevent new neck wrinkles from forming.
8. Surgical Treatment
Sometimes, treatment for neck wrinkles requires more than topical applications, exercise, and proper diet. Sometimes it requires surgical treatment.
Surgical treatments range in invasiveness from injections of fillers and Botox™ to surgery and neck lifts. While these treatments can be very effective at reducing neck wrinkles, they aren’t without risks. Surgical treatments come with side effects that range from small bumps or a bluish tinge to the skin (that can be permanent), to nerve damage and paralysis. Surgical treatments can also be very expensive and may require multiple doctor’s visits to be effective. Be sure to consult a physician or dermatologist before embarking on any course of treatment.
Fight Neck Wrinkles With A Daily Beauty Regimen
Fighting neck wrinkles with a daily beauty regimen is the best solution to the problem. Yes, diet will help, as will using a moisturizer every day. But doing just one or two is only half the battle. Combining options 1-7 above—healthy diet, exercise, and topical healers like moisturizers and anti-aging serums—is the best way to treat existing neck wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming.