More people are now aware that their neck skin deserves special treatment too. If you’re not already giving your neck skin the attention it needs, look closely at it in the mirror and chances are, you may find a wrinkle hanging on a saggy skin down there. Here are 15 ways you can try to retrieve your once wrinkle-free neck skin.
15 tips for a wrinkle-free neck
Some people get their first wrinkle on the neck, not on the face. This is evidence enough that warrants the following 15 ways to give your neck skin special treatment.
1. Cleanse with a gentle cleanser and lukewarm water. Water that’s too cold or too hot will dry out your skin. If you’re using a mild cleanser that contains an alpha- or beta-hydroxy acids for your face, this product is just as good for your skin. Gentle exfoliators are necessary to prep your neck skin to receive nourishing ingredients in your regular skincare regimen.
2. Tone. Draw out tough dirt, grime and other impurities. This even betters your neck skin’s condition, priming it to receive deeper treatments.
3. Exfoliate. Whenever you exfoliate your face, include your neck and décolletté. Exfoliation stimulates faster skin cell turnover so that any wrinkle brewing on your neck can be readily patched up by resurfacing newer, younger skin.
4. Moisturize. While your ordinary facial moisturizer may be good, it may not be good enough to supply the special requirements of your neck skin. Clarins Extra Firming Neck Cream, which contains the neck skin moisturizing and firming properties of sunflower auxins, green seaweed extract and oat sugars, will do a better job at hydrating your skin.
5. Moisturize even more with essential oils. Essential oils like lavender oil, coconut oil and rose oil, are a great way to deep moisturize your skin. Essential oils are better capable of deeply penetrating your skin compared to synthetic moisturizers.
6. Address nutrient loss by calling in the reinforcements. Add regenerating ingredients and complexes to your skincare regimen. Wrinkle and pigment inhibiting retinol, and cell-regulating peptides are top requirements for aging skin.
7. Avoid products that contain drying alcohols, fragrances, colorants and harsh synthetic preservatives. These ingredients can irritate your neck skin and are even likely to alter its natural, healthy structure.
8. Protect your neck skin with sunscreen. Bring your facial sunscreen all the way down to your neck and décolleté which are just as much exposed to the sun as your face is. Keep the damage in check even before it starts.
9. Boost your sunscreen protection with antioxidants. Not only do antioxidants help magnify your skin’s ability to shield your skin from sun-induced damage but also, neutralize free radicals from other sources, including those from your own body and pollution from the environment, that attempt to attack your skin cells.
10. Shield skin from the sun some more with proper clothing, broad-brimmed hat, and sunglasses.
11. Eat to benefit your skin. Load up on foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, an anti-inflammatory agent, such as fatty fish, walnuts, organic eggs and avocados. Get more antioxidants into your system by eating more leafy greens and colorful fruits. Replace your coffee with tea and your bottle of beer with a glass of red wine.
12. Cut back on your sugar. High blood sugar content slows down your body’s metabolism, and therefore negatively impacts skin cell turnover, including on your neck skin.
13. Hydrate well. Drink plenty of water and fluids throughout the day. Avoid too much coffee and soda which drain the body of moisture.
14. Intensify your neck skin rejuvenation and speed up contouring, if necessary, by availing of clinic-based procedures. While a Clarins Extra Firming Neck Cream will be helpful, a clinic-based treatment will give your neck skin a more targeted skin treatment that can reach the depths of your skin. Some of the procedures worth considering are microdermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing and tightening therapy, and cryolipolysis.
15. Consider getting dermal fillers. More particularly, ask your service provider about hyaluronic acid and collagen injections.
14. Deep exfoliate with microdermabrasion.
With skincare makers and marketers wobbling and running around in a frantic race to command new niche markets, it’s no surprise to see more products now looking at special needs of the skin that goes beyond the face. It’s your turn to assess if it is necessary for you to adopt a special skincare routine for your neck skin.