These Science-Backed Ways Will Keep Your Neck Looking Young
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When was the last time you paid attention to your neck area? Has it been ages? Look closely and notice the ever-present horizontal lines, some discoloration, a little dryness here and there, loose skin, and many more things than you care to admit.
While some of your issues may be attributed to other reasons such as your posture and genetics, skin aging on your neck is as natural as aging on other regions of your body. The good news is that it can be delayed, and the skin on your neck, like your face, is also receptive to skincare treatments.
Continue reading and discover more reasons why you need to take care of your neck and simple ways on how to actually do it.
Why Do You Need To Take Care Of Your Neck?
Not one part of your body deserves neglect. For some reason, the neck area does not receive much attention, most likely because your eyes are drawn to your face first. Unfortunately, because your neck is an exposed portion of your body, neglecting it is rather obvious. It is critical that you take the same care with your neck for the following reasons:
The skin on your neck is thinner
Just like the delicate skin around the eye area, the skin on your neck is thinner and therefore more susceptible to damage. Wrinkling and crepiness are much more obvious in this area.
The skin on your neck experiences collagen loss too
One factor that is beyond your control is the decline of collagen as you grow older. This accounts for much of the aging that happens on the surface of your skin, the neck area is no exception.
The skin on your neck is also exposed to the sun
The sun is one of the major skin stressors found in the environment. Just like your face, your neck area, which is always exposed to many forms of light energy, also undergoes changes due to photodamage.
The skin on your neck undergoes repetitive movements too
Notice the many lines across your neck down to your decolletage? Repetitively looking down at your device causes this type of wrinkling to appear. If you have this and other issues such as neck pain associated with device use, then you must have what is referred to as the tech neck.
The skin on your neck has fewer oil glands
Your neck is also prone to dryness as it has less oil glands and is not capable of keeping the moisture in. Dryness on your neck area is often very obvious and can also affect skin texture.
Tips On How To Keep Your Neck Young-Looking
While there are factors that keep you from maintaining a svelte and enviable neck, there are also a few things you can do to help your neck area catch up with your skincare routine.
1. Hydrate and moisturize
Loss of moisture shrivels skin cells causing them to contract and wrinkle. And because the skin is thinner in the neck area, premature fine lines are more evident. The use of topical products packed with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients is a must.
Hyaluronic acid is a powerful humectant that attracts moisture and can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This infuses the layers of your skin with sufficient moisture. Lock in valuable moisture by finishing your routine with a nourishing moisturizer. If you are already using these products in your routine, simply extend your application to your neck down to the upper chest area.
2. Consider innovative treatments
Make the most out of beauty tech innovations - there are plenty! Using a LED neck mask is a convenient way to include effective light treatments into your regular routine. LED light therapy uses light energy to transform skin at the cellular level, red light in particular has proven anti-aging effects. Choose a device that has an additional or dedicated LED light for neck or chest areas.
Derma rolling is one of the most effective ways to restore damaged and aging skin. It’s a minimally invasive procedure that creates tiny contact points on the surface of your skin to stimulate the natural rejuvenation process. Using your at-home derma roller on your neck and chest areas can help treat sagging skin.
3. Protect from the sun
An effective and simple way to take care of your neck is by applying sunscreen. The harmful rays of the sun have the same damaging and aging effects on your neck area as other parts of the body. Using sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended for daily use.
Ice rolling or lymphatic drainage face roller not only helps you cool down your skin but also gives you instant anti-aging effects. With the right rolling techniques, an ice roller provides skin-tightening and pore-shrinking benefits. Compare your facial roller before and after photos and see the difference.
4. Be aware of your posture
Tech neck is primarily neck pain caused by repetitively looking down on your gadget. Wrinkles and creasing across the neck is also an offshoot of this bad habit. If you are working from home and can’t avoid this, it’s good to invest in an ergonomic setup. Raise your phone closer to your eye level so you don’t have to tilt your head down.
Flex those stiff muscles by taking your neck to the gym. A microcurrent facial roller, a type of lymphatic drainage face roller, uses a mild electric current to give your muscles a workout and stimulate collagen production. Anti-aging effects include the improved appearance of deep-set wrinkles and creases.
5. Avoid smoking
While smoking looks cool on celebrities, there is nothing glamorous about its long-term side effects. It can lead to premature skin wrinkling and accelerate collagen loss. This plus other habits such as alcohol drinking and lack of sleep can make your complexion dull and dry.
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written by Charlotte Rycroft