We’re all guilty of it. We worry so much about the acne, wrinkles, dry flakes, dark spots, and scars on our face that we neglect other areas of skin that also need some love. Unfortunately, many don’t care for their neck until it’s already begun to noticeable age. Our 5 tips for neck skin care help prevent and heal aging neck and décolleté skin.
Sunscreen: Sunscreen has become a staple in many beauty routines. SPF has even been adapted into cosmetic products like foundations and primers. But have you stopped applying sunscreen below the chin? Areas like the forehead are impacted more by the sun than our necks, but over time sun damage will age, wrinkle, and sag the neck. Prevent odd tan lines, threatening medical effects, and aging skin with extending your SPF 30+ routine down to the décolleté.
Exfoliate: If you’ve forgotten to apply sunscreen to your neck, it’s likely you’ve also neglected your neck in your cleansing routine. The neck is more vulnerable to dryness, irritation, and scarring because the skin has less sebaceous glands that produce natural lubricant for the skin. It’s important to include your neck in your cleansing and exfoliation routine as dead skin accumulates naturally, making the skin look and feel older. Gentle exfoliation over the area on a regular basis with facial cleansing brushes should do the trick.
Avoid Harsh Materials in Your Wardrobe: You wouldn’t put a brillo pad up against your arm and expect it not to damage your skin. The same logic applies to your wardrobe. Keep wool and other scratchy materials away from your neck to prevent irritation.
Don’t Skip Out On Your Vitamins: Collagen makes the skin elastic and allows a plump, youthful look. Vitamin C, Omega-3, and Omega-6 naturally help your body produce more collagen. L-ascorbic acid (a liquid vitamin C) can be applied to the skin, making it easy for the skin to absorb the necessary nutrients to stimulate collagen production. Taking Omega-3 and -6 before bedtime is another great trick, giving the body a chance to fully repair cell membranes and construct collagen.
Eating the following foods are another way to get these vitamins:
- Flaxseed oil (makes for a great salad dressing)
- Cold-water fish
- Dark leafy greens
Keep Your Head Up (Literally): Have you ever heard of “tech neck”? “Tech Neck,” a new phenomenon, is neck pain induced by constantly looking down at phones, laptops, or tablets. The spine pain isn’t the only result of looking down at your technology. Horizontal wrinkles develop on your neck since neck skin and muscles aren’t as thick or strong as face skin, respectively. Limiting screen time can help prevent neck wrinkles as well as lifting your phone or tablet up to eye level to avoid looking downward. Don’t let your neck give your age away; Always keep your head up!
Advanced Skin and Body Solutions offers many services to keep your neck looking young, helping boost your confidence and keep you feeling beautiful. Micropenning, peels, and microdermabrasion – an age defying facial- can be performed on the neck for younger skin. Cosmetic injections can also be used to relax specific neck muscles, aiding the reduction and even eliminating wrinkles and prominent neck bands. Book an appointment online or call us today at (425) 643-5772.